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Wagtail vs WordPress: What are the differences?

Developers describe Wagtail as "A Django content management system focused on flexibility and user experience". Wagtail is a Django content management system built originally for the Royal College of Art and focused on flexibility and user experience. 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.

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

Some of the features offered by Wagtail are:

  • A fast, attractive editor interface
  • Complete control over design with standard Django templates
  • Configure content types through standard Django models

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

  • Flexibility
  • Publishing Tools
  • User Management

"Highly customizable" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Wagtail, while over 397 developers mention "Customizable" as the leading cause for choosing WordPress.

Wagtail and WordPress are both open source tools. It seems that WordPress with 12.6K GitHub stars and 7.69K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Wagtail with 7.45K GitHub stars and 1.62K GitHub forks.

Stack Exchange, ebay, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use WordPress, whereas Wagtail is used by Thermondo, Hactar, and sinnwerkstatt Medienagentur. WordPress has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5304 company stacks & 1387 developers stacks; compared to Wagtail, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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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.

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Yves Do
Marketing Director at Strapi · | 6 upvotes · 18.2K views
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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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Decisions about Wagtail 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 · 151K 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 Wagtail
Pros of WordPress
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    Highly customizable
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    Very Flexible
  • 17
    StreamFields are amazing
  • 14
    Web content management
  • 12
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 11
    Fast as hell
  • 9
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Customizable
  • 7
    Solid documentation
  • 3
    Very High Performance
  • 2
    Plugins & themes
  • 0
    The Wharton School
  • 411
    Customizable
  • 361
    Easy to manage
  • 351
    Plugins & themes
  • 258
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 246
    Really powerful
  • 144
    Rapid website development
  • 77
    Best documentation
  • 51
    Codex
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 15
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 6
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
  • 5
    Open Source Community
  • 5
    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
  • 5
    Best
  • 4
    Community
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
  • 2
    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>
  • 1
    WordPreess

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Cons of Wagtail
Cons of WordPress
  • 2
    Not a full CMS: basic components require heavy coding
  • 2
    Small developer community
  • 1
    Expensive to develop
  • 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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What is Wagtail?

Wagtail is a Django content management system built originally for the Royal College of Art and focused on flexibility and user experience.

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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    What are some alternatives to Wagtail and WordPress?
    Django CMS
    It is user friendly and has a very intuitive drag and drop interface. It's built around the needs of multi-lingual publishing by default. Its lightweight core makes it easy to integrate with other software and put to use immediately, while its ease of use makes it the go-to choice for content managers, content editors and website admins.
    Drupal
    Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
    Django
    Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
    Strapi
    Strapi is100% JavaScript, extensible, and fully customizable. It enables developers to build projects faster by providing a customizable API out of the box and giving them the freedom to use the their favorite tools.
    Ghost
    Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.
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