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Why we choose not to use WordPress

Why we choose not to use WordPress
01/10/2021

Why do we choose not to use WordPress

17 years ago, a simple blogging platform was released to the public. Its name was WordPress. Like many other web designers at that time, I jumped on WordPress as a viable alternative to the likes of Blogger which was released in 1999.WordPress offered complete control over its looks and was at the time was really straightforward to use. In fact, to this day, WordPress is still a blogging platform as anyone will know when they first install it. What made WordPress different from other blogging platforms was its ability to have custom designs added, and as the years went on a new market appeared for web designers to create WordPress themes to sell or offer free for use. So how does WordPress fair today? My answers are probably not what you want to hear, but here is my 'first-hand' knowledge of all that can go wrong with WordPress, and continually does go wrong. Sitting comfortably? Let’s begin...

WordPress Pro's It's free to use

WordPress is free to use open-source software. There are thousands of paid / free themes you can use. The large knowledge base of developers is on hand at any time to help you out.

WordPress cons While updates are not a bad thing at all stop and think about why there are so many updates? The answer is simple. As WordPress is the biggest CMS (content management system) on the planet, it attracts the attention of hackers in a big way, so once a hacker has exploited a whole within, let’s say version 10, anyone running that version instantly becomes a target. That is why WordPress issues updates. to fix those holes. In defence of WordPress, they do jump on it quickly and fix the issue with their new update.

So, what's the problem with that I hear you ask? Well, it’s a big problem if you have installed a free or paid theme that is no longer supported by the people you got it from. So, what happens a lot of the time is that you will update WordPress to the newest version, but wait, where did my theme go? Or why is my website showing stuff out of place? If you can’t get hold of the developer of your theme, and a lot of the time you got your theme from a hobbyist who is no longers interested in supporting their work, then you are back to square one my friend.

Can't I take legal action if this happens and disrupts my business? In a word, No. Remember the fact that WordPress is free for use software, and you agreed to that in the terms and conditions that state WordPress takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to your website and or services. It was that bit that you didn’t read when you installed WordPress. The themes more likely than not carry the same disclaimer.

So where does that leave me if that happens? If you can't get your theme back up and running, then you will have to go and find one and install it again. Or hire a WordPress specialist company to sort it out for you.

WordPress is great for SEO, Isn't it? Unfortunately not. WordPress comes with all but the standard SEO so what you will have to do is to install an SEO plug-in to rectify that. And then you will still have to do your research and input your SEO data yourself for it to be any good. It's not a case of you upload it and it will work. In fact, all websites must go through the same SEO practices in order to get good results. It all takes time. There is no magic button to press.

It generates Messy Code While most will not give this a second thought, the browsers your visitors use to look at your site will. WordPress is notorious for slow page speed due to its messy and bloated code, which Google penalises on as it affects the page speed.

Same themes equal same looking sites So, you've found the perfect theme, installed it, and put the content into your website. Unfortunately, thousands of other people have also used that theme, so your website is not unique in any way. This is fine if you use WordPress personality, but if you're using it for business then this could be quite worrying, and very confusing for your potential clients who have come across your website and assumed that they had just looked at that very same website the other day!

Login Limits Most websites will lock you out if you don’t get your login details correct, say after 5 times. WordPress does not have that facility, and never has (at the time of writing this of course). You can have an unlimited amount of tries to get your login right. This is where security vulnerabilities come in. If a hacker has any of your details at all they will soon break into your site via the very well-known login address that is the same on every WordPress website (wp-admin.php).

My Preferences From my perspective I like to design websites from the ground up, starting with a clean slate. With WordPress, you start with a half-finished system that you must tweak before you even get into making it look attractive for your customer, and that involves either searching for a theme to use or designing a theme to sit on top of the system. Its making something fit, and then keeping on top of it before it is eventually broken and being bound by the 'Nope, you can't do that I'm afraid' architecture of WordPress.

And this is my issue with themes and theme culture, it's not website design. Website design to me means building something unique for your customer/client, making sure its UX design is amazing and having the ability to very simply change any part of the design on any page without it having to appear sitewide.

Think about this: 70% of infected websites are WordPress sites. As I touched upon earlier, when a security vulnerability is found in a WordPress version, plugin, or theme, all of those using these will become a target, as that is how hackers work, they want maximum damage to maximum websites. So, designing a website using good code from the ground up and installing a safe or headless CMS at the end is safer. A hacker is not going to target just one site, in general of course, it's not worth their time. Something to think about.

In closing, it is not my intention to badmouth WordPress in any way or to steer you clear of using it. This is purely my opinion based on my very real-life experiences with WordPress. I hope that you found the read of some interest and I honestly wish you all the best.

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