8 Often-Repeated But Untrue Misconceptions About WordPress — And Truth Behind Them

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Here’s a fun fact: WordPress is older than Facebook and Twitter. Long before Facebook rants ever existed, folks would turn to WordPress to help them unload their burdens on the internet. 

Like any bar on a Tuesday afternoon, in 2003 WordPress was mostly littered with ordinary folk with a desire to talk to anyone who would listen. Fast-forward to today and it’s a whole other story…

1. WordPress? Isn’t that just for blogs? 

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One common misconception, perhaps because of its humble beginnings, is that WordPress is just for blogs. Today, WordPress powers around 43% of the world’s websites. Over a third. It has become a massive and robust Content Management System, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of website-publishing tools. The Michelin Man of the Internet. 

You can use it to sell stuff online, showcase phone systems for small businesses tool, and display your videos, all in one place. Whatever you’ve seen any website do, you can almost certainly do it with WordPress. A WordPress developed website can be corporate or casual, hair up or hair down. The freedom is yours to do with it as you wish. 

The plethora of plugins available gives you the option to do whatever you like. If you do want to use it for blogging, however, it’s as good as it ever was for that purpose. 

2. It’s too complicated! I can’t use it 

You can find a ton of great WordPress tutorials online which are easy to follow. YouTube also has a bunch of videos with the ability to rewind and repeat. While they might not turn you into the next Alan Turing of website development, these tutorials can give you a foothold in a very reliable platform. 

WordPress offers a variety of free website themes to choose from and modify to suit your needs, so if you’re not a whizzkid in website creation, you can still have an incredibly professional-looking finish to your site. Or, if you’re feeling a little more confident you can start from scratch and build the look yourself with the help of a few pointers. 

As well as all this, WordPress is a pretty intuitive tool to navigate. It has appropriately labelled menus, buttons, and functions, making it super user-friendly. If despite all of this you still feel nervous about giving it a try, you can find a hosting service that will do all of the WordPress stuff for you – or you could also hire a developer. 

3. But who will help me if I get stuck? No one, right?

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Whoa, pump your breaks there! As well as the aforementioned online tutorials, WordPress also offers tech support in the form of community support forums, and a substantial knowledge base called the WordPress Codex. 

The WordPress Codex has everything you would need to know in order to properly use WordPress. Including a search bar and categorized information, it’s user-friendly and easy to navigate.

The community support forums offer a plethora of expertise from fellow users as well as actual  WordPress members of staff. You can ask questions and have them answered quickly by other WordPress users, or search to see if anyone else has already asked your question.

4. If it’s free it can’t be that good, right? 

Ah, a myth as old as time – f it’s free there must be something wrong with it. Free raspberries on the bush? Probably sour! Kids being nice? Get outta here you little rascals! 

WordPress is released under the GPL license, allowing anyone, anywhere to use it. You’re free to use and modify the software however you like without paying any fees because it’s an open-source community project. Tons of talented folks have helped to make it what it is today, with a core team of developers leading at the heart of WordPress. 

Does it sound too good to be true? As a non-profit organization, WordPress stays afloat through donations. The reason they do this isn’t because they don’t think that their product is worth paying for, but because of the ethos and vision the creators had for the platform. Accessibility is a central aim of WordPress.

5. What about hacking? 

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No, you won’t end up like Sandra Bullock in that movie from’95, “The Net”.

This misconception is not without its roots. You should avoid plugins from vendors you don’t trust, and avoid plugins with bugs, or outdated code and security issues. You can avoid trouble by checking out how many people have downloaded a particular plugin, as well as checking out their individual ratings and any available support.

You should also remove any plugins that you’re not using because chances are that if you’re not using them but they’re still there, you’re not maintaining them regularly, which can lead to gaps in security that can be exploited by hackers. 

Speaking of plugins, there are specific security plugins you can use to help mitigate cybersecurity threats. 

With all this in mind, it’s worth noting that WordPress is constantly being updated by the core team of staff members to keep it secure and running smoothly. Just make sure to always install the latest updates to keep any potential hackers at bay.

6. WordPress can’t handle my traffic

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Your content managing system and affiliate marketing tracking methods will surely be a siren’s call for hordes of customers, no doubt. But let us not underestimate the power of WordPress in accommodating these customers. Yes, WordPress had humble beginnings, and yes, it’s unassuming in its design. 

WordPress is the Houston Katy Freeway of CMS systems. In fact, it’s used by 43.0% of all websites, representing 65.1% of the CMS market share. Traffic is certainly not an issue. 

Furthermore, your choice of CMS should not be influenced by expected traffic. This mostly comes down to the quality of your host. Whether or not your website crashes during a sales event depends on the host you choose, not the CMS. So if you’re wondering how to follow the best scale a business via your WordPress website, make sure you choose an appropriate host for your requirements. 

7. It’s too slow 

One thing which can, admittedly, massively slow down your website is a poorly designed plugin. You might think that less is more, that fewer plugins necessarily mean faster loading speeds for your website, but that’s not necessarily true. Quality plays a much greater role in website speed than quantity. 

If you have 30 plugins with solid codes, that’s a lot better than having a couple of poorly designed plugins filled with bugs. You can get an idea of how the plugins are performing for other people based on ratings and reviews. If your website is loading very slowly or hiccuping a lot, take a look at your individual plugins and see what other people are saying about them. 

8. Won’t it look rubbish on my phone?

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Some websites do look a bit wonky and weird when you visit them on your cellphone, but this just comes down to the particular theme choice and design. It doesn’t pertain specifically to WordPress. When you’re choosing or changing your website appearance, make sure to preview how it looks on different devices before hitting the publish button. 

You can find some of the best WordPress theme companies with a bit of searching, and simplify your task with some external help. Since WordPress has grown so much over the last two decades, so have the jobs that surround it. 

There are a ton of developers in the world who are able to help with a whole host of different aspects of your website creation. There are also a lot of people working hard to make WordPress more user-friendly so that anyone can make a website.

WordPress isn’t as hard to use as you might think

Now that we’ve covered and dispelled any misconceptions you may have heard about WordPress, hopefully, you now feel confident to set up your e-commerce website, get your Skubana alternatives  and other plugins, choose a theme that matches your company brand, and after checking your website across different devices, launch your site into cyberspace. 

After a couple of tutorials and practice sessions playing with different layouts and using some plugins, you might be ready to show others how to make their own websites!

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