WordPress Websites, Myth-busters Version

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According to w3techs, WordPress powers 25.4% of all websites.

If you ask the pro-supporters they can give you tons of reasons why this number is on the rise. But ask the not-so-tech-savvy folks, you'll get the complete opposite reaction.

If you ask the pro-supporters they can give you tons of reasons why this number is on the rise. But ask the not-so-tech-savvy folks, you'll get the complete opposite reaction. WordPress Websites, Myth-busters Version

WordPress is the choice of many because it is user-friendly once it's setup correctly and operational. It allows you the functionality that you wouldn't have had access to several years ago, and you have control over your website.

I agree that WordPress is perfect for most business users, but there is always a downside to the up. 

This reminds me of when I put on my big girl pants and got my first “real” job. I had a few options, and there was one company that I wanted to work for. Not being sure of my choice, I did what I do best, go to dad for advice.

As we talked about the opportunity, I convincingly gave all the pluses. He then added the drawbacks of each bonus item I spouted. At the time, I thought it was his way of gently saying don’t take the job. 

In hindsight, I realized that he wanted me to go in clear-headed and to know what I was getting into. We tend to listen to only the fluff side of the argument and forget the bad until it's time to hit it head-on.

I did take the job, and he totally supported me. It was great to do so with a clear idea that it wouldn't be all peaches and cream that helped me when it was time to make the tough decisions.

So instead of writing a gooey, feel good, you need to do this article I am going to give you the downside of top reasons to use WordPress. 

Reason 1: It has an active community.

There is a whole slew of help out there, everything from Codex and the support forum to Word Camps in your cities. Some of the best and brightest are there to give you help that you need.

But…there is no hand holding for you. Most will give you the snippets of code that you need or the steps to take to fix the issue, but they are not there to hold your hand or do it for you. And, the information can be overwhelming with several viewpoints and fixes for one question.

The beauty is that the help is there and easy to find, the downside is that there is a lot of information and can be overwhelming for the beginner user.

Reason 2: Easy to set-up and use.

There is no need to know the code, learn various programs or have a webmaster on staff. I like to say if you can use Word (or Pages for my Mac geeks) then you can use WordPress.

Setting it up, well that’s a different story. I have lots of people call me to consult because they are stuck once they decide to use WordPress. Mostly because they want some customizing to their theme of choice or on the flip side, have too many choices to make.

Getting your site set up correctly from the get-go is crucial, and I highly recommend that you have it done for you if you are a complete novice or just beginning. Believe me, when I say it will save you tons of time getting your site up and running.

The best part of WordPress is the ease of use; the downside is that setting it up takes a little know-how and planning.

Reason 3: Hundreds of plugins to add functionality to your site.

Hundred is an understatement. A shitload would be more like it. There is a plugin for most anything. That saves you custom coding to be able to book an appointment, gather a testimonial or add a shopping cart.

But too much of a good thing can be harmful. With each plugin, there is a chance that it can “break” your site and conflict with another. Some are resource hogs that will slow your site down. Others can be poorly coded and cause problems.

You need to know what functions are best as a plugin or coded into your theme. Deciding which option is best takes someone with some knowledge because without knowing the proper code you will break your site. 

Having a dynamic website has never been easier but adding too many bells and whistles can cause analysis paralysis for your user or worse slow your site down, so they don’t want to stay.

Reason 4: Search engine friendly

On top of having a great coded site and optimal plugins, it had never been easier to get some SEO juice to get found on the interweb. From pretty URLs to easy to add links, getting Google to recognize your content has never been easier. 

Search engines love fresh content and some other strategies. While WordPress makes it easy to designate what you are trying to rank for, you still need to know the strategies or find someone who does.

You also need to keep it going with fresh content. You cannot expect to create a lovely site with all your information, and then let it sit and marinate. Fresh content is the key to ranking.

Google love WordPress, well almost. Google loves fresh, and relevant content and WordPress makes it easy for Google to find such content.

Reason 5: It’s cost-effective because it's free.

Because it is open-source, there is no cost to get the files that makeup WordPress. There are also many free themes and plugins, so you do have everything at your fingertips to get started. 

Well, almost everything. To begin you need to put everything somewhere and this is where the free ends. Hosting, while fairly inexpensive, is still a cost. Without a host, you don’t have a site. Enough said.

Then add on premium themes and plugins, free just went out the window. Not to mention the help you will need to get everything set up correctly. See where I’m going. 

To make it appealing, you need some eye-catching images, a header, and some styling. Calling all graphic artists. Words, without great copy your site will be shit. Send in the copywriters. Not so free anymore huh?

WordPress is a free program but investing in your business is not. The downside, you need to invest in your business and gather a team that is going to contribute to making your site work for you.

Bottom line…

WordPress is the way to go if you want an easy to use and maintain a website. You do need to know that not everything is puppy breath and unicorn farts because it takes work to keep it hip and happening.

If you want a web presence that you have control over and can easily make changes to the look and feel, WordPress is your choice. You don’t need to be afraid to take the leap or continue to be stuck and overwhelmed

Stop letting the myths of WordPress hold you back from having the site of your dreams. What's holding you back?

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