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- Easy to learn and train on - very intuitive.
- Easy to create easy to navigate and professional-looking sites.
- It can be shared easily internally and externally.
- I found it challenging to find support documents while I was in the training process on how to create a site.
- Save and publish can be confusing to some users.
- Creating blog posts and sharing on social networks.
- Manage easily and quickly whether or not visitors can comment on publications.
- Application migration to another hosting.
- Custom changes to be maintained after updates.
- Organization - we are able to keep our website easily organized as well as all the analytical features organized through the WordPress interface.
- As mentioned above, the WordPress interface is extremely organized - this makes it extremely user friendly.
- WordPress is definitely ahead of its time, staying up to date with the newest technology and always updating to accommodate to technological advancement.
- A better way to integrate third party plugins - a lot of times our plugins glitch and I end up having to dig around to see why things have adjusted in ways I don't want.
- Better tutorials so that I don't have to walk new employees through the program step by step, but instead can assign a tutorial for their education of the program.
The flip side is that if heavy customization is needed for a project, another CMS might be preferred. WordPress can have security problems if there is any delay with updates, which means sites that hold a large amount of user data may prefer a more secure option. It is difficult to optimize WordPress for speed. If page load speed is important, a site can be better optimized using other content management systems. Some WordPress plugins also have recurring fees, so other systems may be cheaper if you can meet your business needs using them.
- Very user-friendly--you don't need to be a coding expert to create a website
- Lots of features--Just about any kind of functionality you can imagine there is a plugin for that
- It can be tough to sift through the various plugins, and not all are regularly updated
- Finding support can also be difficult. There is a free message board, but it's hit or miss.
- WordPress offers an intimidating array of customization features almost to the point of being overwhelming.
- LOTS of integration support.
- The UI can get quite complex at times, doesn't always feel intuitive to use.
- Poor support for copy-pasting in text from other software (such as Google Docs or Word), doesn't play well with others in this capacity.
- Static web pages provide basic functionality that any CMS should.
- Dynamic content such as blog entries extends this functionality.
- Plugin security can be difficult as they are supplied by vendors of varying quality.
- There is a slight learning curve to developing new themes for WordPress.
- Organization and user friendly - The entire site is user friendly making it very easy to navigate.
- Once or twice there has been a glitch in our programming and the contact for support was GREAT at helping us figure out the problem.
- Another thing we have enjoyed while using WordPress is that it is so easily compatible with our other services we utilize.
- At times I feel there is a bit much on one screen, small font and tons of information. It can be a bit overwhelming. Perhaps more menu options would cut down on this.
- Although we did receive help with our glitch, it did take awhile to respond, leaving us unable to post for almost a week.
- Perhaps a better tutorial would be helpful to learn the software. We utilized YouTube tutorials done by independent people.
- Flexibility - allows contributors to easily customize the content they are creating.
- Functionality - the ability to load various plugins within the environment bring about much-appreciated functionality (i.e adding contact forms, e-commerce front-ends, photo/video galleries, etc.).
- Security - WordPress as a platform runs more than 1/3 of the world's internet sites - with that in mind the community is laser-focused on maintaining high-security standards and ensuring that the platform is properly patched against security vulnerabilities.
- Better controls around the inclusion of 3rd party written plugins within the Plugin Directory - search functionality and classification hasn't changed much in the past few years.
It is my go-to software for websites because it is just so versatile, flexible, reliable, and literally perfect. It always works.
- Ease of use.
- Great flexibility of setup, integration of plugins, and expansion of functions.
- Dynamic to changing requirements.
- Continued improvement on speed of loading, but that is also due to the website coding itself rather than the software.
- Easy to use and tons of plugins
- Well implemented content management
- PHP based, so it's faster
- Can create a mock website in minutes
- Rich templates available for integration
- Plugins may have bugs
- Easy to spam
- Constant target for hack bots
- The use of widgets to build page elements is so much faster than coding an entire page.
- The library of existing tools makes the design and page loading process very fast.
- The fact that I do not need to bring in my expensive digital agency is a very big plus in these times of tight budgets.
- I have issues at times with the number of people that I can add to my admin account. I do not like sharing UNs and PWs so the more admins I can add the better.
- The updates are not automatic and some that I clicked on broke the site. Need a better process of sending software updates for the package you buy.
- I would like if comments could be filtered from spammers.
- Integration is one thing that I love. I am able to integrate WordPress with my social media platforms, and also I am able to integrate widgets into WordPress to organize and better serve my audience.
- Themes and colors are another way WordPress excels. I use the paid version, but the free version also has great options and themes that cater to your needs.
