A different, and more detailed albeit slightly dated, feature
comparison can be found at CMS-Matrix.
In general, WebGUI tends to bundle the most-used features, whereas
WordPress leaves most of them to plugins. WordPress does have a vibrant
plugin and theme community, but they are often outmoded and of varying
WordPress, hosted on typical Shared or VPS
WebGUI typical V8
Theme files, written in PHP
None by default. Built-in jQuery conflicts with Bootstrap.
YUI among others [wikipedia]
Partly, built-in PHP
MySQL, possible PostgreSQL support
Web Server Linkage
starman and starlet
One WP install can serve multiple sub-sites, but many global variables
mean unrelated virtual hosts require entirely separate installs
Object-oriented, so theorietically possible to have a single
installation serve unlimited unrelated virtual hosts
Particularly Moose attributes, method modifiers and roles.
Plack::Response and Plack::Request objects
UPDATE: The Kickstarter project reached its funding goal! Codename for
Version 8 will be Allium Cepa. There is a project page on GitHub.
Scott Walters' 2014 Kickstarter, "Create Perl Competition to the PHP
Content Management System"
is somewhat open ended as to what this Perl-based CMS would be, but
likely it will be based on the GPL'd WebGUI system created by Plain
Black Corp. According to Scott's writeup,
…Version 7 is still being maintained, but 8 was a massive modernization
effort that reworked core to use Moose, Plack, Try::Tiny, and cleaned
Thanks to fantastic test suite coverage, the API and core of 8
work well, but the rewritten admin needs attention. Also, WebGUI
has traditionally targeted large companies, so the difficult install
process was not a major liability. To compete, installation has
to be dead simple. The themes are not adequately modern (which
is to say they look a little outdated).
I plan to get wG8 out of alpha, move it to a community development
model, finish the installer I created for it and OSX support, and
work with designers to create a modernized theme.
The installation script is currently Curses based, eliminating the web
hole even in the first steps. A Docker install may also be included.
…wG is one of the most impressive and mature things ever created
in Perl, and the community often raves to me about how much better
they like it than competing systems.
− scrottie in the WebGUI Forums
More from scrottie (July, 2014): Perl Needs a User Friendly CMS
From the Abstract, "Programming WebGUI: WebGUI 8 as a Web App
Framework" by Scott Walters,
the WebGUI content management system.
Building apps on top of CMSes has become trendy in the Python and
PHP camps, and for good reason: CMSes provide the primitives to
build the most common types of Web applications, they're easy to
interface with, and the idea of a tree of editable objects translates
well to interactive Web sites.
WebGUI ships with a pile of ready to use pieces of logic (called
"assets", implementing things such as shopping carts and Wikis)
for laypersons to build a site out of, but it's also a fantastically
programmer friendly framework for building more of these assets
WebGUI 8 is the upcoming iteration, sporting a new Plack interface,
Moose attribute based asset definition, and countless modernizations
and improvements. WebGUI handles the tedious work of data persistence,
permissions, generating edit forms, pagination, and more.