WordPress is becoming more and more popular these days, and almost everyone who travels on the Internet has heard about it. People often do not know exactly what it is for, what it offers and how it works . This gives rise to various myths and assumptions that may be based on the truth, but what is really hidden behind them may surprise you.
- WordPress.org and WordPress.com are the same .
The people behind WordPress admit that it’s a bit confusing. Both variants have their advantages and disadvantages . WordPress.org offers a free downloadable application that allows you to build a complete website. WordPress.com , on the other hand, is a service that gives you the opportunity to create a blog or a simple site for free. The basic differences from the self-managed version are:
- You don’t have access to the files (but you don’t have to worry about anything and pay for hosting and administration).
- You can’t upload your own modules (but there are quite a few, you can find everything basic there).
- The same goes for topics.
- Custom domain and other customization options are provided for a fee.
- WordPress is for blogs only.
Big mistake. In recent years, WordPress has become a very solid content management system, the possibilities of which are limited only by your creativity. With a certain amount of optimization and expertise, massive portals can also be built with it.
- WordPress is not a professional web application.
Although it may depend on your point of view, the growing interest in its implementation in all spheres (blog, company presentation, portal, e-shop, forum, community website …) speaks for itself. More and more companies are reaching for it in creating web solutions, including names such as Ford , the Wall Street Journal and the US government.
- WordPress can only run on Linux servers.
The information is untrue and WordPress also runs smoothly on Windows. You don’t have to worry about losing some of the functionality or losing permanent links. Everything works very well.
- I need to know how to program in PHP.
All you need to create a good-looking blog or smaller website on WordPress is a little patience and a desire to experiment. Thousands of modules and themes will help you.
- Too many modules slow down the page .
It really depends on the situation. Some modules are slow, others fast and some have absolutely no effect on speed. Some of them can even speed up your site.
- Inactive modules and themes slow down the page .
Disabled modules and themes have absolutely no effect on the speed of your site. But it’s a good idea to keep them up to date with other things as well. This avoids unnecessary errors that previous versions may contain and, of course, you do not expose your site to security risks. In case you do not need the module or theme, delete it / it and it will not load unnecessarily.
- Many revisions and items in the Trash slow down the webpage.
The number of revisions also has no effect on this, as WordPress is intelligent enough not to load them on the page and they only appear in the control panel. However, their accumulation overwhelms the database, which can grow rapidly and take up more space (Caution! Some hosting providers have relatively small quotas on the size of the database).
- WordPress is not secure.
WordPress can be as secure as any other site on the Internet, it just depends on its operator. However, history speaks for itself: in the last two years, there has been no major security hole in it, and for most hacked sites, it has been due to the unprofessionalism and lightness of its users, as well as poorly secured web hosts. So you need to be careful what extensions you install where you host and try to update everything to the latest available versions as soon as possible.
- Websites built on WordPress are of low quality.
With so many sites running on WordPress, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of amateur trials and low-budget solutions. Again, be aware that it is not WordPress who makes these sites unusable and terrible to look at, but their creators and administrators. You will find many quality and interesting web projects among them.
- Improving SEO on WordPress is very difficult.
WordPress is well optimized for search engines and integrates a number of features that can help. Of course, in order to get to the top of your dream keywords, you need more than a well-made website and a few modules activated. However, these are not to be discarded at all and with their good combination they can work wonders.
- I can’t use WordPress as an online store.
As mentioned above, WordPress has a really wide range of uses. Choose what you need … an e-shop , an advertising portal , a forum , a social network or anything else you can think of .
- WordPress is very poorly documented.
And who told you that? Take a look at the code or directly into the code and I believe you will find many useful answers and tips.
- Where can I buy WordPress?
WordPress is open source and is therefore provided to everyone for free under the GPL2 license. Never pay to download a basic installation !
- Is that all WordPress can do?
You don’t want to tell me that you’ve gone through all over 19,946 modules and over 1,538 topics. As everywhere, Google is your friend, for others you have this blog and our forum .
An article on WPMU.org inspired me to clarify these myths.