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GitHub Pages vs WordPress: What are the differences?

Comparing GitHub Pages and WordPress

GitHub Pages and WordPress are both widely used platforms for creating websites, but they have some key differences that set them apart. Let's explore these differences:

  1. Hosting: GitHub Pages is primarily a hosting platform for static websites, while WordPress is a content management system that allows for both static and dynamic content. GitHub Pages is best suited for simple websites or portfolios, while WordPress offers more flexibility for complex sites with dynamic content.

  2. Ease of Use: GitHub Pages requires some technical knowledge and familiarity with Git and Markdown, as it uses these technologies for website creation and updates. WordPress, on the other hand, provides a user-friendly interface and a visual editor, making it more accessible to non-technical users.

  3. Customization: GitHub Pages offers limited customization options compared to WordPress. While it allows users to create custom themes and templates using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, WordPress provides a wide range of themes, plugins, and widgets that can be easily installed and customized to change the look and functionality of a website.

  4. Maintenance: GitHub Pages takes care of website hosting and security, so users don't have to worry about server maintenance. WordPress, being a self-hosted platform, requires users to manage their own web hosting and security updates. This additional responsibility can be a drawback for some users who prefer a hassle-free experience.

  5. Extensibility: GitHub Pages is a standalone platform and doesn't have a built-in system for extending website functionality. WordPress, on the other hand, has a vast library of plugins and extensions that can be installed to add various features like e-commerce, membership management, SEO optimization, and more.

  6. Online Community: GitHub Pages has a dedicated developer community, but it is more focused on code collaboration and open-source projects. WordPress, on the other hand, has a massive online community of developers, designers, and users who actively contribute to the platform's growth. This active community ensures a wealth of resources and support for WordPress users.

In Summary, GitHub Pages is ideal for simple static websites with minimal maintenance, while WordPress offers more versatility, user-friendliness, extensibility, and a larger community for creating and managing websites.

Decisions about GitHub Pages and WordPress
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 218.5K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Xander Groesbeek
Founder at Rate My Meeting · | 5 upvotes · 223.7K views

So many choices for CMSs these days. So then what do you choose if speed, security and customization are key? Headless for one. Consuming your own APIs for content is absolute key. It makes designing pages in the front-end a breeze. Leaving Ghost and Cockpit. If I then looked at the footprint and impact on server load, Cockpit definitely wins that battle.

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10 Years ago I have started to check more about the online sphere and I have decided to make a website. There were a few CMS available at that time like WordPress or Joomla that you can use to have your website. At that point, I have decided to use WordPress as it was the easiest and I am glad I have made a good decision. Now WordPress is the most used CMS. Later I have created also a site about WordPress: https://www.wpdoze.com

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Pros of GitHub Pages
Pros of WordPress
  • 290
    Free
  • 217
    Right out of github
  • 185
    Quick to set up
  • 108
    Instant
  • 107
    Easy to learn
  • 58
    Great way of setting up your project's website
  • 47
    Widely used
  • 41
    Quick and easy
  • 37
    Great documentation
  • 4
    Super easy
  • 3
    Easy setup
  • 2
    Instant and fast Jekyll builds
  • 2
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Great integration
  • 415
    Customizable
  • 366
    Easy to manage
  • 354
    Plugins & themes
  • 258
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 247
    Really powerful
  • 145
    Rapid website development
  • 78
    Best documentation
  • 51
    Codex
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 18
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 7
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
  • 5
    Open Source Community
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Best
  • 5
    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
  • 4
    Community
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
  • 2
    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>

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Cons of GitHub Pages
Cons of WordPress
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    Not possible to perform HTTP redirects
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    Supports only Jekyll
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    Limited Jekyll plugins
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    Jekyll is bloated
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    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
  • 13
    Plugins are of mixed quality
  • 10
    Not best backend UI
  • 2
    Complex Organization
  • 1
    Do not cover all the basics in the core
  • 1
    Great Security

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What is GitHub Pages?

Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

What is WordPress?

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

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Netlify
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GitLab Pages
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Heroku
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