Mythbusting: Three Things About WordPress You Should Know
WordPress: it’s the largest content management system on the internet, so it’s no wonder that people are always trying to bring it down. Like the popular kid at school who you love and hate in equal measure because they’re just so good at everything, there’s a very human sense of satisfaction when you see them fail, or cause them to fail.
There’s an old saying along the lines of “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”, and so it is with this internet behemoth. People will twist ideas and words to generate popular perception with a view to bringing down something as big and popular as WordPress, so here are some facts to get in the way of the yarn the naysayers are trying to spin.
WordPress isn’t the only CMS out there, of course, but on so many levels it beats down the competition in terms of appeal and uptake. Some stats:
WordPress is the driving force between more than 26% of internet websites and has a gargantuan 59.4% market share. It’s the most used CMS platform out there.
- Around the world, people use WordPress to create more than 500 websites EVERY DAY.
- There are 44,225 WordPress plugins which have been downloaded 1.25 BILLION times.
- WordPress is available in 56 different languages across the globe.
Taking these things into account, and they really are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes down to the superiority of the system, it’s hardly surprising that WordPress has become a target for so many. When you can’t beat something like this though, the next best thing is a bit of good old-fashioned slander to try and put people off.
Of course then, no matter what your interest in the system – be it website developer, business owner or entrepreneur – you want the facts, and know that the internet isn’t always a wholly reliable source. So here you go – three things that are regularly said about WordPress that simply aren’t true.
1) WordPress Isn’t Scalable.
At some point, way back when, someone started a rumour that WordPress wasn’t scalable. That it’s only suitable for small blogs and little business websites. This, quite simply, is not true. Coming back to the facts and digging a little deeper you can see that WordPress is quite the opposite.
Let’s look at the client-list for a start. Musicians such as Beyonce, Justin Biener, Katy Perry, Snoop Dog and The Rolling Stones all use sites based on the WordPress platform. Business-wise companies like Sony Music, Bacardi, The Rotary Club, Mercedes-Benz and the New Yorker Magazine all use it too.
So, why do these music and corporate giants use WordPress? Because it IS scalable. It has top-class search facilities, caching and content-delivery systems, and it’s also horizontal scalability, allowing websites with high traffic to always have sufficient architecture to handle it when needed.
To say WordPress isn’t scalable is utter nonsense. As Pragmatic explains: “With the right infrastructure, services and resources, WordPress is highly scalable. It can serve tens of thousands of logged in users at a time and deliver hundreds of millions of monthly page views. It can process page requests immediately and can produce lightning-quick results to search queries. It is flexible, upgradeable and ultimately can power all manner of websites, right up to the largest and most visited.”
2) There’s No Support With WordPress
Once more, this is a totally unfounded accusation. There is, in fact, an inordinate amount of support for WordPress users, it just comes through a variety of different channels.
Admittedly, there’s no instant support from WordPress as a company itself outside of its educational materials and help guides, however, it sports a huge community of thousands of users who are more than happy to answer questions. There are also hundreds of smaller communities dotted around on websites and social media platforms who can help sort out any issues you have. All you have to do is ask.
This myth most likely stems from the fact that the company don’t offer telephone support, but then again you also have to bear in mind that WordPress is an open-source project. It’s created and maintained by a community of thousands of people, meaning you’re not dependent on one individual support department!
3) WordPress Is Too Complex To Learn
Again, nonsense. You don’t need a degree in computers or web development and coding to get to grips with WordPress. Straight out of the box it’s terribly simple to use and update, and incredibly intuitive. The install routine has very clear instructions and all you need is a little bit of information that’s freely available from your web host. In fact, WordPress is so ubiquitous that many web hosts already have a one-click install button to get you up and running in no time.
The fact is you can be up and running on a WordPress site within a couple of hours if you’re slightly technically minded, or a day or so if not. You don’t need any HTML, CSS or programming knowledge to start off with either. Don’t get us wrong, it does help, but it’s not essential – especially if you’re just looking to do a small personal blog or website with an out-of-the-box theme or template.
If you want to start creating your own custom themes, plugins, templates and so on, then yes, it’s a little more involved and you’ll need to teach yourself some of the fundamentals of PHP, HTML and CSS, but having to learn more is true of just about anything – whether it be a car, a computer, or a CMS. Getting into the advanced stuff takes work!
But as we said, WordPress is intuitive on its own, and there are such vast resources out there, not to mention thousands of users, that you can become a proficient, advanced WordPress user relatively easily. You just have to get stuck in!
WordPress: The Upshot
We’re not saying WordPress is perfect – not at all. Like any system, it has shortcomings, bugs, and flaws, but the beauty of it is that it’s constantly under development from professionals and enthusiastic, talented amateurs alike.
Whatever your needs – business or personal, or if you’ve just stumbled across this as a user doing some research, do what all researchers should do: get your information from more than one source. Check it, correlate it, if you see something that doesn’t track right with everything else you’ve read, search it some more.
It’s very easy to make things up on the internet, and just as easy to make those falsehoods sound like the truth. It’s down to you to establish what the truth is, and not just take anyone’s word for it.
WordPress is big for a reason – it’s simple to use, easily scalable, and has a support network of users that could probably populate a small country. Exactly what you need when you’re looking at creating an awesome website.
WordPress Experts Unite
You may have noticed, but here at Big Red Rocket, we love WordPress. It’s versatility, scalability and adaptability make it perfect for our needs. From a mobile-friendly blog to a full e-commerce solution, there’s nothing we can’t-do with it.
Look at what you need and get in touch with us. We know we can help you make it happen.