The Pros & Cons Of Using WordPress For Your Website

Freelance Website Designer

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Updated: 1 Jan, 2020

If you haven’t heard of WordPress, you’ve presumably been living under a rock somewhere. It’s the most popular CMS (or content management system) in the world, serving as the foundation for everything from hobbyist blogs to major business websites. It’s so dominant that it holds the position of default recommendation for most people. Not sure what to use? Go with WordPress.

So the question that must be asked is this: does it warrant that position, or was it simply in the right place at the right time, ultimately becoming a trendsetter through fortune? Before we can come up with a useful answer, we need to look at the pros and cons of choosing WordPress to underpin your website — so let’s get to it (after an important preamble):

What are your needs?

Before we delve into the positives and negatives, we need to get something firmly established: not only is there no perfect CMS, but there’s also no CMS that will serve the needs of every website owner. You may look at a system that’s spectacular across the board, but realise that it’s missing that one feature you really need and have to compromise by using a system that’s generally inferior but can fulfill that specific requirement.

Here’s the main takeaway of this part: regardless of the conclusions, we reach from this piece, you’ll need to decide for yourself if WordPress is right for you. Don’t simply go by my assertions, as things just aren’t that simple. It would be easier if they were, of course! Now that we’ve covered that, we can move on to the assessment.

The pros of WordPress

In a nutshell, here’s what makes WordPress such a solid choice:

  • It’s essentially free. WordPress is 100% free to use with no caveats. You do need to pay for hosting, any monetized plugins you want, and any development you require to get everything set up, but those costs are unavoidable — and taking the WordPress route gives you the freedom to choose which services you use.
  • It’s extremely flexible. WP might be best known for its astonishing range of plugins, most of which are either free or very cheap to buy. And since it’s an open-source system, if you find something you can’t achieve with an existing plugin, you can either develop it yourself or hire a WordPress developer to do it for you.
  • It has huge support. Due to its design and immense popularity, there’s a great number of WordPress developers worldwide, as well as a vast community of users ranging from hobbyist bloggers to business owners. Quite simply, this means that there’s always a way to get assistance if you run into issues.
  • It’s fairly secure. It gets criticised sometimes for its security on the basis that it’s hacked more than any other CMS, but that’s hardly surprising since it’s the most widely-used CMS by a wide margin. In truth, a WordPress installation that’s kept updated and maintained sensibly is respectably secure (being attacked so frequently ensures that vulnerabilities get flagged up and patched just as frequently).

The cons of WordPress

It isn’t flawless, naturally, so here’s what’s bad about WordPress:

  • It isn’t very intuitive. The UI of WordPress isn’t daunting, necessarily — it doesn’t have a horribly dated design like some systems do — but it certainly isn’t easy for beginners to use. A reluctance to deal with complex systems is why slick hosted solutions like Wix (or Shopify for eCommerce) have caught on with some users. If you’re absolutely determined to avoid anything technical, then it might not be for you.
  • It can get bloated. Plugins are key for turning WordPress into a powerhouse, but every added plugin adds weight to an installation. Not only does security become an issue with numerous plugins given system-wide permissions, but so does performance. To keep loading times down and response times up, you need to be very careful with plugins.

Why it’s almost always viable

So, having looked at the pros and cons of using WordPress for your website, what’s the verdict? Is it something you should seriously consider? Well, to put very simply, yes. WordPress is almost always a viable option. It might have a learning curve for new users, but there are so many guides and supportive communities out there that it’s really not a big issue.

It integrates with pretty much anything — even Shopify works with WordPress, and the likes of Dokan make it possible for retailers to run multichannel retail enterprises across Ebay, Amazon etc.

And it doesn’t really matter what type of site you’re going for. Want to make a blog? It was designed for that. A business homepage? It’s certainly sufficiently customisable. An eCommerce store? Use a free retail plugin like WooCommerce, choose a high-performance host, and you’ll be able to compete with stores using expensive hosted solutions. You can also choose various other eCommerce solutions with WordPress.

WordPress isn’t a perfect system, but perfect systems don’t exist, so that isn’t a mark against it. Being free, secure, flexible, and ably backed by vast quantities of resources and supporters, it’s about as safe a CMS option as you’ll find. If you choose to use it, it’s very unlikely that you’ll regret it.

Freelance Web Designer

By Tiago Lavis-Fernandes

Tiago is a Portuguese freelance web designer living and working in Manchester for over ten years. Fascinated by WordPress and the Divi Builder, he helps clients achieve success through UX/UI website design and search engine optimisation. If you're looking for someone to help with your online marketing, look no further.

