My WordPress Experience

“Based on your experience with WordPress, what are your impressions with working with WordPress – the pros and cons? It started as a blogging platform but has evolved – should it still be relegated for small blogs, or do you see enterprise use?”

I was excited to read this question because I have experienced and worked with WordPress as both a small, personal blog and as a website creation and management tool for business. I have found that it works well for both. I do believe it is better optimized for blogging purposes but it does well as a website platform for small businesses. A larger business would probably need more capabilities than WordPress could provide for them. Let’s take a look at some WordPress pros and cons:

Pros-Cons-Matchmaker

  • Pros 
    • WordPress is very easy to learn and use. While you are creating and editing each step is clearly laid out and labeled with text and a corresponding button on the page itself so you know what you are changing or adding
      • Making a new website page or blog post is incredibly easy as well
    • There are pre-made designs and layouts for a beginning user so you don’t have to get overwhelmed with design decisions
      • If you decide later on to change the design and layout it is simple to do
    • There are many widgets and plug-ins to help you with your website or blog such as social media integration or google maps integration
    • WordPress has help in many forms if you get stuck but there is also a wide community of outside people and websites dedicated to helping users learn how to use the website
    • They are constantly updating to provide new ways to optimize your website
    • Creating a mobile version is very easy and a function enabled in WordPress itself
    • Automatic save has helped me many times
  • Cons
    • As with all technology, things stop working when they are old or get updated. A theme, plug-in, or widget may need to be updated or changed because of incompatibility.
      • There are regular updates that must be done
    • Although it is easy to learn, having some experience in web design/html/marketing helps you get ahead much quicker than starting from scratch knowledge wise
    • You can turn WordPress into an online store but it is not the best option for a business
    • Only so much can be done with WordPress, it is not the most impressive of website design options

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In conclusion, WordPress has the capabilities, and will keep adding more, to be a website creation and management tool for businesses. I would personally use WordPress for small businesses with no e-commerce needs and as your company grows move on to another platform. As a blogging website, it is, in my opinion, the best one out there. Depending on your specific needs as a blogger or company, WordPress could be a great fit.

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