WordPress is great tool; that is if you use it wisely and not try to work around it, but instead, with it. WordPress has lots of benefits for its users. For example, it is easy to update content, it has SEO integration, flexible ecommerce options, responsive themes that are optimized for tablets and mobile, it has built-in blogging, some big companies swear by it, and it has a large community.

But like everything, its perks are limited. As mentioned previously, WordPress is a great tool. It is hands down the best tool for some projects, but not so much for others. Think of it like hammers. Amazing tool for a lot of things, but a toolbox needs more than just a hammer to be efficient. A carpenter needs more than one hammer in order to get his job done, but for some jobs, a hammer is all the carpenter needs. It all depends on the project and its needs.

WordPress lets its users adapt the platform in endless ways, by installing plugins. These help customize and make your WordPress website unique for you and your needs, while keeping the simplicity of the platform. However, like everything in excess, once users get carried away installing plugins, the utility of WordPress starts going down, and the website just becomes a mess.

This happens when users stop working with WordPress, and start working around WordPress.

Usually the reasoning behind using WordPress and then installing plugins is to save time, money and complexity. This works perfectly, but can start causing trouble if misused. Once users add more and more plugins to the platform, it adds complexity. If complexity in WordPress increases, the return of using WordPress decreases. Hence, if the needs of your project are X and will never be really far from X, then WordPress is the best option. But if instead you know your project will expand beyond WordPress’ abilities, using custom software development tools from the beginning is a better option.

This is a bigger investment in the beginning and surely more complex to understand, but by creating software specifically for your project’s needs, you are able to create exactly what you need, and also expand with your project, without overusing WordPress and pushing it to its limits.

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It is important to understand where your project is at, its needs, and also the tradeoffs of the each of the softwares. If what your project needs is a WordPress site, then it is key to work within the limitations and to thoroughly understand all its benefits.
This is why before taking on a project you should ask yourself, “is WordPress the right tool? Or should we invest in different tools now, to save time and effort in the future?” WordPress is an amazing tool, just not for everything.

 

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  • Nice read. The toolbox analogy is very helpful. WordPress is a good start into the behind the scenes of websites, but once learned should be held onto while other things are learned, too. It shouldn’t be a crutch.