WordPress

WordPress


4.5 / 5
8694 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Anyone creating or requiring a modern web presence.


Average Ratings

8694 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Pricing Details
    Free version available.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • WordPress
  • wordpress.org

About WordPress

Open source software that is free to use for creating blogs and websites.


WordPress Features

  • Audio Content
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Indexing
  • E-forms
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editor
  • SEO Management
  • Text Editor
  • Version Control
  • Video Content
  • Website Management
  • Analytics
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Comment Moderation
  • File Sharing
  • Group Posting
  • Post Management
  • Search
  • WYSIWYG Rich Text Editing
  • Auto Update
  • Content Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Real Time Editing
  • SEO Management
  • Survey Builder

WordPress Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Create, communicate and manage easily!

May 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its source code is accessible by anyone, which can be shared and modified to contribute to its development; that is, it is "open source". It's free, it allows you to download it without having to pay a dollar for downloading the source code. All the resources that WordPress offers are free, including: the core (your source code), thousands of templates of designs to decorate your website, along with thousands of plugins. Setting up WordPress is simple, it only requires filling a couple of data such as the name of the site, the general slogan that will be used, the email, and you will be ready to continue working on your site. One of the features that most caught my attention was the migration of hosting, has simple ways to migrate to other web hosting providers.

Cons: Limited changes in the web page, since Wordpress allows us to modify texts and images in a relatively comfortable way, but there are certain changes that are not available to the user because they are part of additional codes of the template and we can only change programmatically. In the "Editor" option in Wordpress we can access several layouts and style files to modify some contents of the web page, although if you do not master HTML, CSS, JavaScript or PHP you will have problems when making these changes. It usually leads to load problems in some of its topics because there are plugins that consume many resources. Depending on the subject we use and the hosting where we have hosted the website, the load will be more or less fast.

Overall: Wordpress is a platform designed to create personal blogs in a basic and simple way, especially since it is free and there is a great advantage when considering savings for your company ... It is a fast and efficient solution for those who seek to have a personal space as a blog where you can describe your opinions, thoughts or any other content that you consider appropriate, including as a catalog for simple sales that links to other applications is very useful. However; it is not a solution designed for complex digital projects such as a website with certain features, an online store or any other type of web page that contains certain programming features.

Need a Website? WordPress is the One for You!

May 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress itself is offered for free as an open source tool (although they do also sell hosting plans and domain names if required). Its website administration portal is very easy to navigate and contains a wealth of help and support information in case you get stuck. There is a large collection of free website layout templates available that can be customised to your liking, as well as a large stock of free user-created plugins in order to add additional functionality to your website (for instance adding custom maintenance pages or contact forms). You can use the WordPress mobile app to manage your website, view visitor statistics, and post to your website.

Cons: Although WordPress itself is freely available to create websites with as an open source tool, they do also sell website hosting plans and domain names on their website; their pricing however is not as competitive compared to other website hosting companies such as GoDaddy or Wix. Recent updates to WordPress include a new post editing interface called 'Gutenberg', which is a radical redesign that may not sit well with those who have experience with and are used to the traditional editing interface of previous versions. Website layouts are somewhat basic using stock design layouts, this can be improved upon by purchasing layout modifying plugins.

Overall: WordPress's freely available website builder has allowed us to create a feature-filled website to which we can add, remove, or change information at a whim through quick access via computer or mobile to the website administration portal. Users can manage or post using both the web interface and the mobile app, which was incredibly useful to us. It has helped us achieve an online presence at a fraction of the cost compared to other platforms.

My experience with WordPress

May 04, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used WordPress for blogging for almost two years. It was a personal blog in which I published opinion pieces and short stories mostly and my experience was generally good. I really like the fact that you can select from a varity of templates that are actually nice and aesthetic, unlike other sites and softwares that provide you ten templates at most of them kind of ugly. It allows a certain flexibility to personalize your site and to rearrange the templates. I also like that you can save entries and program them to automatically get published at a specific date and time, which is super useful. The community in general is nice and wide, you can find blogs of every topic and people that share your interests, which is really cool. It also has very nice options to show you the statistics of your site, like how many people are visiting your blog, how did they find it, which words they googled to find your articles, etc. That information is really useful to improve your site´s traffic. I would go back to WordPress without a doubt if I ever started blogging again.

Cons: I did not love the blog administrator interface. I think it can be more intuitive. Sometimes I struggled to understand how to edit certain aspects of my blog, because I just could not find the option. I said before that you can edit and rearrange your template, and this is really cool, but sometimes it can be tricky to understand how to do it or to get exactly the look you are going for. You move something to the right and suddenly it is back again in the left and you don´t even know why. Templates misbehave. Or they did back in my blogging days. Still, if you have enough time and patience, or you are not that much of a perfectionist, you can probably overlook this cons, they are not that big of a deal.

Overall: WordPress was a good and nice experience for me, and it definetely satisfied my blogging needs. I can´t say it was always smooth, specially when trying to customize my blog, but generally speaking I liked it a lot, specially the statistic data it provides for you and the community. I met a lot of really cool people from different countries through this site that shared my interests and published similar things to mine and that was a very enriching experience. My articles and stories got a fairly good traffic, all things considered, and I can say it mantains the time-money-value balance. Would encourage you to give it a try if you don´t mind taking your time to understand the settings.

Wordpress - Best tool for putting up a website in seconds

Apr 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Support - The good thing about WordPress is the fact is wide used and widely supported by hosting companies. There is not a single website hosting provider that I know that is not supporting WordPress.

Easy Installation: On most of the hosting providers, you simply have to fill a form and in one click get WordPress installed on your website. This is very useful for non-technical people.

Easy website management: No need to be an IT guru to install wordpress and start publishing pages on the web in few minutes. Wordpress backend administration interface helps creating and editing webpages in few clicks. The only thing an administrator needs to know is how to login on the backend administration interface, create empty pages, and add contents including text, images, videos and finally publish it.

Plugins: There is a plugin for almost everything you need to do on wordpress. There is a very strong community of developers designing useful plugins and publishing them on wordpress.

Support: The WordPress community is really wide and active and for almost all bugs you will encounter, there is an already existing fix.

Cons: Some plugins are very sensitive to WordPress updates. This sometimes leads to a site breakdown until the problem plugin is fixed or WordPress is downgraded to the working version. This cannot really be imputed to WordPress, but to plugin owners, but a better coordination of WordPress update release and major plugin owners would make it really the best CMS to all website builders.

Overall: I have used wordpress for putting up several friend and customers websites when I was working a IT project manager for one of my previous employer. It has helped shortening the deployment time of customer's. I work with this CMS for over than 6 years now and I would say it is the perfect fit for almost 90% of website design projects with the myriad of templates and plugins already available out there.

