Web development tools (WordPress vs Django)

WordPress is a free content management system that many people use and with a great dashboard and community support. Django is a web framework that many developers use to power their websites and building websites from scratch. Choosing between the two depends mainly on your needs and your team’s expertise. WordPress vs Django is topic and dilemma many developers face when they want to develop their website.

Choosing the right tool is the first thing any developer thinks of before embarking on any design or development of a web project. Is there a right content management system that can help the most in my project?.

Once you start using a certain tool, WordPress for example, it’ll be hard and costly to switch and start using another content management system. Therefore deciding which web design tool to use before you actually start working is the first thing. Be sure if a certain software meets your needs and your team’s competence.

WordPress vs Django, Which one to use

The best to choose between two tools is to know how each function. Before we answering and advising on the best choice, let’s first get to know the Django web framework and WordPress.

WordPress Content Management System

WordPress is a content management system. It comes with a very easy to use dashboard where you can manage your content. Media, blog posts, and comments. It gives you everything you need to create any type of website. I wrote a tutorial that you can follow and appreciate the features and how easy WordPress. The WordPress system is made up of themes and plugins.

Themes

Every WordPress website should have a theme, a highly customizable template that you install in your dashboard and change the layout to your needs. Many themes are available to choose from. Some are free and others are not. You can also change your theme at any time.

Plugins

You can extend your WordPress website functionality using plugins. There are many plugins for different functions and this makes WordPress highly customizable. Plugins are free and also for sale. If you’re lucky you can find a plugin that actually suits your needs.

Why use WordPress

In case you have chosen to use WordPress to develop your website, here are the reasons why many people choose WordPress over other options.

  • WordPress is free
  • Takes less time to develop a complete website
  • Easy to use and customize
  • Easy and cheap to deploy a live website to a shared hosting server.

Django Web Framework

Django is a web framework built entirely with python. It comes with everything you need to build a website, a dashboard, ORM (Object Relational Mapper) for your database models. Views, Template Engine, Routing, and many other features you can use to develop a website from scratch. I wrote a blog post, how to create a blog with Django web framework. You can follow the tutorial and appreciate some of the features of Django.

If you need a content management system for your website, Django has a lot of options you can choose from.

Django Content Management Systems

Why use Django

Some developer chooses Django over WordPress for many reasons. Let’s explore some of those reasons here.

  • Fast. Django was build to help developers make websites very fast, from ideas to production in the shortest possible time. It achieves this through ready-made libraries such as the ORM for database models.
  • Security. Django ensures that the developers don’t make silly security mistakes.
  • Scalable. A Django project is made up of small pluggable applications. Each of those applications is easily pluggable to the main project.
  • Versatile. You can develop any kind of website with Django. From e-commerce, social platform, scientific web systems, mobile application backends.

Now let’s discuss when you should choose either WordPress or Django content management systems.

When to use WordPress

When you are new to web development, WordPress is a good choice because it’ll introduce you to the game. However, if when you know HTML, CSS and other web designing tools and languages, WordPress is best when you want to develop:

Types of websites you can build with Django

  • Company website
  • Blog
  • Personal Website
  • Portfolio
  • Small e-commerce site

Project features

  • Flexible and Adaptable for Changing Requirements
  • User-Friendly
  • Common use cases and no complicated features.

You can also choose WordPress when your team of developers has no deep knowledge of web development from scratch. It’s also good when you want to minimize costs because WordPress is free and easy to deploy to shared hosting.

When to use Django

If your project has features you cannot easily find on the internet, or no WordPress theme offers the same functionalities that you want on your project, then it’s best to choose Django.

Project features to use Django

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Highly customizable features
  • Scalable architecture.
  • High security
  • Unique validation of data
  • Custom user permissions

Types of websites you can build with Django

  • E-commerce
  • Directories
  • Scientific web systems
  • Banking systems