20th Jan 2016

10 reasons to avoid WordPress

WordPress is a popular website for bloggers and writers, but when it comes to ecommerce is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Give this list a read and decide for yourself whether of not it’s time to find an alternative. 

1. Security

With WordPress there are millions of websites using it all at once, therefore if there is any type of security breach such as hackers, it would be millions of sites hacked at once. Rather than if you have your own custom built site, which would have to be targeted specifically. 

2. Insecure plugins

WordPress feature lots of plugins, which all have their different uses. Whilst many of them are really useful, they are often insecure and can cause many problems for your website. Often they can work well alone, however when you install two or more at the same time they may not work together.

3. No support

As there’s no team who specially develop your website and many plugins are created my the WordPress community, if there’s anything goes wrong with your website there is nobody to call or speak to about the problem, leaving you to have to search google for the answer. 

4. Not built from scratch

Instead of having your own site and building it up from the ground, you are given  something already made and instead just add to it, which doesn’t feel as authentic as your own custom built site. Web developer Ben May sums this up best saying  “Instead of starting with a blank canvas and building up, you get something half built, and if you don’t want it, you need to actively remove it”

5. Lack of fine SEO powers

Although there are plugins for SEO on WordPress, they aren’t as fine tuned as a custom built website, meaning you can’t get full optimisation.

6. Compatibility issues 

With WordPress it might be the case that your website doesn’t look compatible with certain browsers and might differ between Firefox and Safari. Whereas with your own website, you can build it so that your site looks the same and is compatible, with every browser. 

7. Lack of creativity

Most themes are created to look very similar and it is difficult to customise them enough to make them stand out and look different to everyone else and if you can’t stand out then what kind of impression is your website going to leave?

8. Limitations

WordPress is pretty limited in what it has to offer, from themes to plugins, there’s only so much that you can do. Not having the freedom to whatever you want could be the difference between a successful website and one exactly like every other.

9. Updates

Whenever WordPress has an update, it also means you have to update your website, which can be time consuming and sometimes quite complicated. Also with every update there is a chance that the update may not be compatible with your website which could lead to major issues.

10. Speed

Due to WordPress having a lot of features for all sorts of different websites, many which are often unused. This means that the code of the site is “bloated” and can take a lot longer for it to be processed by the server, resulting in your website taking longer to load. 

Article By
Sarah Seymour,
Published: 20th January, 2016
Categories: Ecommerce

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