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Great place to start your own site

Apr 17, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: A lot of support documentation and help available out there, as many people are using it.

You can do it all for free, or on a shoe string budget, if you are patient enough, as there is a steep learning curve.

No matter what you can think of, someone is probably doing it already with a WordPress site out there somewhere, so you just have to keep looking till you find the right info/help.

Many hosting sites come WordPress 'ready' so you can have a fully installed site in seconds.

A ton of plugins out there, and a lot of them are free... So you can ultimately get what you want/need provided you are willing to experiment, read and try a lot of them.

Cons: A bad plugin can break the entire site, and then is not always a simple click to roll back.

Sometimes plugins do not work together, and there is no easy way to determine root cause or how to resolve.

It's well known, so hackers often find vulnerabilities. That being said, you can always install some security plugins, and go with a hosting site that offers WordPress security.

While you do not need to know how to code, you're going to have to learn some stuff, like making site backups, fixing security vulnerabilities and speeding up the site load time. Fortunately there is a lot of good info out there to help with all of this.

Overall: WordPress is a great place to start for people getting their feet wet in having their own website.

It has lots of features and options and the support community and documentation out there is fast and well established.

It might not be for everyone, but I would recommend anyone new to the scene to start here. They will learn so much, even if they decide to move to another platform later on.

The upside is that once it's set up, you do not need to pay hosting fees to a 3'rd party company. So you can really build something wonderful with little or no money.

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Best Web Platform Available and Worth the Learning Curve

Apr 16, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: This review is about Wordpress.org, not Wordpress.com which is the free site (they have paid versions too though).

I've built over a hundred sites with Wordpress. I've also built them from scratch in PHP and HTML, and with Wix and Squarespace, so I do have experience with the gamut of web design.

Wordpress is by far the most versatile and widely used web design platform out there. Because it is so ubiquitous, it has the most available resources.

There are thousands of themes so you don't have to create your site from a blank canvas. Many of these are free and those that do cost usually are very inexpensive.

Plugins like Yoast that help your site's search engine optimization or plugins like Redirect which allow you to fix broken links or redirect a page you no longer want attracting traffic to a new page.

And then there's the overall SEO of the site, which is where Wordpress truly excels over any other platform. Wordpress structures it's pages and posts in such a way that if you're willing to take advantage of it, Google will reward the site with a higher ranking.

Also, Wordpress, unlike competitor platforms like Wix or Squarespace, is free! Many of the themes and most of the plugins are free too.

Cons: Wordpress doesn't have many cons, but here are the few:

Domain registry and hosting is handled separately, by you.

Customizing your site can definitely be challenging. It's not as easy as the competitor platforms.

Site speed can be slow when you want to have a lot of background video. It's slow on any platform, but with Wordpress, it's extra slow. Only with excessive video background though, not at all in other cases.

Overall: Wordpress is without exception the best web design platform available.

If you require a blog that you'd like to customize or monetize, you need Wordpress.

If you have require a business website that outranks competitors on Google search, you need Wordpress.

There are few cases that I would recommend a different platform.

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The WordPress Community Makes it the Best CMS

Apr 02, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The most important thing about WordPress is the community! People who are passionate about WordPress have formed a vast network of online communities that communicate online and also meetup regularly in person. The WordPress community gives members support, training, and motivation.

WordPress has a low barrier to entry. No matter your skill level or goals WordPress has an entry point for everyone. WordPress has the slogan "Code is Poetry", which can be interpreted as meaning that code is beautiful to everyone in different ways. Whether you're a beginner, writer, web developer, or advanced coder you can use WordPress to achieve your goals at or beyond your initial skill level with relative ease.

WordPress is highly flexible thanks to its theme and plugin system. Plugins allow you to add custom functionality to a website. You can download free plugins from the WordPress repository or get advanced premium plugins with all the bells and whistles you need. Themes allow you to change the appearance of a site. There are thousands of free, awesome WordPress themes, as well as paid themes that add extra finesse to the design of websites.

WordPress is free. The basic WordPress software is free to download and do whatever you want with it. For services like domains, hosting, or additional functionality you may still have to pay, depending on the service provider.

Cons: Unless someone built a website for you, you have to manage WordPress on your own. This can be challenging when you want to perform the core functions of your business and maintain a website as well. Adding customization can also be challenging however, WordPress is less challenging than most of its competitors.

WordPress has a lot of unnecessary legacy bloat. It often maintains support for outdated software to ensure backwards compatibility. This isn't a problem for ordinary users however, it can be challenging for developers who are new to WordPress.

WordPress requires regular updates of themes, plugins an WordPress itself. This can be a nuisance. You can automate the updates but this adds the risk of site downtime in the event of incompatible third-party updates.

While WordPress typically very secure vulnerabilities are sometimes revealed in the WordPress core code or third-party add-ons. Patches are usually added quickly, though. Some may prefer proprietary systems where vulnerabilities are not available to the general public.

In December 2019 a major update to WordPress was released along with version 5.0, which caused a bit of turmoil within the ecosystem. While I believe the update will benefit WordPress in the long run, there has been a lot of discussion as to whether the update was executed well or if at all was necessary. The conflict revolves around the introduction of a new editor sometimes called the Gutenberg editor. You may want to look it up.

Overall: I've been using WordPress since 2016 and it has been an amazing journey. An important note to make is the difference between WordPress the software ( wordpress.org or dotorg) and WordPress the hosting service ( wordpress.com or dotcom ). Dot org is the project website where you can download the WordPress software to install on any hosting provider of your choice ( apart from wordpress.com ). Dotcom is a hosting service provider that is run Automattic, the company of WordPress project co-founder.

I've had an overall positive experience with WordPress even though it has hit a few speed bumps in the past year, mainly due to the project to introduce a new editing interface. The new WordPress editor has caused a lot of conflict within the WordPress community however, I believe the new editor will ensure WordPress' relevance in future.

I highly recommend WordPress for almost every website on the internet. if someone argue against it due to a proprietary system, I would suggest a headless setup where WordPress only handles the display of data, while a proprietary system handles the manipulation of data.

Great for fussy UI people and amateurs alike

Mar 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The reason why I turned to WordPress expertise was because basically everyone else started to, too! The benefit of this is that people of all talents are creating all sorts of apps (called plugins) that have great functions and features for it. Same thing for the themes (that's the look of the site). There's nothing that can't be done with WordPress. Basic awesome websites. Amazing multi-functional enterprise-level websites. Even if you're not an expert, and don't have high demands for your website to ... build a rocket ship for you... you can still enjoy using it and getting your business or your artwork out to the people.

