WordPress and other CMSs such as Drupal and Joomla often are compared with a bespoke CMS which could be designed specifically for a project by companies sizing up the options for their own website.
There has been a move away from bespoke CMSs. More and more people have chosen WordPress to be their CMS of choice. It’s certainly the first choice for many design agencies. Many clients find it easy to master, helping them to manage their own website once an agency has finished the more technical side of it.
Bespoke CMSs can often not be kept updated to meet a client’s needs. If an agency ceases trading, the CMS becomes defunct. Because WordPress has a large community and millions of users, there is always support and other learning resources to ensure that it keeps going and going and going. If a site owner chooses WordPress, they can do in the certainty that it will still be there day after day, unlike those using a bespoke CMS.
However, a bespoke CMS does have advantages for some corporations with very specific needs. Some companies do choose to have an interface that sits well with their individual workflow to make everyone there more efficient.
The Calypso interface that is currently being used at WordPress.com and with Jetpack plugin users is an interface which works using the REST API. The REST API can be used to build a custom interface for companies who need something a little more specific than the basic WordPress interface. This means that agencies will be able to build clients custom interfaces that don’t look or operate like WordPress’s standard interface, but that still interact with the data from WordPress.