WordPress being the most popular CMS platform possesses multiple advantages over other CMS platforms. This open source tool simplifies the process of blog creation as well as the website designing. But along with a bunch of advantages, WordPress also has a few of the major disadvantages. The primary competitors of WordPress, which are Drupal and Joomla highlights its drawbacks.
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Advantages of WordPress
- Easy to Use
Unlike any other CMS platforms, you don’t need to be fully aware of PHP and HTML. The platform offers you various options by which you can design your whole website with a few clicks. And to simplify your work to another extent, WordPress also offers you several helpful plug-ins. It is one of the best CMS platforms for beginners.
WordPress has one of the largest supporting community centers. It is more like a discussion board where people share their tricks and tactics to help each other. Their support makes WordPress more popular than its competitors.
WordPress offers around 13,000 plug-ins and this is the reason why WordPress has been accepted as a CMS platform. Well, most of these plug-ins are available free of cost.
- Menu Management
The Menu Management system of WordPress is way simpler than the Joomla’s. The extended functionalities of WordPress’ menus allow them to modify categories, pages, etc.
- Custom Fields
With WordPress, it is easy to add additional fields to your forms. You can either do it manually or using various plug-ins (such as Flutter, More Fields, and Custom Fields Template). Using this functionality, you can add labels, categories, and descriptions to your blogs and sub-pages.
- Templates (or Themes)
There is an availability of thousands of website (or blog) graphics templates. These are available to you either as free templates or premium ones. The paid themes offer more professional functionalities to your website.
Disadvantages of WordPress
- The Requirement of PHP and Web Designing Knowledge
Even though there are numerous templates available on WordPress but they all seem similar to one another. And to design your unique website, you will be required to have HTML and CSS knowledge. Other than the web designing knowledge, in here, you also lack the presence of powerful toolkit as found in Drupal.
- PHP Security
If you have sensitive content on your website, then the WordPress might not be a great a choice for you. The PHP security offered by WordPress lacks in many aspects when compared to other powerful CMS platforms.
- Issues with Too Many Plug-ins
To match with the functionalities of Joomla and Drupal, you need to install several WordPress plug-ins. These plug-ins eventually decrease the efficiency of your website by slowing it down.
- SQL Queries
With the modification of additional fields on your website, you will be subjected to deal with the additional SQL queries. This option of Custom Select Query will be a real challenge to deal with.
- Tables and Graphics Formatting
CMS platforms like Joomla and Quick.cms offers simpler formatting structure for tables and graphics. But when you try to attempt this on WordPress platform, it will emerge as a but tricky one.
- The Requirement for Regular Upgradations
WordPress always try to keep itself according to the trending world and so it always comes up with constant upgradations. Though it’s not a hectic process but in case, you are looking for a one-time arrangement then WordPress is not meant for you.
Unlike other CMS platforms, WordPress hasn’t created it’s MS DSK document, till now. And thus, it is totally dependent on its support community feature.
WordPress is a good choice for those who are looking for a simple blogging or website designing. For advanced levels, you will be required to deal with a pile of plug-ins. And to handle them efficiently, you need to have expertise in HTML, CSS, and SQL queries.