WordPress, Why the Bad Press?

Published: 8th August 2018

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WordPress has been with us since 2003 and it's certainly come a long way from the blogging platform it started out as. Indeed today's WordPress can be considered a fully fledged CMS. Yet still it can't seem to shake its past and can still get a bad rep, is this justified or does the platform deserve a little more respect?

Here at UFMedia we love WordPress and as such we use it for over 90% of our web projects, to date we’ve not had any issues scaling the platform to meet our client’s requirements and it would seem we’re not alone! The guys over at Tech Native have written a great article on this very topic, take a look here:

WordPress is No Longer “Just for Blogs” – For WordPress, It’s Showtime

 

We were especially interested to see just how many of the top websites around the world (in terms of traffic) are powered by WordPress:

The idea that WordPress is for small sites also harkens back more than a decade to its roots as a blogging platform. Today, out of the top 200,000 largest websites (measured by traffic), WordPress powers more of them than any other CMS. This is the very definition of being scalable. The list of enterprises that WordPress now supports is long and impressive. It serves as clear proof that the platform is already successfully scaling to the degree demanded by some of the world’s most complex and trafficked websites. Companies using WordPress include BBC America, Mercedes-Benz, The City of New York, Network Rail and Walt Disney.

It’s also amazing to think that WordPress coupled with the wooCommerce plugin (A free plugin with optional paid addons) has a greater market share than Shopify with Magento the go to enterprise level e-commerce solution miles behind!

WooCommerce, a popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress, currently powers more than 40% of all eCommerce stores – that’s far more than any other platform. In fact, it’s six times more popular than the next-most-popular eCommerce solution (Shopify), and ten times more than Magento.

Of course WordPress is open source as are many amazing platforms we know and love today! Open source licensing removes proprietary limitations and restrictions, allowing developers full access to the system which they can alter in any conceivable way. This leads to truly creative and incredible new features free for all to benefit from and enjoy.

This is why open source platforms comprise many of the most exciting areas of tech today: operating systems (Linux), databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis), web (WordPress), big data (Hadoop), DevOps (Kubernetes) and mobile (Android). It’s open for external development, and it’s not driven by profit. Rather, it’s fueled by the desire to improve.

Security is often a concern when people talk about open source system such as WordPress but again Tech Native have covered this in their article. Essentially so long as you keep everything up to date and ensure any code you add to your system is written well, you should be fine… of course nothing is 100% safe online unfortunately.

WordPress is in fact quite secure, as long as it’s kept up to date. This is true of all software, from your phone and laptop to your CMS. Its open source nature means there are thousands of developers in the WordPress community constantly testing and patching security vulnerabilities in the WordPress core software, and enhanced security features regularly roll out with each WordPress update. Additional security precautions can and should be taken to enhance these efforts, but that is not an anomaly specific to WordPress – it’s true of all software that is connected to the Internet. 

We’d recommend giving the whole article a read as it certainly further debunks some of the bad press still surrounding WordPress. Our last, favourite and probably the most important quote to take away from all this.

It’s for all of these reasons I’m confident that WordPress will not only shed its outdated image, it will continue to fuel innovation and growth – for both SMBs and the enterprise – for many years to come.


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