WordPress Pros & Cons

Here’s some of the pros and cons of working with WordPress from my experience setting up nuaveu.com and working on client sites.


  1. So many plug-ins
    1. Layering plug-ins doesn’t make the problems go away
  2. Performance
    1. WP isn’t the fastest CMS out there and part of the problem is the numerous plug-ins most sites use to achieve their desired outcome
    1. Some of the page load performance plug-ins actually do more harm than good, at least for smaller pages/sites
    1. Thankfully best practices and free tools help
  3. Isn’t the most modern and even as a non-designer the design limitations seem obvious
    1. It would be really helpful if WP let you use an embedded video for cover blocks by default without plug-ins or extensive development efforts
  4. Maintenance
    1. All the plug-ins and themes require updates and things can break


  1. Free
    1. WP is free or at least free(ish) considering most will need to make some sort of investment into the platform (via development work or paid plug-ins)
  2. So many plug-ins
    1. Yes, this is a major negative, but it’s also a positive in the sense that beginners can easily download what they need 99% of the time
  3. Built for blogging
    1. It’s arguably the best option for setting up a blog; this is what WordPress was designed for and it does it well
  4. Familiarity & compatibility
    1. Over 43% of all websites use WP


WordPress is by far the most popular CMS, commanding over 63% market share, but it can still take some getting use to. Knowing when and where to use plug-ins could mean the difference between a great site and an unusable one. As of this writing WordPress boasts nearly 60,000 free plug-ins so choose wisely.

Overall, I’ve had a great experience working with WordPress to build Nuaveu.com. With 80% of bloggers saying it drives results, it’s no wonder a CMS built for blogging is a favorite for business owners and marketers looking to tap into a $500 billion dollar industry.

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