Some Pros and Cons of WordPress?

This post is directed towards beginners contemplating their first business website and the pros and cons of WordPress in particular. Started in 2003, WordPress has become the biggest content management system (CMS) on the market. It has grown from its early days as a blogger platform and today is used for directories, forums, galleries, business websites, online shops and more.

WordPress is the most popular platform lots of people use to build sites for a couple of reasons. It’s the platform of choice for clients that want a content management system as

  • it is considerably more affordable than other website options
  • you do not have to be a coding expert
  • it’s open-source software.
  • it offers extensive functionality options with thousands of plugins available to enhance the core WordPress.

All platforms online have their issues and challenges but you should very strongly consider using WordPress for your website, and we will highlight the general PROs and CONs of WordPress . Let’s start with a few key things WordPress has going for it.

Pros and Cons of WordPress – PRO #1 – User Friendly

Because WordPress started as a blogging platform, it’s easy for you to navigate, create and edit pages and posts. You can learn it quickly and don’t need to have a lot of experience in creating websites to be able to operate the site.

PRO #2 – Relatively Inexpensive

As open-source software, WordPress is free to install and has cost-effective hosting plans available from many providers. There are countless themes to choose from, giving a professional look with a low-cost price tag or you can have a custom WordPress website built so you can really stand out from the crowd. Many technically inclined people in the WordPress community share their expertise through forums, posts and videos online which can mean free support for you.

There are all sorts of plugins available to enhance things- a word of caution- they are not all equal. Many free and paid plugins are available but with the “pro versions” the costs can add up as well as the complexity and you may require initially the services of a professional to ensure everything is working together in the way you wish. 

PRO #3 – SEO

We all know the importance of Search Engine Optimization in the context of your site being found online but how easy is it to implement on your site?

WordPress actually makes it pretty straightforward with many SEO plugins to ensure your site is optimized, for example the highly recommended Yoast SEO plugin. Yoast allows you to easily set up on your site important things like meta tags, page titles, meta descriptions and sitemaps. It also provides a visual of how your meta descriptions will look in search results and offers suggestions to improve the SEO score of a page or post.

However, for a beginner, it might be wise to do training early on with a WordPress coach on some SEO fundamentals alongside training to create content itself for your site.

 

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Pros and Cons of WordPress – CON #1 – Plugins

To generalize using too many plugins can have a downside. Apart from the cost adding up, they can clash with your theme and break things so the more you add to your website the more you need to ensure they are all working together. Also, there are frequent theme and plugins updates and if they are not done regularly basis can have a negative effect your website and represent  a huge risk on the security front.

Always try to gauge the quality of a plugin and install it with caution. You may find it sensible to hire an experienced WordPress provider to design and build a custom website for your business as they will know the ins and outs of the theme they install and will use the best plugins alongside it to ensure you have a solid, user and SEO friendly website that will appeal to your target audience.

CON #2 – Security & Updates

WordPress websites can be subject to security breaches especially when themes and plugins are not updated. Hackers like popular platforms on the internet like WordPress. However, lest you take this risk as a problem there are a few top-notch security plugins available to use such as Wordfence and iThemes security

The way to counteract risk is to ensure the WordPress core software and plugins and themes are updated because many updates are released specifically to improve security.  You can do these updates yourself and 95% of the time your site will not be adversely affected. However, in some cases an update to a plugin or WordPress core will cause a conflict between plugins and the core, affecting the functionality or site design. This can be because WordPress and plugin developers generally do not launch updates at the same time.

You could of course arrange a maintenance package with the creator of your site for what’s often a reasonable fee as they will usually take a backup of the site to cover you if there are any problems.  We ourselves only charge our clients for actual time spent working on the site. As well, some of our clients choose to do the updates themselves and only contact us if issues arise from the updates.

CON #3 – Page Speed

Some WordPress sites are often oversaturated with databases, code and too many plugins, all of which will slow your site speed. A WordPress site creator however will configure things to optimise speed through theme adjustments and a caching plugin also tweaked.

Pros and Cons of WordPress - Summary

Any person starting out online can pretty quickly learn how to use WordPress and the benefits far outweigh the cons. WE suggest starting out that you save time and headache and get the bones of your site set up by a specialist and use the resources provided by them to move forward on your own bat.You can do so much with WordPress-really!