GitHub Pages vs WordPress

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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:

  • Flexibility
  • 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.

Decisions about GitHub Pages and WordPress
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 121.9K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Xander Groesbeek
Founder at Rate My Meeting · | 5 upvotes · 126.5K views

So many choices for CMSs these days. So then what do you choose if speed, security and customization are key? Headless for one. Consuming your own APIs for content is absolute key. It makes designing pages in the front-end a breeze. Leaving Ghost and Cockpit. If I then looked at the footprint and impact on server load, Cockpit definitely wins that battle.

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10 Years ago I have started to check more about the online sphere and I have decided to make a website. There were a few CMS available at that time like WordPress or Joomla that you can use to have your website. At that point, I have decided to use WordPress as it was the easiest and I am glad I have made a good decision. Now WordPress is the most used CMS. Later I have created also a site about WordPress: https://www.wpdoze.com

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Pros of GitHub Pages
Pros of WordPress
  • 289
    Free
  • 217
    Right out of github
  • 185
    Quick to set up
  • 108
    Instant
  • 107
    Easy to learn
  • 58
    Great way of setting up your project's website
  • 47
    Widely used
  • 41
    Quick and easy
  • 37
    Great documentation
  • 4
    Super easy
  • 3
    Easy setup
  • 2
    Instant and fast Jekyll builds
  • 2
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Great integration
  • 410
    Customizable
  • 361
    Easy to manage
  • 350
    Plugins & themes
  • 258
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 246
    Really powerful
  • 144
    Rapid website development
  • 77
    Best documentation
  • 51
    Codex
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 14
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 6
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    Best
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
  • 5
    Open Source Community
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
  • 5
    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
  • 4
    Community
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
  • 2
    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>

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Cons of GitHub Pages
Cons of WordPress
  • 4
    Not possible to perform HTTP redirects
  • 3
    Supports only Jekyll
  • 3
    Limited Jekyll plugins
  • 1
    Jekyll is bloated
  • 11
    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
  • 10
    Plugins are of mixed quality
  • 8
    Not best backend UI
  • 1
    Complex Organization
  • 1
    Great Security

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What is GitHub Pages?

Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

What is WordPress?

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.

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What are some alternatives to GitHub Pages and WordPress?
Netlify
Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
GitLab Pages
Host your static websites on GitLab.com for free, or on your own GitLab Enterprise Edition instance. Use any static website generator: Jekyll, Middleman, Hexo, Hugo, Pelican, and more
Amazon S3
Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
Medium
Medium is a different kind of place on the internet. A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints. Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications. A place where conversation pushes ideas forward.
Heroku
Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
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