SharePoint and WordPress Features Comparison

Updates [as of 2013-04-22]
WordPress.org has 1,700+ themes available
WordPress.org has plug-ins for content publishing workflows

Scope of Comparison
The scope of this comparison is the internal business environment where content usability is primary and presentation is secondary.  Why?  Because we don’t need to woo our business users; we need to focus on content usability relative to their business processes.  Presentation is that expensive 20% of the equation whose purpose is to attract and retain audience attention; in our case, the internal business user simply wants quick access to content without the glitter.   Images &/or graphics may be useful when they improve the navigation experience and overall product adoption benefits for the business user.

Review Summary
SharePoint is an intense platform available to use out of the box or extend based on business needs.  This is not a single dimension product; this is a platform of products that can be configured to integrate with multiple data sources, systems and audiences.

SharePoint is two dimensional as it provides for an interactive, integrated and engaging experience for users.  This is not simply a push platform like a blog site; users expect to not only find the content and data they need, but also be able to tune it to their needs and business processes.

SharePoint provides for the needs of
– the producer (who manages the content)
– the consumer (who consumes the content)
in the perspective of transforming
– the raw data (numbers, characters)
– into actionable information

WordPress is not SharePoint and vice versa.  Both platforms have unique features, target specific audiences, meet specific requirements and have their own costs of ownership.  Each must be evaluated in the context of the larger business model, organizational architecture and future infrastructure strategy to arrive at your own conclusion.

Platform
With SharePoint, there are many facets and features (SP2013) available out of the box with the ability to build your own or purchase existing 3rd party web parts

With WordPress, there are many facets and features available out of the box with the ability to include other plugins as well

Integration
With SharePoint, you can connect to many other sources of data and systems to provide a central front door for your business users to get at the data they need without them even knowing where exactly it is originating from.  SharePoint also integrates with the common office tools and file types that business users use everyday.

With WordPress,  integration is spoken in the context of add-ins related to themes and presentation.

Permissions
With SharePoint, Site Administrators &/or Site Owners have full permissions to manage
– who can see the site
– who can see specific lists, libraries and pages
– who can edit specific content
– who can configure the site presentation
– who can create new lists, libraries and pages
– who should receive user access requests

With WordPress,
– pages and posts may be secured with a password

Search
With SharePoint …
– content (i.e.; lists, libraries and pages) may be excluded from the search index
– content is security trimmed in the search results
* you only see content to which you have access
* no broken links
– custom search pages can be associated with specific keywords or topics to drive the contextual experience
– additional search scopes can be defined based on your business processes and organizational hierarchy (i.e.; All Sites, People, etc.)
– additional content sources (i.e.; Old Intranet Servers, WordPress, External Sites, Local Drives, etc.) may also be included
– metadata refiners may be added to help users filter the search results based on relevancy

With WordPress …
– site search is available

Workflow
With SharePoint, configure custom workflows; the sky’s the limit
With WordPress, specific workflows are available via plug-ins; the majority appear to focus on content publishing

Forms
With SharePoint, customized forms based on action (view, create, edit) by audience is included
With WordPress, the ability to customize forms is not available

Business Intelligence (BI)
With SharePoint, integration with Excel is only a few steps away.  Configure the web parts and define the presentation look and feel as needed.  The presentation of list, library and page data in the form of a chart or graph is possible as well via the SharePoint Designer tool or PerformancePoint.

With WordPress, BI capabilities are not included

Content Publishing
With SharePoint
– content may be drafted and reviewed by others prior to the final publish
– it may also be scheduled for publication to an internal or external SharePoint site

With WordPress
– content may be drafted and reviewed by others prior to the final publish
– see the workflow plug-in Edit-Flow

Presentation – Themes
With SharePoint, a set of basic themes are included and more may be created via Word or PowerPoint.

On WordPress.com, there are now 201 themes available on the site with more themes available on other sites across the internet.
On WordPress.org, there are 1,700+ themes available.

References
Online Manual for WordPress
SharePoint:  WordPress For The Enterprise?
SharePoint vs Drupal vs WordPress Comparison
WordPress vs SharePoint Comparison

Notes [4/15/13]
Current version of SharePoint is now at 2013 (at the time of this article)
Current version of WordPress is now at 3.5.1 (at the time of this article)

How has SharePoint affected you?

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