Common Misconceptions About WordPress

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WordPress is the most popular website builder in the world. In fact, about a third of all websites are powered by WordPress. Despite this, there is a lot of misinformation about our favorite content management system (CMS). These misconceptions confuse a lot of users who end up using the wrong platform. This article seeks to debunk a few common WordPress misconceptions.

WordPress is just for bloggers

Mistaking WordPress as just a blogging tool is probably the most consistent misconception about the platform. WordPress is not just a blogging tool; it is also an excellent website builder. You can use it to build almost every type of website you can imagine. WordPress powers 31% of websites on the web, and most of them are not blogs. Among them are corporate sites, online magazines, stores, and many more.

WordPress websites are slow

Years ago, websites used to be a collection of HTML pages, CSS, and graphics strung together. Thanks to advances in technology, websites have improved in both functionality and size. The idea of installing software to create websites makes many people expect WordPress to slow down their server, but this is not true.

WordPress applies the best web standards, making it fast to set up and use. Slow sites are normally associated with poorly-coded plugins or unreliable hosting providers. Unreliable hosting companies will host your website and thousands others in one server leading to poor performance. For optimum WordPress speed, ensure you choose good plugins and reputable WordPress hosting. This comprehensive nine chapter guide contains everything you need to learn to set up an Ubuntu server to run WordPress at lightning speed.

WordPress is not secure

Another consistent misconception about WordPress is that it’s not secure. Nothing could be further from the truth. WordPress is secure, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. This is due to the fact that it's open-source. Its source code is freely available, and anyone can study it and find loopholes. WordPress is incredibly flexible, and you can take extra steps to strengthen its security further. In addition, the WordPress security team comprises about 50 lead developers and security experts working around the clock to protect WordPress from cyberattacks.

All WordPress websites look similar

The misconception that all WordPress sites look the same is common among beginners. However, there are thousands of WordPress themes that you can use to customize the appearance of any WordPress-powered website. Most of these themes are free, but there are premium WordPress themes as well.

WordPress is for beginners

Many people, especially those who don't know much about this platform, believe that WordPress is more suitable for beginners who don't understand HTML, CSS, or programming. This is partly true; WordPress is very convenient for beginners but is also used by developers, large corporations, and businesses.

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WordPress is the most popular CMS, and it is natural that such a platform has attracted several misconceptions. It is the CMS you need, and we hope this article has helped you understand the true power of WordPress.

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Samantha Acuna is a writer based in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, and Yahoo Small Business.