Top 5 Disadvantages of using WordPress
1. WP Security Vulnerability
A well-known food blogger recently had her very popular WP site hacked. She reported that it took her team 2 WEEKS to finally get her site back online. Having your WP site hacked is no fun…there are many places where hackers can hide their snippets of spammy malicious code making it time-consuming and difficult to clean up.
Why is WordPress so Easy to Hack?
Every website can be susceptible to hackers to varying degrees. Nonetheless, a custom website would mean that a hacker would have to target your website specifically.
A WP site on the other hand, is more vulnerable to attacks because it’s open source, which means hackers can target millions of WP sites at the same time using a bot (a software application or script) to automatically exploit any known vulnerabilities. Once a WP site has been hacked, it can be extremely difficult to fix.
WordPress also relies on a community of developers to come up with the resources you’ll need to customize it…this of course includes themes and plugins. Every theme and/or plugin you use on a WP site is written by a different person AND since there’s no one in particular who monitors WordPress themes or plugins, what this means is that there could be a bug in the theme or plugin you use on your WP site.
Additionally, with WordPress, even just a single plugin can allow access to your admin dashboard so unless you’re actively taking measures to secure your WP site, then you can’t be totally assured regarding it’s safety.
Moreover, WP runs on PHP and stores important details in your MYSQL database which leaves it open to potential SQL injection attacks. Being vulnerable to brute force attacks is also one significant disadvantage of using WordPress.
2. WP Performance
Most people don’t realize how much needs CPU power and memory it takes to run WordPress. To have decent performance, you may need to use a caching plug-in, but even so, it’s still a resources hog on the server end. If your site uses a lot of plugins and a premium theme, then you might need to get managed WordPress hosting.
3. WP Updates
One of the things that many of us really hate about WordPress are the frequent updates needed to fix security vulnerabilities.
If you forget or postpone a WP update, this could mean serious trouble for your website’s security. Another drawback is that your WP updates could possible break your site, forcing you to backup your data and files.
4. WP Lacks Dedicated Support
Since WordPress is open source, there is no official technical support department you can call or email for individual needs. Your only recourse is to search online for WP support forums and post your question and hope that someone responds and that whomever does respond has a solution.
5. WP Plugins
WordPress plugins are written by third-party developers. Inevitably, this results in some of these plugins having security vulnerabilities and performance and compatibility issues. Support for some WP plugins can also be limited.
Also, the more WP plugins you run, you may typically experience slower WP site performance as well as potential conflicts that cause plugins not to work correctly or break.