This is the second piece in the WordPress for Enterprise series by Pantheon Hero Roy Sivan, a Senior Software Engineer at The Walt Disney Company. Here, he takes us through the different reasons WordPress is financially beneficial for enterprise companies.
Oftentimes, tech projects come with strict budgets that are expected to be stretched as far as possible, even in enterprise organizations. WordPress offers wide versatility in developing content-rich websites and applications that can scale, without compromising functionality or design. Choosing WordPress works well for budgetary reasons because it offers robust out-of-the-box (free) functionality, reduces much of the costly upfront setup time, has lower software maintenance costs, and widens the pool of talent when more resources are needed.
At its core, WordPress simplifies content management, making it a go-to platform for any team needing to focus on great content creation and publishing. It comes with flexible content structures that can easily be combined with dependable plugins to create an extremely customized solution. This applies to everything from small, blog-focused websites, to extremely complex enterprise application projects. Any project with content components at the forefront should consider WordPress.
Reduce Upfront and Recurring Costs
There are a few key ways WordPress helps reduce upfront costs. And, no matter if the original project development team handles the ongoing management of an application or not, keeping software costs low initially can mean more budget for other projects or added features on existing applications.
For any piece of code launched to production, there are crucial updates that always need to be made, such as security patches. With WordPress, a team of volunteer engineers works continuously to find and fix these security holes, so those costs aren’t accrued by the enterprise.
Ongoing maintenance and feature patches are also included with major updates, allowing for the advancement of the application without added resource costs. When it comes to actual defects within WordPress, you can expect quick resolution from that same open source community of volunteers. These savings are critical, as implementing version updates requires significantly less time than identifying, engineering, and releasing defect fixes.
Lower Training Costs, Increase Talent Pool
In my experience working with and in enterprises, custom solutions made for specific business requirements work well... until resources move teams, business needs change, or code gets outdated.
Training becomes more of a burden in these situations. New engineers who may be familiar with the code language or the underlying framework will still need more time to ramp up and understand the full scope of an application. With WordPress, though, a common file structure and coding standards makes it easy for engineers to quickly grasp what is going on with the code. Training will still be required for business-specific modifications and UI flow but, overall, developers will have a much faster transition period than usual.
Tech conferences provide a great way to get training, additional knowledge, as well as networking. The tickets for many enterprise-solution tech conferences, though, range from hundreds of dollars to thousands. On the other hand, WordCamps (weekend conferences catered to WordPress, on a local and national scale) cost about $20/day, or $40 for the weekend, including lunch and snacks. These conferences are a low cost, high value tool for enterprise businesses. More team members can be sent simultaneously, enabling them to learn together, boost collaboration, and increase morale.
On both sides of the application (code and content writing), finding experienced talent is also easier with WordPress-based platforms. Websites powered by WordPress currently make up around 33% of the Internet. This means the pool for talent is larger and, therefore, finding the right resource is easier.
Find an Optimal Solution for Critical Requirements
Strict enterprise regulations around security and scalability should not eliminate WordPress from a consideration set. With the right infrastructure partner, WordPress works for enterprise companies—it can handle massive traffic spikes and support security requirements.
The Pantheon WebOps platform is focused on helping organizations meet these requirements, allowing WordPress builds on Pantheon to achieve enterprise-level satisfaction. Built-in WebOps tools, such as an integrated Git engineering flow, ensure a better standard for code and the ability to create feature- or ticket- specific environments. If you're looking to create content-rich websites and applications that can scale on WordPress, your enterprise solution is made easier with Pantheon.
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