Five signs it’s time to quit using WordPress
Having thousands of themes to work with seems awesome at first. But trying to find the right one can be difficult. This can cause the owner to constantly change the theme of the website. This is one of the first signs that something is wrong.
WordPress still reigns supreme as the most popular CMS in the world. It is user-friendly, virtually free, and offers many additional features. That’s why website builders love to work with.
The software is used for everything from news aggregators to the official website of the President of the United States. Users are free to create whatever they want, whether it’s a homework platform, an online store, or a personal blog. If the website is simple enough, then WordPress works wonderfully.
But things can get tricky once the page gets big enough. The problems start to pile up as the number of plugins and features increases. Other issues can arise that push developers to abandon WordPress altogether. Users may experience the following issues while working with the CMS.
You can’t find a theme that works
Having thousands of themes to work with seems awesome at first. But trying to find the right one can be difficult. This can cause the owner to constantly change the theme of the website. This is one of the first signs that something is wrong. You can be drawn into this cycle and never be satisfied with what you have. The selected themes may work for a while, but very soon you will want to change them.
Maybe the design is broken or the functionality of the theme is lacking. Either way, it pushes WordPress users to move on. While it might sound good at first, it creates problems along the way. The most obvious is that the practice is a waste of time. After installing the theme package, you need to spend some time setting it up.
Calibrating the settings and seeing how they work with the previous settings is also time consuming. If there are any incompatibilities, users must correct them manually. Developers will also need time to explore new features.
Another downside to themes that change frequently is the destruction of the user experience. People who have visited the website know how to navigate. They also know what it looks like and can easily identify it. The brutal installation of a new theme throws everything out the window. Users will be confused and frustrated, which is quite understandable.
You try to fix everything with plugins
Most WordPress themes don’t have a lot of built-in features. That is why the developers try to add them by installing plugins. But having too many add-ons on the page can do more harm than good. Just one poorly designed plugin can make the website vulnerable to security breaches and slow down its performance.
Of course, to say that all WordPress add-ons are poorly coded is a bit of an exaggeration. The platform has a lot of decently crafted plugins. The problem is, there are over 50,000 add-ons available. Only experienced programmers can tell right from wrong. Not to mention that you risk every time you add a new feature to the page.
Owners may want to install plugins for the following features:
- Integration of electronic commerce;
- sharing on social networks;
- spam protection;
- live chat.
Many premium themes offer these features, eliminating the need for more plugins. But even they may not have all the necessary tools. This is why you should consider leaving WordPress for another platform.
You cannot create a landing page
Every website needs a landing page with no sidebar or navigation menu. This is so that visitors are not distracted by the call to action. Most free WordPress themes don’t have the ability to detach all page navigation. There are many variations that allow you to remove the sidebar. They are used for things like static home pages and single page websites.
But they don’t have the option to remove the navigation bar on specific pages. It is a key component of landing pages. A few free plugins can do the job, but their quality is questionable.
You cannot fix the bugs
It’s hugely disappointing when a theme or plugin doesn’t perform well. Worse yet, you find that no help is coming your way. This is the sad reality behind most free WordPress content. The developers respond once in a blue moon (if you’re lucky) or don’t respond at all.
If something is free, there is no guarantee that its creator has an interest in helping someone. But when the software is full of bugs and no one is fixing them, chances are, no one is working on the program.
In some cases, the latest plugin updates can cause a malfunction. In others, a feature may not work properly. This is when people who run their websites on WordPress need help from technical support.
If they’re lucky, they might be able to contact the developers or submit a support ticket. But if those options aren’t available, the only thing you need to do is scour the WordPress forums for answers. Maybe someone else has found a solution to your problem. But you might as well get no response at all.
You got hacked
WordPress users are aware that they should keep the CMS up to date for security reasons. But few of them know that you have to do the same for themes and plugins. Both of these components can be a source of security threats if they are not updated in a timely manner.
The problem is, the free content isn’t updated regularly. Additionally, most of the free themes are written with Base64 code, which is known as a primary target for spammers. They use it to hide malware, link injections, spam links, and malicious code.
Some of the telltale signs of a hack include changing the homepage. Owners may also receive browser notifications regarding the compromised site. The most obvious case is when you can enter the dashboard with your password.
If you’ve checked some or even all of the boxes, it’s time to move on to another CMS platform. There are many website builder services out there, including Wix, Squarespace, Webflow, and Joomla !. Each of them has its own characteristics and specialization. Spend time with each of them to find the best solution for you.
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