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

Did you ever get frustrated with WordPress?

So did we.

In fact, it’s the reason why we started building our own platform.

Time for new technology

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

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.

Cloud technology and SaaS platforms are conquering the market.That is why we believe that it is time for cloud technology to innovate over the web design 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 websites. But to build a website that fits the needs of customer, third party plugins quickly become necessary.

These plugins can be great, and for many people plugins are one of the advantages of WordPress. But finding the right plugin can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. If you finally find the one that fits your needs, you don’t have any guarantees that these plugins will continue to be updated and supported.

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.

The Hidden Cost of Themes

“There are also hidden costs: the maintenance of themes, the plugins, and the server. These things take time and add to the total cost of the website.”
- Lino Meert (Yools)

There are over 6000 themes in the WordPress theme library at the moment. Although these themes are a good way to get started in WordPress, many web designers feel limited by these themes, because they don’t meet their requirements.

Designers then flee to themes built by third parties sold on marketplaces such as Themeforest or Envato. These themes can be expensive and you risk being stuck with a theme that will stop being supported in the future.

Above that, nearly every premium theme comes with a necessary set of third-party plugins, which will bloat your website and make it slower.

SiteManager offers you the choice: the freedom to start from scratch, or the convenience to start from one of our modular themes.. We have a variety of themes available in our library which can be fully customized. With the developer application, you are able to access and edit the code and build any components you need.

Security issues

WordPress is open source, which means that anyone can find the source code and learn how it works. For experienced 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: a safe and secure system, automated hosting setup and maintenance, and a free SSL certificate for each of your projects. You have one 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 APT

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.

SiteManager comes with a centralized dashboard from which you can access all your live and draft projects. Each project has the same functional interface, which could be optimized by installing components that suit the individual needs of your customer. In the visual CMS, editing components is as easy as filling out forms. If you run into trouble, our customer success team can easily understand your website’s configuration and help you out.

Slow Pagespeed

Trying to speed up your WordPress website 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. 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. All our themes and components are pagespeed optimized. Building a fast 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.

Time to consider an alternative

WordPress can be a good platform to build websites. But it can also be time-consuming and a hassle to work with.

Perhaps you could consider trying out 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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