Common Misconceptions and Myths About WordPress


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Author: Marc Hyde
Published: May 7, 2024
Read Time: 7 Minutes

Common Misconceptions And Myths About Wordpress

As a seasoned website developer and digital marketer, I often hear newcomers complain, “WordPress is too complicated.” This perspective tends to stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of what WordPress actually is—and equally important, what it isn’t. Unlike more straightforward, drag-and-drop website builders, WordPress stands out as a robust foundation that offers flexibility and customization for your projects. 

In this blog post, I’ll clarify what makes WordPress a unique and powerful tool, tackle some common misconceptions, and help you decide whether it’s the ideal choice for your next website.

What is WordPress?

To fully understand WordPress, it’s important to start with the basics of a Content Management System (CMS). So, what is a CMS? It’s a type of software that simplifies the process of building, managing, and updating a website. 

WordPress is more than just a CMS; it’s a gateway to creating your unique digital space. While it might involve a learning curve compared to other builders, the trade-off comes in unparalleled flexibility and control over your website. 

With a CMS, you don’t need to know how to program or write code to set up and use your site. It handles all the technical details, such as establishing your page structure and managing where your images are stored. This allows you to concentrate on the more enjoyable aspects, like customizing your site’s design and populating it with engaging content. Put simply, a CMS makes it possible for anyone to develop and maintain a professional-looking website without requiring technical expertise.

WordPress is an open-source CMS that enables users to create and manage websites. This popular platform powers over 40% of all websites on the internet, including many big players, such as eBay, Sony, GM, The New York Times, Forbes, and UPS. The beauty of WordPress lies in its versatility—it can be used to build anything from a simple blog to a complex e-commerce site.

In our increasingly connected world, businesses need to have a strong online presence to reach consumers and sell more. But not everyone has the technical expertise to create and manage pages and content on the internet.

This is where WordPress can help!

What WordPress is Not

Contrary to popular belief, WordPress is not just a plug-and-play website builder. While it offers themes and plugins that simplify design and functionality, it doesn’t provide the immediate drag-and-drop building that you might find with tools like WIX or Squarespace. WordPress is a platform that requires a bit more learning to fully utilize its expansive capabilities.

Key Differences Between WordPress and Other Website Builders

Customization

The main difference between WordPress and other website builders is the level of customization it offers. Platforms like WIX and Squarespace are known for user-friendly interfaces that cater to beginners who want convenience and speed. These tools come with integrated hosting solutions and security, which reduces the flexibility but increases ease. WordPress, on the other hand, allows you to choose your own hosting provider, use a variety of themes and plugins, and modify any part of your site’s coding.

At its core, WordPress provides all the essentials for setting up a basic website, but what truly sets it apart is the ability to address specialized needs through a vast array of plugins. The WordPress plugin directory is a treasure trove of small pieces of code, each designed to perform specific functions. Plugins enable users to enhance their sites with features like shopping carts, photo galleries, contact forms, and much more. Moreover, users have the option to explore hundreds of custom plugins available from third-party developers.

The real beauty of these plugins is their flexibility. As your website grows and your needs evolve, you can easily activate or deactivate, and even uninstall plugins. This adaptability allows you to tailor your website precisely to your requirements, ensuring it always meets your changing needs.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Another key advantage of WordPress is strong SEO capabilities. Websites built on WordPress often achieve high rankings in Google and other search engines, thanks to regular updates and a wide selection of SEO-optimization tools. 

WordPress is designed to be search engine friendly. It produces clean, straightforward code and offers options for optimizing elements like page titles, meta descriptions, and URLs. It also supports plugins specifically aimed at enhancing SEO. This makes it easier for search engines to understand and index your site, which can significantly improve your search rankings.

WordPress not only makes it easy to build a professional-looking website without deep technical knowledge, but also helps ensure that your site performs well in search results, enhancing your online visibility.

WordPress Myth-Busters 

“WordPress is hard to update and manage.”

WordPress has a bit of a learning curve, but it’s far from unmanageable. With a vibrant community and countless resources, managing your website is straightforward once you grasp the basics.

In fact, something that I do for my clients is build out a custom dashboard for managing the website! Just another fun perk of working with a WordPress website designer. Here’s some screenshots:

Standard WordPress Dashboard
Standard WordPress Dashboard
Marc Hyde Creative Custom WordPress Dashboard
Custom Designed WordPress Dashboard for MHC clients

“WordPress is always out of date and crashes.”

WordPress is frequently updated to handle security issues and bugs. Websites that experience issues are often poorly maintained or use outdated plugins. 

Consider the smartphone you use every day. If you neglect to update it regularly, not only does it become outdated, but it also becomes more susceptible to crashes and security vulnerabilities. Similarly, your website requires consistent updates to maintain optimal performance and security. This is especially true for WordPress websites, where both the core platform and its various plugins need regular updates to function correctly and safely. Keeping your website updated is as crucial as keeping your phone’s software current—it ensures everything runs smoothly and securely.

“You can’t build modern designs on WordPress.”

