Wordpress is both Free and Open source. This is its biggest strength and also its’ achilles heel. Since WordPress provides easily deployable third-party themes, plug-ins and widgets that facilitate the integration of third-party code snippets. There are many “so-called” developers that create “modules” for Wordpress. This inherently creates many potential issues for website owners.
WordPress is vulnerable since it is Open Source and relies on plugins.
Since Wordpress plugins and themes are developed by people that aren’t regulated; the modules may contain malicious code. WordPress is a popular CMS and is targeted by hackers. Today, WordPress is the most hacked CMS platform in the world.
WordPress updates create more havoc than usability.
The entire maintenance aspect of WordPress is challenging, and an ongoing battle. You need to be prepared to make constant adjustments to your plugins and themes in order to have a functional website. WordPress does not offer any direct support, and their solutions can only be found on WordPress forums.
Only the WordPress CMS access is free.
When looking at the broader picture the development, plugins, hosting and deployment can become quite expensive. WordPress requires plugins and themes for any form of customisation, and most of the freely available ones are not always reliable or safe. Some novice Wordpress developers may inadvertently use hacked plugins.
Many developers of Wordpress are not programmers.
Wordpress makes it easy for anyone with elementary computing skills to develop a website with the Wordpress CMS. Many Wordpress “developers” are very transient freelancers that don't have a stable business entity. This is very risky for businesses that require stability and reliability in their website development team. Businesses' depend on a long term partner when it comes to maintaining online assets.
Firstly, with full disclosure, we at CodeTactic, develop, maintain and support websites on the Wordpress platform. For these instances, our client's needs far outweigh the disadvantages of having Wordpress. However, if you consider your website as a critical part of your business and your livelihood, you should consider your options. You should also understand Wordpress's vulnerabilities and limitations before jumping head first into the Wordpress CMS platform.WordPress is well known publicly available CMS that is open-source and built by a community of contributors. WordPress allows users to build websites that may be updated, customized and managed from its back-end CMS. This is Wordpress's biggest strength and also its’ biggest weakness. Since WordPress provides easily deployable third-party themes and modules that facilitate the integration of third-party code snippets. There are many “so-called” developers that create “modules” for Wordpress. This inherently creates many potential issues for website owners. Here are a few of the programming wooes of Wordpress, that you may be able to relate too.
The main premise behind using Wordpress is how it empowers site owners to easily update the site's content. This is true; however, what is not initially known is that there is a big learning curve to use the Wordpress' content management tool properly. Additionally, since this tool is unintuitive to average site owners, you will find updating content time consuming and overwhelming. What they don't tell you... In almost all of the Wordpress installations that CodeTactic has completed, the client ends up asking us to make the website changes as they find this to be an arduous task. Furthermore, the online Wordpress documentation are incomplete and inconsistent, causing hours of frustration to most Wordpress user.
Wordpress plugins and themes are external software modules that can be implemented to your wordpress site to add functionality. What they don't tell you... Plugins are susceptible to software bugs, hacking and viruses... and it happens a very often! In the past four years, CodeTactic has been contracted to solve Wordpress hacks and virus issues by many Wordpress site owners. Most often these client sites are hacked through a gap in an installed plugin of a contact form (or free plugin). In one instance, the hack installed links to political and pornographic web pages and graphics. The second hack also involved a security flaw in a plugin. This hack compromised the server and started sending thousands of spam messages per hour.
Wordpress uses a CMS to build its web pages. What they don't tell you... Wordpress is extremely slow! The Wordpress CMS engine that runs on the hosting server requires more resources than conventional web pages. It needs the overhead of the management system to create the web pages, manage themes, and more. This causes the Wordpress web pages to take a longer to load. In addition, Wordpress adds a lot of extra, unnecessary code to each web page, increasing the physical size of the page, thus slowing its delivery to your PC or mobile device. Web site load time is one of the crucial factors in Goggle's keyword ranking algorithm. Therefore, slow sites can negatively impact your Google keyword ranking.
Yes, there are Wordpress add-on SEO Plugins for optimizing your website for Google and other search engines. What they don't tell you... These plugins such as "All-in-one" and "Yoast SEO" only allow certain subsets of elements on a site to be optimized. You can not optimize your site' SEO 100% with a Wordpress plugin. You need the expertise and knowledge of how to use the optimization plugin. In addition, implementing an SEO strategy is more complex and comprehensive than one thinks. There are many moving parts to SEO optimization. Here are some of the many things that Wordpress SEO plugins have issues with, when it comes to SEO optimization:
Whether Wordpress is the right platform for your project (or not), CodeTactic has the experience and expertise to help you stick-handle the decision for high quality website development. Whether Wordpress or custom CMS, we will help you make this important decision and get your project completed on-time and on budget. We have taken many of the lessons learned from fixing Wordpress websites and developed a unique Wordpress Hosting platform that greatly reduces the risk and known issues associated to Wordpress website deployment. CodeTactic eliminates the frustration by delivering state of the art security features, automatic plugin updates, as well as alternative CMS solutions to suite your requirements. CodeTactic Media is based in North America and does not outsource clients' work to any third parties. All customization and development are done by CodeTactic in-house.
In most instances, CodeTactic recommends websites to be built from the ground up with a Front-End CMS if a Content Management System is at all required. Even though we can program Wordpress websites, we higly recommend websites to be designed securely and on a secure platform. The CodeTactic Frontend CMS is ideal for small to medium sized businesses and professionals. Our customer CMS is easy to learn for novice website owners, completely secure and hosted on the Amazon Web Services CDN network for lightening fast delivery.
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