Couple of days ago I posted a question to LinkedIn Q&A. It was for those individuals/companies who use WordPress to run their main site. I was interested to know why do they find WordPress to be their chosen one CMS. The users were supposed to name top 3 key elements in WP that they find most important for your site. That was the easy part to most of them. Harder part was to name top 3 key elements they miss in WP, but have a feeling it would be important for their site.
There were some really interesting replies.
- It’s free
- Fast to setup
- Easy to learn
- Lots of plugins and templates available so you don’t need to be a PHP guru or designer to have a nice looking site with lots of features.
- Easy to modify page templates allowing you to customize the presentation layers to your heart content
- Large and active open source community community of people developing add-ons, plugins, themes frequently
- Easy to host with simple requirements
- Many of the themes have a tendency to look the same or similar.
- PHP’s track record for security is pretty bad.
- Database queries may be very heavy
- It isn’t a full CMS product – which is fine for a lot of sites – but if your site is moving a long way away from something based around a blog then you might find it starts to creak a bit!
Many of the people think that WordPress is still just for blogging and if you want some decent CMS, you should consider Drupal. This quote summarizes those thoughts:
Most of the disadvantages come in when someone tries to warp it outside of being a blog, when they stack on a ton of plugins that try to make WordPress take the place of Joomla or Drupal. It doesn’t. When people try to make it do that, it does it to a lower performance level, and has more sustainability problems.
What are your thoughts about this topic. Feel free to post the comment here or if you are a LinkedIn user, you can reply there.