6 Common Misconceptions About WordPress

All to often when the name WordPress is mentioned in a corporate environment, there is always push back from an IT team or some stuck using ColdFushion (yes developers and companies still use this) . Why is this? This is why I wanted to post my experience with 5 common misconceptions about WordPress.

  1. WordPress is insecure – This is the farthest things from the truth. WordPress has been deemed by the public and experts as being one of the most secure CMS. Server configuration, bad plugins and theme development are the leading cause of insecurities.
  2. WordPress is just for Blogs – Nope, no it is not. WordPress has evolved into a super flexible CMS that can be used for any kind of website that needs a CMS.
  3. WordPress is Free, Paid is better – WordPress is Free and being open source, it has the smartest people working on the system. Most all contributors are volunteers and are very good at what they do.
  4. It is Open Source and any Joe and add to it – True and false! Joe can write and contribute any code he see’s fit no matter the quality of the work. Then Senior developers commented to WordPress vet Joe’s code. They test is against ever known situation they can through at it. If the code is not inline with WordPress’s values or roadmap, Joe’s code will never make the cut.
  5. WordPress can never stand against Enterprise CMS – First off, this one bugs me the most. If you ever developed for a so-called enterprise system, you know that they are clunky, extremely overpriced, and outdated so fast with little upgrade support. But what is enterprise or what does it mean? Well this is straight from Wikipedia:

    Enterprise software, also known as enterprise application software(EAS), is computer software used to satisfy the needs of an organization rather than individual users. Such organizations would include businesses, schools, interest-based user groups, clubs, charities, or governments.

    Lets look at some examples of so-called sites that fall under the category of needing to use an “enterprise” system BUT use WordPress. TechCrunch, The New YorkerSony Music, Best Buy, Fortune, The Rolling Stones and AMC and SinusCurewith all the individual show sites as well. There is many more which I would be happy to provide if you would like.

  6. WordPress is not for large sites with high traffic – WordPress.com is ran using the WordPress CMS and is among the top 100 most visited sites in the USA (as of Aug 2015  Stats). Developers of Windows Technology and other CMS communities will say that WordPress is not powerful enough but the stats do not lie. WordPress is just as powerful if not more powerful as any Enterprise system.

WordPress is growing and as of now (the time writing this post) is currently at 25% of all websites running a CMS. WordPress is not going anywhere. It is not for every one or every site but I encourage you to at least look and try before you spend 17K a year on “enterprise” CMS that will leave you spending 25K-100K a year for a system and team that just traps you in a corner.

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