WordPress Users Beware: 19 Main Disadvantages of Using WordPress

WordPress Users Beware: 19 Disadvantages of Using WordPress

This post is written by a guest author.

WordPress without a doubt is an influential content management system that allows people to build user-friendly websites in a few minutes. It offers a ton of powerful themes, plugins, and tools that let you create pretty much anything. Despite all these features, WordPress has some severe pitfalls that can affect your online presence.

Being a WordPress site owner, it is essential for you to consider the common flaws within the platform and make it more compelling.  The thing is that most WordPress users overlook the issues and problems that WordPress presents, which leads to losing potential visitors.

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Here we bring you the 20 main disadvantages of using WordPress:

1. Unsecure CMS platform

Hackers and spammers usually target WordPress sites because WordPress is the most widely used CMS platforms worldwide. Due to this fact, your site is more vulnerable to security hacks and malicious activities. Well, you can strengthen the security of your site by making the use of the most reliable security plugins. Elegant themes’s blog provides a list of the top 7 security plugins for WordPress.

2. Incomplete and inconsistent documentation

If you are a WordPress user, then you probably came across the WordPress codes feature pages that contained a notice inviting people to document the function. If you haven’t, here’s an example.

To solve this issue, you need to spend extra time in examining the source code to know whether these features exist or not.

troubleshooting wordpress3. Confusion between “Discussion” and “Comments” options

Common problem: many site owners who get confused between these two options.

So let’s set you straight. Discussion allows you to control whether comments are active for that particular content or not. On the other hand, the “Comments” option will be noticeable from the screen that shows multiple posts and pages of your site, but it won’t exist in the individual post’s “Screen options”.  You’re welcome.

4. Includes complex technical code

You may need to write a lot of complicated technical code while creating custom post types, taxonomies, etc. While other CMS platforms have a user-friendly graphical interface to create the Key tasks, WordPress requires more technical skills to do the same.

5. No Support

In most cases, WordPress doesn’t provide technical support to their end users. It crowdsources its support through the robust WP community only. You can find various support forums that are left unsolved or unanswered that make things more complicated than they need to be.

6. Unawareness about the term “slug”

Most of the WordPress site owners don’t even know the term “slug”. It is a part of the permalink after the domain name that helps you improve the ranking of your site on search engines. But most of the novice users are puzzled over enabling this feature.


7. Scalability issues with data model

You may find scalability issues in the data model for post and user meta. There are workarounds for this particular task. But it becomes even more difficult when it comes to eCommerce plugins that use custom post types.

8. Complicated multisite configuration process

The WordPress multisite configuration process requires deep technical knowledge. It requires in-depth programming and coding skills that configure your multisite quickly and efficiently.

9. MYSQL as a database

WordPress can only utilize MySQL as a database backend that allows hackers to easily hack your site. Until the release of 3.9 WordPress version, it was making the use of older MySQL driver, but now it uses MySQLi that is more reliable and secure.

10. PHP Problems

Most of the web developers discontinue working on WordPress as it is written in PHP, and if they want to modify the functionality of a site, they will have to learn PHP coding, which, as you may find, is a language many coders are not extremely fond of.


11. User-generated Content

WordPress treats registered users as the site owners or editors. And the login and profile pages, by default, are designed as admin pages.

However, it is a complicated affair to enable users to create any type of content other than a comment from a non-admin page. In fact, creating a highly community-based website such as Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube on the WordPress platform is a daunting task.

12. Automatic Upgrades

Automatic Upgrades is more of a bane than a boon. Therefore, it is best for you to disable the ability to update themes and plugins; otherwise, you will constantly encounter the problems related to the automatic upgrades.

You never know how your website will react to a plugin update or how well the update has been programmed so it’s best to update your themes and plugins manually.

13. Bloated code

Bloated code is also a serious issue. Actually, the WYSIWYG editor generates bad HTML, and most of the themes and plugins are bloated.

To overcome this situation, you need to install the HTML/CSS/JS minifiers. But make sure that you don’t get the wrong ones; otherwise, they will destroy your CPU by altering every request.

14. Incompatible with web app development tools

One of the biggest disadvantages of using WordPress is that it is incompatible with the Angular.js and other web app development tools.

15. Free themes

There are many free themes that come with various tempting offers that contain hidden codes, links, etc. Instead of buying any third-party theme, you should purchase a WordPress theme for your website to avoid such issues.

16. Expensive paid themes and plugins

Usually, premium themes and plugins are too expensive to buy. It becomes very difficult for small business site owners to buy paid themes and plugins. Regular updates make it even more difficult to manage a site efficiently.

17. Customization can be a double-edged sword

WordPress is a highly-customizable platform that allows site owners to tweak the overall look and feel of a site in a matter of few seconds. But sometimes it becomes difficult especially for beginners to properly customize their site as they don’t have in-depth technical knowledge.

