If you’re thinking of starting a website for your business, there are several options out there that are wildly popular; two of the most widely accepted of these are Tumblr and WordPress. While both are the subject of a fair amount of online debate in various tech and business blogs, in our opinion, there’s no question that WordPress packs far more punch than Tumblr, particularly for business websites.
For those of you who may still be unconvinced, we’ve compiled some of the main features of Tumblr and WordPress to help you decide for yourselves.
Go viral with Tumblr
There’s no denying Tumblr’s widespread popularity as a micro-blogging platform; it boasts a very active global community that enthusiastically re-blogs and shares content, giving your content a greater chance of going viral and getting impressive reach. A user-friendly interface and backend, overall simplicity, and a broad range of customisable themes also add to the Tumblr experience, making it an ideal platform for posting lists of images, videos and ideas quickly and easily.
However, while Tumblr’s simplicity makes it excellent in terms of social networking, it cannot truly be referred to as a fully-fledged web publishing service. To begin with, it doesn’t offer any widgets or plugins, effectively limiting any website’s capacity to expand or add useful additional functionalities like eCommerce capabilities, for example. Secondly, its free options for customisation are far more restricted than those of WordPress, requiring users to pay for premium themes.
The sky is the limit with WordPress
On the other hand, WordPress offers a much more comprehensive package. As with Tumblr, building a WordPress website can be done for free; but unlike Tumblr, WordPress provides infinitely more scope for growth and freedom in terms of website development. As a bona fide content management system (CMS) with hundreds of free plugins and widgets, WordPress websites are suitable for even the most ambitious professional endeavours.
In addition to its far greater number of customisable themes and CSS templates, WordPress also makes it possible to have multiple contributors with separate accounts for each website. As a veritable CMS, users can also access analytics, text editors and many more options that aren’t available to Tumblr users.
Open source vs. in-house technology
Lastly, perhaps one of the main reasons WordPress will always remain a cut above Tumblr is the simple fact that it is a self-proclaimed Open Source project; this means that actual WordPress users are the ones creating the technology that you use to build your WordPress site.
All of WordPress’ widgets and plugins are designed by users, so that WordPress’ technology is constantly evolving and growing to satisfy the changing demands of its user base. Tumblr, on the other hand, is a privately owned company with in-house developers, which automatically slows and limits its scope for rapid, creative technology development.
Talk to the experts
If you’d like to know more about why WordPress might be right for building your website, or if you’d like an expert hand at creating an innovative, on-trend WordPress site for your business, get in touch with us at Point and Stare today. We’d love to show you everything that WordPress can do for you.