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8 Reasons Not to Use WordPress

By Kaili Killpack for l Manwaring Web Solutions

Forward from Patty: I've never been a big WordPress fan because there are other programs available that are much more user-friendly. As time has passed, the case for why WordPress may not be the best choice, regardless of pricing, keeps growing. This article outlines security, maintenance and aesthetic points and I think Kaili is spot-on in her observations!

Too many WordPress websites have been compromised unnecessarily. Have you tried do-it-yourself website builders? Or maybe you've gone to your cousin's nephew who's really awesome at building websites on WordPress? Did it backfire? Or are you currently considering WordPress as an option for your new website?

WordPress is a free source for creating websites, used for more than 50 million websites worldwide. While many people love that it is seemingly easy to use, offers different professional-looking layouts and is free, there are several downsides to this website-building giant that you can fall victim to if you aren't familiar with how the web works.

1. Plugins

WordPress offers plugins for its content management system to increase functionality. That might be an accordion list or a gallery. While it might seem like an awesome option to make your website look better and more personalized, you take risks with each plugin you install.

Each plugin is created by some random Joe, which means that if the plugin crashes, there aren't many (if any) support options to help you get your website functioning properly again. Also, since plugins are created by different people, there is no guarantee they will work together. One might work beautifully on your site, but adding another might cause chaos to ensue.

2. Software updates

WordPress has regular software updates to keep its platform functioning properly for its users. These generally need to be done often, sometimes every single month. The trouble with these updates is they can cause issues with the theme you use on your site or break your plugins because the plugins are no longer compatible with the new updates. Is it really worth it?

3. SEO

Search engine optimization isn't impossible with a WordPress site, just more difficult – especially if you don't know what you're doing. There are lots of plugins that can help with SEO, but again, there are dangers associated with plugins, so if you aren't picky, you may end up with a bigger problem on your hands. Many factors play into search engine rankings, and if you aren't aware of all of them when building your website, you might choose a theme or plugin that actually works against you.

4. Unlimited logins

The default setting for a WordPress website is to allow an unlimited number of login attempts. This is dangerous for security because a nasty little bug can latch on to your site and force its way in your page after enough tries. Even if it can't force its way in, it can still overload your server from the force of the attack. 

5. Malware

WordPress isn't susceptible to all malware on the internet, but it's been known to have security vulnerabilities with the platform:

Backdoors. The backdoor method is when a hacker gains access to your account through abnormal methods such as FTP, DFTP and WP-ADMIN. This attack usually happens because you have outdated software or a hole in your security.Drive-by downloads. In a drive-by download, the hacker comes by and downloads a payload to your server, telling you that your website has been infected and that you need to install their antivirus product.Pharma hacks. Pharma hacks take your site and make you a distributor of spam trying to send people to a store controlled by the hacker to generate revenue.Malicious redirects. This will redirect anyone who is trying to get your website to a malicious website, such as a pornography site. People may think they are clicking into your crochet stuffed animals page and end up on a website with explicit content. 

6. Easy target

While it is nice to have the option of creating your own website, it can also be dangerous if you don't know all of the precautions to take. Lots of people use WordPress to create their website, which means that all of those people have very similar-looking websites from the front and back end. If a bug can find a security flaw on one site, chances are the same flaw exists on hundreds of other sites, now making them all vulnerable targets.

7. Compatibility

WordPress puts forth its best effort, but it has been known to have a hard time smoothly switching displays across different internet providers, window sizes and devices. It might make the switch on most devices, but every once in a while, someone on your site will encounter a display that it doesn't understand or have the capability to work with.

8. Themes

Many people love WordPress because it offers an easy way to make a website for a person who doesn't know much about web development. The only problem is that if you aren't careful, you'll find yourself with a website that looks identical to everyone else's. Instead of looking professional, your business might look like a tacky copycat.  

I'm not telling you not to use WordPress. I'm just giving you several of the reasons why I don't. If you do plan to use WordPress for your website, make sure that you are taking every precaution you can to keep your website backed up and secure. Do your research and stay up to date with the latest WordPress experts


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