Is WordPress the correct platform choice for all websites or blogs?
I am often asked… Right after the “What is WordPress?” question is answered. (Short answer – it’s a blogging and Content Management Platform – just in case)
Here’s where I sit on this question today… and keep in mind that my opinion has changed over time.
WordPress works for most sites. It actually does a great job (depending on the implementation) for most sites, large or small. You all know I’m a huge WordPress fan.
There’s one case I ask clients or potential clients to really think about how they will use their site.
Clients who are looking for a basic, couple page website with no intention to update their site I ask to consider how they may use their online presence. For some, it’s their first step. More than something basic doesn’t work, it’s impossible to digest. Maybe they view their online presence as an online ad in the phone book. Nothing wrong with that.
The second part of the conversation involves who is going to care for the site. Every website needs care & feeding, some more than others. If the answer is no one (& they can’t/won’t), after a short conversation about the value of a dynamic website and why care & feeding is necessary, in my opinion WordPress is not a best fit solution for these clients.
I’ll say it again…
WordPress works for most sites. It actually does a great job for almost all websites, large or small. Like any software platform, WordPress evolves. One reason for the evolution of WordPress is removing any vulnerabilities that pesky hackers uncover, so it requires periodic care & feeding. If you can’t commit to the occasional care & feeding, you’re probably better off with a plain vanilla, static site.
I love WordPress. Like anything, it has advantages & disadvantages. The multitude of reasons for a content management system, and for WordPress sounds like a post for another day!
Don’t fret… An easy workaround is to find someone to take care of that “care & feeding.” Contact us, we’d love to take care of it for you!