The Pros and Cons of Using WordPress for Your Website

WordPress is a popular open source platform that has been used to create websites for many years. It is a great choice for those who want to create an interactive website without having to learn coding or website management. However, there are some downsides to using WordPress that should be taken into consideration before making the decision to use it. The main selling point of WordPress is the ability of site owners to update the content of the site.

This is true; however, it is not evident that there is a substantial learning curve to using the content management tool WordPress effectively. In addition, since this tool is clunky and unintuitive, updating content is time-consuming and frustrating. On almost every WordPress installation we've completed, the client eventually asks us to make changes to the site because they're too cumbersome and time-consuming. In addition, WordPress documentation and tutorials are incomplete and inconsistent, causing hours of frustration for the novice WordPress user. WordPress adds a lot of extra and unnecessary code to each web page, which increases the physical size of the page and therefore reduces the delivery time to your phone or PC.

This can be a major downside if your website is critical to your business. Wordpress plugins are external software modules that can be added to your website to extend functionality. Some popular plugins are contact forms (i.e. Contact form) and social sharing tools (i.e.

Share It), and most add-ons are free. However, software updates are quite simple but WordPress recommends that you back up the code and the underlying database before upgrading. The backup is to ensure that you can revert to your previous working version if the update corrupts your website. If the uptime of your website is critical to your business, this task is essential. Unfortunately, it is also time consuming and expensive.

There are WordPress SEO plugins to optimize your website for Google, Yahoo and Bing. The other misconception, and the most important one, is that just having an SEO tool installed on your site will optimize. A tool alone doesn't optimize your site; it would be better if you had the experience and knowledge of how to use the tool. Implementing an SEO strategy is complex and comprehensive; it takes years of knowledge of how organic search works and experience to create an effective SEO plan that achieves your goals. In spite of these downsides, there are many advantages to using WordPress as well.

One of the main advantages is that it has more than 45,000 plugins for almost every feature. It doesn't matter if you want to improve SEO or perform an analysis of your site, you can find specific plugins for everything. This means that you don't have to write lines of code for every feature you want on your site; you just need to install the plugin and enjoy that functionality on your site. WordPress plugins are designed for SEO and simplicity purposes. Some people struggle with meta descriptions and tags; WordPress helps make these tags easy to use and understand.

With the increase in the use of mobile devices to surf the Internet, having a mobile-friendly site is crucial for user experience and SEO; when it comes to responsive, most WordPress themes and layouts are responsive. Another advantage of using WordPress is that it is an open source platform; this means that developers can use, change and study the code without having to create it from scratch. Being open source software, WordPress programmers can also share the code online with other developers; this helps save a lot of time and money when writing & by implementing a new codebase for minor or major changes. At WorldWideRiches we create, maintain, support and host websites using the WordPress platform in unique situations where customer needs outweigh the disadvantages of Wordpress. If you decide that the WordPress platform is right for your project (or not), we have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the decision and implementation processes. We have also taken the lessons learned from repairing Wordpress websites and have created a unique Wordpress hosting platform that greatly reduces risk, problems and frustration by providing state-of-the-art security features, automatic plugin updates (reduces hacking vulnerabilities), backup and restore tools, access to experts in Wordpress, web hosting support and Wordpress based in the USA.

Byron Tabbert
Byron Tabbert

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