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Ycode: Your WordPress alternative

WordPress.com is great for building static websites. It offers a large template selection and many features for basic projects. To create dynamic websites, plugins and extra work are necessary.

Ycode gives you complete design control with built-in features to create more advanced websites. It's still easy to use like WordPress.com and offers more flexibility to build exactly what you want.

Design

Ycode

Start with a blank page, use a template, or clone a project. The visual drag-and-drop page builder allows you to keep an eye on the design's front-end (WYSIWYG). In the advanced design sidebar, you can style all web elements using backgrounds, transforms, borders, and much more.

WordPress.com

Most people start with a template. Once installed, you can adjust anything from the fonts to the design of different elements. The template limits how flexible you can get with changes. Most other adjustments need to be made directly in the code (at your own risk).

Start from scratch
Start from a template
Clone projects
WYSIWYG
Responsive design
Advanced design settings Paid plan
Global design settings

User authentication

Ycode

The built-in user authentication feature provides login, signup, password reset, and new password confirmation pages. These templates are styled with TailwindCSS. You can also build these pages from scratch.

WordPress.com

WordPress does not have a native authentication integration. User authentication is possible, but you’ll need a third-party plugin to integrate it.

Built-in user authentication
Automatic authentication pages Plug-in only

Dynamic content

Ycode

Use dynamic content in two ways: Set up a local database (people love the UI) or connect data with the native Airtable integration. Import data in bulk or per one entry. Once you connect elements on your website to the database entries (aka, make content dynamic), you can choose how to display information.

WordPress.com

WordPress was designed as a blogging platform so the content management system is easy to manage and adding static content is a walk in the park. But you will need third-party connectors to make content dynamic, which requires extra knowledge and work.

Local database
Simple database UI
Import data in bulk Paid plan Plug-in only
Import data one-by-one
Dynamic content Plug-in only

Workflows

Ycode

Ycode's intuitive workflow builder automates the way you work—saving you lots of manual work. With workflows, you can do things like send emails, redirect users to other pages, show or hide elements, submit forms, and even delete database records!

WordPress.com

Workflows are not available in the WordPress.com builder. You can, however, use one of the many plug-ins to add workflow features. Keep in mind that these plug-ins are only available in the higher-tier plans.

Send email Plug-in only
Redirect Plug-in only
Wait seconds Plug-in only
Show or hide elements Plug-in only
Submit a form Plug-in only
Delete a database record Plug-in only

Elements

Ycode

All elements are responsive and can be dragged and dropped into the Ycode canvas. The Layers sidebar shows the hierarchy and lets you restructure elements one by one. Ycode is a no-code WordPress alternative, where you can build custom states and animations to create stunning visual experiences. Advanced no-coders can work with JavaScript and embedded HTML.

WordPress.com

Building in WordPress is a bit more complicated. There are no basic elements that you can just drag and drop into a canvas. You can edit elements within different sections on WordPress, or go straight into the code and make your edits there. The latter is only recommended for people with coding experience, as it’s easy to break your website’s functionality with one wrong edit.

Intuitive builder
Responsive elements
Custom states
HTML embed Paid plan
Custom code Paid plan Plug-in only
Drag and drop builder
Collection filters
Search
Forms with file upload Plug-in only

Collaboration

Ycode

With Ycode, you can purchase additional user seats and work together with other people on your project. Each user seat invitation gives the invitee access to work on projects and transfer projects to different accounts. You can set roles and permissions individually.

WordPress.com

With WordPress.com, you can add user seats at no additional cost. That being said, some user roles are only available in higher-tier premium plans. Like Ycode, you can also transfer websites from one account to another.

Multi-user accounts Paid plan
User-permission management Paid plan
Project transfers Paid plan

SEO

Ycode

Ycode generates semantically clean code that makes websites mobile-friendly and fast to load. You can set SEO and social metadata like titles, descriptions, keywords, and a social sharing image for each page. Or, exclude your website from site search results.

WordPress.com

WordPress is great for creating SEO-friendly web pages and blogs. However, you'll need a higher tier plan or a third-party plugin like Yoast or SEOPress to make enhancements. You'll then be able to add things like meta titles, descriptions, keywords, and social sharing images.

Clean code
SEO meta data Paid plan
Social sharing data Paid plan
Exclude from search results Paid plan
Dynamic SEO and social tags

Integrations

Ycode

Ycode has a native integration with Airtable, making data syncing easier than WordPress. You can also use any external APIs to enhance the look and feel of your web app and create dynamic content. Ycode also connects to Zapier, giving you thousands of apps to connect to using Zaps.

WordPress.com

Plugins are key to adding or enhancing functionalities on your WordPress website. They are built in the PHP programming language and work in tandem with the WordPress platform. There's no Zapier integration available.

Native Airtable integration
Native MailerLite integration Plug-in only
External APIs Plug-in only
Zapier integration

Hosting

Ycode

Ycode hosts and launches your website. Each project comes with a URL that can be publicly visited after publishing and an SSL certificate. You can also connect custom domains. Ycode automatically makes backups, or you can create one yourself manually at any time.

WordPress.com

WordPress is an open-source solution and only offers custom domain support in its premium plans. You are responsible for finding WordPress hosting alternatives, setting up your custom domain at your hosting service, and investing in CDN technology. Backups can be made using a plug-in.

Automatic public URL
Custom domain Paid plan Paid plan
SSL
Backups Paid plan Plug-in only

Pricing

Ycode

With their free plan, you can try out Ycode and build your first app at no cost. Once you get comfortable and need more projects features and space, or user seats for your account, you'll have a few plan options to choose from.

WordPress.com

WordPress offers a free version, but many find it quite limiting in terms of features and prefer a premium plan. User seats can be added at no additional cost, however, some user roles are only available in the higher tier premium plans.


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