WordPress and Kentico are both content management systems (CMS), but they are designed for different use cases and customer needs. Sometimes a website no longer meets the needs it was originally built for, whether its changes in functionality requirements, a desired upgrade that is not possible, previous website administrator or support company no longer available, difficulty getting access to skilled staff to maintain a website or an integration that is no longer supported.
There can be several reasons why a business might choose to move from Kentico to WordPress. Some of the reasons may include:
- Complexity: Kentico is a feature-rich platform that offers a wide range of functionalities and tools for web development and management. However, this can also makes the platform quite complex to use, especially for individuals or small businesses that may not have the expertise or resources to fully utilise all of the features.
- Cost: WordPress is an open-source platform and is free to use, while Kentico is a paid platform. For small or medium-sized sites or blogs, the cost of a paid platform may no longer be justifiable.
- Ease of use: WordPress is known for its ease of use and user-friendly interface, making it a popular choice for individuals and small businesses. Kentico, on the other hand, is more complex and is designed for enterprise-level websites and web applications.
- Customisation: WordPress has a large community of developers and users, which means there are a wide range of plugins and themes available for customisation. This can make it easier to add new features or make design changes to a website.
- Scalability: WordPress is a platform that can be easily scalable. This means as the website grows and evolves, it can handle the new features and functionalities that are added over time, which may not be the case with Kentico, which is more complex and may be difficult to scale. Kentico also does not have as big a community of developers that are producing plugins
- Support and Resources: WordPress has a large community of developers and users who provide support and resources for the platform, which makes it easier for individuals and small businesses to find help when needed. As Kentico is an enterprise grade CMS, developers can be expensive and hard to find. Whereas the WordPress developer community is large and developers are readily available.
- Third party integration: Third party integration may require some additional effort or may not be as straightforward as with other platforms like WordPress. For example, integrating with external services or other platforms may require some customisation or development work, which can be time-consuming and may require additional resources.
- Learning curve: With the complexity of the platform, there may be a steep learning curve for users who are new to Kentico. This can make it difficult to get started with the platform and may require additional resources, such as training or consulting, to fully utilise the features and functionalities.
- Search engine optimisation (SEO) friendly: WordPress is built with SEO in mind and has several features that help optimise websites for search engines, such as built-in support for clean permalinks, customisable meta tags, and automatic XML sitemaps.
- Multilingual support: WordPress has built-in support for multiple languages, which makes it easy to create multilingual websites.
WordPress is an open-source CMS that is popular for its ease of use, large community of developers and users, and wide range of plugins and themes available for customisation. It can be used for small and large scale website projects, the ease of use and ability to install plugins make it versatile.
Kentico, on the other hand, is a paid, proprietary CMS that is designed for enterprise-level websites and web applications. It offers a wide range of features and functionalities, such as e-commerce, marketing automation, and customer engagement, as well as a robust set of tools for web development and management. It is designed for big web applications, eCommerce web sites and business websites.
The process of transitioning from Kentico to WordPress will involve the following steps:
- Backup of your Kentico website’s content and files.
- Install and set up a new WordPress site.
- Migrate your Kentico website’s content, including pages, posts, images, and other media, to the new WordPress site.
- Depending on the complexity of the site, this can be done via an import tool, manual import, or through a plugin.
- Configure and customise the new WordPress site as needed, including selecting a theme and installing any necessary plugins. Please note that if you want your theme to look the same as your current site, that will need to be manually created or coded, this is not an automatic process.
- Test the new WordPress site thoroughly to ensure that all of the content and functionality has been properly migrated.
- Point your domain name to the new WordPress site and launch it.
If you don’t have the expertise inhouse, engaging a professional WordPress development company such as CircleBC to complete the migration from Kentico to WordPress can be beneficial for several reasons:
- Experience and expertise: A professional WordPress development company will have experience and expertise in migrating websites from other platforms, such as Kentico, to WordPress. We know how to properly handle the migration process, which can help ensure that the website’s data, functionality, and design are properly transferred to the new platform.
- Time-saving: We can handle the migration process quickly and efficiently, which can save you time and allow you to focus on other important tasks.
- Quality assurance: A professional WordPress development company will have a quality assurance process in place to ensure that the migration is done correctly, and that the website is working properly on the new platform.
- Compatibility issues: Our team can handle any compatibility issues that may arise during the migration process. They will be able to identify and resolve any issues related to the migration, such as plugin compatibility or design elements.
- Security: Our team have the experience to ensure that your website is secure on the new platform and will take the necessary steps to maintain the ongoing security of the website.
- SEO: We can take appropriate measures to maintain your precious search engine rankings, it is important to make sure that the url structure is consistent between the old site and the new and any page changes are addressed,
- Ongoing support: Our team can provide ongoing support and maintenance after the migration is complete, which can help ensure that the website continues to function properly and that any issues that arise are quickly addressed.
If you are looking to migrate your website from Kentico to WordPress, if you don’t have the inhouse resources to complete the migration for you, we can manage the process end to end, our team of WordPress experts will ensure that conversion is done correctly, quickly, and efficiently, and that the website is working properly on the new platform. It can also provide the peace of mind that the website will be secure and that you have ongoing wordpress support.
If your business is located in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Tasmania (TAS), Northern Territory (NT) and need to convert your Kentico Website to WordPress give the team at CircleBC a call, the initial consultation is complimentary and obligation free 1300 978 073.