WordPress is the most popular content management system for building a site. And yet, there is a lot of misinformation on the web about it. So, the purpose of this post is to set the record straight about some of the most common misconceptions about WordPress.
WordPress Is Only For Blogging
WordPress began as a blogging platform, and for this reason, is arguably the best solution you can find if you do want to blog. However, WordPress has evolved into a powerful Website Content Management System. In fact, WordPress is the Top Content Management System powering 35% of the Internet! WordPress is used for business sites (large and small), online portfolios, membership sites, e-commerce stores, community forums, online learning management portals and more.
WordPress Is Hard To Learn
People often say that WordPress is for techies. But with changes in recent years, WordPress has become much more accessible for beginners. By using the block editor, the average user will not need to learn any code. WordPress is for everyone!
No matter which platform you choose, there will be a learning curve. We recommend that you start by learning WordPress right from the beginning. It will be time well spent.
You need to buy a WordPress theme
Premium WordPress themes (that you purchase from a third party) are not necessary. In fact, premium themes often rely on builder plugins, and we don’t like builder plugins. So many of our students have come to our workshop completely frustrated with WordPress. But the problem has often been not with WordPress but that their website was built using a page builder.
The most important first step is to choose the right theme. We admit that new users will find the number of available themes to be overwhelming. Let us save you a ton of time, we recommend the Astra theme. Astra is free, fast, and fully customizable.
WordPress Is More Expensive Than Other Platforms
WordPress itself is open-sourced that means that it is free. To run a WordPress site you will need to purchase website hosting. In our experience, by the time you add on all the features you want with other platforms. You’re paying more than you would with a self-hosted WordPres.org site.
We talk more about how much it costs to run a website in our free mini-course How To Start A Website in 4 Easy Steps.
WordPress Isn’t Secure
The WordPress development team pushes out regular updates to WP core. Plugin and theme authors will also release regular updates. These developers are able to stave off attacks before they become a problem to WordPress users.
When a WordPress website is hacked, it is usually the fault of the end-user and not the fault of WordPress. If a user has a very insecure password, and they fail to keep WordPress up-to-date they are begging for trouble.
Many Web hosts now offer WordPress Managed Hosting plans and they ensure that they harden the security of their servers for WordPress.
The Site Health Status screen in the WordPress dashboard is one way that WordPress notifies you when your website needs attention. WordPress has been taking steps (such as auto-updates) to make it easy for you to keep your site current, secure, and running at peak performance.
Reasons To Choose WordPress
There are so many reasons to love WordPress. And as it grows and evolves, it is becoming an even more powerful platform for business websites and for personal blogs. Here are the takeaways we want you to remember about WordPress:
- WordPress is much more than a blogging platform
- WordPress is easy to learn (and much more flexible with the block editor)
- You do NOT have to purchase a theme
- WordPress is an affordable platform with thousands of free plugins
- WordPress is secure
Still have questions? Leave it in the comments and we’ll talk all things WordPress with you.
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