Why Use WordPress

 

If you want to create a website quickly that is easy to manage, then WordPress is the obvious solution. It is no wonder that WordPress has become very popular, it is very powerful and has a lot of nice themes and useful plugins.  Here is an overview of WordPress advantages and disadvantages.

WordPress is just one of many content management systems (CMS) but it has become very popular. The main advantage of WordPress is that it is free, you get a very good CMS without having to pay anything. Even better, a lot useful themes and plugins are free and a lot of inexpensive themes and plugins are also available. Why should you pay a lot if you can get a very good CMS for free?

There are some CMS solutions that offer more bells and whistles than WordPress but for a small Internet business WordPress is more enough. And if your Internet business is struggling to make money, WordPress gives you the opportunity to test a lot without spending any money.

One of the main advantages of WordPress is that even a non-technical person can quickly learn how to use it and create professional looking websites. It is also easy to administer a WordPress site. Additionally, it is very easy to get help with WordPress issues, there is a large WordPress community that is very helpful.

WordPress does not have many big disadvantages. Of course, it would be nice if it was even easier to use, had more features and was faster. But given that you get it for free, it is extremely good. Actually, the main problem with WordPress is that it is too popular. The huge amount of websites using WordPress has made it an interesting target for attacks.

This means that you need to have some knowledge about basic WordPress security. WordPress sites get attacked all the time all over the world. All the information and the plugins you need to protect your sites are available for free on the Internet. If you want, you can of course pay someone to make your sites secure as well.

On potential problem with WordPress is speed, WordPress pages are not static, the information is stored in a database and the pages are generated dynamically when a visitor comes by. This is seldom a problem for small sites but large sites or sites with a lot of visitors may get very slow. There are solutions for speeding up WordPress but if you build really large sites, with several thousands of pages, when WordPress may not be the best solution.

One thing that should be mentioned is that you probably need to update a WordPress site regularly. For security reasons it is best to make sure that you are using the latest versions of especially the plugins but also of WordPress itself and the themes. If you have a lot of WordPress sites this could become a time consuming task, although there are solutions for how to administer multiple WordPress sites.

To summarize, WordPress is the best platform to use for a website, unless you really know what you are doing. It is also possible to set up a WordPress site and create a few static HTML pages if you expect a lot of traffic.

 

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