WordPress is the most widely used CMS (content management system) for developing websites in the world. According to Kinsta (2021), 40% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress.
We thought we’d share 9 of the most common myths about WordPress
It’s not secure
By far, the most common myth when it comes to WordPress. There is a misconception that as WordPress is open source (anyone can see the coding for the website) that it is easy to hack, add viruses or other malicious code, or gain access to secure information.
The most common reason WordPress website become compromised is due to poor maintenance of the essential elements of WordPress (e.g., plugins, themes, WordPress updates, & PHP). Check out our video on how to update plugins and backup your website.
It’s just for blogs
Another common myth is that WordPress is just for bloggers, which could not be further from the truth.
Originally WordPress was used primarily by bloggers, as the themes and templates do not need too much knowledge of code, allowing bloggers to do what they enjoy most, blogging.
However, as WordPress has progressed with more themes, templates, and plugins available, it’s now easier to customise websites for small to large businesses, charities, and other organisations.
It doesn’t support eCommerce
This myth relates very closely with the previous. As WordPress was first and foremost a blogging platform many people believe it can’t be used for eCommerce.
ECommerce plugins have been available for WordPress since 2011, allowing designers and developers to create online stores. Today the most popular eCommerce plugin is WooCommerce.
Updates and plugins are difficult to maintain
Updating plugins, themes, and WordPress is important to maintain the security and functionality of your website.
As this requires a bit more work than website builders (e.g., Wix and SqaureSpace) some non-users perceive it hard to maintain.
That is certainly not the case. We recommend making a backup of your website before proceeding with any updates and processing updates one at a time. That way, if there are any issues (which is rare), you know which update has caused it.
Check out this plugin update tutorial from WebBeginner
Poor website speed and SEO
This is not the case. Poor website speed and SEO are not caused by using WordPress. In our opinion, many alternative web builders tend to be slower.
Two factors for website speed are your web host and the number of plugins used. These two can make a big difference to your website speed and impact on SEO.
Like website speed, SEO is only as good as the individual implementing it or developing the website.
Ensuring all the basics SEO practices are in place (e.g., meta tags, alt text, etc.) will go along way. Two great plugins, Yoast SEO and RankMath help users improve their SEO scores for their websites.
It’s not (mobile) responsive.
A common misconception that WordPress websites are not responsive. It might have been the situation a few years ago, but not today.
With Google’s new algorithm coming out in May 2021, all WordPress themes are optimised for tablets and mobile responsiveness.
Additionally, you (or a developer) can use custom CSS techniques (coding) to change the break-points (where the website adjusts between the different device formats).
It’s hard to learn
As long as you have some time each week, WordPress can be easy to learn. Ideally, you will need some good basic I.T. skills (e.g., use Microsoft packages, use search engines, etc.) and be able to follow instructions. You don’t need to be able to use coding (e.g., HTML and CSS) but it would be an advantage if you can learn it.
Check out our recent series “A beginners guide to using WordPress“
WordPress websites look the same
As with any CMS (content management system), it’s only as good as the designer or developer using it.
Some WordPress users will maintain the existing theme changing the images and content, which will tend to make them look the same.
However, themes can be customised to look how the developer/designer wants it to.
Themes such as Elementor and Divi are great themes that allow users to drag and drop elements to match their design needs.
At Elev8 Web Design our process for bespoke websites always starts with designing off-line.
Take a look at two websites we have designed with different looks.
Ok, I admit, there’s no actual support from WordPress. However, there are so many resources available to WordPress users, including blogs, forums, YouTube tutorials, and social media support groups.
These resources are enough to help you with all areas of WordPress if it’s ever needed.
With these unfounded myths, many people will look to use anything but WordPress when thinking about their first website development. With over 60% of the CMS market share, WordPress is number one for a reason.