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The most common problems with Wordpress (and why you should consider new technology)

The most common problems with Wordpress (and why you should consider new technology)

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Arn Houthooft, 2017/11/22

Time for new technology

Initially released as a platform for blogging in 2003, Wordpress is now the dominant content management system on the internet, with about 32% of all websites running on WordPress.

That in mind, it probably doesn’t surprise you that most of our prospects wonder why they should even consider switching to alternative technology.

WordPress managed to grow thanks to a large community building themes, plugins, widgets, and other features. But because WordPress is being used for something it wasn’t designed to do, it struggles with a lot of problems. That is why we believe that it is time for new technology to take enter the market.

We listed the most common problems and frustrations with WordPress, and want to tell you how cloud web design platforms - like SiteManager - tackle or solve these issues.

Plugins are necessary

WordPress comes with a number of themes which you can use to create web pages. But the basic software lacks many necessary features and some features - such as SEO settings - are insufficient. That’s why many people feel the need to use third party plugins to fill the void.

These plugins can be great and for many people plugins are one of the advantages of WordPress. But the best plugins are usually not free, and if they are, they come with a lot of headaches.

At SiteManager we build all integrations and plugins in-house. This way the platform produces clean and optimized code, ensuring a great pagespeed score. We can also guarantee that our plugins will always stay supported and will remain compatible with your website.

Editing themes

There are over 6000 themes in the WordPress theme library at the moment. For many designers, these themes are helpful to get started.

But sometimes web designers feel limited by these themes, because they are hard (or even impossible) to edit. A common frustration is that changes to the theme get undone after updating.

I’m not a fully skilled front-end developer, but I master html5 and CSS. I wanted to create unique designs and started changing the code of the templates. But these templates are not made for editing. I started losing time and I got frustrated.
- Sofie Liesenborghs, graphic design studio Atelier Per Twee

SiteManager offers you the choice: the freedom to start from scratch, or the convenience to start from a theme. We have a variety of themes available in our library, which can be fully customized. With the developer application, you are able to access the code and make the necessary changes.

Security issues

WordPress is open source, which means that anyone can find the source code and learn how it works. For experience developers, this can be an advantage, as it allows for customization when you know what you are doing. But it could also make your website vulnerable and compromised.

If you’re building websites in WordPress, you’re also fully responsible for providing an SSL, doing updates, maintenance and hosting.

SiteManager offers you an all-in-one solution. We run a safe and secure system, set up the hosting, provide your website with an SSL, and keep everything running smooth. You have a single point of contact for everything.

Updates

WordPress regularly releases updates. If you are running a small setup, these will often happen automatically. These updates make sure that security issues are fixed and your website is safe.

But updating the system can cause problems. Often the automatic updates will fail because of some customization. The updates can also cause plugins or themes to malfunction or to become incompatible, and these problems can be time-consuming to fix.

I underestimated the time spent to update the WordPress versions on my server. I built over 20 websites in WordPress when I realized something had to change.
- Sofie Liesenborghs, graphic design studio Atelier Per Twee

SiteManager takes this weight of your shoulders. We take care of updating your websites, and we make sure that the plugins that are available in our library are up-to-date and compatible.

Customized Back-end

Every WordPress website has a different customization, and this means the back-end of each website is different.

It can be frustrating for individuals or agencies to learn how every specific WordPress account is set up, just to make simple changes to it. These different back-ends can also waste a lot of your time when troubleshooting issues.

In SiteManager the backend is much more consistent, because the code, the integrations and plugins are made in-house. f you run into trouble, our customer success team can easily understand your website’s configuration and help you out.

Slow Pagespeed

WordPress simply isn’t the fastest platform out there and trying to speed it up can be tricky, especially when you’re running third party plugins and customized themes that bloat your code.

But pagespeed is becoming more important for a few reasons. We’ve discussed this in this blog. Having a slow website can reduce customer satisfaction and causes visitors to leave your website. It can also impact your SEO performance, as Google’s algorithm takes page load time into account.

SiteManager delivers optimized and clean code, because we build all themes and integrations in-house. Building an optimized website for your client becomes child’s play with our Pagespeed module that enables you to speed up your website with a single click.

Frequent Error Messages

If you’re working with WordPress, you’ll probably have encountered syntax errors or even the “white screen of death”. These can leave you frustrated, as you don’t get much information about the problem.

The advantage of using WordPress is that there’s a large community and a lot of information to be found online. But looking for an answer to your particular problem can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack.

SiteManager comes with a dedicated customer success team ready to help you when you get into trouble. Stop losing time trying to find answers and enjoy the advantage of having a single point of contact for all your problems.

No Backups

WordPress doesn’t come with a built-in backup system. Unless you take precautions by installing another plugin for backups, you are potentially at risk of losing all your data.

SiteManager makes a backup of your website every day, and our customer success team will help you out when you run into trouble.

URL structure and the lack of SEO settings

The default WordPress URL structure - a mish-mash of the post ID, date, title, category - is far from pretty and poorly optimized for search engines, so you’ll have to get that fixed. And if you truly want to optimize for search engines, you’ll need another (sigh) plugin to enable you to change those settings.

SiteManager comes with a complete SEO Toolstack, making it very easy for you to optimize your websites for search engines.

Consider an alternative

WordPress is a good platform to build websites. But for designers and developers it can be frustrating to work with.

Perhaps you could consider switching to an alternative. SiteManager is a time-saving toolstack for designers and front-end coders to build websites in the cloud - working alone, with freelancers or in team.

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