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Is Craft CMS right for me?

by Olivier Michelet
on 11 Dec, 2019

As of November 2019, WordPress holds 61.8% of the world’s CMS market share. Since its inception in 2003, WordPress’s base 423,759 lines of code have spawned millions of websites world-wide, making it the most popular CMS of all time.

However as time has gone by, WordPress’s foolproof functionality has slowly began to falter in the shadow of innovative and more flexible offerings.

Craft CMS is leading the charge in this new, elevated era of CMS; creating a platform that delights web developers and content specialists alike.

Let’s talk a little more about Craft, why we recommend it and whether it’s your perfect CMS fit.

 

1. What is Craft CMS

Craft CMS is a modern, open-source content management system that puts the content at the centre of its experience.

Craft describe themselves as a ‘flexible, user-friendly CMS for creating custom digital experiences on the web and beyond.’

Craft CMS is specially designed to facilitate custom websites; providing digital teams with ‘blank slate’ foundations and complete control over HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This creative freedom is a huge selling point for developers, as other CMS platforms – such as WordPress – can come with a backlog of unnecessary, outdated code that may force developers to reply on templates.

Craft is also built with a highly intuitive interface that makes content management a breeze – including a ‘live preview’ function which allows content authors to preview their changes directly in the backend (as opposed to having to open a new page). This feature is helping to bridge the digital information-gap and provide greater clarity between back-end content management and the end result.

It doesn’t just stop there, click here to check out Craft CMS’s other standout features.

 

2. Why we use Craft CMS

Craft’s claim to be ‘the CMS that makes the whole team happy’ is a simple yet effective summary of its benefits.

Within our digital projects, Craft CMS allows for easy developer and content author workflows, and is constantly updated with new functionality such as a native GraphQL integration since v3.3, which allows Craft to be used as a headless CMS.

This headless CMS capacity is especially useful when working with scalable companies who want to make the most of their content and plan for the future; such as expanding it across a number of sites or even an app.

 

3. Craft CMS vs WordPress and other platforms

Craft CMS is a relatively recent CMS and has the advantage of learning from 15 years of WordPress releases. Therefore it is relatively cleaner tool as it is a CMS pure player compared to WordPress which started as a simple blogging platform and evolved into a fully-fledged CMS.

WordPress are doing their best to compete with agile competitors such as Craft, however it looks as though their recent shift to Gutenberg simply won’t be enough to match the highly usable interface and adaptable design and development process that the Craft experience provides.

WordPress is and always will be a wonderful platform develop with, however if you’re looking for a truly unique site with top-of-the-line technology, headless ability, an intuitive content management system and scalable capacity for growth, Craft CMS is the way to go.

 

Where to from here?

Our expert team are highly skilled in the creation of custom web design with Craft CMS. If you want to learn how Craft can evolve your web experience – get in touch with our team today!


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