Comparing the Two Blogging Applications
Administration Panels – WordPress
The WordPress dashboard has a state-of-the-art appearance and provides users a feeling of confidence. Plug-ins integrate right into the dashboard. There are options for Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plug-ins, Users, Tools, Settings, and Email. Not to mention saving drafts, viewing previews and publishing posts is all very simple.
The BlogEngine.NET dashboard just simply does not stack up. It is less user-friendly, has less options, and has less style.
Building a site around WordPress is less money.
If you’re using BlogEngine, someone is going to have to do all the custom work in asp if you are going to integrate the blog into a website.
WordPress makes this easy, you can simply add a cover page file to your theme allowing for a separate home page.
Customization – WordPress
WordPress plug-ins can be installed with a few simple clicks and with all the information right in front of you. I have yet to search for a plug-in and not find what I was looking for. Themes are just as easy to download and there are plenty to choose from. WordPress currently offers almost 10,000 plug-ins and over 1,000 themes.
Ease of use - WordPress
With WordPress I don’t have to worry about the appearance of my post because WP makes everything so easy for me. With WP, people with very little technical skills can contribute their time more effectively to their blogs and not have to struggle with FTP and programming. WP saves you time and money.
With BlogEngine.Net I sometimes had difficulty completing simple tasks such as inserting videos and images into my posts. I often would end up having to do this with raw html editing.
Features – WordPress
WordPress has a rich text editor, media upload capabilities, dynamic feeds, category management, tagging and content management. You can also auto-save drafts, choose a fixed time to publish your posts, and easily edit your permalink structure. The list goes on and on.
Installation – WordPress
How can you beat the famous 5 minute install?
Maintenance – WordPress
Let’s assume you pay to have a custom built site using BlogEngine.NET. What happens if the programmer decides not to work on your site anymore? Well, you’re going to have a tough time trying to find someone to help. If you succeed in finding a reasonably priced, reliable, and experienced programmer they will need to become familiar with all your custom programming.
With WordPress, it is easy to find a developer to help you work on your site. In addition, WordPress plug-ins notify you when you need to upgrade and with a click of a button you will have updated your site. Of course, all of these updates are free because WordPress is open-source as well as continually expanding.
Maturation – WordPress
Over 6 years old, WordPress has gone through many versions and so it is a more refined application for creating websites.
BlogEngine is relevatively young in comparison.
SEO – WordPress
Experienced web developers choose applications like WordPress and Drupral over BlogEngine.NET because of their superior SEO optimization.
It’s more work to customize BlogEngine.NET to make it reasonably friendly for traffic driving search engines.
Style - WordPress
WordPress blogs often look better, have sleeker designs and are more organized than their BlogEngine.NET counterparts.
Support – WordPress
Of course both have forums for support but, as previously noted, WordPress has a much larger community and has been around longer.
Personally I’d take WordPress over BlogEngine.net any day of the week. I have had experience with both and I have found that WordPress beats out Blogengine.NET by leaps and bounds. With my BlogEngine.NET blog I had many problems which I had to refer to Sethuraman. These problems could’ve been easily solved with WordPress plug-ins and other features saving time, effort, and money. Even simple tasks such as inserting images and videos into my posts was far more difficult than it needed to be. To be fair, BlogEngine.NET it is still in the development stage and I’m sure community support for problems such as these will expand over time. However, the only reason I could understand anyone running BlogEngine.NET over WordPress would be because they had some sort of ridiculous preference for Microsoft applications. This isn’t even a very good excuse because WordPress does not require a lot of PHP knowledge and there is plenty of support for beginners.
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