WordPress has become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, blogging platform and CMS on the planet. In early 2018, it is estimated WordPress powers 47% of the internet’s websites. Despite its popularity there are still a number of drawbacks. WordPress Pros and Con I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are the major factors in play for the platform, and against it.
Before discussing this section, we need to make a distinction between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress. With WordPress.com, you need to sign up for a free account and create a blog from the site. The problem here is that it will create a subdomain for your blog (i.e. sample.wordpress.com). Therefore, you cannot professionally brand it with a top level domain unless you pony up cash for a monthly subscription. Aside from the branded domain, you get better storage and remove the ads from your blog.
The self-hosted WordPress CMS can be downloaded from the site for free. It’s an open source project and is being maintained by volunteers from different parts of the world who constantly make it better. While the actual platform is free, you need to buy yourself a domain and hosting from a third party provider to install WordPress.
While it seems like both versions of WordPress similar, the self-hosted one offers more flexibility and customization options. You can download plugins to help supercharge your blog (more on this later). You can edit the design and layout at will although CSS experience is required. Later on,, you can transform your blog into a professional site or an online shop with little or no hassle at all!
First off, you can take control of your whole site even with basic knowledge. WordPress is beginner friendly and allows you to create your posts in a few clicks. It has enabled thousands of businesses to build and grow their brand without having to consult a web developer every step of the way.
However, you may want to take your WordPress blog to a whole new level but don’t know where to begin. Therefore, its Support section on the site offers more than enough resources to teach you the inner workings of WordPress. You can ask questions about plugins, themes, and other roadblocks that are preventing you from creating a better blog.
There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress market. One quick search would give you enough choices to see which one works best for you. Plugins are what make WordPress functional. For example, some plugins can automatically share your blogs on social media, a Google map of your business location, and others.
Constant software upgrades
Because so many people use WordPress, it’s continually receiving improvements from its community. Updates can mean a good thing. But, as always, a coin has two sides. While the “core” of WordPress is close to unbreakable, when you use a theme or have plugins that are unfit for these new upgrades, you may be at risk of breaking your website. That’s why having a backup always helps.
Difficult to set up
By choosing the self-hosted WordPress, you need to purchase a web host where you can upload your platform and a domain or web address. Both create additional steps on your path towards creating a blog. Other platforms take care of the domain and the hosting for you.
Even with having a bunch of tools to counter these online attackers, WordPress can still fall victim to one of their tricks. According to Sucuri, over 78% of the sites they work on are using WordPress. Being the most popular platform, hackers and their bots try to find their way into WordPress sites by exploiting software vulnerabilities in plugins and themes. Make sure you only download these plugins from reputable developers because one single hole from their codes could expose your site to these attacks.
Fortunately, you can squash security risks by downloading and activating security tools on your blog. Speaking of which…
As mentioned, plugins are great and make a site powerful. But, with thousands of plugins available for use, a lot of them can slow down or even break your website. For instance, the Jetpack plugin has lots of features. However, it comes at a cost of slowing down your site due to the features it offers. Again, this statement is not to discourage you from using Jetpack as your plugin if you find value in it. You need to understand, however, that every plugin carries risks as well.
Aside from the threat of breaking or slowing down your blog, the plugins make your blog vulnerable to attacks. If they’re built by a developer who’s not experienced enough or if it hasn’t been updated for months, then you might want to consider finding any alternatives to these. Plugins that lack the care and maintenance from its developers are plugins not worth downloading.
WordPress is an excellent platform to build your blog on. However, it’s far from being a flawless one. For every advantage WordPress has to offer, there is also a disadvantage that makes bloggers think twice about using it.
However, the only way to find out if WordPress is right for you is if you try it.
Don’t be discouraged if people say that you’re missing out by not using WordPress as your blogging platform. What’s important is choosing a platform that you’re comfortable with. If the platform doesn’t have the features that WordPress offers but feels right using it, then it’s the right one for you.
What do you think? Will you be trying out WordPress or are you thinking of using other platforms? comment below and let us know