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Addressing Common Misconceptions About WordPress

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While the benefits of WordPress are well-known, it is still plagued by common misconceptions about its weaknesses. Let’s address that.

For sites that publish content rapidly for audiences in the millions, WordPress is the platform of choice. This includes major newspapers, broadcast TV networks, nonprofits, foundations, and brands. Its ease of use, stability, and scalability make WordPress the right tool to help online publishers reach their audiences quickly. 

While the many benefits of WordPress are well-known — it’s free and open-source, it features a user-friendly content editor, it makes SEO easy, etc. — it’s plagued by misconceptions about its perceived weaknesses. Common misapprehensions include: 

“WordPress can’t support large sites.”

“WordPress doesn’t have enough functionality to meet my site’s needs.” 

“Design options are limited in WordPress.”

“It’s difficult to manage content in WordPress.”

Perhaps you’ve experienced these very things — maybe you’ve been responsible for managing the content on a WordPress site, and you’ve found it confusing and difficult. Or maybe you’ve wanted to make design changes, only to be told that those changes weren’t possible. These types of frustrations aren’t the result of WordPress itself, but instead result from less-than-stellar implementations. 

So let’s get to some myth-busting: 

Myth: WordPress doesn’t support large sites.

Not only is WordPress capable of supporting large sites, but it powers some of the largest sites on the web, many containing over a million unique articles, and serving over 50,000 concurrent user sessions.

Paired with expert engineering practices, it is a great choice for building a site to perform at scale. Skilled enterprise WordPress engineers use best practices including a combination of automated testing and peer review of every line of code in order to avoid introducing bugs or insecurities or slowing down sites.

In addition, there are many enterprise WordPress hosting platforms who specialize in maintaining a robust infrastructure that is tuned to running WordPress at scale — including using smart caching strategies and serving static assets from a fast content delivery network (CDN). WordPress is a proven solution for large, heavily-trafficked sites.

Myth: WordPress doesn’t have enough functionality to meet my website’s needs.

WordPress can be customized to implement virtually any type of software feature needed on the web. It also supports custom development and third-party application integration via APIs. This has gotten easier over time as the CMS continues to grow; the active community of WordPress Core developers has paved the way for enterprise developers and services over the past decade, accelerating its capabilities.

In addition, WordPress ships with a robust set of features that can speed up the development of your website. Its deep library of plugins can be tapped to address such disparate needs as multilingual functionality, search engine optimization (SEO), and customer relationship management (CRM) integrations. These are vetted to meet rigorous code review standards as well as those of enterprise hosting platforms. 

Myth: Design options are limited in WordPress.

WordPress sites can be fully customized, with no limitations on a website’s look and feel, interface, or navigation structure. 

If you’ve experienced design limitations using WordPress, you were likely using an off-the-shelf theme. These prepackaged themes are helpful for those with limited resources, but they aren’t the right approach for larger organizations that need a custom design, scalability, flexibility, and high performance.

Further expanding possibilities for user experience and design, WordPress can be used as a CMS that is “decoupled” from the website front end. A decoupled or “headless” architecture is popular for organizations that deliver content across various channels, including the web, native apps, smart home devices, and third-party apps. In a decoupled implementation, WordPress is used for content management, while a separate front-end component dedicated to the user experience communicates with the CMS via an API. 

Myth: It’s difficult to manage content in WordPress.

The WordPress block editor, known as Gutenberg, has transformed the experience of publishing content via the CMS.

Editors can use Gutenberg to quickly create media-rich pages and posts and to control their layout with ease. Just like playing with physical blocks, the WordPress block editor’s modular approach allows template components to be quickly added and rearranged, giving users the freedom to create content in an intuitive way — without needing to know how to use shortcodes or custom HTML. This lets editors and content producers do their jobs seamlessly with technology that supports their work, rather than hinders it.

In addition to proper implementation, proper training in your instance of WordPress is also key.

Over the years, we have found that folks who are wary of the CMS have been asked to use it without adequate training or support. The goal should always be to pair this user-friendly CMS with personalized training that helps teams get the most out of it. This sets website content managers up for success, giving them the deep understanding they need to make use of their new CMS without fear, taking full advantage of its powerful feature set.

Fact: Old rumors die hard. 

There are many reasons why countless publishers across industries use WordPress. The platform’s limitless functionality possibilities, endless design freedoms, and unrivaled editorial interface are a few examples. WordPress has been used for enterprise websites and other digital products for over a decade now and can be trusted as the core content management and delivery platform for your business.

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Why are big brands using WordPress?

Leading enterprise brands choose WordPress for its versatility, scalability, and robust ecosystem of plugins. It offers flexibility to create performant, feature-rich websites while providing a user-friendly interface for content management, where businesses can be confident that they have total ownership of their code. Additionally, WordPress has cultivated a vast service provider layer, helping enterprises avoid vendor lock-in through a diverse range of support options.

How is WordPress Free?

WordPress is free to use because it is an open-source platform. This means its source code is freely available for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. Updates are managed by a community of experienced digital professionals who are driven by their belief in open source.

Many of the agencies who work with WordPress are also signatories of Five for the Future, an initiative where organizations contribute five percent of their resources to WordPress development to ensure its long-term sustainability.

How scalable is WordPress?

WordPress is highly scalable and capable of handling websites of all sizes, it can easily be scaled vertically and horizontally leveraging either cloud or bare metal infrastructure. WordPress’s adaptable architecture allows developers to easily accommodate increasing traffic and expanding content.

While WordPress is scaleable out of the box, multiple cloud providers and web hosts offer enhanced scalability through leveraging WordPress’s powerful abstraction layers that allow the use of endless possibilities of distributed database servers, distributed memory object caching servers, and all prominent web servers.

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Distinguished as the CMS of choice by the world’s biggest brands, WordPress stands as a testament to its reliability, versatility, and proven ability to elevate digital experiences.

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