- I am very pleased with my ability to customize and organize my page, I would consider customization to be a strength. Again, I am not a web developer, and I am not looking for anything extremely customizable or exchangeable, so for marketing and what I do, WordPress is perfect.
- Navigating WordPress for a new beginner can be a challenge, as it is not exactly outlined well. I think WordPress should offer free courses and tutorials for when someone is just getting started.
- WordPress uses different names for features that can be confusing and over-complicated, and I think that is something I would like to see done differently.
- If you are only looking for the free site, I think that it can be a bit more limited and less customizable. I would not consider WordPress to be the best on the market for free platforms.
- Interface ease of use.
- Ability to train clients to use the CMS to edit their own content.
- Endless amounts of themes and plugins available to use for customization.
- Regulations of who can create themes/plugins. There seems to be many glitchy themes/plugins created.
- Although there's a huge online community/forums with support, it would be nice to have a chat feature and be able to talk with an actual rep.
- Security. I seem to hear a lot about being easy to hack.
After building hundreds of WordPress sites over the years and authoring a series of detailed WordPress training guides for beginners. I have recently turned all of my WordPress knowledge and expertise into a comprehensive Free WordPress training site at WPCompendium.org and developed WPTrainMe - a WordPress tutorials plugin that allows users to get instant access to hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials from their own WordPress dashboards.
- WordPress allows users with no technical knowledge or coding skills to be in complete control of their web presence.
- WordPress can save business owners thousands of dollars in web development and web design costs.
- WordPress is a powerful, secure and highly scalable online content publishing platform and business marketing tool that costs almost nothing to run.
- WordPress can be configured to automate many areas of website management and online marketing, including automatic updates and automatically driving visitors from search engines and social networks to your site whenever new content is published.
- WordPress is open source software and benefits from the contribution of thousands of community users, including web developers and web designers.
- WordPress is regularly updated (on average every 3 months) to provide users with new features, bug fixes, and to address security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.
- WordPress is the most popular and fastest growing content management system in the world
- I have written a detailed article listing 50 reasons why WordPress is the ideal choice for most website owners here: http://wptrainme.com/wordpress/50-great-reasons-why-you-should-choose-wordpress
- The biggest challenge I have found with WordPress is training - helping clients and business owners understand just how much they can achieve with WordPress. Even though there is so much great information online about WordPress, most of it is not organized into a logical system, or aimed at technical users. This is why I have years developing a comprehensive WordPress 'A-Z' training system that takes users step-by-step through every aspect of using WordPress.
WordPress would suit most business uses and applications. I would only recommend custom web development work if a business owner cannot get the functionality they need or the web design look they want from a WordPress plugin or theme.
- Ease of Setup
- The extensive library of Plug-ins
- They have out-of-the-box themes for most site clients
- It is difficult to use multiple themes on one website
- The dashboard is a bit dated and unorganized
- Some themes are difficult to customize
- Low cost of acquisition
- Multiple hosting options
- Easy to use
- Very Customizable
- A large amount of free plug-ins
- Very stable platform
- The dashboard could be better organized
- Can be difficult for the novice to customize the theme
- You need to ensure the plug-in is compatible with your
version of WordPress or you may have site issues
- You need to make sure you have backups of your site, not an automated process
- Easy posting of articles.
- Very easy interface for uploading images.
- Blogging is made super simple with WordPress.
- The jump to v5 Gutenberg went smooth for me.
- I find that the classic editor meets my needs much better.
Since most of our clients have a Wordpress website, it is very simple for our internal staff to work on multiple client websites. An issue or problem solved on one website, means the same issue is so much quicker to resolve on the remaining client sites. Our internal staff can make changes, updates to forms, add new content, add new calls to action, build new landing pages -- all without hours of training. It's a great resource we can add to our client and account management. This really helps keep our client costs down!
- Worpdress is very SEO-friendly. The built in permalink structure, the organization and structure of post types and pages plus the addition of the 'rhymes with toast' SEO plugin gives you a great SEO foundation.
- Wordpress is a constantly evolving piece of code. Wordpress does a great job of maintaining the core product. As new features are available, as new security issues become known, the WP team keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest version.
- The Wordpress community is strong! As a developer, this is just fantastic. If I am having trouble implementing a highly custom piece for a client, chances are someone else has already done it! And if not, I can just ask the community, review the Codex or simply Google it. I've never had to say "No, can't do that" when working in Worpdress.
- Because Wordpress is so popular, it is under constant attack from bots and hackers. New security issues are found and exploited. Our client's websites are at risk of hack or attack.
- Wordpress is a resource hog. Worpdress sites tend to load slowly, especially if you buy one of those all-in-one themes. You really need to leverage caching and minification to ensure your Wordpress site loads quickly.
