iWeb vs WordPress
iWeb’s is Apple’s attempt to jump into the blogging world. There are many things that make it a great program for creating websites. But there are also a lot of not so great things about it as well. Of course, the same thing could be said of WordPress. Here are the pros and cons of both.
Pros of iWeb
iWeb is probably one of the easiest Content Managing Systems you will ever find. Like most of Apple’s products, it is very intuitive. And when you’re ready to launch your blog, iWeb will do most of the work for you. It will automatically generate a homepage with snippets and images from your latest posts. It also keeps a blog archive rolling for you.
The actual layout of your website is very easy to design in iWeb. Just pick the theme that you want to use and then drag and drop features into your page. It’s very easy to design a beautiful page in almost no time at all through this method. You can get right to blogging almost as soon as you decide you want a website.
And that is iWeb’s biggest strength. It’s all about you blogging. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on site maintenance or messing with code. iWeb is all code free. If all you want to do is sit down and write, then iWeb can make that happen. Plus, if you have a new Mac, iWeb came preinstalled. It’s right there and free, so why not use it?
Cons of iWeb
iWeb is meant for the creation of personal sites. This means that you aren’t going to get very professional results out of it. If all you want is a platform to share your thoughts and opinions, then iWeb is all you need. If you are trying to present a more professional image, either for a company or to brand yourself as an expert in your field, iWeb can’t help you.
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Another problem with iWeb is that it struggles with SEO. Search engines have a very hard time finding iWeb sites. There are tools that you can use to try to increase your rankings, but they are only of limited use. And speaking of tools, iWeb doesn’t have a lot of plugins. What you see is what you get. This makes for limited customization.
Perhaps the biggest problem with iWeb is its lack of accessibility from other devices. Your website can only be edited n the computer that it was created on. Unless you plan on carrying your Mac laptop with you everywhere you go, you’ll be limited in when you can post anything. There is a scheduled posting feature to try to get around this, but it doesn’t work very well.
Pros of WordPress
WordPress is one of the most powerful Content Management Systems available. There isn’t much that can’t be done with one of their sites. There are literally thousands of themes to choose from, and then each theme can be further customized.
As an open source project, WordPress has one of the largest and most active user communities of any software there is. If you want to know how to do something, it is a pretty sure bet that somebody else has already done it and is willing to tell you how.
There is some code involved with WordPress, but the dashboard is very easy to use and navigate. Static pages can be mixed with a blogroll to get you a very simple but professional looking website. If you’re willing to put some money into this project, you can buy even more templates and customization options so that your site can look exactly the way that you want it to.
WordPress has Search Engine Optimization down. If you know how to improve your SEO, then traffic to your site will come pouring in. Even if you’ve never heard the term SEO before, the site’s built in features will boost your Google rankings.
WordPress has a ridiculous number of plugins available. Because it is open source, programmers love it. They are constantly trying to do new things. If you are trying to add a feature and are told that WordPress doesn’t support it, don’t give up. Chances are there is a plugin that will let you do the exact thing you are asking about.
WordPress is a great site for its endless flexibility and the SEO boost that it will give your site. But don’t overlook what may be its greatest feature: it’s free!
Cons of WordPress
WordPress brags that their super easy installation only takes five minutes, but this isn’t exactly true. You need to have your own web host ready to go, so you can add the time it takes to set that up. Once you become familiar with their system you probably can whip through it in five minutes. Your first time through, it’s going to take a while.
WordPress is designed to be easy for beginner programmers, but you’re still going to need to learn some code. Much of the customization can only be done by editing the CSS. Oh, and you need to pay to do that. So their free site is only free if you stick with the limited options. It still isn’t expensive, but it does kind of feel like false advertising.
Plugins are a huge advantage with WordPress because they let you do almost anything. But they can also be a huge pain. They need to be downloaded to your computer, extracted, uploaded to your web host and then configured for you WordPress site. Plus, WordPress is constantly updating itself, which may sound like a good thing, but many of your old plugins won’t work after a few new versions of WordPress come out.
No CMS is perfect. Even the almighty WordPress, which dominates its field has its shortcomings. After you sit down and plan out what you want your site to look like and what you are trying to accomplish with it, it should be easy to figure out which platform will best meet your needs.