Should your join the bandwagon and use WordPress too?
It’s no secret, WordPress has taken over the internet. It’s used everywhere, not just for small blog websites or for Julie down the road to sell her god-awful t-shirts she can’t get rid of at the local car boot sale. Many people have a common mis-conception that WordPress isn’t secure and is always hit by bugs, hackers and viruses. This is some ways is true, but it’s all relative. There are millions of users worldwide who now create WordPress websites for both small and large businesses. Even some big names – Sony, the BBC and various other media outlets make use of it.
There are many pros and cons to using WordPress. I’ll start with the basics below:
- Super easy to use compared to other alternatives
- Huge wealth of free guides and support available
- You have a WYSIWYG editor – What You See Is What You Get editor.
- It’s highly customisable
- Very lightweight
- Most popular CMS platform in the world, so there are plenty of cheap website developers
- Being the most used for small websites, it’s the most targeted by spam, viruses and bots
- There’s a “WordPressy look” which a lot of people hate
- A false sense of security can often make average users complacent about security
- It’s harder to create really unique designs as you’re restricted to the grid layouts (unless custom building)
- Plugins, Themes, WordPress Core – they all have to be updated and sometimes doing this can cause conflicts and problems.
Ultimately, there are only a few other major contenders – Joomla, Magento and Opencart are all possible, but they are nowhere near as simple to use and if you get stuck you may struggle to get a speedy response.
Verdict? YES! Infact, the blog post you’re reading right now has been created on a WordPress install.