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  22. Sarah Benson

    I used to love Squarespace but since I changed my website to WordPress, I would never go back!

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  23. Sean Moss

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  29. Adam Moss

    Fair enough, but I still prefer Joomla.

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  30. Ruby Stewart

    I know there is a lot of people who thinks that the biggest Con of WordPress is security, but honestly, those same people are the ones who use the same password for everything, use the same nickname as their username, never do updates of plugins etc. I have never had issues so I would say that is a myth. Will you write something about this topic, please? Thank you!

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  31. Louie McDonald

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  32. Rosie Akhtar

    I don’t like WordPress but my clients love it so I have to use it.

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  33. Hollie Matthews

    I had a few issues with WordPress but it turned out to be due to updates. Once I updated some plugins, all sorted.

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  34. Dominic Norton

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  35. Chloe Lyons

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  38. Evie Wheeler

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  39. Ella North

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  40. Jake Lloyd

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  41. Hayden Rhodes

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  43. Jodie Giles

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  44. Poppy Cameron

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  45. Toby Gregory

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  46. Summer Conway

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  48. Sarah Coates

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  49. Lilly Shepherd

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  50. Logan Baldwin

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  52. Amelia Bell

    I gave up fully bespoke websites a few years ago and I tell you what, the best thing I’ve ever done! WordPress saves me so much time and my clients have really good results so I’ll stick by it!

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  53. Nicole Bell

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  56. Alisha Martin

    It’s like everything, innit? Good and bad. But at least WordPress is easy to use.

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  57. Dominic Bowen

    Yes, finally someone who agrees with me, wish you could talk with my colleagues and tell them why WordPress is the best! I’ll show them this. Thank you!

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  59. Kian Bishop

    Great blog post but I would love to see one like this about Joomla. Thank you.

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  62. Dominic Bishop

    I guess it depends, if you are good with it, it’s worth it. If you are not very good using WordPress, then it’s sh*t.

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  63. Emma Dean

    I wish I could get used to WordPress but I’ve been building websites since the 90’s using just HTML, I’m struggling now to keep up with times, to be honest. I guess I’ll leave it up to you young lads. Good to learn more about WordPress here though, thank you!

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  64. Scott Hammond

    Love how you explain things, very clear. Great article, thank you for helping me out!

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  65. Brooke Mann

    Sorted, I’ll tell my designer to build the website using WordPress, you convinced me.

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  66. Jack O'Donnell

    Thanks mate, very helpful info. I guess I’ll be going for WordPress then.

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  67. Niamh Mahmood

    Yep… totally agree! There are loads of pros and cons of using WordPress but it is still the best, by far!

    Reply
  68. Joseph Pearson

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  69. Elliot Robertson

    Awesome, this post helped me make my mind up. WordPress it is!

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  70. Zoe Gregory

    No doubt, I mean 455,000,000 people can’t be wrong! WordPress is by far the best CMS. This is the percentage of CMS used on the entire web – WordPress=35%, Joomla=2.6%, Drupal=1.7%, Squarespace=1.5%, Wix=1.3%. Stats don’t lie! I am very passionate about WordPress so thank you so much for this post!

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  71. Millie Watkins

    WordPress all the way! Awesome article.

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  72. Scarlett Leonard

    I can’t believe people still go for website designers that build websites from scratch with code. Takes so much longer, it’s so much more expensive, and it doesn’t have half of the capabilities that WordPress has with its massive community of plugin developers. I mean, a web designer can be a great web designer, but how the hell they will excel in website security, website performance, design, e-commerce, all at once? Isn’t it better to just design a website and know precisely what plugins to install on a website, each plugin developed by experts in their area?

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  73. Jacob Baker

    Yep, spot on! WordPress is the best!

    Reply
  74. Niamh Bibi

    Opinions… WordPress is pretty dull. Have you tried Drupal? Sure, WordPress is better for your clients to make changes, but it can be a bit limited if you are building a website for a multi-national company.

    Reply
  75. Bethany Hawkins

    Great blog post! You know what’s the best thing about WordPress? How easy it is to use. I had a website done by a bespoke custom html web designer and bloody hell, I couldn’t even change my name on the text!

    Reply
  76. Robert Humphreys

    I hate WordPress but I have to admit, it’s the best…

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  77. Sam Crawford

    WordPress FTW!

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  78. Leah Dennis

    Totally agree, WordPress is the best!

    Reply
  79. Michael Baxter

    I love your blog, keep up the great work!

    Reply
  80. Kiera Hilton

    Great content, thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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