The WordPress platform was first launched as a blogging platform in 2003, and nobody could predict its bright future. I mean, who could tell in 2003 that almost two decades later, WordPress would be one of the largest CMS on the market. Now WordPress covers as much as 39 percent of the world web market. In terms of the number of websites powered by WordPress worldwide, that number would be over 455 million.
Although WordPress isn’t the only CMS option on the market, we can tell that it’s by far the most popular. WordPress eases the whole web development process. Keeping in mind that the numbers of WordPress developers for hire are growing rapidly, you may be sure that if you happen to be stuck somewhere or if you have no time to develop your website by yourself, then an expert wouldn’t be that difficult to be found.
However, if you’re new to this and have trouble deciding whether or not WordPress is the right platform for your website, we hope to help you by going over all the pros and cons WordPress has.
Why Should You Choose WordPress?
Keeping in mind that WordPress is a user-friendly CMS just because of its blogging origins, everything is made precisely to ease things up for the admin as much as possible. To be more precise, the admin will have all the website’s backend navigation eased out thanks to the WordPress dashboard.
The main advantage of WordPress and why people frequently decide on a WordPress-based website is because the whole content organization on-site is made pretty straightforward and doesn’t require lots of web management knowledge.
WordPress has made available more than 54k plugins for its users. The main goal of these plugins is to improve and enhance your website’s performance by making some specific changes.
If one of the most important bullets on your list is SEO, you’re in the right place. WordPress is the current best platform when we’re talking about Search Engine Optimization. What sets WordPress apart from other platforms is precisely the tons of plugins that offer indispensable SEO features, the fact that all of the websites made with WordPress are mobile-friendly, among others.
Take a look at these advantages WordPress offers:
- The WordPress creators have developed an eCommerce plugin called WooCommerce that will instantly convert your website into an eCommerce store
- WordPress WooCommerce is compatible with almost all WP plugins
- It offers a bunch of ready to use themes that can be edited and customized
- A fully customized website with a theme started from scratch is an option too
- Simplified Interface
The Disadvantages of WordPress
Remember when we talked about WordPress plugins? When we said that if you need a new functionality added to your site, there is a great chance that one of those 54k available to use plugins offers what you’re looking for? The only downside to this story is that some of the most quality-made plugins require you to pay some big bucks to get a hold on the extra features. Buying a premium plugin isn’t really an affordable solution. First of all, you’ll pay for that plugin every month as long as you want to have it implemented on your site, right? If the creator decides to shut down the plugin, you have no say in the decision or if the creator chooses to put a higher price tag on the plugin. That’s why a custom solution should be your go-to. You better pay your developer the same money for designing the custom solution only once, and later, you’ll just need funds to maintain it up and running.
Have a look at some of the most annoying things about WordPress.
- All unassigned posts to any category go under the default Uncategorized category, which can be seen as pretty unprofessional.
- The shortcodes don’t work in the WP text widgets by default, but you’ll have to enable them if you’d like to use shortcodes in your blog posts.
- The default WordPress site comes with two plugins preinstalled. One of the plugins, Hello Dolly, neither does anything useful for your site at all, nor does it get any updates. So it would be best if you just deactivate and delete the plugin.