WordPress is the most popular open-source CMS platform for websites and blogs and it is most definitely our favourite here at Five Stones Media House. In spite of it being popular and so easy to understand and use; it also somehow seems to be the most misunderstood and more than often, underrated. I’d like to personally bust a few myths I’ve heard thrown around myself about WordPress and how it works. Here we go…
- WORDPRESS IS ONLY MEANT FOR BLOGS
What? Anyone saying that clearly knows less or nothing about what can be done with WordPress. Of course, WordPress was created to initially be a blogging platform but today it is SO MUCH MORE. Being a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, WordPress has opened up a world of possibilities. Design themes range from freely available ones to some really swanky expensive ones and these can make your website look any way you want it to. Installing plugins, widgets and other features to your website along with the ability to edit PHP files makes it possible to have absolutely any feature on a website. You can build a basic blog on WordPress or you have a complex E-commerce website for your online shop. Throw away every assumption that WordPress is just for blogs. Name a feature you want on your site that you think you can’t have because of WordPress and we will make it happen. Just because it can.
- WORDPRESS ISN’T SAFE
But what platform truly is 100% safe? Hackers are always attempting to find a window in every kind of platform to attack websites and steal data. WordPress isn’t an exception. If WordPress sites are hacked more often than others it’s only because of not enough precautionary steps being put in place. Compromising on a sitelock, an SSL certificate, secured hosting and regular WordPress updates can make all the difference. If you have these in place and add to that things like anti-spam plugins, captchas on all forms on the site and only reliable plugins installed; your WordPress site is as secure as any other site can be. Often, ignorance of these above measures is what leads to site attacks and I can confidently say that I’ve learned this the hard way.
- WORDPRESS IS FREE AND SO IT MUST BE TERRIBLE
I want to laugh at this because when someone brings this up it’s more of a mindset issue than anything. Just because something is free doesn’t mean it is crap. And just because something is paid for handsomely doesn’t mean it’s the best. We all avail of free amenities that have lasted super long and bought expensive products that have disappointed instantly.
WordPress is free in the sense that you can take WordPress, rip it apart, modify it, and create your special version without needing permission from any single authority. It is, what we call, open-source, which basically means it is a software created by a community of people and this means it doesn’t really belong to one person or entity. Also, one doesn’t need to pay to make use of WordPress, the CMS – it can just be downloaded from WordPress.org and installed anywhere and customised as much as needed.
- WORDPRESS SITES AREN’T RESPONSIVE
False. If your wordpress site isn’t responsive, rethink the design theme you are using. ThemeForest has a plethora of responsive WordPress themes that beautifully adapt to any screen size. The highly customizable nature of WordPress gives one total power over how their website looks on all screens and with a little care and effort, your WordPress site can be as responsive as any other site at the cost of almost nothing.
- IT IS DIFFICULT TO MANAGE WORDPRESS SITES
Nothing can be further from the truth. WordPress has a robust CMS and the dashboard or backend allows for such ease of use and simple updation. The dashboard is pretty much self-explanatory and the internet is flooded with videos, tutorials and information on how to customise and manage your WordPress site.
In conclusion, WordPress is exactly the website platform you are looking for. If you are still unsure about the CMS and how WordPress works, feel free to comment below and I’ve love to start a discussion with you. If you’ve come across myths that I haven’t addressed in this article, feel write to write to me.
Until next time,
Becky Lee Pearson.