Screenshot of NASA's new website built on WordPressOriginally built on Drupal, NASA decided nearly two years ago to re-think what CMS (Customer Management System) their website was built on.  In the discovery phase, the website editors were said they wanted something without rigid templates. They wanted more flexibility when designing the nearly 70,000 posts and pages of the NASA website.

After evaluating hundreds of CMS solutions, 4 stood-out. To decide which of the 4 they preferred, NASA tried out each CMS by creating identical prototype websites on each platform and having users try them out

Three things made WordPress standout:

  1. Access to Resources. WordPress is open source and supported by a huge community of programmers, authors and content developers. With a commercial system (one that is proprietary and not open source,) one has to go to the developers for questions and concerns.
  2. The plugin ecosystem is highly flexible and varied and content can be analyzed by the author before it is published. before
  3. Easy to use environment for creating content

WordPress’s built-in Gutenberg block editing system enables web designers to create great content, but switching to it wasn’t easy for everyone. A lot of time was spent on providing hands-on training for web designers who needed additional help. An environment of open discussion was created to ensure everyone had the help they needed.

On a personal note: I am one who finds the block editor difficult. I am spoiled by years of using Divi’s visual building and block editor!

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