What are the disadvantages of WordPress?

disadvantages of WordPress

WordPress is a widely used popular CMS (content management system) platform used for website development offering you a free, easy-to-use, and secure platform. Despite its popularity and other extensive features and benefits, you have to think twice before choosing WordPress. Wordpress is a CMS, but it is better for users who are into publishing blogs. But it is not a good choice for someone who is planning to build a platform for an online community, digital downloads, online courses, etc, and expecting a business from it. There are some limitations to WordPress in providing all the features of a CMS platform.

Let's dive into the disadvantages of the WordPress platform:

  1. Additional plugins required for each special feature

  2. You have to choose the basic theme for the WordPress website first to customize the match the website with your brand or business, content, and images. After that additional plugin is to be added for each special feature on the website. A plugin is a software component with code used to add a specific functionality to the website. Each plugin is installed separately and has to be managed and updated for the functionalities to be performed better. Incorporating artificial intelligence plugins can enhance the website's capabilities, providing advanced features like chatbots or personalized recommendations. You have to ensure that the plugins are managed and updated regularly and align with the website.

  3. WordPress is open-source but not free

  4. WordPress is highly known for its open source. But it is not completely free. WordPress can be installed and used for free. The code can be accessed and modified by anyone in WordPress. But you will have to align your customizations with the upgrades. Maintenance of those customized versions of WordPress plugins are to be paid with license fees.

    WordPress blogging website can be extended by installing plugins such as Yoast SEO, Jetpack, WP Rocket, etc. Payment is made for each Commercialized plugin with specific functionalities.

  5. Lack of SEO Optimization

  6. WordPress doesn’t have many SEO features that are required for SEO experts. Plugins with SEO features like Yoast SEO, Redirection, etc are to be installed separately for optimizing websites. These SEO plugins available in WordPress are utilized in the website to rank in various search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Even then, a website cannot be completely optimized like website speed using these plugins. Even though WordPress is not a slow CMS, it may get slow sometimes.

  7. Vulnerability

  8. WordPress is an open-source platform with various plugins and themes available that any individuals or other companies create. So there are high chances of errors and other malicious code appearing. Security is the biggest threat WordPress faces. Hackers and spammers mostly target WordPress as it is the most widely used CMS platform. Many reports say WordPress is a frequently targeted CMS platform for cyberattacks. It is hard to keep the website safe even when all the WordPress security plugins are installed. Having blogs allowing comments or contact us forms can be spammed easily. It takes a lot of time to go through all the comments and emails. So these vulnerability affects the credibility of the website.

  9. Slow Page Speed

  10. Online users are tempted to exit from a site that has a delay in loading even for a few seconds. A website's slow page speed results in poor user experience. Having a lot of added plugins and oversaturated databases in WordPress causes the WordPress site to be slow. Large-sized images and a lot of contents also slows the website. So it is crucial to make the website load faster to make the visitors stay on the website. Or else, it would bring a negative impact in your business.

    So think twice before choosing WordPress even if it is well-known for its simplicity and cost-effective way to start a business online.