Cons: Funny enough, the thing that makes it so great can also be a thorn in the side. Just because your WordPress site can do all these cool things such as connect people from your site to an autoreponder email list, or accept payments via Paypal easily, it does not also mean that removing other keystrokes/steps for other functions is as easy. So website owners who love their WordPress sites and want the sites to be even more efficient, to do more things automatically, often come across this tricky situation where 'customization' is required. And that means testing, time, and money. Sometimes significant amounts. Customization is open ended. The sky is the limit to what your website can do. But just because it offers a whole lot of cool features out of the box doesn't mean that adding to those features is easy. That's something I run into a lot with clients. The other thing is that the high level of free offerings of apps (again, called plugins) means your website will be able to do a bunch of cool things for free. But you have to be somewhat aware of your site on a regular basis to make sure that the plugins remain up to date and don't cause conflicts with other parts of the website. Regular maintenance does not have to be a big deal or cost at all. But if you don't do it, the costs can become huge when you have to clean something up.

Overall: WordPress is a large part of my business - developing it for clients with businesses. I have also worked on web platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, and Shopify. And the last 2 are pretty good! Once people have those kinds of sites up and running, however, I find them wanting customizations to their sites that are not possible on those platforms. Had they set up their sites using WordPress, it would have. Clearly, I enjoy working on WordPress sites a lot!

Why I use WordPress for all my websites

Mar 26, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: In one word - community.

WordPress is supported by a huge global community. While the software is a MySQL database, it's open source framework allows developers from around the world to build free and very low cost software add ons, or 'plugins'. WordPress powers eCommerce sites, Newspapers, Directories, Music sites, podcasts and more.

From a single page advertising a coffee shop to an online store selling thousands of items, WordPress has the capability to communicate your digital message to the world, in any language, any format and connecting to any major platform.

Cons: If you don't write code, WordPress gives you a 'go between', a content management system that looks like word processing software to the user, but generates the appropriate HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVASCRIPT behind the scenes.

Unlike traditional coding software like dreamweaver that use FTP (file transfer protocol) to update your site on the server, WordPress updates are done directly (and continuously) from your WordPress dashboard. This gives a more intimate feel but a slower work load.

WordPress started out as blogging software and that beginning unpins its current format.

Some plugins are buggy, will clash with other plugins and can even break your site. Sticking with mainstream ones (that often require a minimal payment) is safest.

Overall: I am an ex nurse who had never touched a website. As a total web novice I learned how to communicate a message about problems with the healthcare industry. I gradually learnt about embedding images, then videos, then podcasts and PDF's. As the information I wished to give people grew, I was always able to find a WordPress plugin or theme to give me the power that normally would only belong to full stack developers.

Now I share large amounts of data on my site, embed multimedia and share information easily on social media sites.

I have done inexpensive online courses on WordPress, but am basically self-taught.

I am very grateful to WordPress for having made web communication available to everybody. WordPress now powers 1/4 of the world's websites.

Anytime I have an issue, there is a huge community of users who have cheerfully created uTube videos and tutorials, explaining how to fix virtually every problem.

WordPress - the leading CMS for the next years

Mar 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress is easy to use and extremely powerful. These two features combined should attract the attention of anyone interested in creating and maintaining a site.

First of all, WordPress is relatively simple to use. An average Internet user is able to create a WordPress powered website in just a few hours. Practically, all you have to do is to install a theme and a few plugins. Of course, more demanding people need to personalize their site. Luckily, the latest WordPress version (Gutenberg) allows you the site customization without writing any line of code. If you are like me (a newbie programmer) you will like the possibility of creating a cool site without writing code.

Besides its simplicity, WordPress is versatile. Do you want to launch a small personal blog? WordPress is a good solution. Do you want to launch a big online store? WordPress is also a reliable solution.

Finally, I prefer using WordPress due to a multitude of themes and plugins available. WordPress repository is full of good themes and plugins and there are many other premium ones if you want more features.

Cons: I spent a few minutes figuring what I like least about WordPress. This fact reveals that WordPress is a pretty solid choice. However, I consider that security is the Achilles heel. You have to invest time and resources to considerably strengthen a WordPress site security. Usually, if your site doesn't generate serious revenue, you are safe with a good security plugin. Sites that generate revenue are more attractive for hackers that will test any kind of vulnerabilities.

Anyway, WordPress has way more positive aspects than negative.

Overall: I used WordPress to create a personal blog, a business site, and a web design related blog.

A review of Wordpress by a Creative Director of a Marketing Agency

Mar 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wordpress is a very well developed, well supported and incredibly flexible platform. It's beauty is in it's ability to work with whatever look, layout or function you or your client may require. I like the fact that it is very regularly and diligently updated by a global team of developers. I like that there are literally millions of web pages devoted to help you work with and on Wordpress. I like that there are a huge number of plugins available to extend the native functionality of the platform. I like that it works so seamlessly with a database, allowing your data to stay secure and accurate while you change everything around it. I like the lightweight themes developed by Wordpress themselves. Oh, and I like that it is a truly globally recognised platform - meaning that you can work with designers, developers, copywriters and art directors from all around the world. Really, it's ease of use as a CMS for clients is a huge plus.

Cons: Wordpress websites do not seem to be quite as lightweight and as fast as websites coded bespoke from scratch in HTML, PHP, CSS and JS. The shear number of updates to themes, core files and plugins can sometimes cause clashes and problems with websites running on the platform. Managing a number of Wordpress websites takes a good deal of will power, resources and time. Adding unusual functionality to a Wordpress website can either be easy and fine . Using a lightweight and well reviewed plugin is a dream, but

it could be an impossible struggle with bloated pages of code and slower loading times, unexpected incompatibility and losing track of numberless subscriptions to seperate products and services.

Overall: Thinking about it, Wordpress does make it very easy to make a website. Whether that website is fast, good looking, functional or search engine optimised is a different story. Perhaps Wordpress could provide slightly more intrinsic help to help it's users produce a website that has a chance of converting real customers. I have spent thousands of hours working in the Wordpress dashboard and have to admit that it is very well (but not perfectly) thought out and fairly intuitive. Many of our clients need help with certain relatively easy tasks and I feel like this is a good example of where it could be sightly more logical or consistent. In fact, it probably doesn't matter what anyone says about Wordpress, everyone is bound to end up using it for something at some point!

an open source content management system (CMS)

Mar 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) that is free and it is usually based on MySQL and PHP. This system has features that include a template system and plugin architecture. This system is majorly used for blogging where the bloggers can use it in posting their blog on the social platform. There is about 60 million websites that use this system so that they can able to perform various functions. The web server is where WordPress is installed so that it can be able to function. Despite been used by many users, this system has its pros and cons that limit its usage.

