To start with, I am talking about WordPress.org here and not WordPress.com.
Ok, so there are too many misconceptions about WordPress making rounds on the internet. Now is the time to debunk them.
Let’s start with the first misconception.
1. WordPress is not secure
Can you imagine something that is so insecure and yet used by millions across the World? No, right? WordPress is very safe, and that’s why so many people across the globe use it.
Since WordPress is open-source, the code is available to everyone. Either you can use the code to make it better by making it better, finding the loopholes and fixing them or you can make use of these loopholes for some dishonest gains.
Now the security vulnerabilities or the loopholes are not unique to WordPress only. All open-source codes will suffer from this.
But reinforcing the security of your WordPress installation is not a tough task. You can read more about it here.
2. They look the same
Many prospective clients commonly ask this.
I don’t want the website to be built on WordPress. They all look the same!
– Almost every customer
The problem here is, WordPress developer buy themes from stores like ThemeForest, TemplateMonter etc. Now, there are thousands of themes available on this site. But only 20-30 of them are very popular and are used often.
What happens with this is you get limited customization options, limited styles and all the other problems associated with it.
But that’s not the problem of WordPress. See WordPress ultimately gives output in HTML and CSS. So, if there are some limitations on the frontend, they are because of the boundaries of the developer.
So, in gist, no, they don’t look the same. You need to hire a better developer.
3. WordPress is free, so there must not be any support
While this statement is true to a certain extent, there is support available from third parties. For example, if you purchase hosting from Siteground, you will get a basic WordPress support from them. Now, this support does not include anything related to themes or plugins, but in case the website is down, then they can troubleshoot it.
Or you can hire developers from various sites like UpWork, Fiverr or Freelancer. Another option you have with you is head over to blogs like WP Beginner or sites like Stack overflow and troubleshoot the issues yourself.
Also, when you purchase, a theme or a plugin, you will get some limited time support from them. Some provide continued support with additional payment.
So, the support is not available at a single place, but you can get it from multiple sources. Or as I had said earlier, you can hire an agency.
4. It is just a blogging tool
WordPress is a blogging tool at its core. But it has evolved so much from just being a blogging tool. WordPress’ theme and plugin repository have grown exponentially, which ultimately helps you building something from as simple as a blog to something as sophisticated as an e-commerce site.
The core development going around WordPress is focussed on building a website rather than just a blog. Gutenberg editor is a prime example of that.
These are few of the misconceptions we addressed here. Let’s see other misconceptions in the next article.