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WordPress began as a simple blogging platform in 2003; today, it is the most popular CMS available. As of September 2019, WordPress was the platform for over 34% of websites on the internet, solidifying its position as a market leader. WordPress is most likely to be suggested when deciding on a platform to use to develop your website. Check out our infographic to see why we choose WordPress. However, WordPress isn’t the only choice. I’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of WordPress to help you decide if you should use it to replace your current content management system (CMS).Pros of choosing WordPress.
1. User-Friendly CMS:
Because of its roots in blogging, WordPress is a powerful content management system. An administrator can easily change pages and add new content by navigating the WordPress site’s backend. WordPress makes content organization straightforward even for those without a lot of website maintenance experience.
WordPress users have access to over 54,000 largely free and commercial plugins. You may enhance and personalize any WordPress site using these plugins. There probably is a plugin available to perform exactly what you need to do if you need to make particular adjustments to the functionality on your site. To make sure these plugins don’t compromise the security of your website, we developed a tutorial on how to evaluate their quality.
The significance of SEO best practices is greater than ever. In terms of encouraging these best practices, WordPress performs a terrific job. To aid with content, meta tags, keyword focus, and much more, there are numerous SEO plugins available. Yoast SEO is the plugin of choice at ArcStone. Each WordPress site is SEO ready because Yoast and other free plugins are available. When it comes to SEO optimization, WordPress is the best platform available.
WordPress offers tens of thousands of themes. These themes are typically quite dependable in terms of responsiveness. The UX is greatly impacted by having a mobile-friendly site that is consistent across all platforms, and WordPress does a superb job of this. More and more people are using mobile devices to browse the internet. Check out “How to choose the best WordPress theme for your needs” for advice on choosing a theme.
5. Open source:
According to WordPress’s license, anyone is free to use, examine, modify, and redistribute the software’s source code (WPBeginner). Since WordPress is open-source software, programmers are free to share code online and many of the themes and plugins are free under the GPLv2 license. By leveraging pre-existing code, sharing of code can enable significant cost and time savings during development. When developing your WordPress website with a partner or outside agency, using an open source platform is beneficial. You won’t be forced to use proprietary software that is only accessible to a certain number of developers.
While updating your WordPress site is vital to its health, if not done carefully, it may be a hassle. Themes for premium WordPress are frequently updated and enhanced. For WordPress websites to continue to be properly secure, these updates are crucial. A website’s updates could cause a few minor issues, in which case you might need to switch back to an earlier version of WordPress. ArcStone verifies updates before rolling them out to clients’ sites in order to avoid this, and we also closely monitor each site after the upgrade has been applied. This is one of the reasons it would be beneficial to have a company host and support your WordPress site if you don’t have access to a developer or IT staff.
Being an open-source platform, WordPress is attractive to potential hackers. To mitigate this risk, again, it is always good to be knowledgeable in choosing plugins and themes for your WordPress site.
Certain themes contain a lot of unnecessary generic code. This can decrease the speed of the site and cause slow load times. Without prior WordPress experience it can be hard to understand what code you need and what code you can do without. Again, this is something an agency like ArcStone can help you navigate!
We all hesitate to invest in customization, as it can get expensive. WordPress is a very flexible tool unlike many of the other drag-and-drop web builder tools out there. However, if you aren’t a WordPress expert and you didn’t have one develop your site, then this can be an issue. As mentioned above, updating core WordPress may cause some problems on your site. These updates may break up some of the functionality and if you don’t have best practices employed when designing the site, this can become an issue.
With all these factors to consider, we will always recommend you at least consult with a WordPress expert when building out a WordPress website. Many of the cons listed above can be swept away with the right person and/or agency managing your website. Consider reading our blog post on choosing a web agency to help you launch your most user-friendly and secure website yet.
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