Sooner or later, many Internet users come to the idea of creating their own website. It has a wide range of applications - from blogs to complex news feeds and online stores.
But the more popular the system, the more myths and rumors circulate about it. That is why it is worth considering the main myths about WordPress - such a popular and simple system.
A lot of plugins will make the site slow. In fact, there can be no unequivocal opinion here, too many factors must be taken into account. The platform developers say that some of the plugins are slow on their own, others are fast, and still others have no impact on engine performance at all. In addition, do not forget about the existence of such plugins, which, on the contrary, only speed up the work of the site.
The presence of inactive plugins in the engine is unacceptable - they will slow down the work. Inactive plugins do not affect website performance at all. But you shouldn't forget about them either - even inactive plugins need to be updated. After all, older versions are vulnerable to vulnerabilities that compromise the security of the entire site.
The presence of inactive themes in the engine will also slow down work. As with inactive plugins, unused themes do not affect the site in any way. But in this case, it is worth remembering the need to update to newer versions.
A large number of revisions will slow down the site. In fact, there is no influence here either. The developers say that WordPress is smart enough to ignore both the revision count and the changeover for the site itself. In the embedded MySQL database, multiple versions do not affect the speed of work with queries in any way. Only here the mention of versions requires additional space for itself, gradually increasing the size of the base.
You must constantly clean the site's trash and delete unpublished entries, otherwise the site will start to work slowly. Do not think that the site is working slowly because of the pile of rubbish accumulated in the basket, old records. The reasons are the same as in the case of site versions. It's just that old articles will take up some space.
WordPress is built exclusively for blogging. It's no secret that the engine works well with blogs. But do not limit them to functionality alone. This open source platform allows you to manage content not only in blogs, but in online stores as an option.
WordPress is only suitable for hobbyists; it is not suitable for professional projects. For its official websites, WordPress is used by many government agencies and professional companies. Mention may be made of the Ford concern, the US Department of Health, and the Wall Street Journal. Would these professional organizations use an amateur product?
WordPress sites are generally of low quality. There are indeed many downright bad WordPress sites to be found on the Internet. But their quality was not the result of choosing the wrong engine. It's just that the designers and developers of the project were not able to take full advantage of the capabilities provided to them by WordPress. You can find many projects with great designs. This is CNN's website, Number 10 Downing Street. There are even high-quality collections of WordPress sites that clearly demonstrate all the capabilities of the engine. It's just that its simplicity and accessibility did him a disservice - everyone and everyone began to create their own "masterpieces" on WordPress.
WordPress has network security issues. It would be foolish to claim that this product has no "holes". But much more complex products also have them. WordPress strives to be as secure as possible. Experience shows that over the past couple of years, this system has not had long-term threats and "holes". And the user himself should think about precautions. We've already talked about the need to update even outdated plugins and themes. And the new WordPress releases themselves come out quite regularly. It is worth remembering that the reason for hacking a site may not be the engine itself, but problems with the hosting company. On the other hand, it can also help withstand some attacks.
WordPress is very resource intensive. Compared to a bare HTML engine that doesn't work with databases, WordPress really does require more system resources. But if you start comparing the engine with direct competitors, it turns out that there are no obvious leaders, like outsiders. The speed depends on many factors - this is the optimization of scripts, the number of requests to the database and its size, the speed of the disk, the number of I / O operations, plugins. If both the engine and the server are configured correctly, which would take into account the specifics of the site, then this guarantees performance.
WordPress development is extremely cheap. Potential clients are often surprised when they find out the price for the implementation of their project. It turns out that WordPress development isn't that cheap at all. In fact, you need to understand that we are talking about man-hours, which determine the cost of the project. You can try doing something yourself. But is the goal just to create a page? A really high-quality project is somewhat different from setting a theme and changing the location of a couple of elements. With full development, a work plan is drawn up, and a template is drawn up from scratch. All the necessary components are written specifically for the site by programmers. Then the project still needs to be tested, to check the quality of its work. A serious project, even if it is based on WordPress, requires attention and careful work. This is what determines the development cost.
A free engine just can't be good. This myth is pretty funny. There really isn't much reason to use a paid CMS at all. What can they give? They talk about security, support ... But any free solution of this kind has all this, because it is supported by a large team of developers and users. What's the point of paying first for a purchase and then a subscription fee for support? These costs are meaningless. CMS development companies are forced to test their base, develop it, test security. All this requires funds that are provided by users. But with free engines, the situation is completely different. Large projects have brought together an army of thousands of users. They test the product, write additions and fixes for it. And this is really powerful and effective support for those people who are directly interested in the quality of the product. Paid CMSs are usually devoid of such communities around them, because they simply won't let you delve into the commercial code especially. The conclusions are simple - most confirm the effectiveness of free CMS like WordPress.
WordPress does not support its users in any way. If the user is looking for some magic phone number, where he will be answered all the exciting questions, then he really does not exist. However, one should not think that the question about the operation of the system, errors in it will not find an answer. WordPress.org has a great forum, codex.WordPress.org has detailed documentation, and there are many fans of the engine on social media. The community of WordPress users is so large that it usually takes a few minutes to find the answers to the question you are looking for - surely someone has encountered a similar problem before. Do not forget to share your experience with others, perhaps it will be useful for someone in turn.
There is no way to participate in WordPress support. Anyone can help the engine become better. And there are many ways to do this. You can simply donate money for the development of a project, compose its description, develop themes and plugins for it. This is exactly what thousands of WordPress users are doing.
WordPress requires dedicated hosting. For some reason, some people think that such a popular content management system as WordPress requires special hosting. Let's face it, he really should have certain qualities. However, this does not mean that WordPress will not fit on a regular hosting. It is best to immediately pay attention to paid offers, there is an option from $ 1. The topic of the site is not important - the initial expenses will be small. There are no exact hosting requirements for installing WordPress, but you will definitely need the ability to work with MySQL databases starting from the fifth version, as well as the ability to install the maximum number of these databases. PHP support will be required, because it is in this language that WordPress is written. It is best if the hosting works with the most recent versions. To install the engine at home, you need an Apache or Denver based web server. Further work of the CMS will be improved with the help of installed plugins.