WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that has been around since 2003. WordPress is being used to run everything from small blogs to ecommerce websites. Laravel on the other hand is a PHP Framework for building modern websites and web applications. While WordPress is a fully featured CMS, Laravel is not. However, Laravel can be used to create a fully featured CMS.
Intro To WordPress
As stated above, WordPress is a fully featured CMS. WordPress is completely free and open source. It also runs over 60 million websites across the entire internet. It is built using a theme and plugin based workflow that allows you to extend and create sites that look completely different from each other. WordPress has a very active community surrounding these features. As such, their theme and plugins repositories have over 50,000 entries.
Intro To Laravel
While WordPress is a CMS, Laravel on the other hand is a framework. Laravel is designed for programmers to accomplish something more complex than WordPress can handle and to do it in a reasonable amount of time. Laravel is based on top of Symphony which is a reusable set of components that make web development more efficient. Laravel does not come with a pre-built web interface or any fancy system tools. It is up to the developer to implement that how he or she sees fit.
How They Stand
Feature Sets (Blogging)
WordPress has laravel beat right out the bat when it comes to pre-built features. WordPress comes with a pre-built administration panel. WordPress comes with prebuilt blog and page functionality and many other useful tools. The plugin system that WordPress offers allows you to take features even further with the click of a button.
Laravel may not have all of these features, but what it does have is a nice community developing composer packages. Composer allows you to import packages that build on top of laravel very easily. Using Composer, a developer can easily import a new function into Laravel without much trouble. For example, if you want blogging functionality inside Laravel quickly, all you need to do is use composer to pull in a package called Wink. Once installed, and configured, you are now rocking and rolling with a blog based on Laravel.
Laravel was initially released in 2011. WordPress was initially released in 2003. We as a development community have come a long way since 2003. As such, standards and better practices have been developed. The project structure of WordPress is quite old and when in production, the file structure of WordPress is exposed making it much easier to exploit should a vulnerability be found. Laravel’s file structure prevents that happening by using a public folder. WIthin the public folder, there is a single entry point to a laravel application. The source files are hidden behind the server and can’t be accessed directly.
One thing WordPress has that Laravel does not (by default) is auto-update functionality. When WordPress needs to update to fix a security flaw or other things, you can easily do so within the administration backend. When Laravel releases a new version of the framework, a programmer has to manually update the application and possibly update any code according to breaking changes that may be in the update.
Laravel uses a much newer standard when it comes to its code. It is based on PHP 7 which contains many new features that WordPress is unable to take advantage of due to its legacy code. Due to this, Laravel is organized significantly better which makes it easier to maintain.
So Which One To Use?
If you are building a small blog or e-commerce site, then WordPress will not be a problem. This changes when you start building large websites. WordPress does not scale as well as Laravel. When it comes to more demanding applications, with modern features, Laravel is the clear choice for development.
Websites for booking services, payment gateways, project management applications and more benefit greatly from using a framework like Laravel instead of WordPress.
Think about what you are trying to accomplish. If it needs to scale, choose Laravel. If it is a small website with a blog and a couple other features, WordPress is an option.