Is WordPress the best solution for you?

When it comes to blogging, WordPress is probably the first software you should look at. WordPress is an open source, hence free to use. WordPress has developed for a long time and is now in version 3.0 and has numerous features, thousands of themes and advanced plugins required for most types of development.

Every technology has its own pros and cons and WordPress is no exception. Here are some features that are not so advanced in WordPress and what options WordPress you have at your disposal.

1. Perfect Content Management System:
While WordPress can be used as a content management system, it is still a blog platform. A good content management system has more flexibility to include customized types of posts, including animated movies. While this can be achieved in WordPress, other content management systems like drupal [drupal.org] modx and joomla do better work on this.

2. Ecommerce System
Again, ecommerce is something that WordPress was not meant to provide. There are some plugins that are fairly basic and offer no functionality whatsoever, compared with other software. For example, US trade, magento [magentocommerce.com] Zen Cart, Drupal with ubercart are very advanced software when it comes to ecommerce. Magento is very advanced and is only suitable for big stores. Drupal with ubercart [ubercart.org] on the other hand is very advanced, has easy functionality to add affiliate programs, coupons and brochures. Also, when your website has a lot of content, blogs, forums and when you want to add a store to the store, drupal with ubercart is the perfect solution.

3. Adding a platform
Adding a forum to your website is actually a few clicks in drupal. I do not remember any kind of add-ons that come even close to this feature in WordPress.

4. Free web hosting
Also, while WordPress is free, you still have to pay for your website. There are some services that offer free web hosting and also contain free website builder . You can host your own websites for free with devhub and also create unlimited subdomains. There are tons of well-organized extras that make Devhub a great platform, but the number of themes offered is rather limited compared to WordPress. Blogger also has free hosting services, but website builder is not good enough to build a complete website.

5. Upgrade and Maintenance
One of the biggest problems I've experienced with WordPress is the need to update the WordPress kernel as well as themes and add-ons. If you have a WordPress site for a year, you're likely to update at least 6 times and overcome the pain of updating plug-ins and coordination. This is the case with Drupal, Joomla et al. Also, and as an independent service company like blogger or devhub is a great choice, from this point of view.

6. Security
WordPress is an open source, uses mysql and the vast majority of users usually place it in shared hosting space. This makes WordPress not so secure, there are high security crashes, Mysql injection, and other security issues that require constant updating and maintenance. Again, a good free webhosting service like blogger, devhub, WordPress.com can easily avoid these problems.

Having mentioned all of these disadvantages, WordPress is still a great platform and offers great flexibility. But when it comes to your needs, WordPress can not be an ideal choice in any case. This list of software and services can help you make a better decision based on your needs.

Source by Barbi Bharadwaj

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