The pros of this system are numeral in number. They include;

Good security due to updates

Good performance

The system is Mobile friendly

It is cheaper to use the system

Most of the sites use WordPress

This system has good and efficient updates. The updates are usually rolled out in CMS this helps in enhancing the security of the stem making it very strong. The system is designed with minimal code that makes the system load quickly minimizing the time taken to load. The themes in WordPress are integrated such that they can be able to show on mobile devices. These themes make mobile users enjoy different themes in the system. Installation of this WordPress in the server is totally free. This makes it cheaper to a majority of the people who would wish to use it. Most of the sites opt to use WordPress hence making it suitable to many users.

Cons: WordPress on the other has the cons that make it unsuitable to use the system.

The disadvantages are as follows;

There is a lot of updates

The site is prone to hacks

Planning is required

Updates do appear on these sites and this causes discomfort to the user such that he/she may be required to do some updates leading to loss of time doing these activities. This site is also prone to hackers who attack the system trying to access information from the system. Planning is required while using this system. One needs to organize on what activities to perform on this website and plan on the type of website to create.

Overall: While using this system one feels easier since most of the things are simplified. The system is free to install hence most of the people find it economical to use the system. The system has fewer cons compared to pros making it suitable to use.

The best option for any web development project

Feb 27, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress.com offers a simple setup process and allows you to focus on your website's contents; without having to worry at all about managing a host server, performing regular backups and maintenance, implementing and monitoring security measures, etc. WordPress handles all the technical heavy lifting for you for peace of mind.

For the most tech savvy, WordPress.org offers an independent installation of the content management system so you can implement it on your own custom domain and web hosting account/server. While offering a much more powerful implementation that also allows for in-depth customization by the user(s), there are "easy install" options offered on many hosting providers to allow for a speedier installation process of the WordPress.org platform.

Various free and pay-for third party plugins are available for just about any feature or capability you wish to add or improve to your WordPress installation (front-end or back-end). A limited set of plugins and themes are available to WordPress.com users, but the entire catalog of plugins and themes is available to WordPress.org users and all are easy to install and maintain (though usability may vary in ease of use).

Cons: WordPress.com does not allow for full control by the user(s). However, this is done for reliable uptime and security of your website.

WordPress.org does require a higher level of comfortability using a cloud-based resources. With that said though, posting/editing posts and pages is no more difficult than using a local installation of Microsoft Word on your computer, or a cloud based word processing tool like G Suite/Google Docs. I do recommend at least one user have somewhat of a deeper understanding of web development, web hosting, HTML/CSS, etc. While these skills are not necessary, they can be very beneficial in certain circumstances.

Overall: I personally prefer WordPress.org for all my web development needs. Not only is the installation quick and painless, but the level of control is exactly what I like to ave (and what my web development clients like to take with them). WordPress installations are also easily migrated, so it's easy to develop a website in a test environment before launching it publicly on a live domain. Overall, the amount of time saved compared to hand-coding an entire website is invaluable!

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The Easiest Way to Go Online While Having Access to All Necessary Features

Feb 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wordpress has become so easy to use that it is the platform that I recommend by default to any friend or customer who wants a robust solution while having the freedom to interact with the software. It doesn't require technical abilities very distinct from those necessary to work with a text processor. Setting up a website is a matter of a few minutes as almost everything is automated: there are even many web hosting services that integrate Wordpress and it is as simple as ticking a checkbox to get started in those cases. The administration area or dashboard provides an impressive amount of accessible features, such as the ability to switch themes on the fly, activate, remove or update plugins while displaying the level of compatibility with the current version of Wordpress or modifying many settings for the website. I also like how everything is nicely split into categories: one for posts, one for managing media, one for comments, etc. This makes it effortless to find exactly what one is looking for and there are many plugins available to enhance any aspect of the workflow. Plus, someone who knows this software well can easily modify any moving part as he/she wishes, making for an experience that's apt for any type of user.

Cons: In my opinion, the most complicated facet of managing a Wordpress website is to do with updates. It is practically inevitable that one update will eventually break some functionality in the website which brings confusion, especially to the novice. I should point out that there are plugins available to mitigate those situations (allowing to rollback to previous versions of themes and other plugins), but one has to be careful before blindly applying available updates. One drawback that's to do with the plugin library is the fact that it may be hard to find the appropriate plugin for some specific purposes and the desired features are sometimes available only to paid users, which is totally fine by me, but disappointing for those expecting everything to work out of the box. This drawback aside, the plugin library is really extensive and there are many high-quality plugins to choose from, reducing even further the technical knowledge that the administrator needs in order to make things work without too much hassle.

Overall: I have used Wordpress quite a few times, both for my personal use and for helping others set up their website. I have found this software to be exactly what I needed, especially when the end user isn't sure about the final approach they want to take in order to display their pages. For this particular reason, the sandboxing features of Wordpress work wonderfully well to show in real-time to the owner of the website how one change in the dashboard will affect the website. It has saved me from many headaches: instead of having to try to fix an obscure bug in an unknown platform, having access to the well-designed and unified interface of Wordpress makes a big difference when maintaining a website. I haven't had to troubleshoot a problem too often, rightly because it just works. And even when the owner make changes, it is usually painless to revert the changes back to a working version thanks to the handy revision history.

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Great website tool, but...

Feb 12, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are SO MANY WAYS to customize your blog or web site with Wordpress, that if you can't create a page you like, it is truly your issue! Not only does Wordpress offer options, but the Wordpress community is so creative and a simple Google search will reveal countless free and purchasable options for your Wordpress site. It is truly the best feature of the their offerings. Overall, once you begin using the software, the basic operation of a site is pretty simple and so many products are made to work fairly well with the Wordpress engine. The WP community is super creative and bright, and there seem to be a lot of users who are eager to help other users. It is a great product.

Cons: The biggest downside is the back end operation of your site; especially if you're like me and don't want to spend much time under the hood. Because so many companies and products offer Wordpress compatible plugins, you can get just about anything you need for an update. HOWEVER, on several occasions we experienced a Wordpress update that caused conflicts with some of our plugins, some of which were key cogs in our website. Of course, the plugin creators usually caught up quickly, but sometimes a couple of days would go by before everything was behaving again. DISCLAIMER: I never became fluent enough in the Wordpress backend to sole these problems on my own, so the frustration was more significant as I was dependent on the WP community (which is great!) to help solve these issues. It seems like 10-12 times a year we had technical glitches that made it frustrating for a guy like me who was looking for more plug-n-play software.

Overall: Overall, Wordpress is solid website or blog option. If you like to tinker with code and dive into the nitty gritty of website development, you will absolutely LOVE Wordpress. The customizable options are nearly limitless and the power of the program is great.

Why I think everyone should be using WordPress

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: WordPress is 100% free!!!!!!

I have been using WordPress for years ( i.e WordPress.com and WordPress.org) back when I was junior systems administrator and now that I'm self employed, and I will tell you its ridiculously easy to use.

