This post is based on a blog that I wrote on my business website in 2016.
It has since been updated for posting on Frontntweaks.com.

Why did I repost this article again?
Simple, I still receive questions about WordPress.
There is still so much confusion, many didn’t even know there is a WordPress.com and WordPress.org platform.

The purpose of this blog is to clarify some of the confusion that I receive about WordPress.
The multitude of questions asked, shows me how much WordPress is misunderstood. Keep in mind, my answers will be very simple and non technical as possible. I just want to clear some of the confusion and misunderstanding about WordPress.

WordPress.org
Isn’t WordPress a blogging platform?
Way back in 2003, WordPress began as a platform for bloggers.
This platform has since grown into to a full feature Content Management System (CMS) and can be downloaded free from WordPress.org. You need to install WordPress on a hosting service of your choice (Godaddy, Bluehost, etc.). Most of the major hosting services do provide a one click install, making it so simple for non techies to build a WordPress site.

WordPress.com
WordPress.com (not WordPress.org) is still a blogging platform, and is also free once you sign up. WordPress.com provides everything you need to launch a website. It includes free hosting, themes, security and maintenance (similar to SquareSpace and Wix).
This allows you to actually have a website up and running in minutes.

Pros and Cons of WordPress.org:
WordPress is far from perfect,
The Pros:

  • *Current statistics reveal that 28.1% of all websites are powered by WordPress.
    In other words over a quarter of all websites use WordPress, meaning that this platform must meet the needs of it’s users.
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  • With such huge numbers of users, there are a proportionate number of web developers building WordPress sites, plugins, and themes. This means that WordPress has a huge community of supporters.  In other words, technical support for WordPress is huge, I myself have found and received many answers to problems or questions that I have had.
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  • Currently as of this blog date, there are 51,000 plugins available in the WordPress Directory. This means that there is a functionality that can meet your needs.  Examples: contact form, calendar, image slider for header, embed videos, security, SEO, and more. Many plugins are free, others are of the Premium option.
    I have tried other CMS’s which may be more user friendly, but they lack plugins so you may be limited in what you can do, unless you hire a developer to build a custom plugin to meet your needs.
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  • WordPress, straight out of the box, comes ready to embrace search engines.  In other words WordPress is SEO ready.
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  • WordPress is eCommerce ready, which makes it ideal for your online business.  Plugins such as Woo Commerce, Shopify, Easy Digital Downloads, and more, are fully optimized for WordPress, to give the business owner a secure and full featured online store.
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  • WordPress maintenance is easy.  With one click plugin updates and certain automatic core updates, WordPress is very easy to be keep updated. No technical knowledge is required.
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  • WordPress is serious about security.  That’s why security updates come very frequently to keep your website safe and guarded.
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  • Once up and running, many clients want to do their own updates and editing.  Wordpress is fairly easy to learn, as I also provide a step by step visual tutorial.

I have tested and used other CMS’s, and I believe WordPress is the best available today.  It is not perfect, but there is a reason that over a quarter of the websites are running on the WordPress platform.

Cons of WordPress
As I’ve stated earlier, WordPress is not perfect, so here are the downsides:

  • Yes, there are thousands of themes and plugins, easy finding something to meet your needs.
    But there are also hundreds of themes and plugins that have been abandoned by their developers,  that have not been updated in years.  So you need to check the “Last Updated” date to see if it is current, or you open your website to serious security flaws, or breakage.
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  • My pet peeve, you cannot organize your images into folders, like say Joomla can.  So to find a certain image or pdf, you have to search through possibly hundreds of files.
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  • For a beginner, there is a learning curve involving the dashboard.   It can be daunting, especially for a non-techie person.
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  • Although the majority of plugins and themes are free, to get the full features available, you will have to upgrade to the Premium or Pro level.  This can expensive, especially when using multiple Premium plugins.
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  • To obtain maximum speed, efficiency and security on a a full featured website,  you will most likely require a WordPress Optimized or WP Managed host, which is pricey.

 

You can always contact me if you have any WordPress questions.

Gerald

*References:
Web3Techs
Expanded Ramblings


Gerald Watanabe
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