WordPress is currently highly popular in the world of web design, and the main reason for this is that it's so incredibly simple to use. Essentially, Wordpress is a blogging tool that gives you all of the features you could want to be able to make and update blogs - the ability to change your themes, to upload pictures, and to add new contacts, all at the touch of a button.
You can even install it on your own server, so why not?
Well, actually there are many reasons 'why not', and while WordPress is certainly useful and has its place, it is also not a replacement for a good old fashioned web design by a professional outfit, and particularly for a business.
Here we will look at some of the limitations of WordPress:
1. It's A Blog!First of all, WordPress is designed for building blogs, not websites, and there is a significant difference here. While WordPress has grown and has a lot of new features, it is unfortunately still designed for sites that have regular posts, and that don't need lots of interconnected pages. All your pages will automatically have the same template and you'll be basically quite restricted in terms of what you can do.
Even with the most ambitious of templates this will still look a lot like a blog - and you won't be able to, for instance, have separate lists of blog posts appearing on different pages, or a nice big home page that does away with all the widgets that are on the other pages.
2. It's Too Well KnownBeing well known is a good thing… for WordPress. For you though, it communicates something very simple to your visitors and that's that you 'took the easy option' when it came to your web design. They will know that this website wasn't made in-house, and nor was it created by a service that you paid much money for.
Basically, they would be able to do it themselves if they wanted, which would of course make you seem a little less professional and impressive.
Note: If a web design company makes you your own template for WordPress then this requires significantly more coding skill, and the more up-to-date visitors will recognize this at least.
WordPress does unfortunately come with some security issues, which makes it not really suitable for sensitive information. The problem is that WordPress includes a login page where webmasters can log in and write new content/edit existing files. While this is very practical and helpful for them, it of course also means that anyone else can attempt to hack your password and then conceivably do the same. And it means that they could write scripts and bots to hack into your page as well!
Likewise, the comments section on WordPress is like candy to spam, and even with some of the more advanced spam filters out there you will still get a whole load of spammy content to sort through, which quite simply just takes up a lot of time.
5. Lack Of Flexibility
In my opinion, WordPress just isn't very flexible. Even when we're not talking about things like layout - if you want to integrate AdSense you will probably have to use a downloadable add-on, which will have specific options, or you will have to just paste the code in your blogs.
Unless you can find your way around someone else's PHP and HTML, you can't just decide you're going to swap the top right link for an AdSense unit, and that's unfortunately very limiting.
If you have some views regarding Wordpress, please comment below.
To your success,