You don't need any specialized web development or programming skills to use it. Everything is almost plug and play. In fact if you can turn on a computer, If you and read and if you can click with a mouse, you can use WordPress. Its that simple and easy to use.

WordPress is the platform most commerce sites/blogs are built on consequently when it comes to apps and support there is no lack of finding any.

Even thought I said WordPress is free and it is. There are some cost associated with using the service or application. The cloud or online based service allows you to host you WordPress site for free or use one of their other offering for a fee. However there is the free application and easily downloadable software, for which the only cost associated is hosting and maybe the design of a theme if you don't want to use any of the free ones available all over the Internet.

It doesn't matter what you need a site for whether blogging, personal or ecommerce, WordPress can do it.

Your WordPress site will always look the same. It doesn't matter what operating system it being hosted or viewed from, whether its a mobile device or desktop, Its going to be the same and legibly too.

Cons: The choices of themes and plugins can be very overwhelming especially to a newbie.

The free cloud based version is limited re the use of plugins but you a good cadre of free plugins from Jetpack

Overall: For any any start up I would recommend using WordPress its easy to use and it grows with you.

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WordPress is the universal CMS

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Without a doubt, the biggest thing about WordPress are all the plugins that are available. Whatever you end up wanting to do with your Wordpress website, there's a big chance that there's already a plugin for it, which not only allows you to perform complex operations without any coding knowledge, but provides you with additional tools to fully customise the setup.

With WordPress the sky is the limit to what you can do and its often a matter of being able to find plugins and tinkering with them until you've added a desired functionality.

Since it might not be fair to talk only about plugins of third parties, while reviewing the WordPress CMS (although they are a big reason it is so good), I'll also try and cover some of the things I like about the platform itself.

Firstly, it is an ever evolving one and there are constant updates. I remember when I first used WordPress and began editing and later building a few websites some 5 years ago. Back then the CMS was more basic and you would often need some coding skills to get around. Fast forward to today, themes and plugins have advanced greatly and there is far less need for actual coding - it's being done by third parties. WordPress themselves have done a great job at improving the CMS in terms of content editing capabilities for regular posts.

Cons: The core of the CMS could be expanded more to include popular options you get with plugins. Third party plugins can sometimes slow down a website or conflict with one another due to coding incompatibilities. Because of this and the fact that WP can get cluttered with a bunch of plugins and you eventually end up with a backend that's hard to navigate, I think they should expand on the core a lot more than they have been.

Overall: Excellent product and overall experience. WordPress helped me build out several sites and in general get a feel for web design. I'm a digital marketer, so I mostly do edits and not full-blown buildouts, but even those are easy with this CMS. I highly recommend WP for anything but large scale e-commerce.

WordPress

Feb 06, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - easy to install (unlike Drupal, which was a HUGE headache to get on my computer)

- it is an easy to use tool for someone who has no tech background and wants to build a blog from scratch

- many different design template to choose from

- many different plugins and add-ons available

- an easy way to build a mobile friendly website (all design are responsive, which is a very important feature these days)

- its an open source software

- SEO features are great!

- its free!

- as far as I know, WordPress is the biggest blogging community, and it keeps growing and improving

Cons: - managing plugins is a learning curve

- you have to keep up with Wordpress updates; and their installation is time consuming and can mess up the website you already have, which can become a major issue!

- a very poor security (I always get so much spam in my WordPress blog)

- its an open source tool (which is also a downside of it; since it WordPress blogs, website are the most common targets for hackers)

- their design templates have very limited customization options. And if you want to customize anything, you need to get to it from the back-end and code, which isn't a feasible option for many of us

- you are in charge of your website and you are on your own. If you have an issue, you are the one to fix it. It most of the cases, coding is a way to fix things, and if you don't have coding background, you are in trouble.

- since it has intiially been designed as a blogging platform, the content model is restrictive. And then again, if you want to make any changes to it, you need to know coding.

Overall: WordPress is a good tool. It is the right tool for beginners, since it is a very easy and simple one to use if trying to build a basic website and/or blog. However, if you want to customize your website/blog, make it more complex and sophisticated, its necessary for you to know coding. Wordpress is a great place to use to create and run your blogs; and isn't a very great tool (may be complicated) to use for other purposes

Installing add-ons and plugins is absolutely necessary for security and other purposes; however, the installation process may crash your website, so backing it up is very important.

The good, the bad and the conclusion

Jan 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Nowadays, Wordpress is the most used platform when it comes to building new websites, and its first major advantage is that it is cost effective. The cost of customization tools available and the maintenance expenses are outweighed by the profit you'll earn in the long run. In addition, it is an SEO friendly platform, meaning that the coding used enables you to customize the components of pages that you want to rank higher in search engines.

Cons: That due to being an open source platform, it is vulnerable when it comes to security. Plugins and themes can be developed by different persons and companies around the world, meaning that there is no way to monitor their contents. They can very easily contain harmful coding or bugs within them. Also, for the same reason that it is open-sourced, Wordpress does not offer support, and if you have no basic knowledge of programming, coding, designing, etc, you will have to seek help at the online forums.

Overall: If you are a simple person like me, and beginning the process of creating a new website without needing to know advanced skills, you will definitely want to start out with Wordpress, since its interface is easy to use. I believe the benefits outweigh the few disadvantages, having in mind that even if content such as plugins and themes are vulnerable to security risks, Wordpress still offers a wide range of this content like no other platform. Remember, the platform is intuitive and highly customizable; The Wordpress dashboard, where you will be managing all of the content in your page, contains all the options to customize key functions. It takes some time to become familiar with all the management options, but once you have done so, you will fully improve your abilities to enhance the personality and design of your content.

Versatile to the MAX

Dec 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Whether you get 1) the "regular" wordpress, aka wordpress.com, aka the one that's not too different from the other website solutions out there, or 2) wordpress .org, aka the "self-hosted" and "you'd better know what you're doing, or have someone on your team who does" version, WORDPRESS is AWESOME. The possibilities are limitless, almost--as long as you or SOMEONE in your reach does, in fact, know what s/he's doing. So I like that bit. I also like the fact that there are so many out-of-the-gate options (themes, features, add-ins) at the ready. The free plan is very generous, and the pricier options give you, erm, lots of options.

