What’s up with Wordpress
When you talk about Word Press, it feels like talking about Starbucks. The more you taste it, the more you realize it is nothing but a shitload of sugar on it, but damn if it does not taste so good.
Well that’s really what Wordpress is. It is easy. Some even say it is the Standard. I really don’t know what that means. And if you are looking for a ready to go, code-free (well, sort of) website with good blogging capability, well, Wordpress is indeed for you.
But once you go beyond that, and specially if you need anything beyond that, you know it’s only a matter of time before sugar comes crashing down.
So, let me do the honor of giving you several reasons why Wordpress should be last on your list when it comes to choosing the most viable platform for your web presence.
- Security. Many security holes exist and every hacker on the planet targets and hijacks the millions of vulnerable Wordpress websites, worldwide. This exploitation is usually not even known to the website owner, until it’s too late.
- Spam. If there is one constant on the internet, it is the flooding of spam. Wordpress is and always has been a blog posting system. This makes it a magnet and a target for automated spam-bots. Most users report getting 10–20+ junk E-mails per day, and the wordpress blog posting system [even if disabled] gets brute force attacked continuously. In summary, Wordpress is an easy target for web abuse and hackers.
- Plugins. There are 100’s of template and plugin developers riding the Wordpress bandwagon. That might seem like a “good” thing, but every month or so, Wordpress comes out with an update, forcing you to update the entire system (ironically, to address security vulnerabilities.) Many times this will disable or cause issues with modules you are using, meaning you have to get a developer to assist, and it’s completely unsupported by the module developer. This costs money, labor and downtime.
- Limitations. Working within the Wordpress confined css/coding framework means you are stuck with that format and structure, unless extensive programming work is done. The work involved makes you wonder why you didn’t start from scratch in the first place.
- Bulky/Buggy Code. The 3rd party modules and apps can really bog down your hosting resources. Since there is no official Wordpress development team, any issues must be dealt with through public forums. No guarantee you will get an answer or fix for whatever problem or bug the site faces.
- Creativity. Font styles, layout, and the entire page structure is dictated by strict CSS page formatting, and great effort must be made to reverse-engineer the Wordpress code. A web designer must be hired to put graphics and other creative content in the site (and what else do you want a site for?)
- Content. The sparkling thought that an instant site is yours after a quick installation is quickly replaced when you realize you have 10 empty pages, a generic header and navigation, and nothing actually “works.” Customizing, developing the pages, and writing good content to fit in each page is what makes your site memorable, and creates the value.
- Search Engines. SEO or search engine optimization is extremely important, and while many Wordpress modules proport to make it SEO friendly, the code is not optimized, pages load slow, and google has to read through all the layers of Wordpress code, the site really is not “optimal” for search engine robots. On top of that, Wordpress is often used to create spam-filled websites, which Google blacklists as spam.
- Hosting. You might have been told by your host that this was your only option, or your hosting offered it as part of their plan. You should not feel this is the only choice out there. The only “easy” part about Wordpress is pressing the button to install it. Consider the 100’s of other choices. Ask a developer today!
- Price. You get what you pay for.
So, there you are. Go forth and make the best decision.
Next time we’ll discuss other, more viable alternatives.