WordPress.org (not to be confused with wordpress.com) is a popular website content management system. In fact, WordPress powers about 30% of all websites on the web. It’s incredibly versatile with an ever-growing number of plug-ins that help deliver a truly customized, high-quality feel to your website for great business-building results.
Oh, and have we mentioned, WordPress software is free. All that’s required is installation. From there, you can insert custom images/text/video/links while using themes and plug-ins to create your perfect website with ease. It also delivers outstanding loading performance with tons of built-in functionality that can help with getting search engine rankings.
Now, the negative – and the crux of why people hate WordPress. Most of the problems companies have are centered around implementing free or purchased “themes.” A theme is “a collection of templates and stylesheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website.” Themes can provide an excellent backbone for getting a great looking design. Unfortunately, the code that defines design and functionality all-too-often includes everything but the kitchen sink. This overabundance of options can lead to confusion and frustration as you dig your way through setting up your website. In addition, theme creators often hard-code in design elements, which makes customizing things that should easily be customizable down-right impossible. Themes also tend to include a lot of plug-ins, which can clash and cause website performance issues like slow page loading speeds. The presence of too many plug-ins is a problem because loading speeds factor into how your website ranks on search engines.
So yes, there can be a lot of negatives––but don’t let them scare you. The problems listed above? They’re all just problems with setup! WordPress can be confusing and frustrating for new users, but with a properly constructed backend, it can serve your needs perfectly.
Let’s look at some of the problems listed above:
- Behind-the-scenes setup
With some sites, the backend of managing/editing can be extremely challenging. This is mostly because of poor construction/page builders (for instance, a site with too many pages or plug-ins.) With a proper setup, these extraneous features can be stripped out entirely, which makes updating and ongoing site management substantially easier.
- Plug-in crashes
Sometimes with themes or with poorly constructed sites, plug-ins begin to clash, and the site suffers. The key to bypassing this issue is to clearly outline exactly what it is you need your website “to do.” Then, seek out and install plugins that are compatible which each other AND your chosen theme––and skip all the rest.
- Slow website
If a WordPress site is slow, it’s likely due to programming overload. This could include too many plug-ins, images that have not been compressed and, in general, not being optimized. Luckily, all this gets mitigated with proper construction and optimization. A WordPress site can be just as fast as any other site!
PRO TIP: Before you upload photos to your website, optimize them! Here’s a great free resource to get you started. https://tinypng.com/
“But how do I avoid these problems?” WordPress seems pretty finicky, right? Well, the absolute most vital thing to do is to work with a WordPress developer that understands what you need: simplicity. Work with someone who knows some of the common problems and how to create a website that minimizes them. Someone who adds content/photos, new pages to navigation bars, and blog posts while making it as simple as possible for you.
PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to ask to see a developer’s previous website’s backend, even if just a sample. This information will go a long way in knowing if they’re a good fit for you and your company.
WordPress is a fantastic software with near-endless customizability. That’s why it’s important to be fully informed on how to use it and update it. Remember: everything about WordPress is in the setup. Getting proper training on use/updates and knowing what to look for in a developer as well as what to expect is incredibly important to get the website you need.
We take the time to truly understand what it is you need and try to foster understanding about WordPress. That’s why we offer training videos about the backend and updating processes. The time will be taken not only to give you the perfect website in development but to make sure you understand how to keep it running smoothly. If you need a stunning custom site with easy maintenance, we’re here to help.