- There are simply too many plugins. Wordpress needs to purge all the abandoned and non-functioning plugins in the repository. I'm always fearful of a client downloading and installing a plugin that crashes the site.
But if you need a social blog, B2B or B2C lead gen, a non-profit, a membership site, a community bulletin board, news site, arts and music or just a simple about me type of website, WordPress is the perfect platform for you. It's so very popular, that it's not going anywhere. It is a platform that will be supported as long there are websites on the internet! You really can't go wrong. Even if you wanted to do an ecommerce site on WordPress, you can. I just would urge you to look at another solution.
- It is constantly being improved, with new features added, because of the community code-sourcing aspect.
- Security vulnerabilities are continually being patched to keep it secure.
- It has the best plugin repository, by far. So, anytime you have a needed new feature for your website, there is usually a plugin that already exists to allow you to do what you're wanting.
- Because it is the most-used CMS, there are a lot of hackers targeting it. As such, you need to make sure you're always updating the software and patching plugins to the latest version. Not hard to do, but something you need to be vigilant about.
- Plugins are hit and miss. If it is a new plugin without many existing users and reviews, it is truly hard to know if the software package is any good.
- Sometimes there are too many options. For example, there are a dozen or so plugins for any given functionality and so you have to sift through to find the right thing.
- Super intuitive, well-designed UI. WordPress is one of the older, more developed CMS products out there, and their UI has gotten very good through the versions.
- Integrated SEO. This is a really helpful tool. There is no need to export blog/article info and add it to an SEO service, it's mostly done within WordPress.
- Full customizability. There is an extensive list of plugins, themes, etc. that can be added to WordPress sites, and the general compatibility of software with WordPress is really good.
- Open-source. WordPress is all open-source, so sites can be more vulnerable generally, but this also makes the process of releasing and integrating updates into WordPress sites super transparent.
- Speed. There are definitely parts of the UI that are still quite slow and decrease in speed as you increase the amount of content on WordPress sites.
- HTML/CSS skills are necessary. While WordPress does simplify the process of developing any sort of website, there is still not enough customizability for it to be possible to edit websites without purely without using HTML/CSS. It's necessary to either improve the customizability function of WordPress or have knowledge of HTML/CSS.
- Extremely flexible; can suit most website needs from blogs to small business.
- Design, content, and functionality separated from each other. This allows for data portability (you can add content regardless of the design you are using, modify the design without changing your content, and add new features without affecting the other areas).
- Countless themes to choose from/ability to create from scratch.
- Still responsible for securing the site.
- Does not come with a built-in drag and drop website builder.
- Some basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is not required but makes things a lot easier; users without it may have a longer learning curve.
- Make a professional business website without spending a lot of money.
- You can easily follow simple tutorials to learn the basics.
- You want to make a blog, portfolio, or a personal website and use it to make money online.
- You just want to run a blog and have no plans to make money or use any third-party services.
- You are fine with limited features as far as you never have to write code, make backups, or worry about updates.
- You just want a small website, and you are not worried about growing your business online or using the website to make more sales.
- It is stable and reliable.
- It is so widely-accepted that there are many, many many resources available for working with it, many of them at little or no cost.
- It saves us countless hours of development that we otherwise would have to do ourselves.
- WordPress has become caught up in the trend toward "drag n drop" page builders with the advent of the new "Gutenberg" block-based editor, despite the fact that many in the WordPress community don't want it and resent the manner in which it has been forced upon them.
- Service providers
- Sellers of merchandise (i.e., "ecommerce" companies)
- Data collection such as polling
- Online education and training
- Family and personal websites
- The ease of adding plugins to customize the site and integrate it with other platforms is excellent
- Adding new pages and posts is incredibly simple, and with Yoast it's easy to prioritize SEO
- Changing themes is also easy to do to keep things looking fresh
- I've had issues finding technical support, whether it's wordpress related or dealing with a particular theme
- It would be great to have a visual builder to toggle back and forth between in wordpress without adding a plugin
WordPress Scorecard Summary
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Wordpress is an open-source publishing platform popular with bloggers and a content management system. The appearance of a Wordpress site and many of its functions are managed through themes, and further customizable through altering code, though altering code is not required; templates and plugins to expand its capabilities are plentiful. Wordpress features integrated link management, and a search-engine friendly permalink structure. WordPress now allows multiple blogs to exist within one installation. Websites may host their own blogging communities, controlling and moderating content from a single dashboard.
Wordpress is popular due to its simplicity
and modifiability. Furthermore implementing Wordpress costs only time. Two paid versions exist. The $99 premium plan allows a user an ad free custom domain with 13GB of space and advanced customization. The $299 Business plan allows unlimited space and supports eCommerce as well.
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