Everything has its good and bad sides. Even a coin has a head and a tail. You might even hear of the principle of Yin and Yang that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites. Likewise, there are pros and cons of WordPress.
Before we look at the advantages and disadvantages of using WordPress, let check out these facts and figures:
- 62% of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the US (Inc. 5000) use WordPress.
- Major brands like Sony, Walt Disney, MTV, BBC use WordPress.
- There are currently over 455 million sites that use WordPress.
- Approximately 30% – 35% of websites in the world are using WordPress.
The Pros of WordPress
- WordPress has evolved tremendously from the past 15 years. WordPress today no longer just a blog platform, it has transformed into a highly powerful Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to build pretty much any sites.
- It has tons of useful Plugins and Themes. Plugins helps to extend the original functionality of WordPress and give us extreme flexibility.
- You have more control with WordPress. It is great for more experienced user as you can achieve more and flexibility to tweak and change your site.
- Its FREE
Having said that, the “Free” WordPress comes with a “cost”. Let look at some of the main disadvantages.
The Cons of WordPress
- Learning Curve. While it is not difficult to use WordPress, but for an absolute newbie who has zero website building knowledge, it can be a challenge.
- Required Web Hosting and Domain Name.
- Premium Theme and Plugin Cost Money. While WordPress is free, to unleash its full potential you are going to need premium plugins and/or themes. The free version of the plugins or themes usually has limited functionality. You will soon realized some of the functions is not available in the free version, thus you will upgrade and pay for the premium version. Depending on objective and requirements, you may need a few paid plugins and the cost could add up quickly.
- Plugin Conflict. Plugins conflict is common and if you did not control the installations of plugins, you may end up having 30-40 plugins installed. The more plugins you have, the higher the chances to face plugins conflict issue. Plugin conflict may result in your site breaking, or doesn't work smoothly.
- Backup and Restoration. Knowing how to backing up your site and do restoration is important. When your site break or something unexpected happens, you could restore your site easily.
Using WordPress is not difficult but you need to equip yourself with some minimal technical skills so that you can manage the basic stuff on your own and know what to do when things go wrong.
But fret not. If you follow our WordPress guide, I have taken care of the issues so the cons are no longer a problem. The guide goes through step-by-step and shows you how easy it is to set up and manage a WordPress website even if you are a newbie and have never created a website before.