Pros and Cons of WordPress and Themes

Many entrepreneurs who are eager to start up their own website usually feel scared and unsure of how to do it or what it takes. Who do I turn to? Am I getting a reasonable price? How do I trust the work when I know nothing about code or websites? These are all very common feelings. There are many unknowns that make it easy to feel paralyzed making these technology choices. And there are so many!

One of the most common routes for people to take when they build a website is a managed WordPress site. WordPress is very user-friendly for beginners as well as many web design firms use it.

According to Forbes [SOURCE], WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in the world, being used by nearly 75 million websites.

WordPress Pros and Cons

WordPress is very user-friendly. Regardless of which WordPress package you have, it is a very quick setup. Registering your domain name is easy, downloading a theme you find visually appealing takes seconds. WordPress package makes it easy to replace placeholder elements, and perhaps the most important thing is that most themes will be responsive without you having to make any adjustments.

The Business Package for WordPress is essential for any website that has a lot of content. There is a huge library of plug-ins from third-party developers that help with almost any aspect of a website. Plug-ins can add functionality to your site that would have otherwise required hours of coding complex php, or java scripts. An example is a plug-in that makes a simple contact form that the user would fill out, click a submit button and have the website email you the message content. Users should use plug-ins sparingly however because each plug-in does pull in a considerable amount of code that can make the website and web builders quite “heavy.” It leads to a site running slowly.

WordPress’ only con is that it depends so heavily on a theme. This is more of a problem in WordPress’ basic packages as WordPress removes the option to code HTML outside of merely formatting paragraphs and spans manually. WordPress does allow you to customize the CSS of a theme, which is an override and not editing the actual CSS file. Not being able to edit the HTML and CSS means that you are confined to the theme.

Many functions that you would have thought would be included in the most basic WordPress package are not. It is essential that you have the Business package to use plug-ins that provide vital functionality such as the option to duplicate documents/pages.

PROS

  • User-friendly
  • Themes are easy to switch out content
  • Plug-ins for almost any function
  • Easy blog posting
  • Beginners can use this
  • WordPress can be used by experts and beginners

CONS

  • Difficult to customize themes
  • No HTML coding in Basic Packages

Getting Started

Make sure you find someone you trust to help you get started. If you are looking to do any of the management on your site yourself, WordPress will be a good choice. You will be able to find a visually appealing theme and customize it without running into many issues. If you truly want your site to stand out, you will need to implement some of your own CSS and HTML to make it unique.

If you’re not sure where to begin, QBR is equipped with web designers that can guide you through the entire process of starting your website. QBR will even help you implement marketing plans, create membership sites, email opt-ins and so much more.