Why WordPress is the Last CMS You Should Opt For

WordPress is one of the most, or even the most hyped content management systems ever. It is favored by many people and there are some really good reasons for it to be so well-liked. There is no doubt that a lot of clients opt for WordPress because one can work with WordPress for free. This is surely a very strong ‘pro’ WordPress argument. Moreover, WordPress offers its clients a number of interesting possibilities due to the elaborate system of plugins. So, with WordPress, you can create a lot of things ranging from a simple blogging site to a unique website or sophisticated online store.

However, when you are about to launch your own site and are looking for the best solution, you should be aware of the problems you may face if you start working with WordPress.

1.  First and Foremost WordPress is a Blogging Platform

The first thing to know about WordPress is that it was created as a blogging platform. The company doesn’t like to admit this fact but it is true. So, you should understand that WordPress is not a full featured CMS. To make your WordPress website perform some complicated CMS functions you are supposed to add various plugins. There are a number of them but there is no pre-built all-in-one solution here.

2. Plugin System

WordPress has a plugin system they are proud of. It means that you can create a site of your own and make it functional by adding different plugins. You can do whatever you want; there are more than 40, 000 plugins to choose from at the moment.

The plugins are created by a wide range of WordPress developers. The problem is that the entry barrier is extremely low.  It means that the professional level of a person who adds his/her plugin may be not high enough.  As a result, plugin conflicts are common within WordPress. So, one has to be extremely careful with adding plugins because they are developed by different developers with different level of coding knowledge. You may face a serious problem resulting in malfunctioning of your website.

The only alternative to using plugins means programming the functionality yourself, which means, at the very least, you need a reasonable knowledge of php.

3. Сoding Knowledge is Necessary

There is one more detail you should take into consideration. If you are a newcomer in the world of web development, you are certainly searching for an easy variant with little or no coding knowledge involved. In this case, WordPress is definitely not the way to go. You do need to know what it takes to get a site online with this platform. Of course, it may be even interesting to learn something new, but only if you have time for it. If there is no time you’d better find all-in-one website builder with a ready-made template. The market is full of vendors that offer the solutions, requiring no coding.

4. Never Ending Updates Story

The plugins used to run your WordPress website need constant updating. Of course, the digital world can’t go on without updating, it is absolutely necessary. But in the case of WordPress, updating becomes a constant source of irritation. Each time you login there is a probability you need to update something. The worst thing about updating is that there is no guarantee your site will be working properly after the next upgrading session. If you don’t have a website administrator and you are doing all the work yourself you will have a lot to do.

5. WordPress Sites are Slow

If you want your site to have more than the default functionality, you have to add a lot of different plugins to perform multiple tasks. But do not forget that the more plugins you add, the more the site is slowed down.

Besides that, if you need a lot of images for your site the problem is aggravated, as they make it even slower. To add to this, if you are not experienced enough to pick a template with no extra functions, you risk ending up with a disastrously slow website. Your prospective clients are not likely to be very happy with this situation.

6. WordPress is Not Really User-Friendly

As a beginner, you may find the learning curve for WordPress rather steep.  It will take you a good while to figure out how the things work here. Unfortunately, they are far from being intuitive. Previous experience of web development will be quite helpful in this situation. But if this is your first attempt to become more intimate with web building, it could be hard work.

7. Not All WordPress Themes are Responsive

In the contemporary world full of digital devices you automatically expect that your visitors will be able to access your website using any kind of screen. This is not always the case with WordPress. Regrettably, not all WP themes are mobile-friendly. So, you should be careful and make sure you find a responsive theme. The same is true about plugins. Not all of them are responsive.

8. Lack of Security

Unfortunately WordPress sites are an easy prey for hacking. The security system used by WordPress is not sufficient, so it is too simple to hack your page. If you are concerned about the secure future of your website you should give give this a lot of consideration. There are things you can do to protect a WordPress site, but, again, they require some coding knowledge.

9. No Real Technical Support

WordPress does not provide any direct technical support to their clients. There are community support forums where you can ask for help from other WordPress developers, but there is no guarantee you will get a solution to an issue. There is also a WordPress Development StackExchange forum, but again there is no guarantee of an answer. You will probably find yourself spending a lot of time searching the web for answers.

10. SEO Problems

WordPress is able to help you a lot with staying visible to other Internet users. But to achieve this result you need to deal with more plugins. So, you depend on the plugins again. Moreover, be aware of the inconvenience of duplicates and confusing sitemaps created by the WordPress tagging and category system. It may lead to the situation when you will have multiple versions of the same content.  You can cope with the problem easily if you have some idea of coding. But if do not, it is something to look into.

Conclusion

There is no doubt, WordPress is a good solution for an experienced web designer. But if you are trying to create your first website yourself, you may find this platform somewhat confusing and troublesome. The plugin system makes the things even more complicated for a beginner. Moreover, though most basic themes and plugins are free, you are still supposed to pay to get high-quality plugins and support. Taking into consideration all these facts, you might want to think twice before opting for WordPress.

