We evaluated a number of content management systems (and even started to build our own from scratch) before we finally came to the conclusion that, for clubs like yours, the WordPress framework was the best way forward.
Below are some of the reasons why we built the site in the way we did:
Did you know? 16% of all websites ran on WordPress in 2012. That’s an estimated 58,000,000 sites.
WordPress is not the only way to build a content driven website, several other CMS (content management system) exist.
Did you know? WordPress holds 53.8% of the market share for Content Management Systems (in 2012). That means over half of all website owners using a CMS have chosen WordPress. Joomla, the closest competitor to WordPress in terms of popularity, holds just 9.2% of the CMS market. Drupal sits in third place with 6.7%.
WordPress.com is great…….. up to a point.
Very quickly you will run into the limitations of WordPress.com and understand why opting for a self-hosted wordpress site like teamthing.com makes sense for your club.
So if wordpress.com is not flexible enough to cater for the specific functionality required by clubs, surely I can just get my own hosting account, domain and install WordPress on a self-hosted site?
Yes, absolutely, this will get around the limitations of a wordpress.com site, but it will be incredibly difficult to replicate all the pre-packaged functionality included in your teamthing.com site.
Hassle: To go down the self hosting route you must buy the (correct) hosting, set the hosting account up, provision the server, install WordPress, choose a theme, choose the correct plugins (that play nicely with your theme), think about security and performance, deal with the server going down, update plugins, update core etc etc etc. Even after you have done all this you will still may find that your theme does do do exactly what you need it to, or even look anywhere as good as it looked on the demo site that you bought it from.
Cost: Not counting the cost of your time in setting up and maintaining everything mentioned above, the cost of setting up the server, yearly fees etc will roughly be the same as what teamthing.com charge for their ‘Pro‘ account. This also does not take into account that you will need to pay for your theme and custom plugins to get anywhere close to the functionality that teamthing.com offers you out-of-the-box.
Building on a CMS framework is the right choice for us and we believe, without it, we would not have been able to bring you the complete solution that we have for clubs today.
We are extremely happy with our choice to opt for a framework like WordPress as it has allowed us to focus on delivering essential functionality, quicker, to clubs like yours.