WordPress is the most popular blogging platform and content management system in the world today. WordPress powers over a quarter of websites in the world as of the year 2017. That number is growing every day and continues to rise in a more aggressive rate.
It is an easy choice for media managers for web development because of its high customizability, user-friendliness, simplicity and other advantages.
However, WordPress is not your ultimate and all-powerful solution despite its attractive and practical advantages. Many developers and users misunderstand these advantages and fall prey into the critical drawbacks that WordPress has.
Let’s list down the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress to better understand its capability in order to make a more learned decision.
- Open source model and structure – The open source nature of WordPress is what made it become a beloved platform for bloggers and seasoned web developers alike. You don’t need to pay for licenses for as long as you comply with other aspects of licensing. A lot of programmers can openly share and distribute codes that allow for high collaboration and easier for others to use without building from scratch.
- Simplicity – It is extremely simple to operate. You won’t need to spend a lot of time and effort in learning the whole system. That said, you can easily jump in and start working or editing the site’s content.
- Transparent development – Because WordPress is an open source platform, it is free, including most of its themes and plugins. What this means is that you have the liberty to modify, enhance and distribute the source codes without the need to pay for licenses. This enables the development process to be more transparent with anyone free to see, track progress and jump-in in the conversations.
- Massive ecosystem – WordPress has the hugest community compared to other blogging platforms and Content Management Systems. Its massive ecosystem provides quick help and support as well as collaboration with different developers across the world. If you have a question in mind, you can be assured that it has already been answered.
- Easy to install – WordPress is super easy and quick to install. It’s very basic and incredible. This is what made them famous as well – with installation something no other self-hosted web software can compare. Part of installation core is the ability to install plugins from within the web GUI without the need for complex and advanced config files modifications. This makes other platform too difficult and complex to install compared to WordPress.
- SEO friendly – The capability within WordPress to install plugins makes it an SEO friendly platform because you’re able to install plugins designed to optimize SEO of your site and maximize results potential.
- Price – Since WordPress is an open source platform, it’s completely free and you can easily use it as a test environment or a spring board to something bigger.
- Limited permissions scoping – WordPress doesn’t allow so much granular control on accessing and editing every aspect of the site. In order to enable this type of functionality, you will need to install and/or use a 3rd party plugin.
- Scalability – While WordPress is the most used by developers because of its simplicity and completeness, there’s a few behind-the-scenes development that needs to be done in order to accommodate huge traffic and make it more scalable.
- Content model is a bit restrictive – Since WordPress started as a blogging platform, a lot of its content model structure is a bit restrictive. Compared to other Content Management Systems, which provide more flexibility and control over content model, WordPress requires you to add custom fields as well as apply web admin management to define and handle multiple content areas.
- Control – WordPress releases updates that is only good for WordPress most of the time and may not be suitable for you. If your needs and environment are not the same as WordPress’, then it might be likely that the updates may be counterintuitive and negatively impact your site.