According to WordPress.com, WordPress powers an impressive 23% of all websites, making it the most popular online publishing platform. Yet I can’t tell you how many times my standard line of, “We build most of our sites on WordPress,” is met with a questioning look. I’ve seen the look and gotten the questions often enough to know there are some real misconceptions about the capabilities of WordPress. Here I’ll explore a few of the most common questions we hear and hopefully ease your reluctance about jumping into WordPress.
1. WordPress is for blogs
True. WordPress is for blogs. And just about any other type of website you can imagine. From eCommerce to media to corporate sites, WordPress powers 1 out of every 6 websites. It is used by not-for-profits, governments and Fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Some of the most popular brands in the world use WordPress, including: CNN, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and TED.
2. WordPress is free, so…
Using WordPress is one time when the old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t ring true. WordPress is formed by a community of passionate developers and used by more than 20 percent of all websites. Its code is open source for any one to study and examine for quality. It adheres to the very best programming practices, is developer friendly and completely free.
3. WordPress isn’t scalable
Another common misconception of WordPress is that it isn’t suitable for high-traffic sites. WordPress sites are dynamic, and need to be built each time a user accesses the site. Scalability can become an issue as traffic increases and the site slows. By setting up your WordPress account to cache so that your dynamically generated page is stored on the server as a static page, you can easily avoid this potential problem.
4. WordPress isn’t secure
One of the biggest reasons WordPress is so popular is because of its security. WordPress is an open source software, meaning its source code is available online for anyone to study and find security issues.
WordPress also allows for added security measures and by following a few best practices, you can guard your site against common web threats.
5. WordPress doesn’t support eCommerce
While WordPress doesn’t come with a default shopping cart or payment gateway, there are myriad of plugins that allow you to create an eCommerce website with WordPress.
WooCommerce is the most popular option, handling all aspects of your eCommerce business, including: payments, inventory, shipping, tax and reporting.
6. WordPress could disappear tomorrow
People often think that since WordPress is free, it could disappear at any time. But WordPress isn’t developed by a single person or company that could just suddenly close up shop. Instead, thousands of people around the world actively contribute to the WordPress community, developing and improving the product.
Did we help answer some of your questions about WordPress? What other misconceptions do you have or have you heard about WordPress? Let us know and we’ll address those in an upcoming blog.