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Why Choose WordPress? The Pros and Cons of Using a CMS

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Why Choose WordPress? The Pros and Cons of Using a CMS

Author: Ryan Corfield
Posted in Websites on 23rd July 2018 3:02 pm

When talking about content management systems (CMS) top of the pile for many years has been WordPress.  It powers over one-quarter of all the websites out there, and it is the clear leader in the market.  However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options because there are.  So, what are the pros and cons of WordPress to consider, before you make your decision?

The pros

Let’s start with the good stuff, the reason that one-quarter of the internet uses this software.

User-friendly

WordPress began as a blogging platform and developed from these roots while retaining that user-friendly approach throughout.  It is easy to organise content on the platform without any real training, and it is also easy to learn.

The plugins

There are over 50,000 free and paid plugins for WordPress that expand far beyond the original software.  There is a plugin for everything to customise and enhance your site although they are not all created equally, and some caution is needed when selecting them.

Open source software

WordPress is open source software, and this means anyone can study, change and redistribute it. This open license means many developments, themes, plugins and other adaptations have been made.  The code is shared openly online, so there’s no mystery about how it works.

Good customer support

There’s a lot of information available to help if you get stuck with WordPress including help pages and a community support system.  Because there are massive numbers of people using the system, there is lots of great quality support within the community, and most themes and plugins also offer support services.

The cons

Okay, let’s balance it by looking at the potential downsides to using WordPress for your website.

Importance of updates

Updates are critical to the continued function of WordPress and its plugins.  Without doing updates, things can stop working or malfunction, and you lose features on your site.  So, this does mean there is a degree of hands-on work needed to do this.

Open source = vulnerable

Because WordPress is open source, this can make it vulnerable to hackers as anyone can get the code.  However, there are also lots of quality plugins to use to protect your site and make sure no-one can easily hack into it.

Plugins drain speed

All those plugins can be tempting but can also slow down your website and cause conflicts.  Google likes sites to be fast and smooth to use, so these problems can result in your website not ranking as high.

WordPress fan?

You won’t know until you try it for yourself!  The main thing about WordPress is that there are so many benefits – customisation, flexibility, plugins, vast numbers of themes to mention a few.  You can also get lots of professional help with a WordPress site, ranging from customer support to a full developer package to further customise your site.  This means WordPress is easy to use to get started and easy to scale and evolve as your business does. If you are looking to have a new website built, speak to a member of our team to discuss a robust and tailor-made site to suit your business needs.

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