Don’t Blame It On WordPress: Debunking Top 7 WordPress Myths
How many things can you tell about WordPress? If you’re new to it and haven’t got any hands-on experience, then, not many… You know just the things you’ve heard/read somewhere. Do you believe them? How many of them are biased or inflated? Are there any false or deceiving ones? Let’s figure this out by debunking the top 7 WordPress myths that lead you astray on your way to powering a sound WordPress web presence.
What’s a WordPress myth? It’s a widely held misconception that fully or partially isn’t true. Although WordPress myths are largely erroneous in their premise, they’re likely to have some kernel of truth to them. For you not to be swayed by WordPress myths (that mainly prove WordPress bad), learn about them and take these misconceptions with a grain of salt.
Myth #1: WordPress Is a Blogging Tool… Exclusively
Let’s start with a grain of truth. WordPress is a blogging tool. However, it used to be just a blogging tool back in 2004. Since then, it underwent multiple transformations and evolved in a multi-purpose solution that lets you create literally any kind of a website.
In 2018, there’s a number of website types that you can power with WordPress. In fact, up to 60% of all the CMS-based sites in the world run on WP (more stats are accessible on w3techs site). No doubt, it’s hardly the case that all of them are blogs. If this had been truth, you wouldn’t have recognized the Internet you know. In addition to powering blogs, WordPress is well-suited for running:
- Small business websites. WordPress is simple, customizable and extendible, proving to be a go-to solution for small businesses on their way to web prominence. What’s more, these’re the rich SEO-optimization possibilities that small business owners are most fond of.
- Corporate website is an informative website that represents your organization and the services you provide.
- Photographer portfolio website. You don’t have to drill your HTML coding skills to power a stunning photo gallery website. This is possible by installing a gallery plugin to your WordPress site.
- WooCommerce e-store. WordPress is an utterly universal system that also lets you turn your website into a fully-fledged e-store. build smart catalogs, add various currencies, use ‘Wishlist’ and ‘Compare’ features, add colorful badges and much more.
As you can see, you can power a number of different sites with WordPress. What’s more, with WordPress plugin market, you’ve got a chance to extend the site’s functionality the way you need. Think of the User Interface and User Experience elements that you’d like to bring to your site, find and launch the needed plugins and make it up a notch.
Myth #2: WordPress Makes You Fear Hackers Day and Night
In accordance to the second myth, WordPress CMS gets hacked the most often. This sounds pretty disturbing and makes you run after the inferior alternatives.
However, don’t be taken aback by the presumed hackability of WordPress. It’s the most hacked CMS because it’s the most popular and widespread CMS in the whole world. It’s not hard to fathom that, in fact, CMS hackability is in direct proportion to its mass acceptance. So, the speculations that WordPress is the most hackable website engine in the world are highly inflated. Nonetheless, there’s a grain of salt in this myth as well. As WordPress is the most famed CMS, it’s to attackers what honey is to bears.
Therefore, it’s indispensable that you follow security recommendations when creating and maintaining your WordPress site. Let me remind you of the must-follow WP security guidelines:
- First of all, take care of updating your site’s engine and all of its plugins every now and then. If you use one of the regularly updated WordPress designs, don’t forget to update it as well.
- Secondly, turn backing up your website into a daily/weekly routine. Choose the backup option that’s optimal for you, and you’ll never lose sleep over re-creating the aborted progress.
- Thirdly, never leave the default ‘admin’ username unchanged. This username turns your website into an easy prey for attackers.
Moreover, consider installing a security plugin that lets you customize the standard /wp-admin/ link to WordPress dashboard. Alternatively, consider using a plugin for whitelisting IP addresses that are allowed to access the dashboard.
If you stick to these basic precautions, your WordPress website will be as likely to be hacked as any other website, no matter what CMS it uses.
Myth #3: WordPress Isn’t Scalable
It’s a widespread misconception that WordPress is meant to serve for small businesses and personal blogs only. This is just a small part of all the great websites this CMS powers, including high-traffic celebrity websites, sites of the large corporations (Mercedes Benz, Bacardi, Marks & Spencer and Vogue) and giant news & information websites (Microsoft News Center, The New Yorker), etc.
In fact, WordPress is extremely scalable. It copes equally well with powering a basic personal blog, as well as with powering a complex, traffic-intense website for an established global brand. This is possible as WordPress search and cache systems, content delivery capacity and horizontal scalability are front-running. The latter, i.e. horizontal scalability, is a true bounty that allows you to store your website on several servers as it gets bigger and sizzles with traffic.
Having said this, if you ever hear WordPress scalability complaints, don’t believe a word of them. WordPress does a great job scaling your website to accommodate up to 10K+ logged users at the same time and to empower 100+ millions page views/month. However, it’s not that likely that you’ll strike such impressive stats. For this reason, your WordPress installation will grow hand-in-hand with your website popularity.
