When it comes to website content management systems, WordPress remains, by far, the most popular choice for companies. In fact, recent data show an estimated 60% of websites that use a CMS choose WordPress.
For a lot of companies, WordPress has the qualities that meet their needs. It’s easy to use, it offers numerous third-party plugins, and it’s fairly flexible. Too often, however, popular is used interchangeably with best – and in our opinion, at least in this instance, inaccurately so.
Last year, we announced our next generation CMS, TrustedPartner Open (TPO). So, what makes TPO different from TrustedPartner?
TPO is an open-source distribution of Drupal 8 that has been tailored to meet the needs of nonprofit and cause-based organizations. What does that mean? Well, it includes all the core features of Drupal 8, but the CMS has been extended with enhanced features to support the specific needs of nonprofits and causes. It’s also designed to meet WCAG 2.0 Priority AA standards out of the box and is fully responsive across all mobile devices.
In other words, it gives us the ability to develop and design sites for our clients that are custom, intuitive, secure and, most importantly, tailored specifically to help them reach their goals.
So what does TPO mean for our clients?
1. Websites are much more secure.
Security is one of the biggest differentiators between Drupal and WordPress. Drupal touts enterprise-level security and provides in-depth security notifications – which is why it’s the platform of choice for federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. and around the world. The shortlist of high-profile websites on Drupal include: the White House, the House of Representatives, NASA, the departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Health, Defense, Justice, Transportation, and Homeland Security and Agriculture. A 2016 report from Sucuri, a globally-recognized thought leader in the website security industry, found that the vast majority of hacked websites are hosted on WordPress – and a hacked website makes no one’s day.
Many of our clients’ websites have sensitive data, and TPO provides an enterprise level of security and customization regardless of industry. Drupal requires specific coding standards that must be approved prior to adding a new module to your website – and its security team is constantly reviewing Drupal sites for vulnerabilities and reporting on them within the Drupal community.
2. It’s easier to make sites responsive.
TPO implements a feature called “Paragraphs,” which makes it a breeze to manage robust and engaging website content across various devices. For content creators, WordPress’s WYSIWYG editors can be frustrating and often create problems when a site is viewed on mobile devices. With Paragraphs, our clients can easily position chunks of content within a structured layout of their own design, allowing clients to easily create complex displays without overcomplicating things – or having to submit a ticket to our support team for help.
3. It’s easier to meet new ADA website guidelines.
All websites are on the hook for ensuring accessibility for all users (check out our guide to WCAG 2.0 if you haven’t already), and TPO makes it much easier to meet these standards. Through a combination of “Semantic HTML5” and “ARIA,” we’re able to create interactions and content structures – even ones with dynamic content – that are more usable and easier to understand for people with disabilities. All sites we develop for our clients are designed to meet Priority AA of WCAG 2.0, so you have one less thing to worry about to make sure your site is in compliance.
4. Sites include advanced features and integrations.
TPO features powerful search and sort capability through Apache Solr Search, a highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant server providing distributed indexing, replication, automated failover/recovery and more. TPO also includes powerful marketing technology tools, including social sharing (Open graph tags, Dublin core tags, and Twitter cards), Constant Contact and Mail Chimp ESP integrations, Facebook tracking pixel and Facebook Insights integrations, Google analytics integration and more. In addition, the CMS supports flexible role-based publishing workflows (like editors, publishers and admins) to make content creation and approval a breeze.
5. TPO lets clients do more with less.
With TPO, we can provide more security, more customization and more enhancements, without clients having to submit support requests for content or layout changes. The bottom line? Clients have the power to do more in less time – which is something we can all benefit from.
Like our legacy TrustedPartner CMS used by hundreds of nonprofit organizations, TPO provides a simple and user-friendly management interface for content publishers and editors, while giving clients access to the powerful advanced features built into the Drupal 8 platform. The result? An easy-to use, secure, scalable website platform that meets your needs and helps you reach your goals.
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