Is WordPress still a good choice?

Christian Mejlak

Christian Mejlak

30 Sep 2019

I get asked this question often, so I thought it would be a good idea to have it written down.

Like anything it has it’s pros and cons, so deciding if it’s a good fit boils down to your use case. Here are some points to help you decide.

The Good

The Bad

So, should I use WordPress?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is it depends what you’re using it for. If it’s to manage content, like news, a blog, a portfolio. Go for it. If on the other hand you’ll try to transform it into a project management app, a booking system (things that it’s not intended to do), there are better alternatives.

Why it matters that it’s open source

When choosing a CMS you have to think long term. While the look of the site will change from time to time, the content will remain the same. Think of a news website. When a website redesign is done, all the articles, whether written 5 years ago or yesterday are still there.

This doesn’t mean you can’t change the CMS down the road. But transferring content from one CMS to another is not always easy and straight forward.

All privately owned CMSs rely on profit generated to keep designing and developing new features. If you decide to go with a private CMS, and there are plenty of good ones. Contentful, Ghost, Butter CMS just to name a few.

You’re basically betting on their existence for at least the next 10 years.

Let’s say the company goes bust. what will happen to your content?

What if the company decides to double their subscription fee (most operate on subscription model)? Would it still make business sense?

On the other hand, if development of WordPress was halted (and I’m sure it won’t anytime soon) I’m sure the opensource community will keep patching and developing new features for the coming years.

For some businesses it might make perfect sense to go the route of a privately-owned CMS. For others no. You know what’s best for you.

Is WordPress the only option?

Definitely no. There’s October CMS. I haven’t played much with it, but it’s built on top of Laravel a very popular, robust php framework.

One that I’m really keeping an eye on is Strapi. Built on top of Node and looks very promising.

And I’m sure there are many more, which I’m not familiar with.

What got me to write this post wasn’t to make a CMS comparison of sorts. WordPress gets a lot of bad rep. Most of the times unfounded.

It is used by household names like BBC, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Tech Crunch and many more. If they don’t have issues using it, probably neither should you.