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OctoberCMS vs WordPress: What are the differences?

Developers describe OctoberCMS as "Open-source, self-hosted CMS platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework". October is a Content Management System (CMS) and web platform whose sole purpose is to make your development workflow simple again. We feel building websites has become a convoluted and confusing process that leaves developers unsatisfied, we want to turn you around to the simpler side and get back to basics. On the other hand, WordPress is detailed as "A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability". 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.

OctoberCMS and WordPress belong to "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by OctoberCMS are:

  • Page Components
  • Extensible Platform
  • Simple AJAX Framework

On the other hand, WordPress provides the following key features:

  • Flexibility
  • Publishing Tools
  • User Management

"Get back to basics" is the top reason why over 13 developers like OctoberCMS, while over 397 developers mention "Customizable" as the leading cause for choosing WordPress.

OctoberCMS and WordPress are both open source tools. It seems that WordPress with 12.6K GitHub stars and 7.64K forks on GitHub has more adoption than OctoberCMS with 8.69K GitHub stars and 1.96K GitHub forks.

Advice on OctoberCMS and WordPress
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Hi Stackers, We are planning to build a product information portal that also provides useful articles and blogs. Application Frontend is going to be built on Next.js with Authentication and Product Database helped by Firebase. But for the Blog / Article we are debating between WordPress/GraphQL plug-in or Strapi.

Please share your thoughts.

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Yves Do
Marketing Director at Strapi · | 7 upvotes · 21.1K views

We eat our own dog food at Strapi and the Strapi blog is actually a good example of a blog that you can make using Strapi. We built the blog using the Dynamic Zone feature of Strapi, allowing us to stack different components with relation to categories and blog posts. The blogpost collection type includes an SEO component, relations to Authors and Categories and all that's needed to add content easily.

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I would recommend that you create a firestore collection for all the blogs that you use. You do not need Graph QL, wordpress or Strapi because you are using next.js. Just use ISR(incremental static regeneration) to make a blog.

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Tried to use for my mobile app: 1- user role sucks, you have a max of 3 roles users 2- cannot create a user by passing only email, username and passowrd is required 3- cannot interate with users schema 4- plugins page sucks 5- internalizations is not clear, date time is not translated 6- it's not responsive

DIRECTUS is on another level guys, you should try it. Github stars aren't.

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Decisions about OctoberCMS and WordPress
Kamaldeep Singh

I usually take a slightly different tack because the technical level of people I usually am dealing with is lower. I tend to be pitching to decision makers and not tech people. A bit of my standard answer is below.

Wix and Squarespace are proprietary systems meant for unsophisticated users who want to build their own websites quickly and easily. While they are good for that specific use case, they do not offer any way to move beyond that if your needs arise. Since they are proprietary closed systems if you need something more advanced at some point your only option is to start over.

WordPress is an Open Source CMS that allows much more freedom. It is not quite as simple to setup and create a new site but if you are talking to me then you are not looking to build it yourself so that is really a non-issue. The main benefit of WordPress is freedom. You can host it on virtually any decent web hosting service and since it uses PHP and MySQL you can have virtually any developer take over a project without problem.

I believe in open source because of that freedom. It is good for me as a developer and it is good for my clients. If something were to happen to me or my company you would have no problem finding another qualified WordPress developer to take over the site in a totally seamless fashion. There would be no need to start from scratch.

Additionally the extensible nature of WordPress means that no matter what your future needs, WordPress can handle it. Adding things like e-commerce and custom quoting systems are just two examples of advanced solution's that I have added to WordPress sites years after they were first built.

WordPress is used by tiny one person businesses all the way up to major websites like the NY Times and I think it is right for this project as well.

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Xander Groesbeek
Founder at Rate My Meeting · | 5 upvotes · 190.3K 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:

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Pros of OctoberCMS
Pros of WordPress
  • 21
    Get back to basics
  • 17
    Highly customizable
  • 15
    Open-source, decent documentation
  • 12
    Laravel based
  • 12
    Easy to use
  • 11
    Production ready high speed backend development
  • 9
    Perfect frontend developer tool
  • 5
    Configurable backend
  • 5
    Perfect backend UI
  • 2
    Great community
  • 413
  • 364
    Easy to manage
  • 352
    Plugins & themes
  • 258
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 246
    Really powerful
  • 144
    Rapid website development
  • 77
    Best documentation
  • 51
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 16
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 6
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
  • 5
    Open Source Community
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
  • 2
    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>

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Cons of OctoberCMS
Cons of WordPress
  • 2
    Expensive recurring licence cost
  • 2
    Closed source
  • 12
    Plugins are of mixed quality
  • 12
    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
  • 9
    Not best backend UI
  • 2
    Complex Organization
  • 1
    Great Security

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