10 reasons NOT to use Wordpress:
- Security. Many security holes exsist and every hacker on the planet targets and hijacks the millions of vulnerable Wordpress websites, worldwide. This expoitation is usually not even known to the website owner, until it's too late.
- Spam. If there is one constant on the internet, it is the flooding of spam. Wordpress is and always has been a blog posting system. This makes it a magnet and a target for automated spambots. Most users report getting 10-20+ junk E-mails per day, and the wordpress blog posting system [even if disabled] gets brute force attacked continuously. In summary, Wordpress is an easy target for web abuse and hackers.
- Plugins. There are 100's of template and pluggin developers riding the Wordpress bandwagon. That might seem like a "good" thing, but every month or so, Wordpress comes out with an update, forcing you to update the entire system (ironicaly, to address security vulnerabilities.) Many times this will disable or cause issues with modules you are using, meaning you have to get a developer to assist, and it's completely unsupported by the module developer. This costs money, labor and down time.
- Limitations. Working within the Wordpress confined css/coding framework means you are stuck with that format and structure, unless extensive programming work is done. The work involved makes you wonder why you didn't start from scratch in the first place.
- Bulky/Buggy Code. The 3rd party modules and apps can really bogg down your hosting resources. Since there is no official Wordpress development team, any issues must be dealt with through public forums. No guarantee you will get an answer or fix for whatever problem or bug the site faces.
- Creativity. Font styles, layout, and the entire page structure is dictated by strict CSS page formatting, and great effort must be made to reverse-engineer the Wordpress code. A web designer must be hired to put graphics and other creative content in the site (and what else do you want a site for?)
- Content. The sparkling thought that an instant site is yours after a quick installation is quickly replaced when you realize you have 10 empty pages, a generic header and navigation, and nothing actually "works." Customizing, developing the pages, and writing good content to fit in each page is what makes your site memorable, and creates the value.
- Search Engines. SEO or search engine optimization is extremely important, and while many Wordpress modules proport to make it SEO friendly, the code is not optimized, pages load slow, and google has to read through all the layers of Wordpress code, the site really is not "optimal" for search engine robots. On top of that, Worpress is often used to create spam-filled websites, which Google blacklists as spam.
- Hosting. You might have been told by your host that this was your only option, or your hosting offered it as part of their plan. You should not feel this is the only choice out there. The only "easy" part about Wordpress is pressing the button to install it. Consider the 100's of other choices. Ask a developer today!
- Price. You get what you pay for.
It's noteworthy, that this is not just the opinion of one webmaster. Doing a simple search for "reasons not to use Wordpress", turns up: