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Author: Nick Bergman
Wordpress has been out there for a long time, and there is a reason they are the most popular choice when it comes to building your website. Simply put, they are there for you when a simple website builder just is not enough. They allow access to a whole sea of features and among these are the popular SEO friendly customization options, their friendly user interface and their well known widget-installer.
Their widget installer allows you to add special user created widgets to your website to help customize it to your needs and help it grow in it's niche. A feature that many other website building platforms lack.
Wordpress would be ideal for anyone who has got their mind wrapped around a little bit of experience, and if you'd possibly want to create your website using code. They are perfect for anyone wanting more advanced features beyond the standard ones such as creating a membership site with full customization, or starting a news site.
The option to go for if you're innovative, having some experience is definitely helpful, although their user friendly interface will help you learn quickly
Without further to talk about I figured we would start getting deeper into this review. We will be going over the biggest Pro's and Con's of Wordpress and their services. We are also going to go over what type of person that would fit perfectly with using Wordpress.
Okay, first the Pro's and Cons
Pros About Wordpress
With Wordpress being open source, you will have the ability to write and edit code for free without any licensing fees. This has proven useful to anyone using coding as an element of customizing their website. The open source also allows people to openly share their code across the Wordpress platform. This can save developing time if you don't have the time to write your own code, you can just go for an already completed website theme.
With Wordpress there is no determined price for everyone. The price of creating and managing your website and it's features is totally up to you and what budget you have. There are a lot of web hosting companies out there providing different plans of hosting. One of the most popular ones is Bluehost. And which one you choose is up to you. Also which tools you will be using to create your website are also up to and therefore you can get away cheaply with creating your website if you don't have the budget or need for a website costing hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Multiple SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Options
Wordpress sites seem to rank better than many others in google index. And part of this is because Wordpress themselves tend to fix crawling errors and SEO troubles with your site automatically. If you are looking to be found on google, bing etc then Wordpress would be a pretty good alternative. They allow more options than the average website-builder platform would.
One of the most powerful aspects of Wordpress is their plugin system available to every user. As this was written there is over 53000+ plugins available for your Wordpress website. These plugins are all different and there are really useful ones depending on what type of website you own. For example you could add anti-spam to your website if you often accept entries or you could protect your images with an image-lock preventing people from right clicking and downloading your images.
These are just a couple of all the plugins available and there are lots of other ones. You will almost be guaranteed to find something useful for your website/blog.
Okay so Wordpress has a lot of great features allowing for pretty much endless opportunities. The ones I went over are just some of the key features and there is a lot more to discover on their website.
However no service comes without it's flaws, and whether those flaws don't affect you at all or have a significant importance in terms of using Wordpress, we are going to go over the most notable cons of wordpress
Alright, here are the key cons of Wordpress
Cons of Wordpress
Limited Staff Permissions
Although Wordpress allows for a great membership website using their plugins, they don't give the user an ability to edit their staffs permissions. If you're going to have other people editing your websites than yourself, this could become an issue since you would not have the ability to restrict some of your staffs access to some pages or areas. This would be problematic if you for example are going to have someone else writing your blog posts and only want that person to have access to the blog features and not the ability to even delete the website.
I don't know if this can be fixed, but I think if it could, it would be through an user created plugin.
Attractive to Hackers
Since you will be hosting your website yourself on Wordpress, it's important that you take a variety of security precautions to avoid hackers or DDOS attacks on your website. Since many people on Wordpress don't really know how to prevent hackers, it is such a popular place for hackers to linger around.
These precautions can be pretty simple in itself by just hosting your website on a known web hosting company, or by getting an SSL certificate or Cloudflare plan.
Large Stores can Have Trouble
While there are a number of plugins allowing you to create your online store on Wordpress, such as Woocommerce, it can become troublesome when your store grows larger. The management system just simply isn't powerful enough to be able to allow you to manage large quantity orders in a good way. And if you compare your store to one that is actually hosted on a eCommerce dedicated platform you will be no match for them. If you are planning on creating a sizable online store, then Prestashop or Magento suits a lot better than Wordpress since they offer a lot more advanced features.
Not a Perfect fit for Social Networks
The features with Wordpress as far as their social media communicating alternatives go, is pretty basic. You could improve the social media alternatives and ability to interact with plugins. You could even add live chat to your website. Nonetheless I personally wouldn't use Wordpress if the goal of my website was to solely create a socially developed network of users, there are better alternatives for that. Although it is possible, Wordpress lack of specialization in this area will be going against you.
Okay so that was some dots definitely worth pointing out about Wordpress. Now that we have gone over the most important pros and cons I will summarize this review in the last part. Is Wordpress a good alternative for you? Note that part of this is my opinion and part is fact.
Is Wordpress a Good Choice for you?
Now, as we went over many notable features of Wordpress, it narrows down to just one question left: Is Wordpress a good choice for you?
Wordpress IS Right for you if:
-You have at least some form of experience in creating websites before
-You need more features than the average website builder provides when it comes to SEO
-You want to be able to control how much money you are going to dedicate into creating your website
-You want beautiful templates already created by others users of the same platform
-Your website is in a niche and you need unique customized plugins to help you manage your website to fit you niche
Wordpress is NOT Right for you if:
-You don't want to spend some time into taking security precautions to avoid hackers
-You are aiming to create a social network website
-You are aiming to create a large eCommerce website
-Your staff are going to need specific features and access to only certain parts of your website
I hope you enjoyed this review and most importantly I hope you learnt something valuable to take into mind. Perhaps this review saved you from a potential mistake or quite the opposite, got your eyes open for a great opportunity. Nevertheless, we think it is important that other people also gets to have an insight about Wordpress, so feel free to share this review or ask any questions in the comments section down below.
Kind regards, Nick Bergman