Sooner or later many Internet users come to the idea of creating their own website. This, at least, is interesting. Its resource will make it possible to become famous and even earn. Of course, the road is a thorny one. But where do I start? It turns out that there is a fairly simple and widespread content management system – WordPress. It has an extensive scope of application – from blogs to complex news feeds and online stores.
But the more popular the system, the more myths and rumors go about it. The advantages and disadvantages are exaggerated, which hinders the objective evaluation of systems. Myths become so rooted that it becomes incomprehensible – what is true and what is false. That’s why you should consider the basic myths about WordPress – such a popular and simple system.
Because of the many plug-ins, the site will become slow.
Actually, there can not be an unequivocal opinion, too many factors must be taken into account. Platform developers say that some of the plugins are slow by themselves, others are fast, and others do not have any impact on the performance of the engine at all. In addition, do not forget about the existence of such plug-ins, which, on the contrary, only speed up the work of the site.
The presence of inactive plug-ins in the engine is inadmissible – they will slow down the work.
Inactive plug-ins generally do not affect the performance of the site. But forget about them is not necessary – even inactive plug-ins must be updated. After all, older versions are vulnerable to vulnerabilities, which jeopardizes the security of the entire site.
The presence of inactive themes in the engine is inadmissible and will also slow down the work.
As with inactive plug-ins, unused themes do not affect the operation of the site in any way. But in this case it is worth remembering the need to update to the latest versions.
A large number of revisions will slow down the site.
Actually, there is no influence here either. The developers say that WordPress is smart enough to ignore both the number of revisions and the change for the site itself. In the built-in MySQL database, many versions do not affect the speed of working with queries. Only here the mention of versions requires for itself an additional place, gradually increasing the size of the base.
You should always clean the site’s shopping cart and delete unpublished entries, otherwise the site will start to run slowly.
Do not think that the site is slow because of the accumulation of garbage in the basket, old records. Reasons are the same as in the case of site versions. Just old articles will occupy some place.
The WordPress system is created exclusively for blogs.
The fact that the engine works well with blogs is not a secret. But do not limit them to some functional. This open source platform allows you to manage content not only in blogs, but also in online stores, as an option.
WordPress is only for amateurs, for professional projects it is not suitable.
For its official websites, WordPress is used by many government agencies and professional companies. You can mention the Ford concern, the US Department of Health, the Wall Street Journal. Would these professional organizations use the amateur product?
Sites on WordPress are generally of poor quality.
On the Internet, you can really find a lot of frankly bad sites, created based on WordPress. But their quality was the result of not choosing the wrong engine. Just the designers and developers of the project could not make full use of the opportunities provided by WordPress. You can find many projects with excellent design. This is the CNN site, Number 10 Downing Street. There are even high-quality collections of sites on WordPress, which clearly demonstrate all the features of the engine. Simply, its simplicity and accessibility served him a bad service – on WordPress they began to create their “masterpieces” all, to whom not laziness.
WordPress has problems with network security.
It would be foolish to say that this product does not have “holes”. But they also have much more complex products. WordPress strives to be as safe as possible. Experience shows that in the last couple of years this system has no long-term threats and “holes”. And the user himself should think about precautions. We have already talked about the need to update even outdated plug-ins and themes. Yes, and the new releases of WordPress come out quite regularly. It is worth remembering that the cause of hacking the site may not be the engine itself, but problems with the hosting company. On the other hand, it can also help to resist some attacks. WordPress is very demanding on resources.
If you compare the engine with bare HTML code that does not work with databases, then WordPress really will require more system resources. But if we start comparing the engine with direct competitors, then it turns out that there are no obvious leaders, like outsiders. The speed of the same depends on many factors – this is the optimization of scripts, the number of requests to the database and its size, disk speed, number of I / O operations, plug-ins. If the engine and the server are configured correctly, and the server that takes into account the specifics of the site, then this guarantees speed.
Development on WordPress is extremely cheap.
Often potential customers are surprised when they find out the price for the implementation of their project. It turns out that the development on WordPress is not so cheap. In fact, it must be understood that we are talking about man-hours, which determine the cost of the project. You can try to do something yourself. But is the goal just a page? Indeed, the quality project is somewhat different from the installation of the topic and the change of places of a couple of elements. With full development, the work plan is made up, and the template is made from scratch. All the necessary components are written specially for the site by programmers. Then the project needs to be tested again, to check the quality of its work. A serious project, even if made on the basis of WordPress, requires attention and careful work. This is what determines the cost of development.
The free engine just can not be good.
This myth is quite funny. In fact, there is little reason to use paid CMS. What can they give? They talk about security, support … But in any free solution of this kind all this is, because it supports a large team of developers and users. What is the point of paying first for the purchase, and then the subscription fee for support? These costs are meaningless. CMS companies are forced to test their base, develop it, and test security. All this requires a means, which are provided by users. But with the free engines the situation is quite different. Large projects have rallied thousands of users. They test the product, write for it additions, corrections. And it really is a powerful and effective support for those people who are directly interested in the quality work of the product. Paid CMS is usually deprived of such communities around itself, because in commercial code, especially digging is simply not given. The conclusions are simple – most confirm the effectiveness of such free CMS, like WordPress.
WordPress does not support its users in any way.
If the user is looking for some magic phone number, where he will be answered by all the exciting questions, then he really does not exist. However, do not think that the question of the system’s operation, errors in it will not find an answer. WordPress.org has an excellent forum, codex.WordPress.org has detailed documentation, and there are many fans of the engine on social networks. The community of WordPress users is so large that it usually takes a few minutes to find answers to the question – surely someone once faced such a problem.Do not forget to share with your other experiences, perhaps someone in turn will also be useful.
There is no way to participate in WordPress support.
Anyone can help to become a better engine. And for this there are many ways. It is possible to donate money for the development of the project, make a description of it, develop themes for it, plug-ins. This is exactly what thousands of WordPress users do.
WordPress requires special hosting.
Some people think that such a popular site management system, like WordPress, requires special hosting. Let’s face it, he really has certain qualities. However, this does not mean that the usual hosting of WordPress will not arise. It is best to immediately pay attention to paid offers, there is an option and from 1 dollar. The subject matter of the site is unimportant – initial spending will be small. There are no exact hosting requirements for installing WordPress, but you will definitely need to be able to work with MySQL databases starting with the fifth version, as well as the ability to set the maximum number of these databases. It will be necessary to support PHP, because it is in this language that WordPress is written. Best of all, if hosting works with the latest versions. To install the engine at home, you need a web server based on Apache or Denver. Further work of CMS will be improved already with the help of installed plug-ins.