Why WordPress Sucks
There are more and more website builders out there every day. Some offer sweet deals to get you in the door…deals too sweet to pass up without at least thinking twice. They claim to be better and easier than WordPress but are they?
Some say WordPress sucks and they have plenty of reasons why but at the end of the day…does it actually suck?
The platform that’s best for you will always depend on your goals and your resources but there’s a reason 35% of all websites on the internet in 2020 are built on WordPress. This is a small increase over 2019 and 2018 totals. If you look at just content management systems, about 60% are built on WordPress. Of all e-commerce sites, nearly 28% use WordPress. There are reasons it continues to be the most popular platform out there.
One is it’s flexibility. You can do just about anything with WordPress. It’s open-source and the community is huge so there are a lot of resources out there…you are truly never alone with WordPress.
Another is it’s history. It’s been around since 2001 and consistently grown and improved. It has a solid foundation that many other systems don’t have.
Another is it’s well-rounded platform. It’s just as good for static pages as it is for blogging as it is for e-commerce as it is for e-learning as it is for memberships! Most other platforms will only fall into a category or two in terms of where they excels.
Let’s talk about some of the reasons people say WordPress sucks.
It’s hard. But is it? No. It may not feel intuitive to you and that’s definitely something to consider but the bulk of working with WordPress is very simple. It gets more complicated as the site gets more complicated which is true of anything.
It’s expensive. Having a website is expensive if it’s done right. Again it depends on your goals but you don’t want someone else’s branding on a website. If you have little functions you want to add, you’ll likely pay for them on any platform. I had a client on Shopify for a while but the cost just kept going up and up to get some fairly basic function she wanted and she ended up switching back to WordPress.
There are better/newer systems out there now. Are there though? It can’t be ignored that WordPress still has a huge share of the market and those numbers keep rising.
The platform that is best for you is going to always, as I said before, going to be based on your goals and your resources. At it’s core WordPress is the most flexible, one of the oldest (but still growing and evolving) content management systems out there (Drupal is the oldest which was released in 2000), and I think the best supported in terms of access to free information and a helpful community.
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