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What are the disadvantages of wordpress?

There is no doubt that WordPress is the most used Content Management System (CMS) in the world. With millions of users, it is widely praised and appreciated for its advantages, but while the hype is still active,  many people overlook or are not aware that WordPress has specific weak points that might make them reconsider their decisions or options. Here are the top 5 reasons for which you shouldn’t opt for a WordPress site:

wordpress disadvantages

Unquestionably the most significant disadvantage of WordPress is its security. WordPress is an Open Source platform, and it relies heavily on plugins and themes for customization. Different people and companies develop both the plugins and the themes, and since there isn’t anyone monitoring them, they can easily contain bugs or malicious code lines. On top of this, as stated above, today, WordPress is the most popular content management system. This fact alone makes WordPress a prime target for hackers everywhere. As a matter of fact, according to a Sucuri report WordPress is the most hacked CMS platform worldwide.
Wordpress is developed using standard files and has a particular coding structure. It also makes life easier for hackers.
Every WordPress website on the Internet is vulnerable to hackers to some degree; however, having a custom website would mean that a hacker would need to target your website accurately. The difference with a WordPress based website is that the hacker can target millions of sites at once, without knowing or caring who they belong to.

While WordPress itself is free, when looking at the whole picture there are significant costs. WordPress relies on plugins and themes for customization, and while there are some that are free, they are not always reliable or safe. Furthermore, if you want your website to stand out and your visitors to have a great you have to buy a theme, as the free ones are overused. With many updates coming out regularly, it can become quite expensive to keep your website up to date. Naturally, if you’re a WordPress designer, or have the knowledge, you can make a lot of adjustments yourself, but most people need to use a plugin or a well-developed theme.

Just installing WordPress, is going to help you very much as this platform requires a theme and at least several plugins to work correctly. WordPress updates can often render parts of your theme or some plugins unusable. The more plugins you use, the more likely it is for you to encounter more compatibility problems. The whole maintenance process in WordPress can be quite challenging, and you have to be ready to make adjustments to your plugins and theme to have a functional website. If you don’t have the budget or the knowledge (design, programming), giving the fact that in general WordPress doesn’t offer support, and solutions can only be found on WordPress forums, the chances are that you should choose another website solution for you.
The other major downside to updates is that there is always a risk they will break your site, primarily if you used a customized theme. Add to that continually evolving nature of the admin area to add to the confusion.

WordPress is an SEO friendly platform, but so is virtually any open source CMS. However, for people with little to no SEO experience and knowledge, WordPress can create quite a few problems. Probably the most known one is caused by the WordPress’ category and tagging system. If the content is over-tagged or marked into many categories, Google will flag it as duplicate content, a fact that will affect your SEO rankings.
However, you never have the excellent control that you get with a custom website, and therefore full search engine optimization is not possible.

To make specific changes your WordPress site, you have to possess HTML, CSS and PHP knowledge. If you want to personalize uniquely, or to enhance its design, you may find yourself needing to write various complicated code lines. If you’re in the category of people who possess the knowledge, things can go down smoothly, but if you try to write code without having the right expertise — most people in this category, you can do a lot of damage to your website.

The speed of a website affects the SEO as well as the general user experience. As WordPress caters for many different styles of websites and has lots of features that are often unused, the code is very ‘bloated.’ This means your server is processing a lot more code than it needs to which means each page is slower and you will reach the limits of your server much quicker.
One of the advantages of a bespoke website is that it can do precisely what is required with no unnecessary overheads, and therefore run very efficiently.

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