Why You Should Avoid Using WordPress

As developers we have the power to create anything that customers desire but sometimes WordPress doesn't allow us to implement it. Learn why you should avoid using WordPress from an expert SEO perspective.

Why You Should Avoid Using WordPress

As developers, we have the power to create anything that the customer desires, but sometimes WordPress doesn't allow us to implement it. By Donna Fuscaldo - 2 hours ago, WordPress is an obvious target for hackers due to its immense popularity. If a hacker can find a vulnerability in one system, it is likely that it exists in many of the others. In addition, robots (computers that crawl the Internet for a variety of reasons) can detect whether a website is created by WordPress or not; once a vulnerability has been found, it can be automatically exploited on all similar websites found.

Once a website has been hacked, it can be exceptionally difficult to fix. It is true that WordPress releases updates regularly to fix all security holes, but with an average of more than one patch per month it can take a long time to keep your website safe. Updates will have to be done by someone technical, which means that customers inevitably end up paying for this extra work in the long run. The other major disadvantage of updates is that there is always a risk that they will break your site, especially if you used a custom theme. Furthermore, the ever-evolving nature of the administration area can increase confusion.

For example, it is possible that two add-ons work brilliantly independently, but when both are installed they can conflict and cause problems. Along with updates, add-ons can also break. A plugin can work perfectly, and then, after a client updates its main system, the plugin can often break and will remain broken until the plugin developer can update it. As plugins can often be the basis of the essential features of a customer's website, and since we have already established that the core system needs to be updated regularly, you will face a dilemma: choosing between a job site or a secure one. This leads very well to support; as WordPress is open source, it is free and is developed by the “community”. This is a good idea and allows software such as WordPress and many UNIX-based systems to remain free.

However, it does cause a problem with support. Since there is no official development team, and since the customer has never paid anyone for the software, there is no phone number to call or a guaranteed way to get an answer. Therefore, if a customer's website breaks, perhaps after an update, any error can be difficult to diagnose. The usual process is to use Google to search multiple support forums and, if no one else has had the same problem, post a ticket on a forum and hope someone can help you fix your problem. Even then, it is likely that a client or web developer will only receive one indicator in the right direction and will have to do a little work for himself.

This can be difficult for a professional web developer and can be nearly impossible for many web designers who only know how to install and use WordPress. The thousands of add-ons available can perform a variety of different tasks, but the time will come when add-ins won't do what a customer wants or the way they want it to be done. When this happens, you've reached the end of WordPress's capabilities. There are many SEO plugins for WordPress, and by choosing the right ones you can achieve a certain level of optimization. However, you never have the precise control you get with a custom website and therefore full search engine optimization is not possible. Because millions of websites use WordPress, they are an obvious target for hackers which obviously poses a massive security risk.

If a security problem can be found on one website, it is very likely that it can be found on many other WordPress websites. Not only this but it's easy to tell whether a website is open source or not and robots can search the web by searching all WordPress websites making them easier to target than custom websites. Finally vulnerabilities in WordPress websites tend to become public knowledge very quickly (as they are used by millions of websites). A quick Google search shows the huge number of 74 652 825 sites that depend on it. My opinion is mainly based on the misuse of the blogging platform across the industry.

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