Why Use b2evolution When WordPress Has Taken Over The CMS Market?Mar 23, 2012
In fact, WordPress.com hosts around 72,223,889 sites and as of August 2011, it’s estimated to host over 22% of all new websites! Other content management systems like b2evolution are simply pushed aside.
WordPress and b2ev have a lot of similar qualities; both offer numerous amounts of themes and plugins, are free for users, and are generally user friendly (although it can be argued that WordPress has an interface easier to manipulate and use).
After spending time on both systems we thought it would be beneficial to list the differences and the pros/cons of both platforms, and ask our readers: Which CMS do you prefer?
WordPress offers pretty basic designs for their themes and many custom themes can be accessed simply by entering search terms while logged-in. The WordPress theme library has one of the worst search functions we’ve ever seen, but if you know the author, theme name, amount of columns, color scheme, etc. you’ll have a good chance at being able to find the theme you want.
5. Multiple Blogs – This was actually an annoyance for us when setting up a b2evolution install (see #3) but in theory it’s a useful function. b2evolution has the capability to set up multiple blogs on different topics and aggregate a selection of the posts on those blogs. For example: if you have blogs A, B, C and D with C being your main blog it can aggregate the posts of A and B onto blog C or restrict content such as photos to remain on certain blogs.
6. Plugins – Both WordPress and b2evolution offer multiple plugins that support all the functionality you can dream of. Both content management systems offer flexibility in this area where integration is as simple as uploading the files through the interface.
The flexibility of b2evolution (by default) and their attention to on-page SEO elements, URL structuring, etc. is light years ahead of WordPress. The cartoon avatars and custom SEO settings are a really nice touch.
There really isn’t a definitive answer as to which CMS is “better” as it’s really determined by the needs of the user or business in terms of functionality, ease of use, and intended purpose. Many users feel that WordPress is more user-friendly, but b2evolution should be considered if having more control of on-page SEO features (by default) is desired.