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"There are problems with WordPress" This statement is given by some when deciding how to deliver their online presence.
But as business owners, need to be able to publish their own content and keep up with trends to ensure that their audience keeps coming back to get more of the good stuff that they have on offer (we are including products via an e-commerce solution here), WordPress is a good bet.
So to help with the decision process we have listed the top 5 Problems with WordPress that business owners have expressed to us.
Due to the many customisations available and the impact that updates to the WordPress Core, or the introduction of new plugins (additional software to achieve certain functionality) can have on the backend dashboard and navigation around the elements can be confusing at times.
This can also present a problem for beginners looking to troubleshoot issues, as step-by-step walkthroughs are not necessarily a one size fits all solution for this platform.
By giving access to short video tutorials in the dashboard and presenting owners with some quick PDFs these problems are quickly overcome.
It Needs to be Customised
Right out of the box the Core WordPress does not provide a lot of the features that businesses need from their website (i.e. SEO, social media, in-depth analytics) most businesses will need to include several plugins to make their site function the way they want it to
WordPress currently has over 40,000 plugins, in the official repository, you can incorporate on your website, with a variety of purposes from SEO to minor site performance fixes. This does not include the various plugins that you can get from professional developers.
Some people view this is a plus for WordPress because of the myriad of options available to improve your website and create something special and one-off from scratch, but as many developers know, these plugins can be as much of a pain as a boon.
There are so many choices I don’t know where to start! Because the choices include so many plugins that do the same or a very similar thing, it can be difficult to determine which is best for your website. This issue is perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects, as some plugins will cause conflicts or be incompatible with your theme or other plugins you already have on your site.
There is also the possibility that the more plugins you add to achieve the desired functionality the slower your website can or will become.
We provide our clients with all the help and advice that they need to ensure that the plugins that are used in their website are up to date and serve the intended purpose without creating deliverability issues.
WordPress uses an open source software structure, which means anyone with a bit of know-how can access the code, adapt it and then share it with the community.
This can be viewed as a positive aspect as progress in keeping up with new technologies and trends can happen really quickly, giving all WordPress website owners an advantage.
The flipside is this can leave your website software vulnerable if you don’t learn how to put some strong security measures in place.
It should be remembered that this problem is not specific to WordPress alone and with the right setup security can be enhanced with the minimum fuss or loss of functionality.
Updates are Difficult to Keep Up With
To counteract some of the security issues, the WordPress community releases frequent updates. While these are certainly helpful and necessary for keeping your information safe, they can also present a whole new problem for website owners.
Updating the system can actually cause some of the software (plugins and themes, even those that aren’t malicious) to become incompatible with other aspects of your WordPress website.
This risks parts of your website becoming inaccessible to your visitors, contact forms not working correctly, etc.
One of the simplest ways to alleviate this worry is to develop a robust backup system, ensuring that you can always roll back to a known working environment should anything happen and then troubleshooting can start.
No Built-In Backup System
If you haven’t included this in your website plan during the concept stage you may be surprised to find that WordPress does not include a backup solution ready and in place.
The good news is that there are plenty of plugins available to alleviate this problem. This does, of course, mean we are now back to the need to add another plugin and this needs to be selected correctly to ensure that the option fulfils the businesses needs and is not going to cause conflicts.
Despite its shortcomings, and all web platforms have them, WordPress still remains one of the top platforms for website construction used by some top brands and businesses, including Renault and Mercedes-Benz.
With the right approach, there is no reason why your WordPress website should not serve your business now and grow with your business in the future.