The Rise and Fall of WordPress

So WordPress is probably one of the most popular and used website creation tools on the internet. Now this is a title that deserves recognition, but it isn’t without its problems. To give credit where credit is due, WordPress is very accessible and easy to use for the most part. It is great for first time users who want to create a blog or start building a presence on the web without having to do a lot of back end work. WordPress offers many different plugins and functions to track leads and what parts of your site are doing popular and parts that need some more work in order to be attractive to your audience. However there are many glaring problems with WordPress that might make you reconsider using it especially if you are an entrepreneur and approaching a web service company to build you a website. And as a disclaimer, the irony is not lost on me that we are using a WordPress site.

  1. Little Revenue Generation
    So you’re a new business owner and you want to start getting people to come to your site or you’re running a blog to build more revenue for your business. Well, the downside to that is that you officially can’t have ads running on your site unless you’re already getting some high traffic. Web portals in their nature are driven to create revenue and WordPress doesn’t really offer the infrastructure to do that, so even if you have a lot of traffic coming to your site you won’t have the tools that you need to make money from it. Some plugins offer monetization capabilities but won’t be able to get the infrastructure that a web portal needs.
  2. Malware Beacon
    As soon as you put your first post on the internet you have just lit a beacon for all forms of hackbots and malware, adware and all other manner of “wares” to come to your site. They will try to comment on your post and openly try to lure you with scams of increasing your web traffic or having you pay people to link and look at your post. There are ways to better secure your website, but for such a popular web portal you would think that it would have some better built in security.
  3. The Admin Interface Needs some Work
    For new users the interface for editing your new website can be a little daunting. There are a lot of places to get lost in and functions that might not make sense when you first get on. Another thing that the Admin UI needs is to be responsive. It is a little disappointing that you can’t edit post on pages from your smart phone or tablet with an intuitive UI especially in an age when we are connected to the internet more than ever.
  4. Lack of Plug-in Collaboration
    So what is nice about WordPress is that it offers a diverse array of plug-ins that you can incorporate into your website. However the main downside is that they don’t often work together and can cause an unending stream of headaches for you. Also some of the premier plug-ins require you to purchase them if you want your site to look as professional as possible. Plug-in prices range from $5 to $70 depending on what you want. On average they are about $20-30 each.
  5. Unfriendly to Tech Savvy Coders
    For people who know how to do back end and front end work on websites, WordPress makes it very hard to customize a website to exactly how you want it. Making compromises is going to be a must if you really want to use WordPress. The back-end UI itself isn’t bad, but the issue becomes when you want to use third party plug-ins and they get limited back-end real estate for housing the controls, so usability is often compromised.

These reasons should give you a decent idea of the problems a typical user of WordPress can run into. However, there are solutions to many of these problems and we will get into what they are in our first follow-up article.

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