Myth or Truth
WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) right now and it is growing at a very rapid pace. However if we search the internet we will come across numerous myths about it. Below we present the most prevalent ones, along with an analysis of what is really true.
Myth No.1: WordPress is only for blogs.
Truth: One of the most popular myths. It is true that WordPress was originally built 13 years ago as a blog tool. However through the years it has been evolved into a powerful CMS (Content Management System) which can be used for any kind of website.
Myth No.2: You can’t use WordPress for large corporate websites.
Truth: WordPress is a flexible and fully customizable platform which can be easily adjusted in order to meet the requirements of a large corporate web project. As we discussed in a previous post a large number of well-known companies use WordPress platform either for their website or blog. The websites of many large companies with a huge amount of traffic such as New York Post, Time Magazine, Sony Music etc. are running on WordPress. Truth be told, most of limitations that might occur lie within the designer’s/developer’s skills and not within the platform itself.
Myth No.3: WordPress isn’t for ecommerce.
Truth: It was a true fact in the early days of WordPress. Today it offers a wide range of e-commerce solutions, such as WooCommerce and WP e-commerce, that can help you set up and run your online business. Below we present some stylish e-shops running on WordPress.
Myth No.4: WordPress is not safe.
Truth: WordPress is facing frequent attacks, but this doesn’t mean it is less safe than any other platform. For example the websites of CitiGroup, Google, and Zappos don’t run on WordPress and have also been hacked or attacked. It is true also that WordPress plugins can cause issues but vulnerabilities can be found in any type of software. Being the most popular CMS, WordPress developers report and address any security breach immediately. According to the security researchers, once a platform gains more than 10% market share among its competitors, it becomes worth the time and effort to learn its vulnerabilities. WordPress’s security is only getting better and better every day. History shows that WordPress has not had a major security problem in over 2 years. Updates 4.3 and 4.4 included some major security updates, like enhanced password security features. No matter what website platform you use, it’s your job to keep it updated and secure. Or hire someone to do that for you.
Myth No.5: WordPress is not SEO friendly.
Truth: WordPress is a good platform for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and there are many ways to optimize it in order to improve your website’s ranking. However just switching to WordPress won’t rank your site on Google’s front page automatically. It’s your responsibility to have rich content and set your keywords in the most efficient way.
Myth No.6: Large number of plugins slow down your website.
Truth: It depends. According to Mike Little, the co-founding developer of WordPress, the performance of plugins varies. Some of them are slow, some others are fast and some have absolutely no effect. We have to mention also that you can use plugins which have been built and designed specifically to speed up your site.
Myth No.7: Inactive plugins slow down your site’s speed.
Truth: It is really important to update all your plugins. However if some of them are inactive they won’t slow down your website. In fact, plugins that are out of date might cause problems to your website. So it is very important to make these updates whenever they are available.
Myth No.8: Inactive themes slow down your site’s speed.
Truth: The same as in the inactive plugins myth. Themes that are not being used won’t make your website perform slower. It is important though to update them, because outdated themes do pose security risks.
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