4 Myths About WordPress
According to TechCrunch, WordPress is powering around 21% of all the websites on the internet, making it the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. Despite all that, there are still people who know very little about the capabilities of WordPress and have unfound suspicions about the platform. Let’s clear the air about these myths and open the door for any potential new user who has been reluctant to join the WordPress community.
Myth #1: WordPress is Just a Blogging Tool
This is by far the greatest misconception about WordPress. While WordPress did in fact start out primarily as a blogging platform, is has evolved miles beyond that. Today, WordPress is a website platform that can be used to create an endless variety of websites, with or without blogs.
“1 out of every 6 websites on the internet is built using WordPress and a great number of these websites are not blogs.” — WP Beginner
WordPress is used for eCommerce websites, corporate sites, online news and magazines and in nearly every industry imaginable. It is also used by many governments, non-profits and fortune 500 companies.
Myth #2: WordPress is for Beginners
People sometimes say that WordPress is more suitable for beginners who do not know much about HTML, CSS or programming. This isn’t necessarily the whole story. While much of WordPress’s Dashboard and user interface are intuitive and rarely is coding needing to create a site, WordPress sites can be built with layers of complexity. For the beginner, WordPress can be the avenue with which they create a website without learning programming or web design. For developers, WordPress provides the flexibility to extend the software with custom code using plugins or themes.
Myth #3: WordPress is Not Secure
WordPress is actually quite secure and this fact drives much of its popularity. When websites do get hacked, it is when people set it and forget it. When companies launch a new site then assume it needs no maintenance and neglect to keep it up-to-date, this makes a site more vulnerable to hackers. WordPress can be strengthened by adding security plugins and keeping the software updated to prevent hacking or other security breaches.
Myth #4: All WordPress Sites Look Similar
Another myth about WordPress is that many people assume all sites will look the same. Maybe this harkens back to the original days of blogging. However, WordPress uses themes which control the visual appearance of WordPress-powered websites. These dynamic themes are amazingly designed and have built-in functionality for all kinds of industries.
While there are thousands of WordPress themes out on the market, Matchstick works closely with each client to select and implement the best theme, then customizes that theme through a host of plugins, widgets and of course, overall branding. But looking good is only the first step. Through monthly maintenance, Matchstick monitors each site to provide for optimal security. Interested? Click here.