Is WordPress a viable alternative to SharePoint?

Intranet managers at some small businesses say they prefer the free content management platform often used for blogs over Microsoft’s collaboration software.

That’s how Shel Holtz of Holtz Communication + Technology describes the difference between Microsoft’s SharePoint, an intranet and content management platform the software maker calls its “collaboration software,” and WordPress, a publishing tool often used for blogs.

Sharepoint licensing can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $60,000. WordPress software is free, though there are costs associated with hosting. That cost difference has led some communicators on Twitter and elsewhere to wonder if it’s worth ditching SharePoint for WordPress.

“Allegedly others have done it with success,” Valerie Hoven, an intranet administrator in health care, tweeted in a chat about internal communications.

In spite of the wide gulf between the two software packages, intranet managers have indeed chosen WordPress over SharePoint. But experts such as Holtz raise a few concerns.

Too expensive, ‘too proprietary’

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