In order to achieve the desired effect, you do not have to choose the most expensive solution. Take the example of a CMS (Content Management System) panel based on WordPress and Symfony as a comparison. Each of these frameworks will do its job in general, but the devil, like always, is in the detail, in this case: in the price and the difference in usability.
What is WordPress and when can you use it?
So far, WordPress has been the most popular CMS in the world. This is a free and open-source CMS based on PHP and MySQL. Its script is more of a blog than a typical CMS. The top advantages of this framework are:
- the multitude of plugins that can be used in order to build a cool CMS,
- ease of use,
- availability of many different templates and themes,
- and the ability to create custom fields.
The popularity of WordPress is not a result of worldwide advertising campaigns, but of the continuous development of its features which are easy to use even without coding skills.
WordPress is a great solution in the case of e-commerce websites, online catalogs of maximum 1000 items, web business cards, blogs, or corporate websites. Then, the front-end looks lovely and the back-end admin panel is very intuitive and simple.
As a pre-made web solution built upon themes or templates, WordPress is relatively cheap. It is the perfect solution if you need a responsive, UX, business card or e-shop.
However, what if you need a sensitive personal data security system, thousands of products to manage online, a data store in a non-MySQL database, or various data repositories stored on the network?
In these more sophisticated aspects, the WordPress framework is not enough…
In this case, you may need a custom-made Symfony Framework
Symfony is used mainly in large, complex projects for example with several user permission roles, gathering extremely sensitive data, or demanding integration with external web systems, components or advanced calculators.
The advantage of this framework is that it allows for object-oriented programming and session management. Also, it has a wide range of plugins and plug-ins. Symfony is easy to configure. It also has automatically generated projects for testing or template systems. An important feature of Symfony is also the fact that you can use not only custom-made components but also Open Source. Symfony is equipped with a security component – a tool needed to keep your web application safe.
There are fewer Symfony developers than WordPress ones because the Symfony developer simply has to be highly-skilled to work in this complex technology. This is one of the reasons why Symfony is rather expensive. This technology though is still very popular because it ensures flexibility, scalability and durability of a web app.
To sum up…
WordPress is a very good script to run a blog, design a simple website or e-shops. It offers an excellent set for beginners or users who never work with coding.
However, if you are planning a complex web system or app functionalities which need to be well structured you will most likely need a Symfony framework.
If you need further assistance and would like to discuss with our Symfony or WordPress experts, do not hesitate to contact us, at createIT.com.