18. SEO issues

As we know WordPress is the SEO-friendly platform that automatically optimizes your site and boosts its ranking on various search engine platforms. But in reality, almost every open source content management is SEO-friendly. WordPress can easily create SEO problems if you don’t have in-depth knowledge about the SEO-techniques.

The major issue is the tagging and category system utilized by WordPress, which can create duplicates and also create a confusing site map with pages that have thin content on them

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19. Coding

If you want to intensify the Graphics, then you need to learn CSS and HTML coding.


WordPress is a great platform for developing high-quality websites, but like any other software, this platform also has some demerits or disadvantages that could leave you in high water. To avoid such situations, you can enhance the security of your site and use all the advanced features to boost its overall performance.

Maggie Sawyer is a WordPress Developer by profession and writer by hobby. She works for Markuphq Ltd., which is an expert in providing best psd to wordpress service to global clients. Connect with her on Google+ and Twitter.
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  • David Hughes

    I just knew there was a good reason I never used it!! 🙂

  • james

    completely disagree with some points) wordpress is great tool and because its so popular cost of support will be cheaper then any other platform, especially those that require monthly subscription

    but what other platform do you suggest if WP is that ‘bad’?

    • james

      also, how can you comment on fact that adngin.com is made on WordPress platform? =)

      • Hi James,
        Thanks for commenting. This is a guest post so it doesn’t really reflect my opinion as the Webmaster of this website. However, we welcome other opinions and I have learned a few disadvantages to using WP. By the way I really like Medium and Ghost as alternative CMSs.

    • Adarsh

      .net framework 🙂

    • ive been using drupal for almost 10 years. drupal beats wordpress hands down.

  • Gaurang Dabhi

    Clearly whoever wrote this was drunk.

    WP powers 27% websites of the web. So you mean to say all those people are fool, right ? Because they choose WP.

    “Expensive paid themes and plugins” – Really ?

  • Long

    This site using WP too =))

  • kriya

    Agreed with some points related to plugins and themes, but support by wordpress is really good. My issues were very quickly resolved related to my wordpress blog.

  • WordPress is the #1 cms platform. Is this post paid?

  • Vlad Dvernik

    If you are happy with a small website, dont really care about design details and happy to compromise and have a cookie cutter page. WP is for you!
    If you want to have a full control of a website and look exactly as you want, stay away of WP.
    Yes you probably can make a great site with WP but the cost is dramatic!

    some examples:
    Page builder… You can build page very fast… but at the cost of having a lot of extra code of a page builder!
    All you website content forever will be included in dosens of page builder divs!

    Imaging the 3D printer builds the house in 1 day… but you cannot remove 3D printer frame. It has to stay there around the house forever and support the structure. All you can do is to paint this bulk frame to the same color!
    And if you want to change the window lets say put round window instead of rectangular — you probably need to replace entire wall if not entire house!

    Free plugins are only shit plugins! If Plugin is any good you have to either pay or include reference!
    Plugins are overlapping each other and you end up with 15 or 20 css files and 15 – 20 js files!

    The page becomes very very heavy!

    Then you need another plugin to take care, order and minify of those 40 css and js files.

    But some js or css files cannot be minified due to changing the execution order some features like slide show or similar might stop working.

    so you need another plugin to set up the execution order!

    Then you have to think about security. You install some firewall that blocks attackers IPs…
    overtime this IP database grows up to 500mb space! and eventually will block your own IP and you cannot access admin part!

    Having that you need always keep an eye (ALWAY ALL YOUR WEBSITE LIFE) on plugins update! Which happens every week!
    Those plugins might not be compatible and if you decide do not update — this plugin will be hackable soon!

    Eventually You will have to find replacement for those shit free plugins and pay for them! For the rest of your life!

    If you working fast and making multiple websites for customers and dont care about future — use WP
    Make the web-site, satisfy customer, get paid and go away never see and support this web-site … or WP is for you!

    If you dont know the code and like checking checkboxes, using drop downs, drugging and dropping use WP… this is all you need to know to make a website get paid and run away!

    making a nice big website at WP you end up with a monster monkey with a grenade! Day and night you have to set up a watch to look after this monkey! Checking every step and movement!

    WordPress is a mess!

  • AtotheJ

    Are we reading the same article? Cleary folks, this article is not saying WordPress is no good. And its not discouraging using the platform. The author is a wordpress developer herself. It seems to be written to make the novice shy away from doing everything on their own, which is where expert help like hers comes in. If you’ve been around you know that people make wordpress seem so easy to work with and the only answer for those who want to manage a site diy style. But the internet is crowded by amateurs who who rely on wordpress templates to make a quick buck regardless if its the right solution for the customers. This article makes the unaware client or up-and-coming designer understand that just because your webmaster says it will be easy for you to edit when he is done doesn’t mean its the perfect answer. There are drawbacks to everything. The author is simply stating some points to consider and even suggests work-arounds are possible on most of these. Makes sense to me. And what is written is not wrong.