Why we chose a modern open source CMS
October is built on Laravel, the best existing PHP framework. The framework includes all of the tools and classes that are necessary for building quality websites and applications.
Concerning the October CMS versus something similar to WordPress, the Zimple development team conducted a thorough analysis over three years ago as the CMS we were using was reaching its end of life. During this time, we carefully reviewed the WordPress and October CMS to understand which CMS would best serve current and future clients.
We started our exploration with an understanding that our business works with a diverse range of clients, who often require custom integrations and ongoing updates due to the fluid nature of their companies. The priority of ease of use drove this examination due to various users coming into contact with our CMS, including administration staff, marketing and IT managers.
Please find below some of the key findings that may help your decision-making.
WordPress has a user interface that we found to be unintuitive. The primary cause of this poor user experience was how Plugins changed over time, leading to fragmentation of the backend. Alternatively, the October CMS presents a clean backend that is easy to navigate, as demonstrated by the attached video.
Content is much easier to update in October for a range of users depending on permissions. Our developers have greater control in customising the CMS based on key stakeholder requirements. Essentially more time has been taken with the October CMS to ensure the user interface is scalable and easy to navigate.