Plate versus WP Multisite
Plate and WordPress are Content Management Systems (CMSs). Originating as a platform to start a blog, WordPress has become a popular CMS thanks to countless plugins that developers from all over the world can write and offer on the platform. This is possible because WordPress is "open source. WordPress is at its core a basic CMS with limited features, but by purchasing plugins you can turn it into an advanced CMS.
Plate, unlike WordPress, is a multi-tenant hosted CMS. This means that we at Plate take full ultimate responsibility for the CMS and the security of the CMS and all websites running on it. All clients run on one version of the CMS and benefit from centrally implemented security and maintenance updates. Plate was developed with a strong vision of making content scalable and manageable, and with that in mind, it offers multisite, for example, as a standard solution for organizations with multiple websites and a need for centralized management and maintenance.
WordPress, like Plate, can be used as a multisite solution, but with WordPress you have to configure it manually. You need several plugins to run WordPress as a stable multisite solution with functionalities around multi-content (pushing content back and forth) and multilanguage. All of these plugins often have different developers and so an update to one plugin can break another plugin. Therefore, multisite within WordPress usually results in a lot of extra maintenance. With Plate, all the necessary multisite functionalities are in the platform by default without the need for plugins. If an existing site needs to be published in another language in addition to Dutch, that is literally 10 seconds work in Plate; no plugin or expensive developer is needed for that. Content is then easily duplicated between the different language versions. With WordPress, all these features require a developer.
When do you pick which multisite CMS?
If your organization has in-house developers with WordPress knowledge, a WordPress multisite setup can be a good solution. If an update causes a feature on the websites to stop working, you can fix it properly yourself. If that's not the case and you have to hire an outside developer, you'll probably need a solid SLA because regular updates to WordPress are necessary to maintain the multisite solution and cover the security risks of "open source.
Don't employ your own developers and are looking for a CMS that basically has all the elements of multisite, multicontent and multilanguage in it and is also easy to use? Then Plate is your best choice. All major multisite features are ready to go within the CMS and require little maintenance. This makes the TCO (Total Costs of Ownership) for a serious multisite configuration significantly lower if you choose Plate.
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