Plone vs. WordPress: a Few Distinctions to Consider

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Many organizations and businesses consider web presence to be one of the essential factors of their prosperity. Though Content Management Systems (CMS) provide great help in building bright and powerful  websites, the choice of the proper one can be a difficult task in itself.

When it comes to Plone vs. WordPress – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Both platforms are treated as robust and reliable pieces of software, but are targeted at different audiences. Let’s try to analyze which one will fit your needs better.


Plone is a free and open source system built on Zope application server. It is one of the Enterprise-oriented CMSs that is most commonly used by large organizations. Some of the high-profile Plone-based sites are: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, United Nations, Yale University and NASA Science. One of the reasons why this platform is favored by sites with complex needs is its high level of security. According to Mitre, Plone has the lowest number of reported lifetime vulnerabilities when compared to other popular CMSs. Another tempting advantage of this piece of software is that it comes shipped with a set of powerful features such as:

  • multiple site creation option;
  • caching and load balancing;
  • versioning, comparing history and reverting content, etc.

However, there is no light without a shadow. Plone has a couple of drawbacks that make some users think over switching to another CMS. Those are:

  • Slow performance when logged in. Plone sites tend to work faster when the user is not logged in.
  • Issues with caching. Some changes made by users may not occur because the page the page has been cached. In order to make modifications, you have reload the page.
  • Relatively small community. There are not so many Plone developers and active users out there, so if you encounter some problem, there is a big chance you will have to find a solution on your own.
  • Smaller number of add-ons, especially when compared to WordPress. There are around 2150 add-ons available up to date.


WordPress, to the contrary, enjoys the fame of being the most well-known CMS. The number of its followers is counted by millions. The community of the software is very active and welcoming – so in case you got stuck, you won’t be left alone to deal with them. Just like Plone, it is a free solution and in addition to the built-in set of features, WordPress offers a large array of plugins to expand website’s functionality. At this point there are over 37000 plugins available in the official WP Plugin DIrectory with most of them being free of charge. One more reason for such wide popularity of this tool is its ease of use. No technical experience is necessary to create and set up a simple site in a short period of time.

As for the drawbacks of this CMS, WordPress isn’t secure enough out of the box – therefore it can be a target of hack attacks. However, the issue can be easily corrected with the help of third-party plugins.

All in all, both of the aforementioned CMSs have their strong points and weaknesses. The only thing left to decide is which one can fulfill your goals and expectations better. If creating a large and complex website that requires a high level of security is on the horizon, Plone should be high on your consideration list. But if you want to have a smaller site that is easier to manage, your tool of choice should definitely be WordPress.

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Valentyna Tysiachna

Valia is a vivid CMS platforms observer, that’s why she found her dream job of marketer manager at CMS2CMS migration service. Keen English learner, music lover and passionate content writer, she enjoys constant improvement and is open to challenges.
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