WordPress Pros and Cons » Thou Shall Decide

Did you know that almost one-fifth of the internet consists of WordPress hosted websites? That may seem little, but it actually equals to around 37 million websites. Even professional business use WordPress as their CMS system. Why? Because it’s easy to play with the codes, which translates to customization beyond one’s imagination. Also, did I mention that it’s free? Sure, hosting costs money and Blogger does the same thing for 100% free of costs. However, does Blogger have a variety of plugins or does it have a variety of themes? That’s why we’re going to discuss about some WordPress pros and cons. Do take note that this is intended for WordPress.org, aka Self-Hosted WordPress.


WordPress Pros and Cons


Vision of WordPress

The name giver of WordPress might be a bigger genius than the creator. After digging some dirt, I have found no reason why this incredible free content management software was named WordPress. So, I suggest that it was named WordPress because your words will bring in the presses. To conclude, I’m crazy. Seriously though, the vision of WordPress is to provide a low-cost and innovative platform to writers to write amazing content, which I’m failing miserably.


Limitations of WordPress


1. Speed

The ‘cons’ segment of this post is going to be extremely short. The cons of WordPress will all be related to the hosting you’ll use. When it comes to speed, however, WordPress needs to do some heavy cleaning so that it will score a decent PageSpeed score on the first try. Most of the themes that I use always gets yellow or red marked. This is easily fixable with a third-party plugin like Autoptimize or W3 Cache. Unlike Blogger, your website will need paid hosting. If you’re not careful and end up using GoDaddy as your server, you’ll receive some pretty bad performances.



2. Unoptimization and Tech Stuff

Also, many free WordPress themes have a huge file size and will struggle to load by most servers. There’s also unwanted codes and highly uncompressed images. At first, having the freedom to choose your site’s looks might sound heavenly. However, like my face, it needs to get some work done to become a masterpiece. At times like these, Blogger will look tempting, with its free hosting and auto optimization. It doesn’t even have to be Blogger. HubPages, my former speech medium has a team dedicated to SEO and quite frankly, the theme does look good if I must say. Let me give you an example, my website took 6 months to rank on the first page of a search term. For the same term, HubPages ranked within a month. Oddly, it has become vice-versa since I deleted and republished on HubPages.


Benefits of using WordPress


1. Versatility

This could be a very long segment, but I’ll shorten it cause I’m lazy. The main reason why WordPress is the best CMS platform out there is because of its versatility. You could add almost any widget or plugin. You could compress image sizes, launch a timed subscription box, or even display ads as widgets using a WordPress plugin. Many WordPress themes have plenty of customization. You could change font styles and size, configure spacing, change theme motif color, or even add custom CSS to make custom adjustments. If you find coding difficult, then you could invest in a drag-and-drop framework. If that still doesn’t tickle your fancies, then you could hire someone to make a custom WordPress site design for you. That way, you’d have your own brand identity.



2. Monetization

That’s one the main reasons why having your own website is always better than having it hosted on a sub-domain. You can display almost any ad that pleases you, let be legal or illegal. Of course, the latter will do you damage. I said ‘do you’, Haha! Anyways, if your website ends up in big places, you’ll have the chance of monetizing it with AdSense. You might even get offers of people wanting to buy your website. My point is that this will be lost on a subdomain website. Even if you transfer to a full domain, you’ll lose SEO credibility. In other words, you will only build up your subdomain’s main domain’s credibility.



3. Port-ability

The best thing about WordPress is that it’s easy to import or export a premade site. You could have many options when it comes to importing files into WordPress. When you export files, it’s easy to setup in the new platform. Migrating servers is also easy with WordPress, they even have a guide to migrating servers or even changing domain names here. Migrating servers is also easy if your new host has Softaculous. Just click on the import tab of WordPress. If you need port instructions, please do comment on the futuristic messaging device below.


WordPress Pros and Cons: Conclusion

As said in the title, thou shall decide whether WordPress is worthy or naught. From my viewpoint, WordPress in one of the top cms systems available. Compare Drupal and WordPress, it definitely has some strong points. That’s the end of this WordPress Pros and Cons discussion. Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll have a great day, Good-bye!

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