Ruby On Rails Vs WordPress: Which One Is Right For You? – When you open your web browser on your computer or your devices, you will either go to a web app or a website. You may ask – “what’s the difference?“. It’s hard to really give a specific answer to that question. Today, we think of a web app as a dynamic website that users can interact with. A website, on the other hand, is considered static, meaning, it is more informational than interactive.
Nowadays, websites incorporate web apps in their pages thus further blurring the line between a web app and a website.
Web apps and websites rely on “programming languages” to be created, developed and maintained. Today, we will be looking at two of the more popular and the most used ones preferred by the masses: Ruby on Rails and WordPress.
I will give you a short but clear definition of each for those not familiar with Ruby on Rails or WordPress.
See also: Ruby on Rails vs Laravel: A Comprehensive Comparison
Ruby On Rails
Rails is a web application framework written in Ruby, thus its name. It is a Module/Model View Controller (MVC) which has a toolsel to help programmers/developers create web applications and websites as well. The toolset included with Ruby on Rails provides the default structures for a database, a web service, and web pages. Still a bit technical but you can’t find a simpler definition of what Ruby on Rails is.
In geek speak,
WordPress is an online and open source website creation tool written in PHP.
For the rest of the world, it may be the simplest to use and most versatile blogging and content management system (CMS) for websites.
WordPress is an application built using the PHP programming language which enables the user to create beautiful and responsive websites.
With definitions out of the way, let’s proceed to our main topic – Ruby on Rails Vs WordPress.
Ruby On Rails Vs WordPress: Which One Is Right For You?
We shall look at the following factors for this comparison:
- Ease Of Use
- Available Plugins
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Ease Of Use
Ruby on Rails is extremely hard to use especially if you are a newbie. It would take months (even years) before you can master the skills needed to use Ruby on Rails. There’s just too much to learn and these are also too complex for anyone to just get up and go with Ruby on Rails.
WordPress, on the other hand, is straightforward and uncomplicated. From personal experience, WordPress is so easy to learn that anyone can be up and running a website in less than an hour. I am writing this article using WordPress so you can trust me that WordPress is THAT easy to use.
WordPress installation is effortless. In fact, host sites have a “One Click WordPress Install” feature that comes with your subscription. After installation, you can start creating your website by selecting a theme is you don’t like the default one. You have complete control of your site’s theme and content really.
When we talk about pricing, we refer to the cost of the following: software, hosting, website creation and maintenance. Although both Ruby on Rails and WordPress are free, the former’s experts will charge you an arm and a leg to do work for you.
Conversely, with WordPress, all you really need is a budget-friendly and reliable host. You can create your own website in minutes after signing up for web hosting. Hosting service prices vary depending on what features the hosting company offers. Its up to you to find one that will suit your need. Check out Bluehost and Siteground for your hosting needs.
Would you want to waste your time building a plugin from scratch every time your website needs a new feature? Are you willing to pay a developer thousands of dollars just to build a single plugin for you?
When you use Ruby on Rails and you need a new plugin for your website, you have to deal with the questions above. For instance, you want to add an ecommerce feature to your existing website. Ruby on Rails just have more than 5000 plugins. This is not even a quarter compared to the 40,000+ plugins for WordPress.
With WordPress powering your site, you have the luxury of selecting from a myriad of FREE and FUNCTIONAL plugins for your site. That ecommerce feature mentioned above can be easily handled by the WooCommerce plugin for WordPress. Its free and only takes a click to install.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
You won’t have to worry about SEO with WordPress. There are tons of plugins to automate SEO for your website. You can install Yoast, which is the most used SEO plugin by users. Aside from this, most of the top ranking websites in Google use WordPress.
To get SEO on Ruby on Rails will require you to hire a professional. This means additional cost for you and we wouldn’t want that.
Since Ruby on Rails is too technical for the common user, any documentation you may find will sound Greek to you. Documentation for Ruby on Rails isn’t exactly that polished when compared to that of WordPress. WordPress also has a larger user base thus community support is better in terms of blogs, forums, video tutorials and more.
Similar to the above, you can get better support for WordPress than Ruby on Rails because of the bigger community of users that WordPress has. You can get help from almost everywhere in the web and both users and developers alike are very eager to help other WordPress users.
From the given pros and cons above I believe you will agree with me that WordPress is the logical choice if you are just starting out. But if you already have established your business/site using Ruby on Rails, better stick to it as migrating to WordPress might present more problems to you.
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