Is WordPress Still Worth Using in 2021?

Over 40 percent of the websites run on WordPress. Despite its popularity, it has come under fire for a number of reasons, and people are wondering if it’s even worth it in 2021.

What are the main problems with WordPress? Why does it stay popular? Could it be abandoned in favor of alternative hosting platforms anytime soon?

Let’s find out.

The 3 biggest mistakes of WordPress

 Is WordPress Still Worth Using in 2021?

WordPress has some issues that cast doubt on its future. Here are the three critical ones.

1. Security Risks

WordPress is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Around 90 percent of the hacked CMS-based websites use WordPress.

Its popularity makes WordPress a preferred target for hackers. By detecting a vulnerability in the core software or any plug-in, hackers can gain access to thousands of websites. With a large number of plugins and themes available, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in any of them to compromise your website.

WordPress users are partly responsible for these security vulnerabilities. Using outdated core software or plugins and the lack of effective security measures make your website more vulnerable to hackers.

If security is your main concern, we recommend using a more secure CMS like MODX or using WordPress security plugins.

2. Slow loading speeds

A fast loading website not only helps your Google ranking, it also prevents visitors from jumping elsewhere.

WordPress requires more server resources and in most cases has redundant code, resulting in a slow website. Using excessive plugins or heavy themes makes WordPress websites even more sluggish.

If you want to build a simple website that doesn’t require frequent changes, static websites can offer better loading speeds.

Related: Use a Static Site Generator to Build a Fast Website

3. The need for plugins

From caching to the contact form, you need a WordPress plugin for most of the basic functions.

While you can easily find a suitable plugin for any purpose, installing too many plugins will slow down your website. Using multiple plugins can cause compatibility issues.

Despite thousands of free plugins, you have to purchase premium versions if you want to stand out from the crowd and enjoy advanced features. These subscription-based paid plugins can dramatically increase the cost of running your website.

Why is WordPress still so popular?

 Is WordPress Still Worth Using in 2021?

What makes WordPress so popular despite its many disadvantages?

Despite the issues discussed above, WordPress is still a powerful and popular CMS. Let’s see why.

1. Ease of use

Setting up a website with WordPress is extremely easy and straightforward. A person with some basic computer skills can go live with their website using WordPress. Its intuitive user interface makes it easy to navigate through the dashboard.

There is a huge and helpful community using WordPress. If you ever run into a problem with WordPress (or even some of its popular themes and plugins), you can find tons of solutions on the WordPress support forum or seek personal advice from members.

The presence of this large and supportive community makes WordPress a popular choice for beginners.

3. Tons of themes, plugins, and features

The abundance of WordPress themes and plugins is also an advantage. You can choose the theme that reflects your brand identity without having to rewrite your website from scratch.

Aside from add-ons, you can customize the code to suit your needs. If you can’t code yourself, finding a freelance WordPress developer for a cheap price is easy.

4. Versatility

With WordPress, you don’t have to worry if your CMS will support the type of website you want to build. From blogs and portfolios to e-commerce stores and e-learning sites, use WordPress to build whatever you want using plugins and customizations.

Gutenberg Block Editor: A new way to publish content

The WordPress editor had stayed the same over the years. Recently, however, WordPress released a new text editor called Gutenberg to radically change the way we publish content.

 Is WordPress Still Worth Using in 2021?

With the advent of intuitive blogging platforms, a change was definitely needed. However, the complete overhaul of the WordPress editor met with a divisive reaction from the community.

Some webmasters loved the new block editor because it allows them to easily add rich content. While others thought it was too complicated and preferred to stick with the classic editor.

WordPress 5.0 and higher versions use the Gutenberg editor by default. Hence, the users who preferred the older version forked WordPress into ClassicPress. In addition, the WordPress team has published a plugin itself, with which you can switch back to the classic editor even with the latest WordPress versions.

Outdated Website Builders: How Does WordPress Compare?

This Google Trends chart shows how WordPress got popular over time as other website builders became obsolete.

 Is WordPress Still Worth Using in 2021?

Since the dawn of the World Wide Web, some website builders / CMS have become out of date after years of popularity. Let’s look at a few.

1. Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver was originally developed by Macromedia and is software for designing and developing HTML web pages. There is a WYSIWYG editor for beginners, while professionals can use Code View to access and edit the code.

Although it’s still available, there are better and cheaper options out there.

2. Yahoo! GeoCities

GeoCities was a web hosting service that allowed users to create websites and serve ads on them for free. While never a professional website builder, GeoCities has been a popular choice for blog and personal website building. Yahoo acquired GeoCities and discontinued it in 2009 (in the US).

You can view the archived pages of GeoCities here to relive your memories.

3. Microsoft FrontPage

Introduced in 1995, FrontPage was another WYSIWYG HTML editor that made it possible for non-developers to easily create websites. After several replacements with other tools, Microsoft has discontinued it.

4. PHP Nuke

PHP-Nuke was a clunky but powerful CMS. As the name suggests, it was written in PHP. As a fork of thatware messages, it enabled website editors and users to post articles and comments and create a forum of sorts. Although the open source code is still available, PHP-Nuke is no longer worth considering.

Is WordPress dying?

For most people, WordPress is still a great choice. It’s simple, powerful, and free. While it has some shortcomings, you can use plugins to overcome them.

Despite the mixed feedback, the development of the Gutenberg block editor is an encouraging sign. Hopefully we’ll see more improvements in the future.

At least for now, WordPress is going nowhere. With WordPress’ aging technology, it will become obsolete at some point in the future. Hence, you should start exploring more advanced alternatives.

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Syed Hammad Mahmood
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Syed Hammad Mahmood, born and resident in Pakistan, is a writer at MakeUseOf. He has been surfing the Internet since childhood, finding tools and tricks to get the most out of the latest technologies. In addition to technology, he loves football and is a proud culer.

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July 15, 2021