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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.
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.
3. 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
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.