WordPress is a popular choice for many, but “set it and forget it” and you just might regret it.
Originally a tool for Blogging, WordPress has evolved into one of the most capable and easy to use content management systems for web-design on the market today.
With countless third-party plugins that can do everything from producing cool visual effects, to operating a shopping cart that processes payments, it’s easy to see why WordPress is becoming so popular.
Furthermore, the wide variety of themes available make designing an aesthetically pleasing site a breeze.
However, if you take use of WordPress lightly, you may find yourself in over your head before you realize.
One of the greatest drawbacks to using WordPress for your website is that it’s just not as secure as a traditional hand-coded site. New vulnerabilities are continually being discovered and exploited by hackers.
It is imperative that WordPress is kept up to date because the team behind WordPress does their best to patch these security vulnerabilities as they are discovered. The further out of date a WordPress site is, the more vulnerabilities are left unprotected.
Allow your site to fall too far out of date and you are placing yourself in serious risk of falling victim to a hacker. This can be especially dangerous if you are processing payments or any other sort of customer information on your site.
It gets more complicated.
For example; that plugin that works perfectly for use “x” has stopped working entirely after the last update… why?
These problems arise because the third party plugins that are available to WordPress are just that… third party. WordPress cannot take the specifications of each of the thousands of available plugins into consideration when they create a new update. Often changes on the backend can leave your plugins defunct.
What Should You Do?
If all of this sounds daunting to you, you’re not alone. While WordPress is easy enough to use that many are capable of creating their own site with it, hiring an experienced web developer to build and manage your website may be a wise decision.
At Chroma, we’ve been developing and maintaining WordPress sites for our clients since 2013 and know the ins and outs of dealing with it. Contact Chroma today to learn more about WordPress, what we can do for you, and why choosing WordPress for your website may or may not be a wise decision.