October 24, 2022 Blog

WordPress Alternative – Why Odoo Theme Is Better

By Fida-E Zaheer, Read 6 mins

WordPress alternative? WordPress is a powerful website-building platform. It has a major market share among web development platforms. WordPress covers over 43% of market share users whereas Odoo does not even fall in the top 5 major players that support web-building functionalities. However, WordPress themes have some major challenges such as being more prone to security issues. Comparatively, Odoo is well respected, open-source platform that is mainly oriented towards the ERP needs of the corporation that can be used to build an all-inclusive website. Due to its all-inclusive nature, the themes offered by Odoo have fewer issues as we’ll see below.

Overview Page of Themes

The theme overview page explains various aspects of the theme to the user. This overview page typically includes various functionalities, dependencies, version compatibility, license type, pricing, updates frequency, and customizability among other company and theme information. Having a thorough overview page enables the users to make an educated choice of the theme considering their business needs.

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The Odoo themes include an extensive overview page where clear screenshots of various functionalities, stats, and important factors are included. Most importantly, the themes by Odoo also include the theme log to indicate the changes and updates that have been implemented in the themes.

Comparatively, the WordPress themes have extremely limited information available on the overview page, with a major focus on the download’s stats. Having such an extensive overview page saves businesses money, in the long run, considering the time, effort, and billable hours spent by the developer in selecting the right theme for the business.

Themes Customization Options – WordPress Alternative

The need for customization is inevitable to occur when it comes to themes. The dev personnel would need to add or remove certain aspects of the theme applied to the website be it a person, or eCommerce website. Although the customization option is available in both WordPress and Odoo themes, the contrast in ease and scope in both web-building platforms is visible and is in favor of Odoo themes.

Odoo not only makes the customization easy and available to the developer by default but also makes the practical limit of the customization quite non-existent. With Odoo web development, customization is inherently available in the themes, and at the same time, Odoo partners can be of great help to customize the themes to any extent, to fit the business needs.

For WordPress however, the customization is limited and is often made available within the themes. Due to lacking nature of integration capability, customization in WordPress can break the whole website quite quickly. Due to these customization limitations in WordPress, the Odoo theme selection will be beneficial and cost-conserving in the long term.

Theme Maintenance

Theme maintenance includes stabilizing the existing functionalities as well as rectifying the bugs in the themes that may be discovered from time to time. Since the WordPress themes are closed source and code is often difficult to customize, theme maintainability is difficult consequently. Similarly, to remove the discovered bugs in themes, the theme developer’s intervention and support are crucial and hence the maintenance becomes a difficult task at the web builder’s expense.

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Maintaining Odoo themes, on the other hand, is extremely easy. First, the theme has a high level of update frequency, and most themes provide the option to update themes easily. Apart from the streamlined theme updates, theme customization makes it easy for the web developer to remove bugs or add functionality themselves. Theme maintainability is excellent with Odoo themes and is evident to the Odoo themes users. Due to the easy maintenance of Odoo themes, the company can easily save significant dollars over long periods.

Seamless, Uninterrupted Integration

Whether you chose Odoo, WordPress, or any other platform for your web development, sooner or later you would need extended functionality that is not available in the web theme by default. To extend this functionality, an addon, plugin (in the case of WordPress), or module (in the case of Odoo) is often needed. These additional functionalities work as the extension attached to the already-built system. It is of extreme importance that these add-ons not only keep the system intact but also can work seamlessly without hindering the functionality of each other.

In the case of WordPress theme plugins, they are installed very quickly and are updated as needed. Similar to WordPress, Odoo provides functionality extension through modules. A major difference between Odoo themes, and WordPress themes is that the WordPress themes do not have uniform integration with the existing theme and often compatibility becomes a problem. Comparatively, the Odoo themes are built with the integration of the modules in mind. This effectively means that compared to WordPress plugins, the Odoo extension modules integrate flawlessly, and seamlessly.

Therefore, the Odoo themes perform much better compared to the WordPress themes. Besides, with better module integration in Odoo ERP, the organization can easily save costs and crucial human resources that can be better spent in other aspects of the business.

Odoo Modules vs WordPress Plugin

Odoo modules are a complete package that brings in the additional functionality of doing completely different category and set of things. These modules mostly come at an additional cost and integrate completely seamlessly with all the modules and the core Odoo ERP system.

On the other hand, WordPress plugins provide a limited number of functions to the existing overall WordPress theme. Compared to the Odoo modules, the WordPress plugins are known to produce more friction in working collaboratively with existing themes and core web functionalities. Similarly, WordPress plugins are known to act as a backdoor to an otherwise secure website.

In practicality, Odoo modules provide much more functionality, security, and better integration compared with WordPress plugins.

Conclusion

Themes provided by Odoo have been found more useful and effective with streamlined updates and strong integration with other modules and core systems. Odoo themes also have better and more customization options, maintenance capability, and optimized and clear bug remediable codes. Due to these benefits, Odoo themes can save big bucks, and HR efforts in a long run, which can be better spent in other areas of the business.

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