Some of the most visually stunning and cutting-edge websites are built on WordPress. In fact, every single website in my Recent Projects are built on WordPress! Here’s a few recent WordPress websites that are both modern and functional:

“WordPress is just for blogging.”

While WordPress started as a blogging platform, it has evolved into a full-fledged CMS capable of handling any type of website. In fact, I have created websites for churches, schools, agencies, organizations, small businesses, large businesses (that generate over 8 figures in revenue), e-commerce platforms, websites that sell tickets, and more.

“WordPress websites get hacked the most because they’re not secure.”

Because WordPress is an open source platform, there are many ways for hackers to get into your website, but vulnerabilities usually arise from user error, such as not updating themes or plugins. If you use secure/proven plugins and use a great hosting platform, your chances of getting hacked plummet.

There are several effective measures you can implement to enhance the security of your WordPress website. Start with the basics: choose a strong password, enable two-factor authentication, and customize your login pages to deter unauthorized access. Significantly reduce security risks by selecting a reliable hosting provider and diligently maintaining your updates.

“WordPress is not beginner friendly.”

Though it may not be as initially straightforward as other builders, WordPress offers extensive guides and a supportive community to help beginners. The initial complexity users experience comes from the many customization options, rather than a limited selection of themes. This breadth of choice, while potentially overwhelming at first, allows you to create a truly personalized website as you grow more comfortable with the platform.

“WordPress websites are slow because you need plugins to properly design the website.”

WordPress sites can be optimized to load quickly and efficiently. Properly selecting and configuring plugins is key. In fact, thanks to the way WordPress is structured, it can be easier to enhance the speed of your site compared to platforms like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace. From my experience, most, if not all, WordPress sites I have developed perform faster than those created on other platforms.

Marc Hyde WordPress Website Maintenance Plan Mobile Slow
Before Speed Optimization
Marc Hyde WordPress Website Maintenance Plan Mobile Fast
After Speed Optimization

Now, I will say that there are many websites that have WAY too many active plugins. Often, the cause of a website having too many plugins is a poorly designed website. Do you need plugins to have a WordPress website function properly? Yes! Do you need 40+ plugins to make a super powerful website? No. Working with a great website designer who know their tools, you can expect to drop your active plugins 30-50%. Don’t believe me? I’ve done this for these amazing folks:

What Separates a Good WordPress Website from a Bad One?

A good WordPress website isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s also about functionality, speed, security, and SEO. These are achieved through careful theme selection, judicious use of plugins, regular updates, and adherence to best practices in website design and development.

What truly elevates a WordPress website is excellent website design and regular maintenance

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Is a WordPress Website Right for You?

Choosing WordPress means embracing a platform that grows with your skills and ambitions. Whether you’re launching a personal blog, a business site, or an online store, WordPress offers the tools and flexibility needed to create a distinctive and effective online presence.

What Kinds of Websites Can You Build with WordPress?

  • Static websites: websites that don’t change content too often.
  • Blogs: food, travel, recipe, or personal blogs that are able to run ads. 
  • eCommerce and online stores: with native platforms like WooCommerce, you can sell, market, and ship products all from your WordPress website.
  • Online courses: there are many learning management systems (LMS) that are designed specifically for WordPress.
  • Ticket and event websites: need to sell tickets for concerts, programs, workshops, etc.? WordPress has you covered!
  • Church websites: The best church websites are built on WordPress because WordPress is nonproprietary so you completely own your website. Custom plugins such as a sermon media portal, event calendar, and contact forms, help your church have a great website for a fraction of the cost of all-in-one solutions.

How to Build a Website with WordPress

It only takes a few steps to build your own website with WordPress:

  1. Purchase web hosting and a domain name
  2. Install WordPress on your web server (If you purchase a WordPress hosting plan, it will come preinstalled.)
  3. Configure WordPress to how you want your site to look and function (using themes and plugins)
  4. Start writing content using the WordPress software

While these steps provide a foundation for launching a website, the process can be more complex than it appears. As a professional, your time is best spent on leveraging your expertise and contributing directly to your business goals. Instead of navigating the technicalities of website creation, consider the benefits of hiring a WordPress professional. Doing so not only saves you time and effort but also ensures your website is optimized, secure, and tailored to your specific needs. 

Focus on what you do best to maximize your productivity and profitability. Let a WordPress expert craft your site, so you can dedicate your energy to growing your business.

With the right guidance, you can harness the full power of WordPress to meet your online goals. I develop a custom website strategy to maximize the benefits and personalization available through WordPress. 

I don’t simply build a pretty WordPress website. I work with you to (1) establish your goals, (2) assess how well you’re using your current online tools to enhance what’s working and eliminate or refine what isn’t, and (3) build a custom website with every aspect serving a specific purpose. 

I create WordPress websites that are not only attractive but also effective—in alignment with your business strategies to drive results. A beautiful website might catch the eye, but only a strategically well-constructed site can turn visitors into customers. Let’s work together to build a website that does more than just look good—it performs excellently and meets your specific online needs.

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