We have a few issues with WordPress and the number of businesses that use it for their company website.  Explore why.

1. Limited Regulations

WordPress is an open source platform, meaning there are many contributors to the platform who create plugins and themes.  You don’t know the people who are doing this development and whilst there are guidelines for developers building plugins for WordPress, it is the developers that are responsible for ensuring their security and compatibility, not WordPress, which means mistakes and unwanted actions slip through the gaps.

2. Maintenance

As a result of WordPress being an open source platform with many contributors, security and bug issues are common, which, credit to WordPress are fixed, however, this means maintenance and updates are required regularly.  You have to manually update the components you are using, to protect yourself against the issues that have been uncovered.  Sometimes, the updates needed are technical and require a web developer to do them for you = $$.

3. Security

AGAIN, linking to the Open Source nature of WordPress, results in security issues.  Not all developers are spending their time creating plugins for you out of the good of their heart, sometimes they are sneaking in bugs and hacks that will allow them to hack your WordPress site when you use their plugin. 

insecure plugins and themes contribute to 50% of WordPress hacks (wptemplate.com)

Additionally, when you download the WordPress.org software, one requirement is to find a company to host your site.  The majority of WordPress users, use big host organisations who add their websites to the same server/s, which means when that server is hacked, your website safety is in danger.

4. Price

WordPress software is free to download.  Initially, the only thing you have to pay for is the web hosting and any paid plugins and themes you choose to use.  The average cost of a theme is $50.  If you’re creating the WordPress site yourself, your organisation will have to take into account the cost of your wages + time spent making the site (we guarantee it’s NOT a quick task).  Or, if you pay a WordPress developer to build the site for you (recommended if you’re going to use WP), you’ll have to take into account that cost. 

That’s all of the initial costs, but let’s talk long term.  5 years down the track you discover there are some custom features you need to add to your site, you have security issues, or it just isn’t working for you.

it is here we remind you that 18 MILLION WordPress users were compromised during the worst WordPress security breach (Websitebuilder.org)

This is when most people chat to a web development agency that use a custom-built cms and pay for them to create the website they’ve been wanting all along, which either turns out to be cheaper when you take into account the costs above, or a very similar price, but will offer you that longevity that the WordPress site didn’t.

5. WordPress was built as a blog platform

This is the main factor that all the issues come down to.  WordPress was initially built as a blog platform and it IS great for that use.  Over time, it has been changed and moulded into a CMS platform with many different developers adding plugins and extra features, but the custom functionality and security just isn’t there.  It is common that we will receive a query from a potential client who needs help or advice with their WordPress site, because they've just taken over from a previous employee and are tasked with updating and redesigning.  Problem is they're stuck with the theme the last employee chose and changing this requires a serious amount of time, effort and money.

If you want to build a blog platform use WordPress, if you want a custom and functional website that’s built to last, don’t.

Other musings:

Sign up to our newslettter

Keep up with news and our latest blog posts