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Why Wordpress won’t take over the world any time soon

Author -  Rebecca Caroe

Why Wordpress won’t take over the world any time soon

Last week there were a flurry of articles about WordPress the open source blogging platform because it released the fabulous statistic that:

  • WordPress is now powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world
  • 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress

Both well-designed statements guaranteed to get the “bloggerati” hyped up to re-quote. We picked up David Terrar writing on Cloud Ave who makes six excellent points to counter the assertion that WP will take over the world.

  1. It’s a blogging tool not a content management system (CMS)
  2. There are lots of widgets and plug ins that can conflict with each other as none are exhaustively tested
  3. Software updates can be problematic - mainly because of reasons 1 & 2 above
  4. It wasn’t designed to make SEO or social media-friendly pages. it would be so much better if the SEO possibilities were designed in to the core of the platform from scratch
  5. There’s a large pool of worldwide expertise
  6. It’s free open source - but this serves to conceal the costs for a business who yokes its website harness to a moving horizon platform that’s un-controlled. Hackers are rampant in this space and can be a very costly impact on a business.

Naturally, David got drawn into a few others’ articles. We weighed in to the argument commenting on BruceB’s site - Here’s what we said in response to his assertion that David was a “contrarian” by disagreeing with WP:

The main point you fail to make clearly is that there are LIMITS to Wordpress and a small business should recognize that Wordpress may not be a permanent solution. Here are the situations in which you should not choose Wordpress: 
     -  if your website has a very large number of pages that change regularly
if you want integration with a shopping cart and credit card merchant 
        services (not Paypal) 
if you don't have time or money to pay someone to track the security status 
        and watch for breaches and hacks 
if you use a lot of plugins and find (as we did) that they conflict with 
        each other

And lastly, if your business is growing fast, using online as a medium to reach your customers, you will do better to upgrade to an enterprise level content management system. Pick one that's designed to be a business CMS not a blogging platform.

It must be said that BruceB focuses on small business IT advice and we are honestly NOT saying that Contegro is the right tool for this audience. You need to be a mid-sized enterprise whose business is critically dependent on its website and revenues or customer relationship management is run online or using online tools.

As a Web Designer, how do I know which CMS to choose?

Does this discussion leave you confused and uncertain? We’ve got a quick checklist to help you pick the right solution for your clients:

  1. Am I designing a website for a medium sized enterprise?
  2. Is the business actively using its website as part of integrated online marketing?
  3. Are any financial transactions going through (or planned to go through) the website shopping cart or purchase order system?

If you answered “Yes” to any one of these, don’t choose an open source CMS. Play it safe and get your client a scalable, hosted and overall secure CMS that does what it’s designed to do. Manage the content on a website. Not host a blog.


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