Cons: Despite all the possibilities of theme and feature that I just crowed about, even wordpress.com (the not-self-hosted option) can be daunting to a beginning builder-of-a-website. For example, many of the themes by WP and by third parties look GREAT in the theme-chooser-thing, but have little-to-no documentation ("readily" available) for things that might seem standard or obvious to many, ie recommended banner dimensions for a theme. What I mean by this is that making MY page identical to the one shown in the theme-chooser (ie making mine a carbon copy of the example EXCEPT that it's my info and/or graphics, ie "trying to make mine look as good as the one in the store window") is really, REALLY difficult. There's a TON to figure out, and the themes offering the keys to their "secret sauce" are very few and far-between. This might seem trivial to some, but I'm a theme-addict. I've literally created businesses because I was in love with a business card idea, or an ad concept, or... a website theme. And while I've been able to make things work, it took way longer than I would have wanted it to. (That said, I'm a photographer, and one pixel off of my expectation is a soul-crushing experience, aka "most people aren't this persnickety about appearance."

Overall: I've been with WP since the very beginning! A few self-hosted sites but mostly just the .com version. So I remember a few features or procedures that they've phased out. Not happy about losing those. Overall, it's a very solid site with better-than-anything customer care. Lots of possibilities and lots of support. If you aren't too finicky about the specifics of an idea and want something that "just works," WP is great. If you have a specific idea or feature in mind--for example, I got obsessed with the "adding unlimited blogs" feature in another website-builder--then yes there are work-arounds, but NO they won't be exactly the same as the one you're (ok, I'M!) obsessed with.

Hey Look, Another WordPress Site

Dec 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wordpress is an excellent, low barrier of entry platform (CMS) for the web. It's useful for beginners, and features that will be handy for advanced users.

"Web Skills" are not required for anyone, and it's an excellent publishing platform to allow a variety of users, with permissions, access to add content. It's reasonably fast, and has plugins galore. (Boy does it have plugins). There are piles and piles of themes out there, so you can get pretty close to whatever you want out of your WordPress site.

There is a nice app that works well for remote posting, but I do prefer my desktop.

Cons: WordPress is basically the #1 CMS in the world. That also means, it's the top targeted platform. Every exploit, web hijack script on earth is targeting your system. Have a strong password, have an SSL key, and keep it up to-date or you will get hacked. And even then, you might still get brute forced.

Dynamic sites don't scale very well with a high number of users, or an extreme amount of content.

Plugins are a blessing and a curse. You could setup some advanced things that then get "lost" when the plugin is no longer supported.

Finding a "Great" theme that's exactly what you want is a challenge. Making your own layout is a beyond the scope of most users. Minor customization are doable (module / drag n drop).

Overall: WordPress is great for what it is. A content management system for posting. If you are still of the opinion that you need a website, and don't have a lot of skills to do so, WordPress can provide EVERYTHING you need, with the exceptions of what it can't do (and you'll likely hit those barriers, but be okay with it).

If you are an advanced web developer, you'll find it intriguing, the simplicity. The difficulty in making a 100% custom theme will likely lead you to a commercial theme (template?), but then you'll settle for something that works, especially a few versions later.

Maintaining updates isn't a big deal, but don't let your website go stagnant.

Overall, I am happy with what WordPress brings to my table, having multiple sites running the software. It's not perfect, but I don't think there is anything closer.

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Not a fan of WordPress

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Because the platform is open source, people can build plugins and templates for the platform. You can purchase templates to make your website look nice and it does have a lot of features - that you can add on, typically with an additional fee. I think it is fantastic for certain types of websites, but if you need advanced functionalities, I would recommend going with a platform that already has those tools, especially if it is eCommerce.

Cons: Don't get me wrong, WordPress is a very popular and easy tool to use - with the right plugins or if you are experienced in coding. However, WordPress is a platform that is very very easy to mess up if you don't know what you are doing.

Additionally, I have found WordPress to be an insecure and easy to hack platform for a few reasons.

1) The updates to the platform itself happen frequently but without much warning to plugin developers, so a plugin can break your site if the platform itself updates.

2) Because it is open source, it is a very popular platform for SQL injection and hacking attacks. Nearly every WordPress website that I currently manage had an experience with hacking, malware, SQL injection and more prior to becoming a client. You need special plugins to keep your site safe. They don't automatically come with it

3) Many newbies at web design don't know that in order for your SEO plugins (the ones that Google likes) to work properly, you actually have to put information in them. They don't work automatically so just having it on the site isn't enough.

4) One bad designer can cause a lot of problems that are not so easy to fix, especially if they mess with things they shouldn't.

Overall: It isn't my favorite website building tool. I will work with it if that is what the client wants or what they already have, but if I am building from scratch I try to point my client toward sites with higher levels of security or functions they need already built in.

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Wordpress

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: user friendly content management software platform that allows for easy navigation of posts and pages, an attribute which can be traced back to the platform's origin in the blogosphere. This makes it the number one go-to platform for everyone with little or no website management knowledge looking to oversee the affairs of their websites all by themselves. Wordpress as a blogging platform gives room for the usage of plugins, both free and paid(for pro versions of most plugins), this singular feature makes blogging on the wordpress platform look like magic as there is always a plugin for everything you want to make happen on the blog. Wordpress provides for website compactness and responsiveness across all internet enabled gadgets, thereby making clients' websites mobile and search engine friendly. Wordpress help its users focus on search engine optimization as there is options to optimize meta tags, blog posts and keyword focus of choice

Cons: updates that are meant to improve and enhance functionality of sites hosted on the wordpress platform can sometimes be a nuisance as some updates end up breaking the functionality of the website hosted on the wordpress platform. The open source status quo of the content management software makes it prone to attacks from hackers who are looking to hold blog owners to a ransom. Some themes on the wordpress platform are just too heavy to properly execute just in time to consider a blog fast enough.

Overall: i have been blogging on the wordpress platform for long and i have been able to create a pool of information for the right people to access for their enlightenment.

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Built my entire business with Wordpress

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I was a struggling college student when I first installed Wordpress on my cheap hosting. Back then I picked Wordpress because it was easy to install and open-source. I had a few technical skills and no money so that was the best CMS for my new website.

The first blog was pretty basic, but it did the job. Thanks to WordPress, I eventually managed to build a small following by publishing blog posts on my website.

Today, I continue to power all my sites with WordPress.

Here's who I recommend WordPress for:

- If your website is going to be content-heavy (i.e. you publish a lot of blog posts) - WordPress makes the job very easy. Formatting is easy, writing is easy, uploading media is easy...

- People who have none or little technical skills - you're not a programmer but would like to have a professional looking website. There are lots of features and plugins on WordPress that allows you to drag and drop elements on your site so you don't have to touch a line of code if you don't want to!

- People looking to MVP SaaS projects - this is relatively new for me but I've noticed tons of people making money by building simple SaaS on top of WordPress. It's gonna save you a ton of time and money building your MVP on WordPress compared to other platforms.

Cons: I've always loved WordPress but the one thing I'm having mixed feelings about is Gutenberg. It has been working quite well for me for the last couple of months and I've been loving the ease of using it, but since the latest update, the entire thing lags when I write.

