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- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- User experience is fantastic - anyone can pick it up in minutes and it’s a pleasure to use.
- The amount of plugins and add-ons available are invaluable.
- Content separated from functionally puts the power of the web in the hands of people that understand users and their behaviors.
- Speed is always a concern. A perfect implementation of Wordpress is fast, but add-ons and plugins can bog down the page load speed. Making that a priority for future releases would help.
- Allowing for a simplified UI for people that may be scared to edit a website for the first time (a first-timer option maybe?)
- Focus on mobile - the current mobile experience for editing content is only ok. Medium does it really well - but they are only focused on content - so maybe an option for content-creation views that are simplified on mobile.
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.
- WordPress is an open source software. Open source software provides awesome features which make it easy to use, modify and build upon. You can make your website the way you want it to be
- There are many Content Management Systems (CMS) available but WordPress is a popular one. It is a free and open source, the large number of developers making it popular.
- The thing which I like about WordPress is its simplicity and usability you don't have to be an expert to use WordPress everything is already set up you just have to install the plugin and there you go
- One of the major advantages of WordPress is it is an open source software but sometimes it becomes its disadvantage since it is an open source it is always at the target of hackers especially if the codes have been written by someone else.
- When you install lots of plugins the website becomes laggy or stutters it takes time to complete the process.
- 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
- From a user perspective, WordPress is pretty user friendly and intuitive. I had no website experience before using WordPress and was able to quickly teach myself how to use WordPress.
- I am impressed with the amount of customization WordPress provides and the options you have to make your website unique.
- My organization pays for WP Live support and I find them to be extremely courteous and helpful.
- The main issue I have run into is the theme my organization chose is no longer being updated, so it has decreased the functionality of the website in general. Being new to website management, I had no idea this was a possibility, so conveying that more clearly would have been helpful for me.
- At times, there is a significant delay between when I make changes on the back end and when those changes take effect on the front end of the site, so reducing that lag time would be great.
- Ease of installation.
- Making regular posts is quick & trouble free.
- Huge number of themes, apps, and plugins easily available for WordPress.
- Finding the best options for your use can be time-consuming due to the huge number of choices.
- Not all plugins and themes play well with each other.
- It has a lot of blog options.
- The pricing is very fair, not too expensive..
- Its simple and user friendly.
- You don't have to be a computer expert to use this.
- I wish they had more all-inclusive features like an email campaign program or a photo editing program.
- There is no drag and drop tool.
- I wish there was a place I could call for tech support.
- User management with controlled access privileges.
- Simple SEO management.
- Simple content WYSIWYG management.
- Custom field with formulas, as standard feature would be very handy.
- Reporting similar to Access and Crystal reports would be good.
- Backup of sites as standard vs plugin features.
- Versatility - If you're comfortable learning some computer code, the sky is essentially the limit on what you can do with Wordpress via the thousands of available plugins.
- Reliability - Wordpress has proven to be more stable and reliable than other services we've used.
- Huge community for support - because of its renown and popularity, the Wordpress community is huge, and you can consequently find ideas and support among peers very easily.
- User-friendliness - As is usually the case, there is an inverse relationship between a software's power/robustness, and its ease of use. Making a functioning site beyond a basic template will require a learning curve, especially as more plugins are introduced to the process.
- It's easy to make things ugly - Because Wordpress offers so much freedom of design and function, you have all the power in your hands to make an ugly, dysfunctional site--other services we use have a paradigm against this, and restrict design freedom to prevent you from making something "ugly."
- Back-end interface feels dated and cluttered - The back end of Wordpress could use a little streamlining and updating. Controls and menus feel like they haven't had a face lift in a few years.
- Open-source! Being free is important for a non-profit.
- Modular! We can create as much custom content as possible through modules and plugins
- Well documented! If I have a problem, I'm not usually the only one who has experienced it and can find endless resources online about how to solve it.
- Can be easy to overload, and slow down if you aren't careful.
- Is difficult to navigate if you don't know PHP.
- Usually requires some paid plugins to execute your ideal site. Luckily there is lots of competition!
- It is an excellent content manager, you can do almost anything you want, web pages of all kinds of topics.
- The amount of topics that can be found on the web is incredible. There are many free themes of great quality and with very accessible prices.
- It is very easy to install and use. In addition you can expand its original functionality by installing plugins.
- If you want an original website, you should choose the topics you want to install carefully, since you run the risk of having a website very similar to another one.
- Customizing WordPress at your whim is a bit difficult and you must have a lot of knowledge of web programming.
- It is risky to install plugins or cracked themes, as they can cause serious security failures.
- Easy to set up and configure
- Easy to edit, update, delete, content on the website
- Easy to integrate with plugins and themes
- Wordpress just released a new version and the editing experience has changed quite a bit from the previous version. While it is already an improvement, an overview of the interface with the new installation would be helpful.
- Blog writing is simple and effective and allows you to embed images and YouTube videos.
- Professional look and feel with an easy to understand navigation.
- Syncs with other domain sites like GoDaddy, etc.
- More features or ability to customize more. A lot is dictated my the theme with minimal editing allowed, at least for free versions.
- Ability to embed other apps. Other than YouTube, teachers utilize apps such as Padlet, polleverywhere, etc. Although these have embed codes, this feature doesn't work with WordPress.
WordPress Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
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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