WordPress is the most popular, open source (CMS) content management system online. It is free to use, install and even modify. Although WordPress has its competitors, the popularity of the software keeps growing. If you are wondering what makes the software so popular than here is a list of few pros and cons of WordPress to help you look at both sides of the software before making any choice.
Few Pros of WordPress are:
•Easy to post: For every new post you can simply go to the ‘New’ tab and click the type of post and publish it when you are done. Thus the entire posting process is extremely simple.
•Easy Updates: The software is easy to use and update and people with simplest computer knowledge may also use this CMS.
•Easy to Access: The admin panel is easily accessible from any device as once your website is up and running.
•SEO Integration: The WordPress comes with SEO integrated but there are also many plugins to increase your SEO control of the website.
•Device’s Optimisation: WordPress offers responsive themes which let the users view your website from any device tablets, PC, mobile phones.
•Built-in Blog Feature: WordPress came into being as a blog engine. Although it has evolved greatly but still creating and running a blog is very simple and easy using WordPress
•Scalable: whether your website deals with a large amount of content or small scale data WordPress is scalable to the usability of either case. This is the reason WordPress is used by big organisations as well as small ones alike.
•Largest Developer Community: the developer community of WordPress is largest. Developers from around the world can interact, question and answer to the community and help each other in many ways.
Here are some negative aspects of using WordPress:
•Vulnerability: WordPress with its default settings is less secured from hacker attacks and viruses. Better increase the security of your site when using WordPress.
•Difficulty in Maintaining WordPress: The themes and plugins of WordPress are developed for certain versions of the engine. Hence before installing them on your system, their compatibility with the version of WordPress engine you are using must be checked. Also, do keep backups of your files and data for cases wherein compatibility of a theme or plugin may ruin your data or file or design.
•Not compatible for Large Ecommerce Stores: WordPress can be made to handle large e-commerce stores using few plugins. However, it in not an e-commerce engine and thus is not suitable for large orders and shipping.
•Not suitable for Social Networking: WordPress offers comment tool and with plugins, it may be used for live chat and contact forms. However, it is not suitable for sites whose main purpose is social networking.
•Hard to Customize Themes: using the already developed themes is easy on WordPress but making custom themes for your website requires good development and time.