What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free CMS software designed to create a website. Originally developed for blogging, it is now adapted for website creation. Because WordPress is relatively easy to set up and install, it is often used by people who want to set up their personal website or blog without investing in web developers, and therefore serve its purpose well.
However, when doing business, you need a fast, responsive, reliable, and secure website with a strong emphasis on quality - after all, your website is the first presentation point for most potential customers. Your website reflects your business.
The purpose of this article is not to try to discourage people from using WordPress, which certainly has a place on the web. But educate clients so that they can make an informed choice about the right path when choosing a website solution.
Why do some start-ups and companies choose WordPress?
The price. No need for sweet talk, most start-ups choose WordPress or a similar open-source solution to reduce costs for the website.
However, the opposite is often true. The initial price for a website created on open-source systems can appear a few hundred euros / dollars less than with a custom solution. The problem occurs with long-term maintenance of the website. It is often necessary to update the WordPress website and add plugins to it so that the customer is satisfied with the final output. Therefore, over time, the customer incurs additional and additional costs for maintaining the site - associated with the problem of crashing plugins when updating the core system. We will talk more about this below in the article, where we will discuss the main disadvantages of creating websites on open-source systems such as WordPress and the like.
The speed of a website is affecting SEO (search engine optimization) as well as the general impression of the user. Did you know that 53% of website visitors via phone leave the page if the page loads for more than 3 seconds? Because WordPress is not a custom solution, it offers many different website styles and has many features that are not often used. Because of this, the code is very "bloated". This means that your server processes much more code than necessary. As a result, each page tends to load more slowly.
One of the benefits of a custom web solution is that it can do exactly what is required of it, without unnecessary processes, and therefore works very efficiently.
There are millions of WordPress websites on the Internet, and everyone has free access to WordPress code. As a result, such websites are an obvious target for hackers. If a hacker can find a vulnerability in one system, it is understandable that it exists in many others. Once a website has been compromised, it can be difficult to repair it.
Every website on the Internet can be somehow vulnerable to hackers. However, a custom website would mean that the hacker would have to specifically target your site. The difference from WordPress-based websites is that a hacker can target millions of websites at once without knowing or caring about who they belong to.
Regular attacks on WordPress-based sites are no secret, and many site owners encounter them not once but regularly.
Indeed, WordPress regularly releases updates to fix all security vulnerabilities. However, the updates must be performed by someone who is technically proficient, which means that in the long run, clients will eventually pay more for this solution.
The second major disadvantage of updates is that there is always a risk that your site will break down, especially if you have used a customized theme / template.
Plugins are basically a good idea to extend the features of the base WordPress system. However...
Each plugin is developed by a different developer and therefore poses a potential security threat. Also, there are other issues with plugins. Along with updates, plugins may remain broken. The plugin may work perfectly for you, but after you update your core system, the plugin may break down very often and remain broken until the plugin developer can update it.
Because plugins can often be the foundation of a client's website, you will have to deal with multiple problems and crashes on your site.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
There are many SEO plugins for WordPress, and with the right choice, you can achieve a certain level of optimization. However, you can never have complete control over your website because you can't easily edit the website code. Therefore, complete search engine optimization is not possible with WordPress sites.
These are just a few of the disadvantages of using WordPress and similar open-source systems when creating a website. With a few minutes of web search, you can find more and more disadvantages associated with such solutions.
There is no doubt that WordPress is a good solution that allows people with minimal knowledge of web development to create a website relatively quickly. And for personal use, it is unbeatable.
However, for business and commercial purposes, you need to ask yourself if it is a good choice to use software that is regularly hacked, offers slow performance, requires constant technical attention, and investing money resources to maintain.
Unless your budget is extremely limited, it's better to get your website developed well from the beginning. This will save you a lot of trouble and money. Websites are often the first (and potentially the last) thing people will see about your business. That is why it is important and more effective in the long run that you have them developed well for the first time!