Alternatives to WordPress.
In 2021, exploitable vulnerabilities in WordPress have increased by 142%, more than double compared to 2020, as reported by the cybersecurity researchers at RiskBased Security.
This data once again brings attention to the famous Content Management System (CMS), raising a fundamental question: should an alternative be sought?
WordPress, the most famous CMS but also the most targeted
Originally designed in 2003 for blogs and news pages, WordPress has become the go-to platform for creating various types of websites, from corporate sites to online stores. Its versatility and popularity stem from the abundance of plugins (additional code) that add new functionalities, its open-source nature, and its large community.
However, websites built with WordPress are more prone to Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks than any other similar content management system, as mentioned in Imperva's 2014 reportThese attacks exploit vulnerabilities to inject code, potentially leading to information theft or user session hijacking. With the recent increase in vulnerabilities, these attacks could significantly rise, jeopardizing the security of at least 455 million websites.
In addition to these concerns, issues with WordPress have been discussed, ranging from potential user complexity in implementing advanced solutions to performance problems due to the substantial resources some plugins may consume.
If not using WordPress, what are the alternatives?
Odoo, a comprehensive and intuitive alternative to WordPress
While there are many alternatives to WordPress, such as Joomla or Ghost, one that offers extensive base features and excellent performance is Odoo.
Odoo Community is an open-source software system with no license cost. It integrates all aspects of a business: imagine having your online store seamlessly integrated with your invoicing without using two separate programs. Odoo comes with a wide range of built-in applications, eliminating the need to install additional third-party code: billing, human resources, customer management, e-commerce, website, project management, accounting, inventory, and more.
Even though it offers numerous features, you don't need to install all of them. If you only want a simple and corporate website, you can omit the rest. This flexibility makes Odoo suitable for both small and large projects.
In fact, several advantages make Odoo increasingly popular for almost any project, with 7 million
with 7 million users users worldwide already trusting it. Why?
3 advantages of using Odoo in your company
While there are many reasons Odoo might be ideal for you (and for many users), we highlight three that set it apart from others like WordPress:
1 - Everything is connected and in one place
In Odoo, all applications are interconnected, and you have them all available without opening other programs.
This means simple tasks like not having to check your agenda for a client's contact details; instead, you add them to your database. If you later want to create an invoice, you simply enter their name, and the system fills in the previously entered data. It might seem simple, but when dealing with multiple programs, entering the same data repeatedly is common.
And if you only want a website with e-commerce, forget about integrating additional programs for payment registration or inventory management: Odoo takes your inventory into account when offering products, and when a purchase is made on the website, it generates the payment record.
You can access information from one application in another whenever necessary, and you'll only need to enter data once to use it in all necessary applications. All at your fingertips.
2 - Utilizes Python
This detail is more important than it might seem—Python was considered one of the most secure programming languages in March 2019 according to a study by Mend (formerly WhiteSource), surpassing others like PHP.
PHP is another programming language used by WordPress and other web applications, also being one of the most popular. Despite having some security, a Veracode study published in December 2015 indicated that approximately 86% of applications programmed with PHP had at least one XSS vulnerability, as mentioned earlier.
Python has features that significantly enhance security, making it a choice for many banking institutions.
Recently, the European Union (EU) has expressed support for improving possible vulnerabilities in Open Source systems like LibreOffice, Mastodon, and particularly Odoo. These programs are used by EU public services, as reported on Joinup, the official website dedicated to IT-related matters for the EU.
3 - Has its own CMS
When creating a website in Odoo, its own content management system (CMS) is used, making it easier to add images, texts, or change any element.
It's a visual block editor, so adding something to the website is as simple as dragging the desired block. If you want to change your text, click on the text you want to delete, remove it, and add your text—you'll see the change instantly.
Special mention should be made of its ability to access information from anywhere or any device. With your username and password, you can have all the information you need whenever and wherever you want.
If all of this sounds good, and you want to start using Odoo for your website, to digitize your company's processes, or to enjoy all its features, don't hesitate to contact us!