For some reason, the web is filled with misconceptions about WordPress. These misconceptions could put off easily put off both newbies and those families with other content management systems (CMS). However, we’ve created a list of the 10 most common misconceptions, with the truth included to help give a better impression of this excellent website creation platform.
1). WordPress is only for blogging:
this is certainly the most common misconception around the net! Yet, WordPress is used on all types of sites—from multinational company sites to ecommerce sites. WordPress is actually a very powerful tool for building websites—that’s as clear as we can make it. Over 1/3 of the Internet uses WordPress, which tells you it’s a great platform, otherwise no one would use it.
2). WordPress sites are not responsive and mobile-friendly:
successful sites must be responsive and mobile-friendly these days in order gain ranking with Google and other search engines. Not only that, but websites need to be accessible from a variety of devices and by everyone, including those who have disabilities. WordPress is one of the best platforms for responsive sites due to the large number of mobile-friendly themes available.
3). WordPress lacks security:
this is simply not true. These days, security is an all-important feature when you’re visiting sites on the web. WordPress, which is open source software, is one of the most secure platforms around. The platform is continuously updated by a dedicated team against current threats and ongoing threats.
In addition, it’s easy to make a WordPress site secure by using strong passwords, keeping WordPress updated to the most current version, etc. It’s also possible to define user roles and capabilities in WordPress before allowing the team and others to access your site.
4). WordPress doesn’t work for ecommerce sites:
it’s true that WordPress out of the box does not sport ecommerce features. However, it’s easy to add ecommerce functionality through WordPress ecommerce plugins and/or integrate the platform with ecommerce platforms such as WooCommerce. These all make it very easy to set up an ecommerce site such as an online shop and more.
5). WordPress must be low quality because it’s free:
does free always mean low quality? No, in fact, some of the largest companies use WordPress including CNN, Microsoft, and more. WordPress is developed by thousands of developers—the code is open for anyone to use, review and look for problems. In addition, the platform uses only the best programming practices, making the code for the WordPress infrastructure one of the strongest, most easy to use, etc.
We’re talking about a state-of-the art software that’s used across literally millions of websites across the web.
6). All WordPress sites look the same:
this is another common misconception among beginners. While WordPress does make use of themes to control how websites display on the web, many of these are customisable. You’ll find a wide variety of free and paid themes created for all types of websites.
Customisable themes allow you to create a unique site that’s perfectly geared to your industry or business. You can control colours, layout, branding and more.
Don’t forget that WordPress plugins can offer even more customisation options. And you don’t have to be a coder or know HTML, etc. to customise your WordPress theme. Plugins are easy—just drag and drop and you’re ready to go, all without knowing how to code or program. You’ll have a unique, beautiful site in no time!
7). WordPress has no support:
another common misconception on the web. However, WordPress is one of the most supported CMS platforms available and is easy for even beginners to use right away. You’ll find a wide variety of free support available online. For instance, there are forums where you can ask for help and advice from other WordPress users, and there are many how-to guides for almost anything you’d like to do.
If you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself, it’s very easy to hire a website design or developer to come in and do the work for you. This is because WordPress is one of the most common CMS platforms available.
8). WordPress is solely for newbies:
not true, but this is a very common misconception on the web. While the platform is easy for even beginners, it is used by advanced users, too. These include large corporations.
This is one of the great features of WordPress—it’s flexible enough to be used by newcomers, and sophisticated enough to be used by large companies. You don’t need to have any special programming skill; however, there’s still enough versatility in the platform to make it customisable with code, plugins and themes.
9). WordPress can’t scale:
what does this mean? Some people believe that WordPress is great for small sites with low traffic. However, they believe the platform’s not able to successfully handle large amounts of traffic, with millions of views per month. This simply isn’t true.
No matter what your traffic stats, WordPress can handle it. Plus it depends on how your site’s set up, as to how site resources load the site (fast or slow) and how it handles traffic. It pays to do some research to find the best combination of settings to improve your site’s performance. Faster loading pages help with SEO and getting your site ranked. Take the time to learn how to enhance your site’s performance. It can be as zippy as another site created on a totally different platform.
10). WordPress’ future looks uncertain:
because this is a free and open source software, people sometimes have the mistaken idea that there’s no plan in place to keep WordPress going on into the future. Will it still be around in 3-5 years to support your site? The simple answer is yes.
Because WordPress is developed by a community of thousands of developers, you can count on the platform remaining popular in the years to come. The software has a protected trademark owned by a non-profit org, called WordPress Foundation. The foundation works to protect the brand and for the promotion of open source software.
In addition, there’s a dedicated community who sell services, products and more based on WordPress, or in support of WordPress. You don’t have to worry—the future is great when it concerns WordPress—it will be around for a long time.