Myth #4: WordPress Is Poorly Supported
First of all, you should be reminded that WordPress is an open-source system. It’s hardly surprising that it doesn’t come with lifetime 24/7 phone/chat support. However, that’s not the reason to grumble too much. Indeed, there’re numerous places across the web to get help with the WP-related issue that you face.
If you’re willing to ask questions and communicate, there’s a number of online places where you can get help handling any issues that are somehow connected with WP. If you’re at loss where to find support, refer to the following websites:
- To get the ball rolling, drop by the official wordpress.org. On this website, you’ll find tons of useful step-by-step tutorials and WP setup guides. What’s more, support and discussion forums also come handy as they’re the place to find qualified answers to all of your WP-related questions.
- Secondly, the web is permeated with countless WordPress-centered websites and online communities. Many of them are free; others deliver premium support services for a reasonable price tag. No matter what kind of support you choose, tech geeks are more than eager to help you solve the issues that you face and get your WordPress command up a notch.
Myth #5: Plugins & Themes Slow Your WordPress Site Performance
The next misconception concerns website speed. The myth predicts that having too many plugins and/or themes, should slow down your website significantly. Let’s see what issues are predicted to take a toll on your site performance and whether they actually affect it or not.
- Issue 1: You have too many plugins installed. It’s not the number of plugins you have that negatively affects your site performance. In fact, these are poorly-coded and buggy plugins that ruin the whole thing. For example, you may run 80 plugins on your WP instance and do great in terms of performance as the plugins you use are ok. One day, you install the 81st plugin that’s poorly rated and vaguely reviewed in the market. After activating and using the new plugin, you find that your website’s page load speed dropped by 0,5s. Obviously, it’s the newest plugin that you installed that slows down your website, not the 80 items that you’ve been using for a while.
- Issue 2: You have lots of inactive plugins. Inactive plugins don’t affect your site’s speed. You can have as many of them as you need. Just make sure that they’re always up-to-date. By doing so, you’ll prevent jeopardizing your site’s security by using plugins that are outdated.
- Issue 3: You have a bunch of inactive themes. Similarly to inactive plugins, inactive themes don’t affect your website performance. So, trashing the themes you don’t currently use won’t save you the cherished milliseconds you’re after.
- Issue 4: You’ve got a number of revisions. There’s no way in which the admin-panel based revisions can affect the speed of your site’s interface. Neither do they slow down processing the needed database requests.
- Issue 5: Your Trash folder is pretty heavy. In the same line with revisions, trash files do not affect your website’s performance. So, it’s up to you when you empty your WP trash.
Myth #6: WordPress Is For Laymen
Undeniable simplicity of WordPress gave rise to the myth that this tool is unprofessional. However, if WordPress CMS is novice-friendly and comprehensive, this by no means suggests that it’s for amateurs.
It took more than 10 years to develop the advanced and straightforward WordPress CMS. Currently, many nation-wide corporations and governmental institutions choose WordPress over other CMSs as it’s the most accomplished and all-encompassing CMS available. To name just a few, the big cheeses that went for WordPress are Ford Motor Company, Bloomberg Professional, Sweden’s Official Website, Boingo, The Walt Disney Company, etc.
Myth #7: Your Site’s Design Doesn’t Matter
Some say that WordPress is so great that it yields you a high-converting website even if you skimp on the design part of it. This myth surmises that one of the default WordPress themes would be just enough to underpin your idiosyncratic web presence.
However, not investing into the UI of your website is a crime for the majority of modern website owners. Your site’s design matters a lot: it gives your website its identity, its feel and atmosphere. It turns browsing your website into a captivating journey. So, if you want your website to boost sales and promote brand recognition, you can’t do without supplying it with an eye-candy interface.
Fortunately, at present, you don’t have to hire a web designer to handcraft a costly custom-tailored site design. To save both time and money, you can go for one of the modern WordPress themes. If the theme that you choose is high-quality and feature-rich, you’ll astound your competition by launching a trendsetting WordPress site in record time. To find such a faultless theme, drop by the largest template online marketplaces to find the theme that meets your professional vision.
In fact, it’s hard not to be impressed by what modern WordPress themes can deliver. For example, the all-in-one Imperion WordPress template brings you 6 fully-fledged website skins, a batch of niche-oriented premium plugins and the intuitive Elementor Builder that provides for effortless WYSIWYG website customization.
Being the most popular CMS in the world, WordPress is surrounded not only by users’ awe, but also by a thick pack of misconceptions. ‘WordPress myths’ depart from the truth with their seemingly plausible, warped concepts. Having read this article, you won’t take the bait as you’ve been through debunking the top 7 WordPress myths with me.
Best of all, you know all the immaculate truth about WordPress from now on. What’s next? It’s time to cast hesitation aside and go for powering your foremost online presence with the CMS you can rely on. I wish you power your dream WordPress website hassle-free and take your business to a whole different level of success with it!
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