According to W3Techs, WordPress is powering around 43% of the websites available today. On top of that, WordPress is the most used CMS (Content Management Systems) today, having a share of around 65%.
With powerful features, it can power any website and provide value to your business and your customers.
So it is easy to spot the fact that WordPress is more and more used today. However, even if that is such a popular CMS, several common myths around it make some people stay aside or simply be reluctant to start or switch their websites to WordPress.
So, without any further talk, I will tell you the top five most common WordPress myths and why they are only myths.
Some WordPress myths cast doubt on the undecided.
Is it just for blogs?
Perhaps it’s weak security?
Or its tech support is lacking?
Have you heard of any of that?
1. WordPress is only suitable for blogs
It is true that WordPress started as a blogging platform in 2003, and at the moment of writing this article, WordPress bloggers create about 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month.
But that’s about it, blogging. Nowadays, the WordPress CMS is so powerful that it powers some of the biggest brands in the world. From TechCrunch to TED blog and Spotify, WordPress.com users span a broad range.
Also, here are several types of websites that are created on top of WordPress: presentation websites, job boards, online stores, business directories, news outlets, etc., kinds of websites.
By extending these functions with the best WordPress plugins and themes, you can do more with your website and add your visitors’ functionalities.
I hope that now it is clear that WordPress is suitable only for blogging is only a myth, and you shouldn’t believe it anymore.
2. WordPress lacks tech support
Another well-spread myth about WordPress is that it’s difficult to get tech support when you need it.
First of all, WordPress is open-source software which means that everyone has access to it and can easily update it, change it according to their needs and improve it.
The WordPress community is vast, with thousands of developers around the globe.
If you need help, you can quickly get help by checking the official documentation, posting your issue in the community support forums, or reading tutorials on thousands of blogs about WordPress like WPBeginner, CodeinWP, etc.
Besides that, you can easily employ a WordPress support company or a freelancer to take care of your issue.
If you use WordPress, you are not alone and will get help fast when you ask for it.
3. WordPress is not the best for high-traffic websites
One fear of website owners that are reluctant to use WordPress is that it can’t handle high-traffic websites well. However, this is way too far from the truth. With the latest hosting and WordPress development advancements, high traffic is no longer a problem.
Using caching solutions at the server level or WordPress level using a plugin like WP-Rocket, that server static pages to the visitors take a lot of load from the database. Also, you can use a headless approach to WordPress to reduce the burden on your server even more.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Instead, you can check several high-traffic websites that WordPress can handle just well: TechCrunch with an estimation of 1mil visitor each day, Observer.com with around 500K visitors daily, or The New York Post with approximately 6 million visitors each day.
So make sure to pick the right infrastructure plans from your hosting company and configure WordPress for high traffic and you wouldn’t get in trouble.
4. WordPress is not suitable for e-Commerce
Using the right plugins like WooCommerce you can quite easily turn your WordPress website into an online store with all the features you need to get sales. This means displaying products, having a functioning checkout, and even the ability to offer discount codes.
Also, you can create a subscription-based business which now is the latest trend in eCommerce.
So building an online store is perfectly possible with WordPress. Of course, if your store is getting very popular with thousands of orders daily you may want to switch to a dedicated eCommerce solution but till then is perfectly fine to use WordPress for eCommerce.
5. WordPress has security issues
If you pay attention to the latest cybersecurity news, it’s not uncommon to see stories that involve WordPress. Also, some attacks have targeted WordPress websites, and have been heavily covered in the news.
That’s the main reason why people believe WordPress isn’t secure enough for their websites.
As said before, WordPress is already powering around 43% of the internet. Unfortunately, many website owners don’t take even the essential precautions to keep their websites secure. So even though most WordPress sites never experience issues, the sheer number of WordPress sites that exist makes them a target for hackers and bots.
Remember that no software is immune from attacks, but WordPress is incredibly safe, even for sites that deal with sensitive information, if the basic security measures are taken.
Here are several reasons to convince you:
- It is developed by a large team committed to making it as secure as possible.
- WordPress is open source, so the code can be easily analyzed by security specialists.
- The developers release updates pretty often addressing the latest threats.
- Plenty of excellent security-focused plugins like Sucuri and WordFence add additional protection to your site.
Need more reasons to decide?
The White House has been using WordPress for the website since 2017 and decided to keep it in 2021 when they released the latest update.
There you have it: the most common five myths regarding WordPress debunked by developers, with real examples.
Contrary to what some may tell you, you should know that:
- With WordPress, you can build various websites like presentation websites, online shops, business directories, job boards, membership websites, and not only blogs.
- WordPress doesn’t lack tech support. You can easily access the documentation, read blogs, get help in the community forms or hire a WordPress specialist.
- WordPress can easily handle high-traffic websites, and news outlets like the New York Post which get around 6 million visitors daily prove it.
- Using WooCommerce, you can quickly launch an online shop, so WordPress is suitable for eCommerce.
- WordPress is a secure CMS, and if you follow the usual security practices, you should be safe.
Check out its features and create the best online presence to achieve your objectives.