WordPress is a tool for publishing websites and blogs that makes the whole process very smooth and simple. At the same time this method builds professional looking websites that look like the kinds of sites that people are familiar with, thereby ensuring that your website will look at least somewhat professional.
For these reasons WordPress has very much taken off as one of the most popular ways to produce a website or blog, but actually it is not without its flaws and there are several reasons why you might not want to use WordPress and why it is sometimes better to stick to hand-coded web design instead. Here we will look at some of those reasons.
When you use WordPress it will be obvious to anyone who has seen WordPress before. Now this might not matter to you seeing as so many professional companies and webmasters do use WordPress to design their sites.
However for some people this will be a negative point because it will mean that their site doesn’t look as intelligently hand crafted. By designing your own website from scratch, or hiring a service, you are displaying either technical skill or the resources and funds to be able to afford outsourcing – and either is going to show your business in a good light and be worth investing in as opposed to taking what could be seen as a ‘shortcut’ in the form of WordPress design.
Using WordPress is a very flexible tool no doubt and as web publishing suits go it’s hard to beat. Ultimately though you are still working within the confines of what WordPress is capable of achieving and that means that your sites will have a certain structure to them of posts and pages. This is all fine and well until you want to do something more unique with your website, or until you want to implement some new coding that will help you with SEO or with your monetization. What you need to remember is that WordPress is really designed for blogs and not for fully functional websites, and that you will also of course lose some freedom seeing as you aren’t interacting directly with the code.
You do see some incredible things achieved with WordPress and some highly functional designs – but to do this a company has often had to get to the bare bones of how the WordPress code functions so that they can design their own template or tweak the underlying structure. This is quite a complicated process seeing as you have to not only program your own site, but also learn the unique language of WordPress. If you are going to go to this trouble then why not design your own website from scratch and give yourself more flexibility with less effort.
There Are Security Issues
This isn’t a major factor as there are many defences you can create to help you protect your site. However by using WordPress on your own server you are instantly creating some potential security issues that otherwise wouldn’t be there.
Of course there is the possibility that someone other than yourself could simply log into your control panel, but more threatening is the idea that a scripted ‘robot’ could do this automatically and take advantage of the upload functions of the PHP in order to hack into your site. While this won’t be a real deterrent for most average users, it does mean that your government agencies aren’t going to want to be using WordPress to make their sites.