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- Ease of installation, as long as your hosting site has "easy install" and most of them do.
- Amount of PlugIns, a solution for almost every need.
- Ability to give the user access to update their own website!
- URL structure. Categories for "pages"
- Permalinks, not for the faint of heart!
- Turning it from a blog into a website is still a challenge!
- Wordpress is open source and has a large development community behind it. As a mature system, there are many ways to customise or expand on the system through the use of templates, plugins and development.
- Wordpress has an easy to use content editor which meets the requirement of providing users with something they can use without needed specialist technical knowledge. Coupled with some customised development it can become a very simple system for people across all levels of an organisation to use.
- Flexibility is one of the biggest strengths of Wordpress. Through themes, plugins and php based development, it can be purposed to suit almost any use case.
- Wordpress will struggle to meet needs beyond a certain scale of content purposes. It does not have complex user role management which means it is not suitable for large intranet sites for example. This is not a failing of Wordpress, so much as a desire for it to be more scalable as it is nice to use.
- One of the flip sides of ultra flexibility and open source is a lack of compliance standards in plugins etc. One must make good decisions about plugins to avoid security issues.
- Wordpress needs to be updated frequently as do plugins, which means that resource is required to stay on top of the security of the site built with it.
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- Too many updates. I had to reinstall new systems on my personal site. This wasn't easy because I'm not an expert at compiling code and running software on the third-party hosting site I work with.
- The flexibility of WordPress exceeds that of other content management systems because it's easy enough for a business owner or marketer to change without the steep learning curve or programming skills required by Drupal and Joomla.
- At the same time, it can be as turnkey as a Wix, SquareSpace, or Tumblr... granted: if you know what you're doing and HOW to make it a turnkey solution for a business..
- And with those considerations, it still remains software and not a hosted website solution. Meaning you own everything and can iterate the CMS and your site to do/be whatever you might need it to be; without the limitations of a hosted CMS.
- With so many capabilities, it's easy to cross the chasm from turnkey to overwhelming.
- If you're familiar with the old PC vs. Mac debate (or more recent Android vs. iPhone), WordPress is the PC/Android version of a CMS. Meaning, it's capable of anything and most widely used as a result. But that comes with it the scrutiny of the community, bugs as a result of so many different priorities and projects affiliated with the platform, and security gaps as plugins or themes fail to keep pace with development of the CMS.
- WordPress is the defacto standard for building small websites of say 20-30 pages.
- Easily integrate all or most of the functionality you need - using plugins.
- Speed up performance with caching through a separate module.
- Integrates with various content-delivery networks.
- For larger sites - say over 20 pages - a WordPress install can and will quickly get out of control.
- Integration with third-party products depends on plugins which may suddenly stop working. Each individual plugin comes with its own CSS style sheet and styling the plugins to look like a seamless part of your brand takes a very long time.
- Caching is not built into the product but occurs through a third-party plugin. You have to toggle caching on and off to see what is really going on with your site.
- Performance can be an issue - particularly if you are running a large site and/or simply need/want to deliver a lot of assets on smart phones and tablets. There is no content-delivery network built into WordPress and integrating with a third-party CDN takes technical skill.
- WordPress does not come out of the box with a granular permission system suitable for business. This makes setting up groups of users with differential access to various parts of your corporate or enterprise website relatively difficult.
- Security is always a concern with a WordPress site.
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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