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Why Shouldn’t You Build Website in WordPress: Recommendations from Experts

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  • March 18, 2021
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WordPress is known to be the most frequently used content management system (CMS) on the web. Nowadays, 39.6% of websites (+13% Y2Y) are built on this platform and 40% of the Internet is powered by it. But why is it so popular and is WordPress good if you need a reliable website for your business?

Originally, WordPress was built to be a platform for blogging. In the very beginning, when you install WordPress, the basic function available to you are adding new posts, sharing them via social media and creating the static pages. This native functionality is enough for blog like this or simple company websites. But if you want to develop the custom and functional web platform you have to forget about using WordPress for a business website. We have gathered some crucial information proving our point, so don’t wait up and dive into this blog post right away! 

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8 Reasons Why WordPress is a Really Bad Idea

1. Design

WordPress itself together with different platforms like Envato Market or Template Monster offers a great variety of website’s designs called Themes. Theme is a front-end styling of your website, which is installed into your WordPress account. It contains color scheme, widget locations, page templates (layouts), fonts and other stylistic details. Generally, free wordpress themes propose simple design and limited functionality and premium themes include more features together with stylish design.

The strong point of such themes is low price and the possibility to start even without paying any money and hiring a designer.

The weak point of such themes emerges when you download the theme and find out that it does not suit your brand identity as it is supposed to. Moreover, when you insert your media files, the template doesn’t look so “premium” and stylish as it used to at the preview (designers of premium themes spend hours to find the pictures from photo-banks that match each other perfectly). And later, when you decide to customize the bought theme, you have to hire a developer, even if you tried to avoid it in the very beginning. If the chosen theme contains too many functions, that you will not use, be prepared to get the extremely slow website.

On top of that, you lose a chance to highlight your brand uniqueness and increase your brand awareness. Chances are that the same theme can be used by several companies and your website will look quite basic. If your goal is to stand out from your competitors, then special custom design is a must!

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2. Functionality

Extending the functionality of your WP website is very easy – you just need to install plugins. The market is full of different plugins, that can add any needed function to your website. But don’t be so happy and relieved, installing numbers of them on your page. The sad truth is plugins slow down your website, and the more plugins you install, the slower your website will work. Also, plugins can come into collision and stop working together. When you download plugins, made by different vendors, they don’t always collaborate with each other and you might lose functionality instead of obtaining it. That’s why sometimes you need to spend time and money on customization tuning each plugin in order to fit your website.

3. Frequent upgrades

Being an open source software, with lot’s of developers working on it, WordPress releases new features quite often, themes and plugins get regular updates. To make it more clear, take a look at the whole list of WordPress updates.  As you may see, the latest release took place on April 29, 2020. Sometimes WordPress even ends up being updated 5 or even more times in a month. 

At the same time, this can play a trick on your website. Sometimes, when the WordPress, theme or plugin updates, something can break and stop working. That’s why you should always make a backup and test all the new features before updating the live website. Do you really want to mess with this stuff any time a new upgrade is released?

4. Insecurity and vulnerability to hacking

As the WordPress is the most used CMS platform, it regularly becomes the target of hackers and spammers attacks. Even downloading the reliable security plugins will not surely protect you from security hacks and malicious activities.

  • Backdoors
  • Drive-by downloads
  • Pharma hacks
  • Malicious redirects
  • forms spamming

If your website is actually a web platform with thousands of users, security is of vital importance, because any vulnerability can affect the users and bring a negative impact on your credibility. Considering the security issues, developing a web portal based on WP is quite risky.

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5. Poor SEO

WordPress positions itself to be the SEO-friendly platform but in fact, almost every open-source CMS is SEO-friendly. Though it has to automatically optimize your website and improve your search ranks, WordPress gives you only the basic optimization. If you want to boost your website, you have to download special SEO plugins, which as we know slow down the loading speed of your project.

WordPress is also known for messing the sitemap due to its category system and special tagging that create duplicates. To fix all these issues you need to learn SEO or to hire a specialist who will manage all the optimization. Can you really call this platform SEO-friendly after all? And do you really need these additional expenses? It can be better to invest into a custom website from financial prospective. Yes, it can seem expensive, but you will save a lot of money in the future. 

