WordPress, which started out as a blog system, has grown into one of the most popular content management systems among designers. It's available in a limited form as a free hosted service, at www.wordpress.com, and as open-source software.
WordPress Is Best When
Webvanta Is Best When
|Your site is blog-like and uses tags to organize everything||You have a richer information architecture in mind|
|You can get by with the limitations of the hosted version, or cope with hosting the open-source version yourself||You like the idea of having lots of flexibility with the simplicity of a hosted service|
|You have at least a basic knowledge of PHP and you enjoy writing code||You prefer to avoid dealing with back-end programming|
|You want full access to all the software running on your server, and you're willing to keep it all updated and secure||You'd prefer to have professional programmers keep everything updated and secure|
|You get a thrill from the text message on your phone at 1 am telling you that your server is down||You like the idea of someone else being responsible for keeping the server running|
|You enjoy setting up backups and recovery plans, and making sure they run properly, indefinitely.||You'd like the peace of mind that comes from knowing that everything is properly backed up, on- and off-site|
WordPress is easy to get started with, especially if you use the hosted version. To gain full flexibility, though, you need to use the downloaded version, and deal with hosting it yourself. And if you fully customize it, you need to deal with PHP code.
Webvanta offers a hosted solution that is nearly as simple as WordPress.com to set up but gives you a dramatically more powerful site. You can implement a rich information architecture, with custom database structures, without programming.
You can use the same tools you use today to create designs in HTML and CSS. Then deploy that code on Webvanta, and easily integrate the CMS and database capabilities. There's no rigid theme system whose structure you need to adapt to: Webvanta fits into your code, not the other way around.
If your site consists of a blog and/or a handful of static pages, WordPress is a good solution. Webvanta is designed for sites that need more structure and more flexibility. Without any programming, you can have a taxonomy of hierarchical categories, pages that aggregate information across subcategories, and a customized database structure that matches your site's information needs.
Webvanta is a hosted, managed service. You'll never again have to worry about security patches, upgrades, add-ons that don't work with the latest version, backups, site monitoring, scaling, or system administration. You create the content and design for your site, and we deliver it, with a reliable, flexible back-end system that you can customize easily through our web-based control panel.