When Should You Not Use WordPress?

The immense popularity of the CMS, WordPress, has led many to think that it must be the best option for everything. However, this is not always the case. While WordPress does have its advantages, there are also some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration before deciding to use it. For starters, WordPress does not have any special SEO superpowers.

It is up to the user to optimize their website for search engine rankings. Additionally, WordPress can restrict web designers and developers from fully customizing their website. While WordPress regularly publishes updates to fix security holes, it can take a long time to keep your website secure. Upgrades will need to be done by someone technical, which means that customers inevitably end up paying for this extra work in the long run.

Customizing the design and layout of your site is easy with WordPress, but it powers more than 30% of all websites on the Internet and is responsible for building 62% of sites created with CMS. This means that your site is likely to eventually collide with a wall that comes with a lack of originality. WordPress websites are packed with similar features that take away the unique content they contain. As the source of such a large segment of Internet content, WordPress has to deal with online threats and malware.

More than 70% of WordPress sites are technically vulnerable to attacks for different reasons. You can help limit these threats with add-ons and antivirus software, but that doesn't completely negate all the potential dangers that have the power to infiltrate your site and cause problems in your files and database. Many users report having significant issues with the speed of WordPress websites, which can be due to a number of different factors. Some examples of these factors include poor quality hosting that can't keep up with your traffic, lack of caching plugins, outdated plugins, and lack of image compression and optimization.

These elements and many more can cause a significant decrease in the speed of your WP site. WordPress users frequently experience a number of configuration issues that can severely impede the site's production and overall success. These complaints involve many factors, ranging from failed email deliveries due to misconfigured PHP mail functions, and WordPress 404 error messages due to a misconfigured permalink configuration.

Wilson Szafranski
Wilson Szafranski

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