WordPress

WordPress: Advantages and Disadvantages

May Lynne Barrameda - April 7, 2020

WordPress is among the top ten tools for building websites today. It was created through the combined efforts of open-source communities. Initially used as a blogging platform, it has now grown into a content management system (CMS) used by different individuals, organisations and companies. In this post, we’ve listed some basic facts about WordPress and the pros and cons of using WordPress as your CMS.

What is WordPress?

For beginners, it may be difficult to distinguish WordPress.com from WordPress.org.

WordPress.com is a tool with free but limited features. The free plan includes a WordPress blog, which is hosted under a subdomain. While WordPress.com offers  subscription plans with more features, there are still a number of limitations.

WordPress.org, on the other hand, offers more control at a cost. In this article, we will be focusing on WordPress.org as  it has the most features that cater to the needs of businesses.

Is WordPress free?

The WordPress CMS platform itself is free. But before you are able to use it, securing a domain name and subscribing to a web hosting service are the initial necessary steps. Once you’re done with both, you can install WordPress on your web server.

Wix vs. WordPress

The main difference between the two website builders boils down to their function. WordPress is a software that you install, while Wix can only be used by signing up with them. If you need Wix without all the ads, then you’ll have to pay for a subscription. Below are Wix’s subscription plans:

US$4.50/month
Features
Bandwidth: 1 GB
Storage: 500 MB
Users can connect their domain

US$8.50/month
Features
Bandwidth: 2 GB
Storage: 3 GB
Users can connect their domain
Wix Ads removed
Domain is free for a year
30 video minutes

US$12.50/month
Features
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Storage: 10 GB
Users can connect their domain
Wix ads removed
Domain is free for a year
1 video hour
Site Booster App valued at US$60
Visitor Analytics App valued at $60

US$24.50/month
Features
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Storage: 20 GB
Users can connect their domain
Wix ads removed
Domain is free for a year
2 video hours
Site Booster App valued at US$60
Visitor Analytics App valued at $60
Professional Logo valued at $50
Social Media Logo files
Priority Response
VIP Support

Maintaining a WordPress website isn’t set at a fixed price. You’ll need to secure a domain which is more or less around US$10. Hosting is also required and the costs start at $2.59, depending on the package and the provider. Expect to pay for some plugins as well. They help optimise and secure your website.

Wix is easily the more user-friendly option of the two platforms. But if you’re looking for a fully customisable platform, WordPress is the way to go. Both Wix and WordPress can be used for building an eCommerce site.

The Advantages of WordPress

Tons of WordPress Themes to Choose From

Minimal coding experience is required because of the existence of WordPress templates. With so many choices, it’s impossible not to find a theme that works well with your business. 

If you want an economical way of putting up a website, you can choose the free WordPress templates. If you want to level up your website, you can further customise it through coding. Companies like CX Vibrancy can make these themes work with your WordPress website so you don’t need to think about designing and coding it.

You can Integrate WordPress Plugins to Enhance the Features of Your Website

There are many WordPress plugins available to make life more convenient for both you and your website visitors. These range from security and SEO tools for maintaining your website to social media buttons and live chat features for your users.

WordPress Blogs and Websites are SEO-ready

In this digital age, search engine optimisation is paramount if you want potential customers to discover your products or services online. SEO marketing combined with the right plugins, tools and a good WordPress theme can make your digital marketing campaigns efficient and successful. 

With Google’s strict algorithms, it takes a lot of effort to achieve a good rank on SERPs. In this sense, you will also need competitive WordPress SEO plugin to measure the performance of your website based on the search engine giant’s standards. 

The Disadvantages of WordPress

The Maintenance of a WordPress Website Costs Money and Time

A website, although considered an investment, might cost you more money than necessary if you don’t know which features you need. You might end up paying for services only to realise that you don’t really need them, or that there’s a workaround. And learning  everything from scratch takes a lot of time and effort.

Constant Updates are Necessary

Your website will be vulnerable to hackers if you don’t regularly update WordPress and all the tools and plugins you’ve installed on your CMS. Some plugins also don’t get an update, so you have to be careful when choosing them.

A Fully Customised Website Requires Coding Skills

At some point, there will be needs that cannot be fulfilled by your current WordPress theme, whether it be a template or a custom-built design.Making adjustments using HTML, CSS or even PHP will be necessary and learning an entirely new coding language can be  impractical if you want to concentrate on growing your business.

How can CX Vibrancy help with your WordPress website?

With our team of highly trained specialists supporting your WordPress site, you won’t have to worry about the disadvantages we listed because we are highly trained to do them all. We are here to listen to you and deliver a design that best suits your business needs.

We don’t stop at designing your WordPress website. We set up tools and plugins to keep your website secure, responsive and SEO-friendly. 

May Lynne Barrameda
May Lynne is one of CX Vibrancy’s web designers and writers. She likes challenges, whether it’s hiking Nusa Penida’s perilous Kelingking Beach in Bali or simply figuring out a layout that works best for clients. In her spare time, she plays games on her Switch and draws for fun.
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