6. Slow page speed

Due to the number of factors, WordPress remains a very slow platform. The page load speed is pulled down with additional processes running because of heavyweight plugins, crowded databases, and frustrating codebase. What else can slow down the WP website? Huge and heavy images, not optimized for SEO, unreliable hosting, heavy themes, not optimized homepages, not reliable CDN and many other factors can make your website extra slow.

At the same time, the page speed is a crucial factor for both user experience and SEO ranking. Modern users hate slow websites and don’t wait more than 2 seconds for the page load. Meanwhile, Google and other search engines rank websites accordingly to their speed.

7. Hard to scale

There are, of course, large WordPress sites that handle a great amount of traffic, but making this possible requires a lot of efforts and money. In particular, you’ll need to hire a wordpress expert who can set up the environment and do the rest of the work, so it may even cost you almost as much as the custom web development.

On top of that, there is no guarantee that if you invest in scalable WordPress website, you’ll receive the results that satisfy your needs. In addition, the user experience that such website delivers maybe not so great either. So if you envision your business to grow, WordPress is definitely not the best choice.

8. It is not cost effective

Although many people tend to use WordPress for their business websites and consider it is quite easy and understandable, in fact WordPress is loosely designed and this provokes numerous breaks of plugins and technology in general. What does that mean? Only that you will have to spend additional $300 or even up to $3000 on developers services. The specialist will perform various checks to make sure that everything on your website works well and all plugins function without any compatibility issues.

Such approach is absolutely ineffective for small businesses which need to invest more in their brand awareness (advertising and promotion services) and not in constant tech takes services to keep their website running smoothly. So if your business has revenue less than $200,000 per year, you do not need to spend time, money and efforts on building website on WordPress.

Open source is a term used to describe computer programs with their source code available for everyone to study. WordPress is open-source software and anyone can use, study, change, and redistribute its source code. In other words, such software provides an opportunity for anyone to improve it by testing, bug reporting, and submitting patches. But also it means the open-source software is vulnerable because it is available for anyone to study and hack, and it comes with absolutely no warranty and if something bad happens no one is responsible for damages.
Not, actually. WordPress is a great platform, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re just going to sell a few products it’s fine but for a wide online store, it won’t fit. For example, using this type of website would be like hiring a bus instead of taking an Uber; time-consuming, costly, and rather unnecessary. More information you can read in this article.
After finishing your website, the next step is to move it from your computer to a live website and share it with the world. There two different methods to move WordPress from local server to your live website. The first way is to use a WordPress migration plugin. The second way, to make it from local server to a live site. But before migration from localhost to live server, you need to have a few things: a domain name and to choose a hosted service provider. Finally, you will need to have a FTP program and know how to use FTP (FTP is short for File transfer protocol. It allows you to transfer files from your computer to your web hosting account.), so you can upload your content to the live site.

Conclusion

WordPress CMS is a very popular platform due to its simplicity and is a perfect solution for blogs and simple company websites. But if you want to develop a powerful, secure and functional web platform, look at the list of the WordPress pitfalls and think twice.

Instead of spending extra time, money and your nerves on fixing the WordPress based website, hire a professional team of developers who will surely create the website of your dream.

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Elena is the business analyst passionate about everything connected with startups, business ideas, and analytics. She’s aiming to find the solution for every challenge, young companies meet on their way.
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Comments (29)

Patrick Ifada
Aug 07, 2021 at 8:30 PM

WordPress is still the best cms to build a responsive and SEO-friendly website.

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Paul
Mar 18, 2021 at 1:38 PM

I understand your pain regarding wordpress… the architecture is a joke, the designs and themes are joke the plugins are mostly garbage written by non programmers or beginners with not an inkling of an idea of how to create software… The entire ecosystem of wordpress and wordpress itself is a joke from a programmer standpoint.

