When choosing a content management system, customers can sometimes be at a disadvantage when talking with a potential web developer or designer. Because of the ever-changing and technical nature of the web, it can be easy to be misled by someone who is not experienced or familiar with WordPress. Here are a few misconceptions we’ve heard over the years.
WordPress is just for blogs.
WordPress is the most popular content management system in use today. Because of its ease of use and flexibility, it has also become one of the primary platforms used by design agencies. In fact, over 25% of all websites, worldwide, are built on the WordPress platform. From small businesses to large enterprise level websites, if you can think of it, it can probably be accomplished using WordPress.
WordPress isn’t secure.
As with any site that can be directly edited, maintaining security is important. By working with a company that follows industry best practices for WordPress development and hosting, including security measures that discourage automated, brute-force attacks or other intrusion, you will ensure a safe environment and optimal site performance. Oh, and don’t forget to lock the front door. Regardless of the platform you chose, always use strong passwords.
WordPress isn’t suitable for big businesses.
Sony Music, The New Yorker Magazine, Walt Disney, Best Buy, Fortune Magazine, major universities, and many other enterprise-level websites are powered by WordPress, and more are being launched daily.
There’s no support.
WordPress is a very well documented content-management platform with an active development community. Questions posted to the wordpress.org forums are often answered within minutes. And, when you are working with an experienced and reputable developer, support is usually a phone call away.
Using plugins is dangerous.
One of the great things about WordPress is the many plugins that are available to accomplish just about any task. While you should always be careful when adding third-party code to your site, the WordPress repository provides detailed reviews and records of the latest updates. Again, working with an experienced and reputable developer will help ensure that your site uses well-vetted, secure scripting.
WordPress is a versatile, extensible, and reliable web content management system, but don’t take my word for it. Visit wordpress.org/showcase and see for yourself some of the latest enterprise level websites being on the platform. And be sure to visit us at DatAchieve Digital for more on WordPress design and hosting best practices.