Top 5 Disadvantages Of WordPress You Should Be Aware Of: I have been blogging for a long time (although, it’s been just two years since I started professional blogging). In all these years, I have tried and tested a wide range of blogging platforms and Content Management Systems (CMS).
At various points, I liked various blogging platforms and CMSs some of which I still love and use for a few other sites I run. Anyway, in this process of experimentation, I found that although WordPress is amazing and seems irreplaceable, there are better options than WordPress in some particular aspects. Definitely, WordPress is the most flexible of all, it has certain serious flaws.
In this article, I will talk about these particular aspects of WordPress – the top five disadvantages of WordPress that every blogger needs to know so that they do not run into any trouble. Read on to find out.
Top 5 Disadvantages Of WordPress You Should Be Aware Of
Every blogger should be aware of these disadvantages of WordPress so as to avoid facing any difficult situations that the lack of knowledge of these facts about WordPress can pose. Anyway, here are these disadvantages of WordPress:
1. Obsolete Themes & Plugins
That WordPress has a huge collection of plugins and themes is something everyone talks about and considers as a huge advantage WordPress has over others. I partially agree with this belief. At the same time, one must keep in mind that most of these themes and plugins are discontinued, which means they haven’t been updated for a long time. This means if you install them, you are likely to get into trouble at some point or the other and there won’t be any active community to help you or any support. There is also the question of compatibility. For example, a certain add-on may not be compatible with the theme you are using.
2. Efficiency Vs Features
Yes, WordPress is highly customizable in terms of features. There is a plugin for every feature you want your website to have. But the more plugin you install, the more negatively it impacts the efficiency of the scripts and hence, the overall performance of the site. Basically, to be at par with sites on, let’s say Joomla, you need to use a lot of plugins, which in turn means the overall performance of the site will be compromised.
3. Knowledge Of Coding
One might think that with thousands of themes available in the WordPress Theme Directory, you have great freedom over how your website is going to look. There are indeed lots of amazing looking themes, but you have to keep in mind that most of the good themes are probably being used by thousands of other websites. So, in order to ensure your site looks unique, you need to customize the theme.
Certain things can be changed and edited from the Appearance >> Customize option of the admin area. But then you will discover that after making the changes, your site doesn’t look as good as before. Proper customization of the theme, be it the design of your site or removal of unnecessary features in the theme, needs knowledge of CSS and HTML.
With popularity comes threat. WordPress is the most popular CMS with 32.9 percent of all websites using the CMS. This means for hackers and others with malicious tendencies, WordPress would be the primary target. This, coupled with the fact that WordPress sites depend on plugins and themes makes it more vulnerable to security issues.
Ok, don’t kill me. But yes, WordPress is expensive. Of course, the software is free. But installing it on your own needs technical knowledge. On the other hand, people would say that there are scores of web hosting services which provide shared hosting at $2 to $5 per month along with one-click installation of WordPress. But then again most of the Shared Hosting plans are not reliable. They can literally break your website. So, you have to go for a Dedicated Hosting plan, which are expensive and needs technical knowledge. In that case, you have to go for a fully managed Dedicated Hosting, which is more expensive.
So, these are the top 5 disadvantages of WordPress that one must be clear about. These disadvantages of WordPress when seen keeping in mind your website and its requirements can help you make a better decision about choosing the right option. Having said that, I do not mean to say that WordPress is not good. It is definitely the most flexible of all and there is a reason why around one-third of the websites use it.
If you have any question or confusion regarding this article on the disadvantages of WordPress, feel free to drop a comment below and I will respond as early as possible.