17 Oct Is WordPress For Business Websites All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Hostworks’ senior developer Michael Dyrynda takes a look at the pros and cons of the world’s most popular website CMS and whether WordPress for business sites is a good option.
When WordPress first came onto the scene in 2003, it made the process of building your website easier than ever before – you didn’t need to know how to code! With its open-source base and huge number of contributors around the world, it has continued to evolve and can now fulfil many of the more complicated site requirements that were previously only offered by bespoke content management systems. In fact, as of April 2016, WordPress was being used by more than 26.4% of the top 10 million websites, and is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, supporting more than 60 million websites.
While the platform’s roots lay in blogging sites, it’s now a fully featured CMS. When it comes to the question of whether to use WordPress for business sites there’s a pretty simple answer to this: yes! WordPress is a great business solution, but there are a number of things that you just need to keep an eye on.
What’s so good about it?
All the things that make WordPress perfect for home-bloggers also apply for businesses:
- It’s a brilliant user interface
- Content creation and site modification are simple
- The range of plug-ins available on the platform
- It’s very well supported by the WordPress community
- It’s easy to customise
- Security is pretty good – as long as you stay on top of it
Anything to be wary of?
There really aren’t too many cons. Even quite complicated sites can be developed on WordPress and some of the world’s biggest publishers are now using the platform (people like News Corp and the NYTimes). So if the big guys have taken the plunge, there’s not a lot of reasons to hold you back.
Perhaps the only thing to consider is that while security is pretty good, there is a catch.
Because it is such a widely used platform there is the potential for malicious users to compromise it. The first thing to do is ensure you keep your platform up to date, with all new releases installed properly. The WordPress community is very fast at staying on top of new threats, so patches are released quickly to minimise risk. If you are really concerned, having someone manage the updates for you is worth considering.
What are you waiting for?
Getting started is very simple – there are thousands of developers who can help you design and build your site (including us!). Regardless of who does the design and development, I’d certainly suggest you also look at our WordPress-as-a-Service platform (WaaS) for your hosting and maintenance. You get the satisfaction of having our 24/7 monitoring and operation, pre-approved and fully supported plugins and themes, and DDoS protection to look after your site. It’s a very effective and cost-efficient way of ensuring your WordPress site operates the way you need it to.
To find out more about how we can assist with WordPress, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.