Why do we prefer Statamic over WordPress?

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Arlind Musliu

January 4, 2022 · 5 min read · 3,065 views

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Statamic vs WordPress for Modern Web Development

In the dynamic world of web development, WordPress has long stood as the titan of content management systems (CMS), especially for beginners or those without extensive coding knowledge. Its user-friendly interface and cost-effective setup have made it a favorite choice for launching websites with limited resources. However, the reliance on myriad free plugins can sometimes backfire, as they may conflict with each other or break with updates - leading to potential downtime and unexpected expenses for professional fixes.

While WordPress is accessible and widely used, it might not always satisfy the advanced needs of clients who demand cutting-edge web technology and a robust return on their investment. This has led some web developers and agencies to seek out alternative platforms that offer a blend of flexibility, performance, and security.

We even thought that making our own custom CMS with Laravel was better than using WordPress. Then we discovered Statamic CMS, which offers a compelling alternative, particularly for those moving away from WordPress. We often assist clients with migrating their websites from WordPress to Statamic due to its numerous benefits.

What is Statamic CMS?

Statamic is a versatile CMS that caters to a range of project sizes. Starting with a free version, it allows the creation of simple yet effective websites. For more ambitious and professional endeavors, the Pro package, at $275 per project, unlocks a suite of advanced features, including:

  • Multilingual support

  • Unlimited user accounts

  • Git integration for version control

  • A highly customizable control panel

We encourage you to explore the Official Statamic DEMO to get a firsthand experience of its capabilities.

Statamic sets itself apart with its flat-file architecture, which negates the need for frequent database backups, as it stores data in markdown files. However, for those who prefer, database integration is still an option.

A screenshot of the Statamic Control Panel showcases the intuitive features available, which can be streamlined for clients by assigning specific user roles to limit functionality.

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Key Benefits of Choosing Statamic

  • Speed: With no database queries to run, websites built with Statamic load with lightning speed.

  • Security: The flat-file system inherently reduces exposure to common database-related security threats.

  • Version Control: Keep a meticulous record of site changes, knowing who edited what and when.

  • Collaboration: Developers can work together seamlessly, without the hassles of traditional migration processes.

  • Customization: The Control Panel can be tailored to fit the unique needs of each client.

Diving Deeper into Statamic

Built on Laravel, the popular PHP framework, Statamic facilitates further customizations and unique backend functionalities with ease. Its comprehensive documentation and relatively gentle learning curve make professional website development more streamlined than with WordPress.

For design flexibility, we use Tailwind CSS to create custom, responsive components within the Control Panel, allowing for quick layout changes. Statamic's templating engine, Antlers, is friendly for those already acquainted with Blade or Twig syntax.

We've adopted Statamic for most of our web projects, impressed by its professional-grade CMS capabilities, rapid performance, and robust security features. The Control Panel's intuitive layout and the overall system efficiency have consistently exceeded our expectations.

One of the standout features is the ability to build custom designs for specific clients and organize them into reusable components. These components empower clients to assemble new pages while preserving a cohesive design aesthetic, giving them more creative freedom in website customization. An accompanying screenshot demonstrates the flexibility clients have in adjusting design elements.

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Contributing to the Statamic Marketplace

Our involvement with the Statamic Marketplace aligns with our commitment to community contribution. We have developed some highly professional Statamic Starter Kits, ideal for quickly setting up personal websites, SaaS, or blogs. Add your logo, choose your preferred design components and write some content. That's it, as simple as that!

  • Landtamic - the most popular paid starter kit, featuring 100 design components and an array of exceptional features.

  • Formatic - a very powerful self-hosted form builder, tailored to meet your distinct design requirements.

  • Real Estate - establish your presence and elevate your real estate agency.

  • Cloud - offers a cost-effective introductory package that has all the essential components.

  • Résumé - makes building your personal website super easy.

To ensure your website is future-proof and performs excellently, it's crucial to achieve high scores on Google Lighthouse. Enter SeoChecker, an indispensable tool integrated with your Statamic site that provides expert SEO and performance insights, helping you enhance your website's effectiveness.

This article is part of the "Which technologies do we use and why?" series where we explain the technologies that we use daily.

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