WordPress Websites Advantages and Disadvantages

If you are planning to design a new website, particularly a blog site, then you’ve probably considered using WordPress as your CMS. Popular, easy-to-handle and clearly laid-out, there are many things that make WordPress inviting, especially if you don’t have much  experience in website design. Yet there are drawbacks too, and not knowing them before you start building your site could result in frustration later on. So, to help you choose the right CMS for your purposes, here are the main pros and cons of WordPress.

Advantages

  1. Economy – If you are running on a tight budget, then WordPress will suit nicely, given that is an open source application. Though some naysayers will argue this is the main reason for its popularity, in truth it’s an exceptionally well designed platform given that it’s available free.
  2.  Choice –  With over 24,000 plugins and 1,700 themes to download, again free of charge, it is very hard to argue against the scope and choice WordPress deals up.
  3. Simplification –  Installing WordPress is extremely straightforward, as is installing the plugins and files you might wish to add.

Disadvantages

  1.  No granular control of permissions –  Unlike closed source CMS, WordPress does not allow you to create groups of users who can control separate parts of the website. This can only be done through the installation of a plug-in from an independent source.
  2. Security -Though the team at WordPress are constantly updating to stay on top of things, it is remarkable how frequently security bugs find their way on to the system. It’s not as bad as it was a few years ago, but it still happens enough to be considered a flaw.
  3. Not built for bigger websites – If you are looking to create a large site with WordPress templates, you are going to need to do some serious optimisation before shelling out on a powerful web host to keep it running. On the normal application, expect crashes anytime your traffic spikes.

Here at NetTonic, we specialise in providing world class website design and SEO services to local companies in Bedford and the wider UK. If you want to find out more about which CMS works best for your website or anything to do with getting ahead online, contact our expert team today.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Managing Director of Nettonic Ltd a Bedford based digital marketing company specialising in helping businesses to improve their online brand awareness. Linkedin

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