TYPO3 vs. WordPress

Compared to TYPO3 WordPress is actually a blog (web log) system, which can be expanded or converted to a Web Content Management System (CMS) with considerable effort.


System requirements

WordPress in the current version 3.5 is based on PHP version 5.2.4 and requires a MySQL database from version 5.0.15. The system requires few storage- and hardware resources and is therefore suited for efficiently setting up extensive blogs on any range of topics. As with any blog solution, WordPress also differentiates between two basic types of display areas: uploaded articles are allocated according to either topic category or date of publication. Every article can be commented on by users, provided this feature has been activated by the blog- or website operator.

Extensions

The blog system WordPress, similar to TYPO3, consists of a basic system and extensions that can be activated as needed. WordPress executes these extensions exclusively as plug-ins. The basic package of WordPress has only a small number of plug-ins. All others must be manually installed after implementation. There are a number of plug-ins available for this system, but these generally cover features from community-based social software or Web 2.0.

Limited Enterprise capability

For the most part, WordPress 3.8 supports two of the most important characteristics of an Enterprise Web CMS: multilanguage- and multidomain capabilities.

This was accomplished by integrating the features of the formerly separate multi-user version into the CMS. This enables operation of several blog domains under one WordPress installation. Multilanguage capability is achieved by plug-in. However, the plug-in has no Meta tags, which severely limits search engine optimization in combination with several language versions, and – should no plug-in be available for this problem – must be manually integrated.

Plug-in problems

Since WordPress is dependent upon a number of different plug-ins for different use cases, the plug-ins must correspond perfectly with one another in order to meet the stringent requirements of business-critical applications. Updating the CMS can lead to compatibility issues with existing plug-ins. Extensive tests are therefore necessary beforehand in order to ensure stable operation.

Security problems

The widespread popularity of the CMS coupled with regular security gaps (vulnerabilities) has unfortunately lead to several automated mass hacker attacks on WordPress installations in the past, often compromising hundreds of thousands of websites at a time.

Conclusion: TYPO3 vs. WordPress

Compared to TYPO3 WordPress is primarily a web log (blog) system, which is mainly suited for creating small websites. This is accomplished via community publishing, that is the active participation of users or employees, who fill the site with content. Even small website projects require the installation of additional extensions, in order to implement a traditional corporate web CMS with editorial system. With considerable effort, WordPress can be used as a corporate web CMS, but the user needs to invest time and knowledge in order to install the necessary plug-ins and get the system up and running. By contrast, many functionalities are integrated as standard features in TYPO3.

The clear recommendation at this point is:

  • Blogging: WordPress
  • Enterprise Publishing: TYPO3
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