Is WordPress the right CMS for your website?
WordPress started as a free, easy to use, open source blogging platform. It was first released in 2003 and with the help of a community of developers has evolved into a widely used website content management solution. It is regarded as one of the most widely used content management systems on the web – and yes, it is free!
By free, we mean that there are no licensing costs to use the software. The time invested can range from minimal to extensive depending on the complexity and functionality you require. WordPress works using templates called themes and various features can be added using modules called plugins and widgets.
- Free – no licensing costs for using the software although some themes and plugins are not free
- Stable – used by millions of websites so its core is solid and stable
- Widely available plugins to provide you with the features you require
- Lots of themes so you don’t have to start from scratch
- Support – reliant on peer support so there may not be timely resolution to your issue
- Compatibility – plugins may not be compatible with each other so finding ones that work together can be troublesome
- Upgrades – upgrades can often ‘break’ plugins and they also have to be installed manually
- Security – being such a popular platform makes it a prime target for hackers WordPress has had various vulnerabilities exposed in the past and will continue to be a target into the future due to its popularity
Is WordPress for you? It depends. If your website is a simple “brochure'” site with basic features and is not mission critical (i.e. it doesn’t sell on-line or provide important customer service functionality), then WordPress can be a great solution for you. These kinds of sites can afford to have a few problems without significantly impacting the business so security and support risk is minimised.
However, if you have a mission critical site that has complex functionality then WordPress may not be the best solution for you. It may be worthwhile to invest in a solution where the required functionality is integrated and is supported by the provider. There is no guarantee that you won’t have issues with vulnerabilities but at least you’ll have someone to support you.
If you have further questions about WordPress or content management systems, feel free to get in touch.
Co-founder of Cornerstone and web junkie, Michael knows just how to diagnose your online problems and remedy the issue. An online enthusiast who believes in technology as an enabler of growth, Michael worries about all the details so you don't have to.