WordPress Alternatives – Are They Really Worth It?

In today’s era of technological advancements, establishing an online presence is no longer an option but a requirement. Businesses, big and small, are compelled to build their own websites if they want to maximize the potential of the internet to grow their customers.

If you’re looking to start a website soon, you need to decide which website builder to use to get started. The good thing about today’s internet growth is that there are plenty of platforms that help you create a website.

Among the many website builders today, WordPress is prevailing, given the fact that it is being used by millions of bloggers worldwide. But how about getting to know some alternatives?

In this article, we’re going to show you 3 popular alternatives to WordPress that are worth your while. Who knows, you might just discover a platform that can better suit your individual goals as a business owner. Go ahead and check out the list below.

  1. Duda

Duda makes it convenient and easy for professionals with no technical skill to create a beautiful website that includes features that cater to the very needs of businesses. All it takes is a simple drag and drop and you’ll get a fully functional site in minutes.

Growing businesses with small and huge teams has never been easier with Duda’s integrated collaboration tools. Roles and permissions are not only available to your team members, but also to your customers – if you ever plan to build a website that sells an online software. To scale and track your ROI, Duda provides its users with complete sales tools and analytics.

But here’s one thing about Duda that will surely impact your bottom line: Its blazing fast, topnotch pagespeed. Admit it, nearly every website builder is optimized for mobile devices. Pagespeed is the next big thing. In fact, Google deems fast loading websites beneficial to increase customer loyalty, Google ranking, pageviews, and satisfaction – all leading to a boost in sales.

How did Duda decrease their render start time from 1.8 seconds to 1.4 seconds (a 23% decrease)? Among the things they did were to optimize images and compressed and minified the HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Now, you can ensure that your page loads within 30 seconds after it is published.

  1. SquareSpace

Launched in 2004, SquareSpace is a great website builder for bloggers who want to achieve a minimalistic look and feel. This advantage delights online users who prefer reading websites that do not have a lot of cluttered visual elements. You’re sure to get a fresh, aesthetically appealing look using this platform without tinkering too much.

When it comes to mobile optimization, yes, SquareSpace meets this requirement. You are also free to edit a selected number of templates as you wish – for example, if you prefer one style of header font over another. Also, if you do not have the skillset or budget to outsource your brand logo, you can simply use SquareSpace’s logo designing tool.

There are readily available symbols and typefaces to choose from. However, take note that its logo designing tool doesn’t allow you to upload your own images. When it comes to blogging, you’re allowed to manipulate and edit your images and create different types of content – tutorials, reviews, and more.

Lastly, just in case you’re looking for a tool like Yoast to optimized your content for SEO, unfortunately you won’t be able to do so since that plugin is exclusive for WordPress. However, you can still check your performance using third-party SEO applications by entering your site URL into the tools.

  1. Shopify

Who isn’t familiar with Shopify? This growing platform dedicated to e-commerce sellers is just what you need if you’re just starting out an online store and don’t have a lot of tech skills. No matter what you’re selling, jewelries or clothing, Shopify offers users storefront themes that are mobile-friendly.

Also, one aspect of Shopify that you’ll find very convenient and useful is that it has a collection of applications (paid and free) that you can integrate into your digital store. So, whether you need something to manage your inventory or social media presence, you can simply pick an app. This advantage is similar to WordPress’ widely available tools.

Shopify has a blogging functionality, though a user who has experienced WordPress in the past would definitely say that WordPress is more intuitive. Blogging on WordPress is also more customizable and visually appealing. Nevertheless, this difference doesn’t have any SEO implications.

To help you easily process payments, Shopify takes away the hassle of having to leverage third-party companies like PayPal and many others. With that, this platform has its own payment processing system that ensures topnotch security.

Wrap Up

These are the 3 WordPress alternatives that can help you start a professional business website. Hopefully, any of these alternatives will make a good match for you. To give you a quick advice before we end this article, remember to choose a platform that does not only spell convenience for you (in terms of ease of use) but also improves your business’ bottom line.

About Tim Erinwright

Tim Erinwright is a UK-based web developer at his freelance gig WRightDigital, and a self-professed tech geek and writer. When he’s not creating magic on WordPress, he can be found analyzing the “Song of Ice and Fire” books, and of course hiking.

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5 Responses

  1. Chris
    Chris August 25, 2017 at 08:15 | | Reply

    Nice one. I am sticking with WordPress, but I was very interested to read about Duda’s pageload speeds. Incredible, and very wise business decision. FB also rewards fast loading pages.

  2. George Joshua
    George Joshua August 26, 2017 at 14:31 | | Reply

    Hey Chris, to be honest with you, Without WordPress in my life my web creation experience is gone, wordpress won my heart because its open source and we can twerk it the way we wish, so if its not wordpress, its not wordpress

  3. Andrej
    Andrej September 2, 2017 at 08:56 | | Reply

    I would consider using Shopify if I needed to setup an online store. However, for websites I prefer definitely WordPress.

  4. KhakiMan
    KhakiMan September 26, 2017 at 14:53 | | Reply

    Isn’t Duda built on top of WordPress?

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