06 Jul Cms WordPress vs Specific Development
Do I have to do my website online via a Cms (content management system) or via a specific development?
This question of the choice of development tools comes up repeatedly. The answer is both simple and complex. If at the beginning of the project we focus exclusively on the cost differences between these two possibilities, we might be tempted to systematically turn to CMS (WordPress) for the development of an application or website because it seems cheaper.
It is however advisable to punctuate this reflection a little and to look a little more in detail the ins and outs of each of the options.
The WordPress CMS is initially dedicated to the creation and creation of institutional websites. Over time, tens or even hundreds of thousands of plugins have been added to the main core.
So much so that today, it might seem legitimate to immediately turn to the WordPress CMS to develop tailor-made solutions that meet business needs.
In addition, there are many reasons to use WordPress:
Additional database systems, such as Custom Post Types which are actually clones of existing WordPress functionality, open up various possibilities at a lower cost.
Another advantage of the CMS is its simplicity, which makes development under WordPress extremely fast.
Finally, its ease of use makes it a product of choice for the end customer.
So why not direct all of the website development to WordPress?
The answer: maintainability. From the moment we find a plugin that is really specific and we want to get out of its basic functionality, two possibilities are available to us:
- Either we buy the plugin and then we modify it so that it meets our application or our site, and therefore in this case we lose the guarantees inherent in this plugin.
- Either we will interface this plugin with another to complete the lack of the first. We will have the choice: do it directly on the first or modify the two plugins simultaneously.
- We will understand that we will soon be led to want to add plugins to make up for the lack of previous ones, which will give a tangle of extensions: a real house of cards.
At Lakoyweb, I’m there to guide you on professional modules integrated into WordPress, developed by specialists. For example, a customer wants a website for a job portal or car rental.
Plugins already exist on the CMS, and their installation will make them immediately functional and ready to use. In this case, the manipulations are carried out by specialists in this field and the incidents that this action could cause will be easily circumvented.
Indeed, this pile of plugins can generate disturbances within the system:
The general functioning of the system can be affected by being slowed down. The mechanism will also accumulate a certain number of security vulnerabilities. Each plugin being independent, their individual security must then be maintained, under penalty of increasing the number of these flaws and weakening the general security of the system.
The answer to the good functioning of the tool: backward compatibility.
WordPress updates itself regularly. We then find ourselves in a situation where the functionality of the plugins must sometimes agree with the update of the CMS.
If the plugin has been modified by us, we will be obliged to follow the WordPress update by updating it itself. This is one of the possibilities.
The other way to be backward compatible is as follows. If you have native plugins, they will not automatically be updated at the same frequency as WordPress. We will then have the need to use a whole set of technological watches for updating, which can be long and complex.
Once again, depending on the WordPress system that is chosen and the application, it can sometimes solve a problem very easily. You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” every time.
However, keep in mind that if we are focusing on WordPress development with specific modules, you need the support of professionals to advise you on your projects, and Lakoyweb has all the experience for you. guide in this adventure and is well placed to tell you if it should or should not be done on WordPress.
I will be able to accompany you on a category of products that are completely modelable with this CMS. For some products, I will have to do custom development.
Finally, WordPress brings speed, ease of use, low cost, but great difficulties when implementing multiple plugins.
For custom development, the Laravel Framework may have a more sophisticated approach, but with additional costs, which will nonetheless be able to be amortized over time due to the reliability, efficiency, and speed of the system.
Additional information, Laravel has been designed for a very specific use and it integrates harmoniously with what already exists in terms of technologies, including WordPress.
Why then not consider an institutional part on WordPress with content, and a second part on Laravel with a precise development carried out by us to respond to a dedicated application?
This question would be an axis to explore and deepen in order to feed the general reflection on the subject.
In any case, Lakoyweb is a specialist in this field and if you wish to further reflect on this, or if you have projects requiring professional support, come and consult me. I will guide you throughout the realization of your projects and point you in the best direction!