WordPress is a fantastic, very sophisticated blogging platform that boasts simple customization and an easy-to-use interface. At CyberMark, we proudly use WordPress for our blog as well as the vast majority of the blogs we install for our clients. In addition to blogging, WordPress can also be used to create a simple, professional-looking website for a fraction of the cost of a website. In the last few years, this has become an increasingly more popular option, especially for cash-strapped start-ups with a little bit of web design and web development know-how. Though WordPress is a great temporary solution for small, young companies, it can present many problems in the long term. Here are a few reasons why you should think twice before using WordPress as your company’s website:
Need for Constant Updates
As WordPress is constantly updating, it’s not designed for those looking for a set-it-and-forget-it web solution. If you fail to keep your site updated, you could face major glitches with content display, incompatibility, security and much more.
One of the advantages of WordPress is that it offers tens of thousands of plugins that allow you to easily customize your website. However, these plugins are developed by third-party developers and, as a result, may not be reliable over time. Plugins can become incompatible or straight-up obsolete overnight. Essentially, adding a bunch of plugins to your site may allow you to inexpensively add cool features, but each part needs to be regularly updated and monitored.
Also, the more plugins you add, the more strain you put on your system, and the slower your website will be. Web speed is a Google ranking factor, so this is important to keep in mind.
Though there are ways to search-optimize a WordPress site, Google does have problems scanning websites hosted on a content management system (CMS) rather than a static website. Without a directory structure, Google crawl robots cannot crawl and index your content.
Custom Page Layouts Call For Advanced Knowhow
WordPress offers many great turn-key templates, but if you’re looking for something unique, you’ll need the help of an experienced designer/developer. Custom layouts are not WYSIWYG and require knowledge and experience with CSS and WordPress’ unique scripting system in order to be implemented successfully.
Ecommerce Is a No-Go
If you plan to sell products online, WordPress is not the site for you. Sure, there are plenty of ecommerce plugins and adding product pages is simple, but hosting your online store can present all sorts of very serious security issues. And that’s exactly what you (and your customers) don’t want in an online store.
Easy to Hack
The beauty of WordPress is its simplicity, a simplicity that, unfortunately, makes it vulnerable to hackers. Not keeping your system updated and adding unpredictable plugins leaves your website open to a host of security issues. Hackers can steal your content and/or infuse your site with malware and other harmful viruses that can degrade your site in many ways.
While WordPress may be the ideal solution for a small company that just wants a super simple website with just a few pages and plugins, it simply doesn’t fit the bill for most, especially in the long run.
If you’re considering building a new website, CyberMark offers affordable, secure and SEO-friendly solutions to WordPress. Contact us to find out more.