Julia Blake is a freelance writer interested in web design and development, usability, trends, technology and photography. Also she is learning her way around email and social media marketing, which is no less interesting than writing. Follow her on Twitter. More articles by Julia Blake
  • Sean O’Dwyer

    What an unbelievably stupid article—totally one-sided, ill-informed, and full of fake problems.

    • DalmiOlli

      It’s the right view – a more critical approach on viewing WordPress is really needed.

      What really lacks is a list of good alternatives.

    • Julia Blake

      Stupid or not, it managed to draw your attention 🙂 This post is not a comparison of good and bad sides of WordPress, it’s a list of negatives, so why do I need to say about good things here? The Internet is overloaded with fake positive reviews… This post is my opinion and it is based on real problems.

    • Exactly

  • Is this a late April Fool joke or something?

  • Anonymous

    The article has listed the negative aspects of WordPress. Well, some may agree, some might not. Its all based on the experience WordPress gives or user knowledge on CMS products.

    In my case, I faced challenges in using WordPress. Especially, point #2. #5 and #8. I wanted a CMS with community features. To achieve this in WordPress, plugins are required. Plugins caused drop in the site’s performance.

    I am now using Composr CMS, which has all the essential CMS features comes built-in whereas I had to tough time in finding good free plugin for WordPress. I am with the opinion that using a CMS that bundles core features will provide considerable stability in site performance and might have higher possibility to get any security patches from Composr CMS instead of running between CMS developer and plugin developer to fix your site issue.

  • Julia Blake

    Perfect alternative can not be the only one choice for everyone, it all depends on goals and personal feel.

  • Digruntled

    Who is this aimed at? The general public who have never built a website before and who don’t even know html?

  • This would probably be a little more persuasive if these weren’t broadbrush and not-exactly-issues in virtually all of the cases, not to mention if you presented even a single credible alternative or way to improve things.

    And you’re publishing this on a WordPress-based site. So there’s that.

    Look, you wouldn’t install all new wiring in your house and complain that you had to know something about electricity to do it. You’d hire a good electrician.

    If coding is an issue for you, and keeping your site secure is a concern, maybe you shouldn’t be trying to put together a complex content management system when you’re not competent to do it, but hire someone who knows what they’re doing instead.

  • Damien O’Brien

    Where are the alternatives? Rushed article much.

    I hate these things, but i’ll forget to tell you where it excels. GAH!

  • Alex Kilian

    “WordPress is a good solution for an experienced web designer” – what does your experience as a web designer have to do with the choice of a cms? You can be the best web designer in the world, if you lack web development experience you won’t get far with WordPress.. don’t use web designer as a portmanteau for designer and developer, those are some pretty different professions, just because you can have experience in both doesn’t mean you need to…

  • Mircea

    “Julia Blake is a freelance writer” – what do you expect? 🙂 She is just a writer. As I see it, this article is just a way to promote BS services like wix.

    Julia, friendly advice. Stop writing about things you no nothing. 🙂

  • I read the whole post. Writer of post makes a claim. But at the end, writer didn’t offer a (better) solution. What is her advice for a CMS according to this 10 points? None. One more thing. It is funny that CMS of this site the post belongs to, is WordPress. Start to change from inside if you are serious.

  • Justyn Clark

    “Last CMS to opt for” ? Oh shut up!!!

    Stupid, misleading, misinformed, ignorant, rushed, dumb, no alternatives/better solutions etc etc etc.

    And yeah, THIS site is using WordPress.

  • Muhammad

    Why this site is using wordpress?

  • Martin Gonzalez Vazquez

    Written and published into a wordpress running Blog…

  • Jim

    Awkward moment when this site is using WordPress

  • Igor Mizak

    In general:
    #1 – true
    #2 – true
    #3 – very true. even if you want to create custom post type, custom taxonomy, custom users group, etc you need to know in which file and how.
    #4 – true
    #5 – true. slowest of all, mostly because of senseless database queries. Simple example – featured image – stored in database as post. display 20 posts you can add 20 more database queries for featured images + 20 more database queries for meta data. these 41 queries can be done in ONE database query.
    #6 definitely not. Every small thing you want to make, you need to dig in code in files or google. Custom fields, custom post types, …
    #7 sure not but that’s problem of all CMSes not just WordPress. btw who is using raw theme he buy somewhere?
    #8 – true. you would wonder how many bots are trying to access your wordpress files, plugin files, or template files of which is known has vulnerability. I created simple access logger to show me what are the http requests on my custom coded multi-website platform and it’s full of requests to:
    wp-login.php
    wp-admin/
    wp-xmlrpc.php?secret=111
    wp-xmlrpc-config.php?sec…
    wp-includes/logo_img.php
    wp-content/uploader.php
    wp-content/themes/headwa…
    wp-content/themes/RightN…
    wp-content/themes/ThisWa…
    and many others
    #9 true, however after some digging still possible to find suitable solution. BTW this is same for all CMSes unless you get paid enterprise plan so no other options here.
    #10 SEO does not fall from heaven itself. This needs to be improved regardless of CMS.

    Beside this website is made in WordPress, notice in footer that it is a blog. WordPress itself is a blogging software as she stated in #1. The whole article does not tell it is a bad platform for a blog. But for something more than a blog it is not a fortunate choice.

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