You Can't Beat Free but WordPress Does!
April 14, 2021

You Can't Beat Free but WordPress Does!

Joseph Benton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with WordPress

All of my websites that I design and host are on WordPress. WordPress is used, depending on who you ask, on anywhere between 25% to 33% of all website domains. It is very easy to use for novices with a little training and very intuitive for those with more advanced skills.
  • It's free
  • It's easy to use
  • It can be used to look like any website you see
  • It's a bit bloated and thus slower than other websites
  • In order to get it to load really fast, you do need some fairly advanced skills
  • It is an easy target for hackers
  • WordPress is free, so this has an immediate and beneficial ROI
  • The only true cost of WordPress is hosting it somewhere, which is never free
While all website hosting requires a fee (except for some free blogging services), the primary options for a CMS (Content Management System) are varied but none come close to the popularity and widespread use of WordPress. The primary competitors are Wix, which provides a few templates and very little true customization, like making Wix look like your favorite website. Additionally, Wix has some features that are tightly integrated, like a shopping cart. The same goes for Squarespace, which many people choose because it has an optionally integrated shopping cart. Joomla! is much more like WordPress in that it doesn't have an integrated shopping cart, but just like WordPress, you can add a plugin for that capability or just use some code from PayPal to facilitate shopping. Other features besides shopping carts are mailing list subscriptions, forms, and the like. Overall, they do nicely but these competitors can be stubbornly inflexible and don't give people what they want. They just don't have the open flexibility of WordPress to get your site to do most precisely what you want it to do and look how you want it to look.

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It is easy to learn and use, so anyone who is new to website design just needs to know a few things before they get started but otherwise it is suitable for both novices and experts. Perhaps one of its downfalls is that it has too many options when used in combination with themes and plugins.

WordPress Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
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SEO support
Bulk management
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Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
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