GitHub Pages vs WordPress: What are the differences?
GitHub Pages: Public webpages freely hosted and easily published. Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live; WordPress: A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
GitHub Pages can be classified as a tool in the "Static Web Hosting" category, while WordPress is grouped under "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS".
Some of the features offered by GitHub Pages are:
- Blogging with Jekyll
- Custom URLs
- Automatic Page Generator
On the other hand, WordPress provides the following key features:
- Publishing Tools
- User Management
"Free", "Right out of github" and "Quick to set up" are the key factors why developers consider GitHub Pages; whereas "Customizable", "Easy to manage" and "Plugins & themes" are the primary reasons why WordPress is favored.
WordPress is an open source tool with 12.6K GitHub stars and 7.69K GitHub forks. Here's a link to WordPress's open source repository on GitHub.
Stack Exchange, ebay, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use WordPress, whereas GitHub Pages is used by Lyft, CircleCI, and Bukalapak. WordPress has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5305 company stacks & 1389 developers stacks; compared to GitHub Pages, which is listed in 576 company stacks and 683 developer stacks.
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