There is one question that I dread to hear from a client: "Can you build me a Wordpress website?” To be honest, I dread not only Wordpress but all off-the-shelf CMS products like Wordpress and Joomla.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly think that Wordpress has its place, for example this blog is written in Joomla, but the trend lately has unfortunately been to push it to do more and more - and this is when you can run into trouble.
So, what do I 'dread' about Wordpress and its usage?
Wordpress relies on a large number of third party developers to build the plugins that give you the added functionality. There are literally thousands on the market and many are free. However, what happens when these developers stop working on the plugin and no longer update it for newer versions of Wordpress? You can face a situation where your site becomes vulnerable to hackers or even stops working altogether. You are also stuck with the functionality of that plugin. Many plugins are open source and you can change the code but then this usually stops you being able to install updates in the future.
Think about how you use Microsoft Word. Do you ever use all of the functionality? I would be surprised if you use more than 20%. CMS websites like Wordpress have a similar issue. It has all sorts of functionality on offer - which means that your website will include a lot of code you will never use, and as a result, your website will be slower than it had needed to be. That is unfortunate for your users and for Google, where one of the measures of SEO is speed.
One thing I like to say to a client is that "You know your business better than we do”. In the past it was quite common to adapt the business to new technologies available. Technology today is much more flexible and you should be able to make the technology you use accommodate how you do business. If it is not broken, do not fix it!
The alternative to a CMS site is to build a bespoke site. You would be surprised to learn that this is not as nearly ad expensive as you may think. Here at DragonStack, our team of in-house developers based on the Costa Blanca are happy to build you a solution that does exactly what you need it to do, website, database, mobile app, telephone system, it does not matter. Give us a challenge, we will rise to it!