Whitehouse.gov Switches Website CMS to WordPress

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Whitehouse.gov, the official website of the White House and topics on the United States’ economy, national security, budget, immigration, and healthcare has migrated to a new Content Management System.

“Whitehouse.gov moving their CMS to WordPress is a big move,” says SEO National President Damon Burton.

Having previously been on Drupal, Whitehouse.gov has new opportunities for scalability with WordPress.  Powering nearly 30% of all websites in the world, WordPress is a seamless backend that can be managed by multiple users and can provision users’ access across its content.

Like a wolf pack mentality, because WordPress is so widely used, this affords Whitehouse.gov improved security since so many other sites are vested in WordPress’s stability.  The White House will no doubt have their own security measures implemented, but being part of the bigger WordPress community provides the opportunity for security gaps on their site to be discovered by other smaller sites first, the White House keeps a pulse on WordPress security reports and fixes the issue before it gets exposed.

“In addition to security, WordPress offers better indexability and discoverability for search engines,” says Burton.  “With an improved site structure, Whitehouse.gov can get their message out faster and more efficiently to the masses via search engines.”

A review of the site’s source code reveals added plugins to enhance WordPress.  Burton identified plugins to improve flexibility such as Yoast and W3 Total Cache.

  • Yoast is a plugin that intends to improve a websites crawlability for search engines.
  • W3 Total Cache aims to improve page speed.

The theme’s style sheet reveals it is version 45 of their WordPress theme.  Whether the version count is accurate is debatable.

With greater scalability, improved flexibility, and enhances security options, Whitehouse.gov moving  to WordPress will likely be an improvement supporting long-term stability for the site.