Comparison Between WordPress and Dotnetnuke

When it comes to content management systems (CMS), WordPress and DotNetNuke are the largest and most well known in the industry. CMS’s have become popular due to the benefits that they offer to their users. In order to compare WordPress and DotNetNuke many things should be taken into consideration including similarities between the systems. This comparison should help you to decide which system is better for your purposes. Keep in mind that different does not indicate better or worse. Some of the features being compared are popularity, social networking, themes & plugins, and ease of use.


Hands down WordPress is the most popular CMS. DotNetNuke is easily in the top ten most popular CMS’s but WordPress is number one. People that do not build websites are aware of the existence of WordPress where DotNetNuke is on an island of it’s on when it comes to popularity. For example when you run a search for hosting and they all boast to support WordPress, nobody mentions DotNetNuke.

Ease of Use

DotNetNuke (DNN) and WordPress are both setup for easy use for any moderately computer savvy individual. They also both have features that allow a user to make some custom changes for more advanced users. They both have a team environment that can be managed and maintained by an administrator. But overall customer reviews claim that although DotNetNuke made advances towards ease with the DDN7 release WordPress is still considered easier to navigate and use. There are also many training videos out there to teach someone how to use WordPress. Instruction for DotNetNuke is not as readily available.


DotNetNuke is indited in VB.NET language with the platforms of Cloud and ASP.NET as a basis. WordPress is indited in PHP language with MySQL for storage of data. MySQL is a relational database management system it is obvious how the use of a system like this would benefit web design and architecture. This type of organization has become very popular among designers and developers.

Operating Systems

DotNetNuke can be used on the OS of Microsoft Windows or from the Cloud. WordPress is cross platform, meaning that it will run the same regardless of the operating system involved.

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Obviously both are content management systems. But to make an accurate comparison between DotNetNuke and WordPress it should be noted that WordPress is much more than just a content management system and is used for blogging and can be used for project management among a team of bloggers.

Themes & Plug-ins

DotNetNuke does not offer free themes or plugins. WordPress on the other hand has a plugin for everything imaginable. You can download project management, permalink, backup, and SEO plugins. If you can dream it you can add it to the WordPress experience. Some of these plugins and themes are more popular than others but have no fear a list of the most popular plugins goes out every year so that you can keep up with what is going on. They are available for free on the official WordPress site.

Browsers Compatibility

DotNetNuke can only be used on Internet Explorer whereas WordPress can be used on any browser. WordPress can be used on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer. This makes WordPress a clear choice if browser compatibility is what you are looking for.

Social Networking

DotNetNuke does not allow you to share to social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus. The sharing of photos, pages, links, or words from your site can not be shared on DotNetNuke. On WordPress sharing is allowed on social media applications and pages can be shared and posted for additional shares. WordPress is a tool that can be used to create ads, posts and messages to inform social media followers of changes or upcoming events.


DotNetNuke is updated annually. This annual update is usually a pretty big on and corrects bugs from the previous year while adding some new content. WordPress has frequent updates to correct issues as they are corrected.

Business Use

DotNetNuke is well suited for a business environment. It was created for that environment and works well as a content management system for business use. WordPress can also be used in a business environment but is so rich in variation that the direct use as a CMS may be lost on employees. With all of the extras and additions that WordPress can provide it might be good for a small company but with companies that have over 50 employees it would create too much variation.

User Experience

Most users prefer WordPress over DotNetNuke and this is proven with popularity and reviews. WordPress is a rich system with depth where on the other hand DotNetNuke is a content management system and that is all. That isn’t a bad thing because it was designed to be a content management system without bells and whistles. WordPress in comparison is more than that and the designers, developers, and editors reviews express this quite loudly.


So whether you are looking for a content management system that has frills and buttons or a bare bones system that has business at its heart hopefully this information will help. When comparing WordPress and DotNetNuke it is important to remember that while they are both CMS’s they were not both built to serve the same purpose. Differences does not make one any better than the other necessarily but one may not serve the same purposes as the other.

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