Pros & Cons of Choosing WordPress

WordPress is the greatest and is the leading CMS – Content Management System – that exists on the internet. It is the most widely used CMS in the world. During the last 4 months, I conducted research on Bloggers/Website owners, and WordPress is their main choice as a CMS.  After carrying out questionnaires and surveys, I could find that 99 of every 100 beginners website/blog owners tend to choose WordPress as their CMS system instead of choosing others exist on the internet. Also, 90% of website/blog owners currently use WordPress as their CMS. However, after taking a look at those results of research, I searched deeper to know why people tend to choose WordPress that much. Through the whole time I spent researching, I found why people chose WordPress a lot. This article covers up the pros & cons of choosing WordPress.

It is worth reading this article before you make a choice with regard to a CMS.

Did you Know?

74.6 Million Sites Depend on WordPressđŸ˜±đŸ€·â€â™€ïž OMG!

Yep, you read that right. 74,652,825 sites out there are depending on WordPress. That’s one site per person in Turkey. Around 50% (close to 37 million) is hosted on the free WordPress.com. In the realm of self-hosted sites, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all websites. That’s even more astounding when you consider that over 70% of sites worldwide do not use a CMS.

Source : Tom Ewer – managewp.com

Isn’t it surprising why people tend to choose WordPress this much? No one could understand it. I couldn’t understand it either. 😉

Using WordPress as CMS has a huge amount of advantages. However, it also has several disadvantages. Lots of people do not care about the disadvantages but the advantages. Due to that reason, they fall into kinds of various problems unconsciously. This article consists of two main parts: the pros & cons of using WordPress.

  1. Advantages of using WordPress
  2. Disadvantages of using WordPress

Firstly, let’s see the advantages of using WordPress as your CMS.

The Advantages of Using WordPress – Pros

You will definitely get a clear answer why most of the people choose WordPress after reading what I found in my research. It is obvious that people choose WordPress just because of following advantages.

  1. Great CMS
  2. User-Friendly CMS
  3. Open Source CMS
  4. Plugins
  5. SEO
  6. Low Cost
  7. eCommerce Sites
  8. Forums
  9. Professional Themes
  10. Performance
  11. Mobile-Friendly CMS
  12. Updates
  13. Super Text Editor

1. Great CMS

What makes WordPress a great CMS is that it is easy to handle pages and content. You can easily navigate between them, too. It doesn’t require much knowledge to use WordPress but basic skills would be enough. Anyone with zero knowledge about WordPress can handle it well because of its ease. As long as you know and understand computers, and also the language, WordPress will work well for you.

2. User-Friendly CMS

WordPress is too user-friendly. I did not know anything about WordPress before I tried it. But, I never got stuck while working on WordPress. Now I feel that I am like a prodigy when it comes to working with WordPress 😉. Their help guides are awesome. However, I do not think that you will need them unless you have serious work that you have not done before.

3. Open Source CMS

WordPress is an open-source software. Anyone can study, use, and redistribute its source code. Many of the themes and plugins are free under the GPLv2 license. WordPress programmers are able to openly share code online as WordPress is open source. The sharing of code can result in the ability to save a lot of developing time and costs by using existing code. Using an open-source platform is also valuable when you’re working with a 3rd party partner or agency to develop your WordPress website. You won’t be stuck working with proprietary software that only a small group of developers can work on. There are a number of different WordPress developers out there that have the ability to support your website if you ever need to change partners.

4. Plugins

It is harder to read, find, use plugins of other CMS. In WordPress, it’s all about how you want plugins. WordPress has over 54,000 free and paid plugins. You can choose any plugin according to your needs.

5. SEO

WordPress is the best at SEO optimization. Some people have hard times with meta tags and descriptions. But, WordPress makes these tags easy to understand and use. WordPress is an excellent teacher in optimizing SEO. It explains what words and phrases are good for search engines. And, it also helps to make good content with good readability for better SEO. I have never ever seen an excellent SEO-optimizing CMS like WordPress. They use Yoast – a free SEO optimizing plugin – for this massive and precious task.

