Common WordPress myths, busted!

The problem with a myth is that it’s hard to break away from the perceptions. Despite its popularity, WordPress has its fair share of myths which we’re about to debunk one by one.

1. WordPress is just for bloggers

WordPress may have acquired a reputation for being more commonly used as a blogging platform, but it has evolved and is equipped for the enterprise. The idea that it is only for solopreneurs and startups is changing and big brands are finally starting to see the benefits of choosing WordPress.

The recent addition of WordPress VIP, a managed platform offering purpose-built systems, data centres, practical expertise and specialists has allowed WordPress to adopt major enterprise level companies such as The New York Times, Walt Disney, TechCrunch, Forbes and more.

WordPress is the most popular CMS, driving around 30% of all websites globally – a huge achievement for it humble roots as a blogging platform. WordPress, at is core, is a content management system (CMS), but has the capability to be fully customised and personalised to suit the requirements of any organisation.

2. You don’t get any support

Since WordPress is free for everyone, you’ve got to figure it all out yourself, right? Wrong. WordPress has a very active community of developers, designers, support representatives and more.

WordPress has a huge volume of resources intended for learning, sharing, and troubleshooting. As it’s so popular, you’ll find the answer to any query quickly, with just a little help from Google. Rather than having to call somebody for support every time something goes wrong, WordPress allows you to self-serve by providing easy-to-follow instructions on just about everything you can think of.

3. It isn’t scalable

As WordPress is an open source platform that also happens to be free, the question of scalability is always a concern.

WordPress is extremely versatile, highly configurable and, from a design and business perspective, can be changed quickly and seamlessly when the need arises. The platform is able to withstand heavy traffic flows, allowing you to scale easily.

Most other platforms are much tougher to scale, which is why more enterprising companies are moving to WordPress instead. There are now over 60 million websites run by WordPress with a huge variety in size and content, and some having millions of views per day.

4. It’s not good for e-commerce

If you’re selling product or services online, WordPress is an excellent choice. There are many solutions that integrate beautifully with WordPress, such as WooCommerce and Shopify.

The most popular solution is WooCommerce, which currently powers 41% of all e-commerce stores. WooCommerce and Shopify make it easy to add e-commerce functionality to your WordPress site, or make any page shoppable, without needing much technical knowledge.

Other WordPress e-commerce solutions include BigCommerce, Volusion, and Magento.

5. It’s more likely to be hacked

All sites are vulnerable to security breaches, including WordPress. Though there is no proof it is any less secure than any other CMS. Due to its popularity, it does attract attacks, but as it continues to grow and mature, the security plugins only get more advanced.

The team behind WordPress work with security researchers and hosting businesses to continue to make WordPress as safe as possible. If any exploits are found, security updates are instantly issued for download with handy tutorials to provide information needed to keep your site safe.

It’s worth noting, the majority of WordPress sites that get hacked are typically a consequence of failing to implement basic safety features such as, such as using simple passwords, not updating themes or plugins, or installing a firewall.

Applying common sense, managing WordPress updates and running regular maintenance will make your WordPress website as secure as any other CMS can be.

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