This really sucks for me and I think I have to switch back to the 'Classic Editor'.

Could be a theme issue, but I've converted almost all my new posts to Gutenberg format now I don't know if I remove Gutenberg what would happen to the formatting on my posts.

Overall: My overall experience with WordPress is positive. It has always been my #1 recommendation to new bloggers and serious marketers online. My only hope is that Gutenberg will become less buggy over time.

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Good Platform for Online Marketers and Small Businesses

Nov 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Wordpress is the most popular website builder platform, 100% free to use with an easy to use dashboard and many free plugins to get you around with anything. Yea, you can do anything, customize your site anyhow you want it. What makes me fall in love with WordPress more is the plugins. I'm not a technical guy, so I rely so much on plugins for almost everything...even implementing codes into header or footer sections. Talking about flexibility, publishing on WordPress is super easy. The post editor is a simple WYSIWYG editor with some basic formatting features. I'll always recommend WordPress platform when it comes to SEO. From my experience, it easier to rank on Wordpress than other platforms. I have done a bit of blogger, Wix and other platforms before finally settling on WordPress, so I'm convinced WordPress is a better option when it comes to search engine optimization.

Cons: Security on WordPress has always been an issue. Because it is an open-source platform, it's always vulnerable to potential hackers. Website speed is also an issue, installing many plugins can slow down your site. Some third-party themes also come with unuseful codes that can slow the performance of your site. Fixing these problems can cost you time and money especially if you know little or nothing about coding.

Overall: Should you use WordPress? I say YES. Just as you provide security for any brick and mortar business, it's important to protect your online stuff. There are security plugins or services you can use to protect your business/site from hackers.

Decent for first timers

Nov 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: WordPress is pretty easy to use for your blogging, I use it a few times a week for different things, I feel like there are some faults to it but I think it is a pretty good program for people to network along with being able to discuss topics of interest. Of the few blog programs I have used I find this to be one of the better ones, I have noticed new features on the program and find them to be pretty helpful with getting an outreach on certain topics that I tend to post about. You can easily toggle between HTML and Visual to give yourself a full preview of your post prior to posting an needing to go back to make necessary changes, they also offer a wide variety of fonts, colors, characters ect. Upon first using I was very unaware of HTML coding however their how to guides listed with in the program were easily accessible and understandable making my life a little easier as I have to compose blogs for a part of my business network. I have used another program in which I found this to be the better of the two due to the ease of maneuvering through the program and the fact that you are also given a overview of your visits as well as a graphed chart really does help improve the quality of your content. I like this program and I will continue to use it.

Cons: There are flaws to using it within certain systems, I have not checked to see if it has improved to date, but I could not get HTML coding to correspond with the post if I was using an older version of internet explorer. I did switch over to Chrome solely for the use of WordPress and have not had issues currently. The Android application for smartphones does not easily allow you to toggle back and forth between HTML and Visual modes. The blog posts only seem visible to others if it has hashtags inserted, VS using the titles or keyword within the titles for others to search, personally feel like a more professionally written blog should not have to have hashtags inserted with in the body in order for it to grab an outreach, but I guess in today's world hashtags are then new way to each people.

Overall: I enjoy it and I will continue to use it as I have taught myself how to maneuver through the site and do what I need to do on it. I don't feel like it is over the top, enjoy the fact I can do my work and it is free so it does what I need it to do.

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A great free option, but count the cost.

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: WordPress is so ubiquitous that it has become endlessly extensible through a HUGE ecosystem of plugins and themes. Chances are if you see something on a website and want it on your site, there is a plugin for that. Building themes from scratch is not only possible, but relatively simply for intermediate coders.

Blogging features of WordPress are second to none. It takes a simple back-end that started with a bloggin focus and ports it to the entire website, making WordPress a great option for those who want to manage their own site, rather than pay a web developer to do it.

And that price? You can run a free site (limited) on Wordpress.com or download and install the open-source software at no cost. Who doesn't like free?

Cons: I used to run every site I built on WordPress. It is a great way to get a site up and running in no time, packed with features and functionality. I don't anymore, because of the headaches involved in hosting my own sites. WordPress is so popular that it became a magnet for hackers. I had sites go down and sites get infected. The WordPress team cares about this and security updates are relatively simple, but I had problems and when I did they were my responsibility to fix.

The backend of WordPress can be a little confusing or unfamiliar because you don't edit your site "inline" or right on the page as you view it. You edit in a back-end, then hit save, then preview on the live site where your styles and theme elements are visible. This is clunky at a time when SquareSpace and the like have largely solved this.

Overall: WordPress is a great option for someone who is comfortable getting into code a little bit, and managing a server set up. It allows a great balance of modern features and design with flexibility. It is very customizable through plugins.

While there are services that offer a 'managed WordPress' that takes a lot of the hosting headaches out of the picture, I'd still recommend a more modern builder like Squarespace or even Wix to someone who knows little to nothing about web code (HTML and CSS).

In short - a great piece of software with a huge support community for power users, but not the best for those who just want to put up a nice site and forget about maintenence.

Easy to use, getting tougher for developers

Nov 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: I love the interface and simplicity of working on the back end. It's intuitive for the most part and without having to look things up, a user can generally figure out the basics. Developing for custom WP sites has been great as there is a huge WP dev community and a lot of help and support to be found around the web (or courses).

It is free to use especially if self hosted and there are a million ways to customize a sote to be more unique from the standard templates (mostly geared towards developers).

Cons: The most recent changes including the customizer & Gutenberg (releasing soon) are becoming a huge roadblock for many developers. There are ways around them which include disabling them via code or plugin but the way things are going, it will be harder to ensure these features won't interfere with custom WP developers.

The customizer is versatile but I find it sometimes interferes with the way a custom coded site works and can cause issues with intended styling and functionality.

Gutenberg is still new so it remains to be seen just how much interference there will be once it's part of the core framework, especially on sites developed before this release.

Overall: Overall, it's easy for even a novice to use.

It is one of the most widely used platforms so it also leaves WP sites more vulnerable to hacking attempts - I highly recommend anyone who isn't a developer to have a maintenance plan with someone who can secure and monitor a WP site regularly to avoid data loss or other malicious intrusions.

The more you use it, the easier it becomes to work with. It's generally my go-to when creating custom websites for people who need a CMS but as stated above, I'll be monitoring things closely to see how the new features affect the current development standards and methods.

All about WordPress

Nov 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Simple and easy interface:

During the testing phase of WordPress, the interface was very confusing and very complex for very little web photographers to escape from using it. But with the passage of time and with some improvements from WordPress has become easy to use very obvious, because anyone even if they do not have programming and code is estimated to use Rose Bryce very easily without any problems in understanding.

