8 WordPress Myths Busted: Debunking WordPress Myths

Nov 9, 2015 | Website Design, WordPress

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Kevin Fouche

8 WordPress Myths Busted: Debunking WordPress Myths

Posted by Kevin Fouche, Pixel Fish Director

Kevin handles the planning, design, launch and training of every website that Pixel Fish creates. He ensures that every website is highly engaging and aligned with our client’s goals. With over 20 years of design and web industry experience to draw upon, Kevin aims to pass on his knowledge to our clients and like-minded businesses wanting to grow their online presence.

WordPress Myths Busted – yes, it’s time to debunk some WordPress myths. Too many businesses are hesitant to use WordPress due to common misconceptions about the platform. We’d like to show them that perhaps those misconceptions are wrong.

There’s more to WordPress than meets the eye and the many myths surrounding it are just that, myths. They’re not reality.

We’ll tackle 8 such myths in this article. We hope they help your business determine that WordPress could work for you.

1. WordPress is just for blogging

That’s just not true. WordPress is for anything you can envision it to be. It has a blogging component, but WordPress can build a robust website that can have e-commerce capability and more. WordPress is fast, reliable and secure. It can give you the website you’ve been dreaming of.

2. WordPress isn’t secure enough

WordPress is targeted by hackers, that’s true enough. However, the vast majority get blocked. WordPress has great security plugins for your website. Use them and you are nearly immune to hackers. A previous update for WordPress allows password reset links to only be live for a limited time and the passwords themselves never go to your in box.

3. WordPress plugins are unreliable

WordPress plugins are as reliable as the author who coded it. We admit that there are some authors who don’t take the necessary precautions to ensure their plugins are the best. However, with the rating system, you can usually find the best plugin for the job. Be careful when searching for a plugin. Do your homework and you should be able to find a reliable one for what you need done.

4. WordPress doesn’t handle big business

WordPress has so many tools and an amazing API that makes developing for it fast and scalable. It works just as well for big projects as it does for smaller ones. WordPress VIP lists some of the biggest companies in the world. Yes, they use WordPress. Even Universities are beginning to use WordPress. School websites are usually very complex. The fact that WordPress can be used for them really shows that it can handle anything.

5. WordPress is difficult to use

It’s not more difficult than coding in HTML by hand. WordPress allows users to make design and content changes on their own with virtually no coding experience. It does come in handy, but it’s not necessary. WordPress might be harder than some other platforms out there, but it’s worth it for the level of control you get out of it.

6. WordPress sites are slow

It’s not the website itself that’s slow, but rather the hosting platform. Cheap hosting platforms don’t load quickly. Shared hosting providers often put hundreds of sites on one server. That’s too much for one server to handle. If you use a good server and good plugins, your WordPress site will load just fine.

7. Open source software doesn’t provide good user support

WordPress is open source software. It allows millions of developers from all over the world to add to and refine the platform’s programming. If a user runs into an issue, chances are someone else has found the problem too. They may have even found the solution. WordPress forums are a big base of community knowledge. They offer fixes to nearly any problem you can have. Closed source platforms only have a small staff of dedicated support people. They don’t find nearly as many bugs as the open source community does.

8. WordPress can’t be responsive

WordPress themes and plugins can help make your site responsive. Many themes are web responsive. You can also build your theme to be responsive. This will allow it to show up properly on tablets, mobile devices, laptops and so forth.

We hope these 8 WordPress Myths have been busted to your satisfaction.

WordPress definitely is a robust, open source platform that can handle big web sites as well as small web sites. Got questions? Well, contact us at your convenience.

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