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WordPress is one of the most powerful content management systems on the web.  If you need to build a website or start a blog it can be the best option to get your website or blog online.  But it wouldn’t be helpful just to focus on the positive items alone.  It’s important for you to focus on what WordPress is and what it’s not and how it can help you.

My goal is to empower businesses and individuals to be able to find the best tool for their website.  This should be a relatively easy but important decision.  Let’s get to the pros and cons of using WordPress for your website.

Pro: WordPress is open source.

What does open source mean?  It means WordPress is free (in laymen’s terms).  You as the user do not have to pay anyone for the software.  It’s free to download edit and use as you like under the GPL license.  This is great if you don’t have the budget to have a back-end system custom built for your website.  This will save you a lot of time and cost towards getting your website online.

Con: WordPress is open source.

See what I did there?  Some companies are scared to use WordPress simply because there IS no license attached to it.  You are not buying WordPress to use exclusively for your website because it’s being freely used by millions of other websites and their users.  You are using (or leveraging) WordPress for your website and it’s content.  If you need a system tailored for your needs inside and out then WordPress might not be the best option for you.

Pro: WordPress is Easy to use for content

With millions of users worldwide and a huge community of open source developers providing feedback and support for WordPress it has been extremely easy to use.  From the moment you login until the moment you log-out you can easily take care of creating and editing content for your website. If you’re looking for help getting started with WordPress please visit WP101 for helpful video tutorials.

Con: Updating WordPress

This is the other side of using WordPress is being prepared for how to keep it running at optimum performance.  WordPress has consistent updates that improve the platform and you should update.  But this takes knowing about WordPress security and backing your website up.  There are great resources available to know about WordPress security concerns.  Check out a great article from Sucuri Security regarding WordPress security.


In most cases you will find WordPress the easiest tool to use that’s available to use for a content management system.  Especially for open source software like Drupal and Joomla.  If you’re a small business owner and you’re considering WordPress we’re here to help answer any questions you might have. 

Cody Landefeld

co-founder at Mode Effect. ECommerce consultant. Coram deo.

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