What is WordPress?
WordPress is the most popular and easy-to-use content management system on the market. It’s great for most ‘standard’ websites, where easy content management is a goal. It has great SEO and security functionality out-of-the-box, and is relatively easy for most non-technical people to get started on.
It’s also easily extendible with plugins, and themes, making it a common first-choice for people who want to create their own website.
What are the most common issues with WordPress?
Some common issues with WordPress sites include:
- Too many or conflicting plugins installed
- Poor customisation of themes
- Functionality extended beyond WordPress capabilities
These issues can lead to slow websites, poor SEO outcomes, and in some cases, “500” database connection errors.
Is WordPress right for my project?
WordPress is a great platform, when it’s setup and administered properly.
If your content editors require simple user interfaces, WordPress is an excellent choice for managing your website content.
It’s also a great fit where you need to retain some flexibility over the design on an ongoing basis, as design components can be easily modulised.
WordPress is often the right choice for organisations which have used WordPress for a number of years, and are invested in the platform in terms of existing content and employee training.
What are the best alternatives to WordPress?
We don’t recommend any of the database-driven alternatives to WordPress like Drupal or Joomla, as WordPress is a much better platform in terms of usability and support, in comparison. We also don’t recommend down-grading to ‘website builders’ like Squarespace, Weebly or Wix if you already have some level of experience with WordPress, as it is a superior plaform on most measures.
We do recommend static sites over database-driven sites when appropriate, and in those instances highly recommend Forestry.io as an easy-to-use alternative to WordPress.