Within the content management world there are plenty of platforms on offer. And the increasing quality of them have finally begun to make the heavyweight champion of the world, WordPress, pay attention.
Among these competitors include Drupal, Duda, Wix, and Weebly: the DWs.
So to get a better sense of how they compare to WordPress, today we’re going to put them up against the CMS that powers the majority of websites and rate them in terms of one of today’s most important digital packages: Core Web Vitals.
First up, when it comes to the overall score of Core Web Vitals, it highlights how much WordPress is struggling when compared to its competitors.
Core Web Vitals scores
- 69.3% – Duda
- 55.3% – Wix
- 50.2% – Drupal
- 43.3% – Weebly
- 31% – WordPress
As is clear to see, Duda is the stand-out performer among the 5 when it comes to Core Web Vitals. It scored a highly respectable 69.3%, a comfortable 14% lead on second place, which was taken by Wix.
In third place was Drupal, which had an overall score of 50.2%. Fourth place went to Weebly, on 43.3%. And WordPress found itself in a lowly fifth place.
That means, in terms of Core Web Vitals, WordPress finds itself 38.3% behind the leader, Duda.
A quick look at Weebly
Weebly deserves a closer look given that it’s had an interesting story. The platform began the year as the leader in terms of Core Web Vitals, with an overall score of 37.9%. It beat Duda, Wix, Drupal, and WordPress.
However, the year before, Weebly’s overall score for Core Web Vitals reached well beyond 50%. Yet it goes to show the acceleration of progress in the general content management system industry.
Almost exactly a year later, Weebly’s Core Web Vitals score began to pick up by 6%.
Unlike WordPress, Wix is a closed system that lets businesses build a digital presence. And like Duda, Wix has been busy developing and devoting resources in order to elevate its search engine optimization in addition to its Core Web Vitals scores.
And the work they put into enhancing its Core Web Vitals is reaping rewards. Wix’s Core Web Vitals at the beginning of the year stood at 28.2% yet now its scores have risen to 55.3%, earning it second place behind Duda.
“We have adopted a company-wide, performance-oriented culture,” said Dan Shappir, the performance tech lead at Wix. “Every feature, component and element that we deliver is built with performance at the core.
“Because of this, over the past year we’ve managed to achieve dramatic improvements for Core Web Vitals and have increased the ratio of Wix sites in the Google CrUX report with good scores for all three CWV by 750%.
“Performance is a journey, not a destination and we will continue to build upon this momentum to improve performance for our users, and their site visitors.”
Is open source the issue?
There are many critics that cry that WordPress is doomed because it is by nature an open-source system. But open-source systems are not inherently at a disadvantage.
And it’s very simple to prove: Drupal is another open-source content management platform that has strong Core Web Vitals scores. From the top 5 list provided earlier, it sits at number three.
So if Drupal can maintain and increase its Core Web Vitals, there is no reason why WordPress can’t. Whether it’s a case of complacency or not, it’s up to WordPress to look seriously into Core Web Vitals and how they can improve them for their users.