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Pros and Cons about using Wordpress

Does it really worth?

I think all developers have used Wordpress at least one time. THis amazing CMS is good but far away to be perfect. Here I am trying to gather all pros and cons about using this blogging platform. Maybe this on is still the most used platform around the surface web.

Pros

  • Many plugins ready to use for all your needs: galleries, portfolio, social, cookie alert, etc.
  • Perfect for blogging and creating contents without having technical skills
  • Ready to use for all kind of users
  • Photo galleries and portfolio plugins available are almost all amazing
  • Open source structure: any developer can write code and share it online. This can code can be reused
  • SEO friendly and SEO integration: you can add keywords and choose your URL structure 
  • Themes and layouts available are many and almost all are responsive. You can add your theme or search a new theme in the wordpress network. Responsive themes can let your website suitable for multiple devices like mobile phones, tablets or iPads
  • Installation need only some minutes and your website can be ready very fast
  • Hosting services can give you wordpress and other CMS to install in your web space and you don't need to do anything
  • Sharing posts on the social networks can be very easy with some plugins.. Just choose your content strategy and happy blogging!
  • You can turn it into an e-commerce with the WooCommerce plugin
  • Even big companies use it
  • You can change the /wp-admin URL page with your login form

Cons

  • Like all others CMS, you have not the control of the code if you are not a wordpress expert
  • Too many queries for each page
  • Caching and other perfomance operations are necessary
  • Bugs are very bad. Do you feel secure? If there will be a malware or some code injection, your system can be in danger and it's hard to sanitize it
  • It's hard to have a validated HTML code
  • No OOP on the souce code: wordpress gives static functions and hooks to interact with the core system
  • Customizing a plugin can be very painful
  • A good SEO activity is still necessary
  • Updates: you have to update your system constantly due to bugs, security problems, plugin updates and new releases...
  • Your website will not be different from other websites with the same theme. You have to build your own theme if you want to be unique

Conclusions

I consider Wordpress a good CMS for blogging and small websites but it can cause you a lot of trouble if you are using it for your company or big projects. Be careful and try to find some alternatives if possible.

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