I have always been asked, which is my favorite platform when it comes to site-building or blogging. And I always answered WordPress! Immediately some techies used to ask me the next question “What are the upsides and downsides in using WordPress?”, And I always tried to answer the question as much as possible. But I still keep getting questions, on Quora or personally when I meet new people in WordPress Community, about Pros and Cons of WordPress. So finally, I decided to write a blog about it.
WordPress powers nearly 35% of the websites in the world and nearly 14.7% of the top 100 websites in the world. The keyword “WordPress” gets googled almost 3 million times every month. So being such a huge community, there are obviously some pros and cons of using WordPress as your blogging or site-building platform.
- WordPress is mostly free. And open source. So you can use it the way you want.
- Nearly No technical skills are required to set up a WordPress site and make it live.
- With the new addition, Gutenberg, WordPress has become the most favored blogging platform.
- Going beyond blogging. The huge WordPress community has extended its usage beyond blogging, now you can create E-commerce, Charity, Landing Pages, Sales Funnels, Bookings, Listings, etc. using WordPress.
- Being an open-source community, it has become famous among developers and many developers are doing a great career in it. A lot of companies are surviving on WordPress itself, by developing plugins, themes, and widgets.
- Designing a website has never been so easy, with the help of numerous page builders, you can achieve any sort of design and layout within minutes.
- The huge global WordPress Community provides you technical support 24*7, 365 days. Free!
- A lot of research and development is being done, so there are a lot of jobs for WordPress developers.
- A lot of Hosting Service Providers now provide managed WordPress Hosting, which makes it even easier to host a WordPress Website.
- Google loves WordPress!
- Websites are heavy as compared to simple HTML websites. (Though you can make them faster by optimizing your resources.)
- Some of the famous plugins are costly and hence people tend to use Nulled versions of them, making sites vulnerable to malicious attacks.
- There are restrictions on making code modifications, for example, if you modify a plugin and if it gets updated overnight, your entire code is gone and replaced with new files.
- Being heavy, WordPress sites are difficult to migrate from one server to another. Certain technical skills are required for a smooth migration process.
- A lot of performance improvements are necessary and need to be done periodically, as sites become bloated eventually. A lot of Cache issue is there.
- You need to remember the Username and Password.
Having a few pros and cons, WordPress is still the best blogging platform. A lot of development is being done every day and the community is growing a lot faster. Performance improvement will be the most targetted feature in future developments. More opportunities will be generated in the near future for designers as well as developers. Progressive Web Apps and AMP will also be the game changers in the WordPress Community. A lot of Themes and Plugins have already considered this as their mainstream development feature.
WordPress has a great future!