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Pride and Prejudice. A WordPress Story

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that each person in possession of a good website, must have used WordPress.”

That’s how our story begins, just like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Join me on this journey through the World of WordPress! Get ready for exploring commonplaces, facing fearful stereotypes and rescuing users in danger until the untold secret will be unveiled…

Mmm… Maybe too ambitious, let’s keep it simple! I’d like to share some thoughts about WordPress, trying to not being biased. Yes, much better now!

Need a website? WordPress!

Let’s start our story by highlighting that WordPress is a tool. Every tool has its own scope: if you want to hang a picture on your bedroom wall, then you need a hammer and a nail. If you want a website, things are more difficult, but not so different. You should analyse deeply the requirements that your website should adhere to in order to pick the best tools for achieving your goal.

Need a website? Build your own CMS!

This is a classic, I bump into it every single day on some blogs or Facebook groups. Every time someone asks for help about her WordPress website, there is always someone else that blame her for using WordPress and talks about the great CMS built by herself.

This case is quite similar to the previous one: if WordPress fits my technical needs and budget, why on Earth should I reinvent the wheel and develop a new CMS? There should be no a priori decision.

WordPress is not secure

This assertion does not make any sense to me. Why? First of all security is not a boolean property of a system (yes or no), there is no such thing as “secure software”. A system can be more or less secure. Not only it’s not a boolean property, but it’s not static either. Time and evolution are important. You can have a system with a high degree of security, but if you leave it as it is now, it will get less secure day by day.

Quoting Mr. Bruce Schneider, “Security is a process, not a product”. So it’s foolish thinking that you have secured your website by installing one single plugin that one time. You must take into account security in every phase of your website lifecycle: from requirements analysis to maintenance. You are free to not do that, but if your website is attacked then not blame WordPress for it: it’s your fault!

WordPress is just for blogs

– “After all this time?”
– “Always!”

WordPress is a Content Management System. End of story. We all know that it was born as a blogging platform back then in 2003, but we’ve been using it as a CMS for years. Since 2010 actually. That year WordPress 3.0 was released and introduced a lot of awesome and powerful features such as custom post types, custom menu management, simpler custom taxonomies… And since then a lot of new features were released year after year. It’s definitely not just for blogs!

Conclusion

WordPress is a great and powerful software, but it’s not always the best choice. Remember that it’s a tool! It’s our responsibility to use it in the right way and in the right situation. I’m a proud WP user and contributor, but this doesn’t mean that I use it in every project.

Always ask yourself: “Why should I use WordPress?”. If you can find a satisfying answer, then go ahead and use it, otherwise it could be not the right tool.

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