WordPress does not always live up to the expectations of the most complex websites. Or more specifically, it can respond to this by boosting many plugins that ultimately degrade the site’s performance.
WordPress has established itself as the leading CMS in today’s market. It seems to be an unlimited solution for creating high-performance pages without the need for advanced programming skills.
You can enrich and personalize your website with themes and plugins so that you can fulfill your website building needs.
However, WordPress does not always live up to the expectations of the most complex websites, especially when it comes to its e-commerce module (Woocommerce). Or more specifically, it can respond to this by boosting many plugins that ultimately degrade your site’s performance.
Where does WordPress stand in 2022?
The CMS is still the most used
Today WordPress is the most widely used CMS for creating and managing website content. Specifically, 34% of websites are currently powered by WordPress.
WordPress stands for:
- 60.8% CMS market share
- 14.7% of top international sites
- 500+ sites live daily (compared to 60-80 for Shopify and SquareSpace)
It should be noted that WordPress also has a directory with more than 55,000 extensions and that its WooCommerce e-commerce module manages 22% of the millions of most influential merchant sites.
The popularity of WordPress compared to today’s other “legacy” CMS
The following Google Trends chart shows how powerful WordPress has become while other CMSs have fallen into oblivion.
Since the birth of the Internet, many website builders have emerged and, despite several years of popularity, have become obsolete:
1. Adobe Dreamweaver
Developed by Macromedia, Adobe Dreamweaver is a CMS that allows the development of web pages using HTML coding. To be accessible for beginners, Adobe Dreamweaver offers a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface.
This website building software still exists but is not widely used due to its poor value for money.
2. Yahoo! GeoCities
Yahoo’s CMS, GeoCities, has been defunct since 2009. This website building solution made it possible to create websites and insert advertisements for free. It was never a CMS for professionals, but it was popular for creating blogs and personal websites.
FontPage was created by Microsoft in 1995. It is an editor with a WYSIWYG interface that is easily accessible to beginners. After several replacement attempts, Microsoft finally decided to abandon this CMS in the 2000s.
PHP-Nuke has never been the perfect solution for building websites, but it has become very popular over the past few years. This was developed for websites in the PHP language. It allowed website builders to create custom pages and visitors to contribute content and post comments. PHP-Nuke is still available as open source software but should be phased out.
How does WordPress work?
Before the CMS era, it was necessary to learn the programming language in order to generate codes that lead to web pages that are displayed in web browsers. With using WordPress to build and manage your website, you now have access to a web editor. This way you can easily design the different pages of your website without knowing the programming language.
In order to run WordPress, your web server must be equipped with two elements:
In fact, WordPress is written in PHP to be extra dynamic. PHP is a “server” language, meaning it runs on your web server thanks to hosting. With the expansion of WordPress, PHP is one of the most widely used programming languages today.
On the other hand, WordPress uses MySQL as its primary source for database and information storage. With WordPress and MySQL you have access to your website’s database where you can easily create, modify, read or delete any information contained on your website.
WordPress has 3 beneficial properties:
- It offers a user-friendly interface known as “WordPress Dashboard” that allows you to easily manage your content.
- It can create MySQL queries against the database.
- It is scalable with themes, plugins and shortcodes. So you can add any functionality as you need.
The limits of WordPress
WordPress consists of 3 essential elements:
- the core
- The topics
These three elements make it easy to set up websites with no coding knowledge required. This is exactly what makes WordPress so successful.
The theme allows you to customize the look and feel of your website. Thanks to plugins, you can add many features and customizations that are missing natively in your theme. The core of WordPress is the framework on which your website’s themes and plugins are based.
Developers building a website with WordPress don’t necessarily find the themes and plugins necessary to achieve the expected end result. In this case, they encode what achieves their goal.
The limitations of WordPress are essentially visible to the developers who create code to customize your options and themes. This gives WordPress the look of a CMS without limits, since everything seems customizable thanks to plugins, themes and, above all, coding.
But without programming language skills, you will be limited by the themes and plugins on offer.
The complexity of your website leads to problems with plugins
A good WordPress site builder, like those found in Junto’s online directories, uses as few plugins as possible. Developers do this because the more plugins your website has, the more maintenance work, security vulnerabilities, and slowdowns in loading speeds will occur.
A developer will always try to reduce these problems in order to manage your website efficiently and easily and will therefore discard plugins in favor of manual coding as much as possible. Unfortunately, for certain types of activities, plugins to connect your website’s data to your prospecting tools or CRM software are inevitable and complicate your website’s architecture.
Adding too many plugins and having the negative impact on your website becomes difficult to manage: a real gas plant that can hurt your business plan in the long run.
Plugins can be damaged during updates and lead to malfunctions on your website or, in extreme cases, even delete them completely. Sometimes some plugins can conflict with each other and make your website back office unusable.
Very large pages such as B. Amazon.com or Ikea.com cannot be managed under WordPress due to the many functions required for their pages (customer areas, complex e-commerce modules, animations, etc.).
These sites are likely:
- Insecure due to using many different plugins to achieve desired functionality;
- Slow as all plugins are loaded;
- Prone to crashes due to the large amount of code being run by all the different plugins.
When your website needs so many features, you will soon come across the limitations of WordPress.
WordPress can be insecure
Security is an essential element for your website to perform well. We often hear that WordPress generates secure websites, but that’s not entirely fair.
If we compare the security of a WordPress managed website to that of a hand-coded HTML website, the HTML website will always be more secure. This is based on the fact that unlike a hand-coded website, a website built with WordPress includes a login system.
WordPress is not necessarily insecure. On the contrary, WordPress is secure, but information circulates on a significant number of hacked WordPress sites every year. In reality, these hacks are often the result of outdated plugins or logging into WordPress accounts over an unreliable network.
So this limit is mostly due to plugins, the bigger and more complex a WordPress site is, the more likely it is to be hacked.
However, one of the reasons for using WordPress is precisely its modularity thanks to plugins, otherwise why use WordPress? Plugins are responsible for almost half of the success of this CMS.
PHP and more PHP!
In WordPress, very often everything is in PHP language: plugins, themes, core, etc.
Some CMS use many other programming languages to build websites, such as:
speed and size
WordPress itself is a heavy base of 47.7 MB. Its core alone is 30.8 MB. With all the code, plugins, themes, and other content, your website can quickly take a long time to load.
It is possible to increase the loading speed of your WordPress site using tools like Google’s Speed Insight. However, a WordPress site is unlikely to be as fast as an HTML website.
The files that make up your website also add up in the server section of your web hosting. The average size of a WordPress site is 0.5GB to 3GB, which can exceed the initial hosting.
WordPress for Ecommerce
If you want to have a very rich ecommerce website with a large number of products, there are many CMS specifically designed to meet your needs.
Woocommerce (the e-commerce plugin for WordPress) was also developed for this purpose, but has caught on. It added a much-needed ability to sell products online to WordPress sites. At this level he succeeded. For more details on the subject, check out this in-depth article on ecommerce and open source.
Where it falls short is in its feature set compared to specialized ecommerce CMSs like Shopify or Yahoo Stores.
If your goal is to have an information site and offer a few downloadable items or a small selection of products, then WordPress/Woocommerce might be the right choice.