Common Myths about WordPress
WordPress is just for blogging, it’s not content management System
WordPress used to be known for its use as blogging platform, but at the point of writing it’s much more than just a blogging platform. It is much more robust now, flexible and easy to extend.
WordPress had emerged as leading website content management over the time, and more and more people are interested in using in WordPress as Content Management System. The latest stats show that more than 20% of website all over the world use WordPress as CMS.
Just over the previous 6 months I have done fair few website from other Framework such as .Net, migrating to WordPress. And almost all client had been happy by the ease of use, and how easy it’s for them to manage content, most of time.
This is one of the biggest myth about WordPress. WordPress is much more flexible and extensible now.
WordPress is really easy to manage content – just like drag and drop
Most of time, the website that are planned and developed properly can be managed easily.
But a Custom Built websites with different templating structure, you might need to have a good documentation. And also it depends upon how well the overall Content Management System had been planned out and coded.
In conclusion, if the website have functionalities beyond just adding pages or blog post, except some learning time around how to use the system.
WordPress is really really easy to develop – just as dragging and dropping pre existing code
I was once talking to a probable client and when I told him an estimate on how long the development time would take, he was aghast. He told me that Hadn’t WordPress got everything ready, you just need to drop a block of readily available code?
Sometimes I do hear this kind of feedback. And also, people do ask me if using WordPress will automatically help them rank better in Google, which isn’t the case. The latest best practices around SEO had changed, and it takes a decent effort to rank for competitive keywords. But since WordPress is built around good practices around SEO, it can be very good choice to build SEO standard website, provided the website is built around good SEO practices.
Use Plugin for any functionalities
I have seen so many people even including developers using Plugins for something that is really easy to achieve.
Something functionalities can be achieve with few lines of codes and using plugin for small task like those can make website heavy as well as dependent on that particular plugin all the time.
Saying so, there are so many good plugins in the WordPress Plugin Repository. It’s always advised to do proper research when selecting a plugin.
WordPress is not secured
WordPress is an open source CMS, this means the source code of WordPress is visible to all user after downloading. But this doesn’t mean WordPress is vulnerable to security.
It’s always suggested to follow good practices when using WordPress such as:
- Selecting strong user name and password
- Updating to latest version of WordPress
- Minimising usage of plugins or at least doing some research before selecting
- Selecting a web host with good reputation
- Developing website within best practices and WordPress core
On conclusion I have written this article to cover some common myths about WordPress. WordPress had grown over the time and had built up reputation as CMS Framework too, provided how much advantage you can take out of WordPress as platform.
I had been a web developer using WordPress for few years and am just in love with WordPress. Personally, I think any website from small to medium scale, WordPress works wonders.
I am Robin - WordPress Developer based in Sydney. I work as Digital Developer. I do some projects now and then, and love blogging about WordPress and Web Design.