6. Low Cost

WordPress is totally free to install on your server. There are lots of free themes available. It also has paid hosting plans but they are very low in cost. However, WordPress is the very first choice of every beginner site owner as they do not need money to start their website on WordPress.

7. eCommerce Sites

Today, eCommerce sites are popular on the internet. People buy things online so often. WordPress is more popular for creating eCommerce sites. WordPress eCommerce plugins like WooCommerce has played a big role in this. If your brand or content is optimized correctly, you can drive huge traffic to your site through WordPress.

8. Forums

You can easily install a WordPress plugin to turn your WordPress site into a forum.

9. Professional Themes

There are lots of premium WordPress themes to choose from your business. You can buy them in a $19-$99 range. Many business companies who own large websites use premium WordPress themes.

10. Performance

WordPress code is written to run smoothly – minimal code with PHP. So, your websites load quickly.

11. Mobile-Friendly CMS

When talking about pros & cons of choosing WordPress, this advantage cannot be neglected. WordPress is highly mobile-friendly. I really enjoy this benefit when I am out of work or when I am in remote areas where I cannot reach my laptop. No doubts, anybody with any mobile can happily use WordPress without any interruption.

12. Updates

To ensure that the security level is high, WordPress often rolls out  updates.

13. Super Text Editor

The WordPress text editor has lots of very useful features. Its user-friendliness has gained people a lot. I also love to work with it. You do not need to give any kind of effort for content editing with this text editor.

The Disadvantages of Using WordPress – Cons

There are two sides to everything. Same with WordPress. People do not pay attention to the disadvantages of WordPress. This article, Pros & Cons of Choosing WordPress will help you to take a decision of choosing WordPress after analyzing both pros and cons. According to the research I conducted, I found people who complain about WordPress rather than using it. So, I decided to carry out an online questionnaire: What doesn’t sit well with you in WordPress. Lots of people answered according to their personal experiences. Basically, the cons mentioned below are based on them.

  1. Lots of updates
  2. Planning is needed
  3. Site hacks
  4. Expensive themes and hard to work with themes
  5. Pricing plans are necessary for themes
  6. Learning curve
  7. Speed

1. Lots of Updates

As I said earlier, WordPress rolls out updates quite often. Although their intention is to certify better security, users find it disturbing. One of the people who participated in the questionnaire complained that he does not have much time to do other work on his WordPress site than spending time for updates.

2. Planning is Needed

Creating a blog or a site is like a savings account. You do it for the future and you plan and work to make it a success like saving money in your account. So, for all of these, a good plan is needed. It is essential for WordPress. You will need some knowledge and a great plan before you work with WordPress.

3. Site Hacks

According to statistics From 40,000+ WordPress Websites in Alexa Top 1 Million, more than 70% of WordPress installations are vulnerable to hacker attacks (WP White Security). New research has revealed that over 2,000 WordPress sites have been hacked as a campaign to redirect users to scam sites (techradar.pro). The above images show how WordPress sites – compared to other CMS – are vulnerable in 2016-2018.

Pros and cons of choosing WordPress

To avoid getting hacked, WordPress suggests their users to update each and every update they provide.

4. Hard to Work with Themes

Though WordPress has professional themes, users complain that it is a nightmare to work with WordPress themes.

5. Pricing Plans are Necessary for Themes

WordPress has professional themes. But, users say that they are quite expensive. They do not like it much.

6. Learning Curve

It’s best if you are sort of fluent in web development and marketing. I do not mean that without knowing you cannot go with WordPress. But some knowledge will help. Without this knowledge, navigating through WordPress might be a bit more challenging

7. Speed

Speed- pros and cons of choosing WordPress

As long as you add plugins to your WordPress site, excess code is generated. They slow down your site. WordPress has not given a solution for it.

Conclusion

Now you can make your decision knowing the pros & cons of choosing WordPress. You are not one of the people who only care about the pros of WordPress. Be smart whenever you choose anything among several things. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or if you have your personal experiences regarding this subject, feel free to comment below. Happy Blogging✌

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