… All that being said …

of all your points the only valid one is security:

plugins incompatibility – if 2 are not compatible you will find a 3rd that is(and a 4th and a 5th and probably 100 others). same with designs, don’t like it there are a million more to chose from. still don’t like it get a highly customizable one like avada and make your own with a nice visual editor.

scaling and pages speed – like we don’t have cloudflare in this day and age? just cache all the pages and whenever you update a page purge cache I think there is a plugin to do that too. And yes it can be done on a free cloudflare account!!

seo – get a plugin that does it for you and customize it… not to mention seo is a joke to begin with and nobody should sink money into it as it changes as google feels like it so your native needs to be on content primarily anyway.

security – I tend to agree with as most plugins are written awfully but then again if your site has sensitive information it is not a presentation site any longer now is it? Having said that there are ways to mitigate that too plus the newer versions of wordpress are sorta safe against injections important drawback being the plugins. So if you need security you will probably have to have a decent budget and build a custom plugin with someone.

costs – are you serious? for any custom site having the same functionality you are going to pay a LOT more!! You need a design & someone to implement the basic stuff for you, you are looking at 1k$ plus for the most basic functionality. Not only that it will take a lot more time to get anything off the ground and changing themes or adding functionality will cost you so much more.

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Avinash
Feb 06, 2021 at 8:01 PM

I agree with all the points which you have mentioned in this article. It is really better to make your own customized website with your own designs that match the image of the brand rather than making it on WordPress. I learnt a lot about the shortcoming of WordPress through your article. Thank you for sharing such an informative article. I really appreciate all the efforts made by you to write this article and share it with us.

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Ksenija Kolomiiets
Feb 11, 2021 at 9:39 AM
Avinash,

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John
May 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Avinash,

It’s not all about money, that’s a fatal attraction of Americans. I’ve looked at the HTML of a few of these WP themes and they’re WP advertisements. If for instance you’re a journalist, a WP theme of a hairdresser is about as useless as it gets. With that in mind I’ll use my minimal skills of coding and patience to design a site myself, minus all the links back to WP, adsense and all the other junk their themes are built on. WP? Yes, if you want to blog about your cat!

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Elijah Ethan
Feb 03, 2021 at 11:35 AM

If you want to boost your website, you have to download special SEO plugins, which as we know slow down the loading speed of your project. You can use WordPress to build almost any kind of website imaginable!

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Yank
Jan 02, 2021 at 1:07 PM

This is whole post written on false beliefs and all arguments that you bring up to not use WordPress can be applied to any other CMS built by someone who does not know what he or she is doing. So apple and oranges here that does not add any value in the end. You can build anything with WordPress but it depends on the person who builds it, what the result is going to be. Pay peanuts, get monkeys. Pay for quality hosting and a professional developer and your website built on WordPress will be more than competitive with a site built on any other platform. If you let your nephew of 12 year old build it, he will probably be able to mess your website up, with any other CMS as well.

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Syed Ashiq
Dec 21, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Man!!!!! The funny thing is your own website is built using WordPress. This cracked me up.

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Roman Berznoi
Aug 28, 2020 at 12:35 PM

WordPress isn’t the best web platform in the world. But the best web platform exist in perfect world only. So, let’s me comment some points.

WordPress CMS is a very popular platform due to its simplicity and is a perfect solution for blogs and simple company websites.
It isn’t true. Many enterprise companies use WP for their corporate sites.

It is not cost effective
Any quality website is expensive. But the true, that you can’t create low-price website with Angular or React. Because, developer’s rate highier. But you can create a bad website with modern frameworks for big money.

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Oleg Galenia
Jun 05, 2020 at 3:57 PM

Thanks to the author for sharing such a great post. The article was very well written about why building websites in WordPress are a bad idea. It can be really great for people like me who are looking for grabbing more knowledge about it.

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Mey Adam
Mar 26, 2020 at 12:20 PM

all of the reason but i still choose wordpress to build a website. i agree to some point though, especially “frequent upgrades.” its kinda annoying when a platform always have frequent upgrades. not only wordpress, but also the plugins.

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Yup
Jan 31, 2020 at 2:21 AM

As a web designer it is a nightmare when I take on a client who says they need help with their already built site and i find out the person or agency (godaddy, etc) built it in WP. Many wordpress users swear their sites are the best, fully optimized, etc. they dont have any idea what they could get elsewhere which is a shame for all these other great cms platforms. WP definitely just got a foot end with early blogging. P.S seeing a client with a clunky site and 3 plugins make me crrrriiiinge

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