The are a few untruths out there about WordPress. Although about 17% of the top 1 million most popular Websites are powered by WordPress and over 56 million Websites are powered by WordPress, there are common misconceptions that remain. WordPress powers more Websites than any other Content Management System (CMS) for good reason; it is outstanding at its intended use which is powering Websites.
Below I therefore address some of the fictional statements I hear fairly often.
WordPress is easily hacked
More WordPress Websites are likely hacked than other Websites powered by other software for a simple reason; more Websites are powered by WordPress than any other CMS. I help many people with hacked Websites and the reason that a WordPress Site is hacked is almost always as a result of;
- WordPress software, Plugins or Themes aren’t kept up to date or
- Weak passwords are used or a username of admin is used or
- The hacker has gained entry through the Wehost (this is by far the most common cause of a hacked WordPress Website)
Here are a few things to make sure your Site is better protected; apply software updates as they become available, only use Themes and Plugins listed on WordPress.org (and that have been tested with your version of WordPress), always use a good Webhost (ask me if you want recommendations), use strong and unique passwords and, finally, make sure that you have current backups of your Site (some great tools/services include VaultPress and BackupBuddy)
WordPress Websites all look the same
WordPress started life as Blogging software. Because, especially way back, Blogs have similar intents they have similar layouts (e.g. Posts in date order on the Home Page). WordPress has evolved significantly over the years and the licensing structure of WordPress where people are encouraged to code and contribute has meant very diverse functionality and appearances are available for WordPress Websites.
The look of a WordPress Website is defined by a Theme. There are essentially three theme categories; free Themes, premium Themes (remuneration for the Theme, updates or support is usually paid) and custom Themes (where a Theme is made specifically for a single Website). The styling possibilities are essentially limitless when it comes to Themes. The below two Websites are both WordPress powered but there are thousands more awesome looking WordPress Sites.
Disclaimer: I’m biased – the Square Bar Website was coded by me.
Hint: When choosing a free Theme only use one of the many Themes listed in the WordPress repository. For Premium Themes only use Themes from vendors endorsed as commercial Theme suppliers by WordPress. Trust me, I’ve seen too many Websites ‘gone wrong’ or hacked due to using Themes not coded properly (all Themes listed on wordpress.org have undergone a certain amount of standards testing thereby reducing the risk of security or coding flaws).
The isn’t any WordPress Support
WordPress is free software. As the software is free there really should be a reasonable expectation that there isn’t any support available (support costs money). Fortunately there is an absolute abundance of help available. I’m therefore amazed when I hear of people saying that there isn’t any help; just Google any WordPress question you may have and it’s likely that you’ll have thousands of forum discussions, Blog Posts or other means of help available for the exact question you seek an answer for. There are also many people and companies that provide WordPress support for a fee (I provide WordPress support on an hourly charge basis). To say that there isn’t WordPress support available is just nonsense.
Here are a few of the free WordPress help resources:
- Your WordPress Website (login to your Website Dashboard and look in the top right corner for the help tab)
- Official WordPress documentation
- WordPress help and information videos
- WordPress Support forums
- Most free Themes and Plugins have help available on at the developers Website
There we have it. Hopefully some of the concerns you may have about getting a WordPress Website have been addressed. Contact me if you’d like more information about WordPress.