Common WordPress Myths
WordPress is the most powerful CMS platform, and it powers more than 30% of the web. So obviously there is a buzz about WordPress – good ones and bad ones. As being a WordPress Developer, I do get hear some myths about WordPress which I am about to bust in this articles.
Powering close to one third of web, employing thousands of developers to make their livelihood without doubt there are of myths around WordPress. Mostly the negatives come from the ones who haven’t used WordPress to its full extensibility or someone who have lost their clients to WordPress Developers.
I have made my career out of WordPress. Currently employed at local company as Digital WordPress Developer, I do work as WordPress Freelance Developer too. So all the points listed here in the article are genuine and honest opinions.
1. WordPress Website is cheap because it’s free
WordPress is open source. And it is free. But this doesn’t mean websites built on WordPress is free or it will be very cheap. WordPress does help in building websites faster and saves lot development time.
The price of any website depends upon its complexity. The less complex the website is cheaper the cost. Website cost increase with the functionalities, if you want more functionalities with your website expect to get a higher quote. Another area where you can save would be hiring a WordPress Developer from the areas where cost of living is cheaper. Doing so be careful when selecting. Go with a reputed developer who knows how WordPress works.
WordPress is cheap – WordPress is free but cost depends upon complexity of websites. But complex websites with functionalities cost money.
2. WordPress is just for beginners
Let me be honest, WordPress is relatively easy to learn compared to other CMS or framework. But saying so, WordPress is quiet robust and extensible.
With WordPress you can build highly functional websites such as eCommerce website, corporate websites, portals, Learning Management Systems. These type of complex websites aren’t built by just beginner developers, these websites are built in teams with lot of effort and investment.
WordPress is just for beginners – Learning WordPress is easy, but you can build solid full functional websites on WordPress which needs expertise.
3. WordPress doesn’t support high traffic websites
Its bit nonsense when someone says WordPress can’t handle high traffic websites when websites like news.com.au, metro.co.uk, techcrunch.com etc are built in WordPress.
Configuring WordPress for high traffic is another topic. Its quiet vast and need a fair bit of configuration. But just saying WordPress can’t handle website with high traffic is utter ignorance.
4. WordPress is slow
Well any website that are badly coded and built are slow. If you built website on any propriety CMS without much caring about code standard, they will be slow and clumsy no matter.
Most of the blame for WordPress being slow comes from the people that does include web developers picking some random theme and using in their or client project. If you pick some bloated WordPress Theme, with too many unwanted functions, without doubt your website will turn to mess and will be slow.
There are some really good Premium WordPress Themes, just do some research before picking one. But nothing compares to the well coded Custom WordPress Themes if you can afford to pay for a good WordPress Developer.
5. WordPress is not secured
The fact is nothing in the web is secured. Every man made things have some loop hole and weakness. So does WordPress. But saying so WordPress is one of the most secured open source CMS there is.
There are precautions to be taken when you talk about WordPress security. Most of the hacked website are either using outdated version or being hosted in cheap hosts. Don’t choose quality over money. Make sure of these things at least:
- Use secured web hosting
- Use secured password
- Use good theme or hire reputed developers
- Upgrade WordPress and Plugins
- Maintain backup regularly
6. WordPress is dying and there is no future for WordPress
WordPress won’t be dying anytime soon. On contrary, the market share of WordPress is growing. WordPress powers more than 30 percent of web. See details here.
Saying the CMS that powers more than one third of web dying is funny.
7. WordPress Developer get paid less
Another miss when someone says WordPress Developer gets paid less. The fact is bad developer with less skill sets get it hard to find decent pay no matter what language or script they use.
Irony is most of the accusations for WordPress comes from someone who haven’t used WordPress properly, or form someone who have lost business to WordPress, or form someone whose main priority is cost cutting and using everything that is cheap. Fact is if you use WordPress wisely for your project it can do wonders. And also WordPress may not be right framework for your project if you are thinking of highly customisable websites. Just choose your CMS or framework wisely.
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.