 

2 - The aesthetic form of the site (Theme):

Using Wordpress you can use many beautiful layouts and layouts in the way you see it suitable for your area. Simply appreciate that you design a picture or take it from the Internet and carry it on your site to add more beauty to the design of the site and estimated as a change of size and dimensions of the way you want.

 

3. Free and open source:

For all professional and amateur developers, WordPress is considered free and open source means any user who uses the code to sell the site freely and can be transferred and modified by violin the way they want.

 

4 - Favorite sites specialists:

Many SEO experts like it because it is easy to use and has the advantages of a very high-quality, easy to fill them for example, Meta, words and description and address for all pages and redirects .. And other, in addition to the fact that the Rose over Bvvr additions can be fixed on it Makes it easy to process the Sioux Lake.

Cons: 1 - Safety:

Many hackers know that WordPress is the most widely used and used for many sites, as it is a great interest of Harkz and hackers of the Internet, as every day Hackers daily operations on the sites of Rose Press to penetrate.

 

2 - Updates:

The process of updating WordPress is often a lot difficult and complicated for many people. If your site has a large number of plugins on your site it is likely that you have to update at least one update every week. Why Niji talks about roses Bryce Vahna Bentklm about the daily follow - up of your site and updates and additions to the roses to keep your site.

Overall: Very wonderful and comfortable

Wordpress is perfect for your first website

Nov 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I returned to Wordpress after a break of about 10 years, and was pleasantly surprised to see just how far the software had come. The early "blog" has evolved into a framework that I can build smaller sites quickly and easily, with all the sophisticated graphics and mobile-friendly design features that take hours to programme manually. In particular the choice of themes is impressive, and the top themes have free versions that are more than adequate for many small entrepreneurs. The page builders allows some sophisticated designs, especially for one-page websites.

Probably the most important benefit is how easy the initial installation is, and how easy one can migrate form a production server to the final host. This is not easy on most frameworks, as there is often a change of platform.

Cons: The constant updating of plugins is tiring, although well handled. I have had a few issues with the sites not switching out of maintenance mode (you have to check every time).

I find hunting down the right plugin a nuisance - so many are weak and it is only after installing them you realise. Some leave behind "junk" files and database entries, that are then carried over forever. I would like to have a little more reporting and display flexibility, without having to use Pods (very manual) or a paid plugin for database fields.

Perhaps the most irritating thing that would be VERY easy to change - on the plugin downloads page, when you do a search the items don't have an order - it would be nice to be able to get the most popular downloads first - I keep getting offered plugins that are brand new or almost unused first. Finally after 3 pages I find one of the most popular plugins for doing this particular task.

Overall: Overall, I am going to put a lot more effort into learning in-depth learning of module development, and custom field design and display. I am also excited about the Gutenberg new connection, and perhaps because I don't have a lot of old Wordpress site, it will be easier for me to take advantage of this new direction.

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Can do almost anything, but at the cost of speed and clarity

Oct 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress is the largest open-source CMS (content management system) in the world. In 2018 over 25% of the world's websites are run on WordPress.

Worldwide adoption does bring lots of benefits - documentation in multiple languages, tons of extensions and ready-made themes, and years of answered questions available on hundreds of forums across the net.

We run 50+ client websites on wordpress, all of them custom-tailored for their specific needs. Whenever the client asks "can we do this new thing?" the answer is almost always yes.

Because of its ubiquity, most of our clients have a bit of experience with it. So when they want to take the reigns, it's often easy to teach them what they need to know.

Cons: Wordpress's greatest strengths are also its biggest flaws. The forum posts providing "answers" to your questions are unreliable. They might be out of date, or conflict with other site functionality, or just be bad practice.

WordPress gets bloated very easily. With each plugin able to implement whatever code it wants, conflicts are frequent, unexpected, and often site-breaking.

Open Source is great, but that also means there's no one person to call when things break. No one company is responsible for keeping the platform running smoothly, so you have to put your trust in agencies or contractors to support it for you.

Overall: WordPress is powerful and extremely expandable. It's easy for any tech-savvy person to use, but it's really best to learn some code (HTML, CSS, and PHP) and read up on web best practices so you set off on the right foot.

Best in bests, Very productive and functional with ease of use

Oct 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: WordPress allows making blogs, websites, pages, e-commerce sites and even a social network. It's so powerful. One of the huge advantage of working with WordPress is, it's very cheap and quick to build a website or blog. It is open source so it's free to install it on a self-hosted server just by a click. I had a business idea so making a website with WordPress took no time, just installed it and applied a theme and it's good to go. Another advantage of WordPress is its plugins. There are so many WordPress plugins which allows WordPress to add more functionality. The basic installation of WordPress allows to create pages, websites, show contents and manage content from the backend. WordPress is a really strong blogging engine so you can have your own blog and accept comments from visitors, so that's what is in the WordPress core. But if you want to capture leads or a calendar or a signup form or a nice looking slider or whatever you can think of; you can build using WordPress Plugins, which is a huge advantage and most of the plugins to add features to WordPress website are free. Third advantage is its standard for CMS. There are a lot of free resources online where you can learn how to make a WordPress website or blog. A huge WordPress developers community and resources are available to provide support for free, so what do you want if you can get things done for free which is a huge huge advantage.

Cons: As WordPress is free so it doesn't mean to create a website using WordPress will work forever without updating. To make it work properly it may need monthly or quarterly updates to pages, theme and plugins because these things receive updates from companies which developed these awesome themes and plugins. If you don't update them time to time your website can become slower, and sometimes a plugin change in the update may break website with is very awful sometimes. So make sure to update theme and plugin on time. Another disadvantage is of WordPress is, as it is free so there is a lot of demand for WordPress and sometime you need to build a website which is right for now but after a couple of months or a year when your business expands and you want to make changes to the website, so you may need an expert to do it for you; which is very hard to find the real expert. Because everyone knows how to make a website with WordPress and customize it but very less of them are truly WordPress experts and can do what exactly do you want. So before building a website for your business using WordPress first meet an expert, discuss your requirement and ask for help so that he can guide you well to select a great theme and supported plugin for your website, So that if you may want to make changes to your website in future when you scale your business; you can do it easily with a very low cost.

Overall: I am using WordPress since 2013 to create websites, pages and my own personal blog. I started using it when I didn't know web development and WordPress empowers me to make my own website. It was very easy to learn it and make a website that I want. I have made so many websites for my friends and some of my clients and everyone is very happy with its quick construction, easy to use builders and variety of themes and plugins which can be installed and customized with a click. It helped me to succeed. I always recommend WordPress for web development to my friends because of its ease to use, versatility and power to build anything in low cost.

Website developement never been this easy.

Oct 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Extremely customizable and functionalities: Being more for both front-end and back-end, WordPress makes a big impact in both the forms. You have access to CSS code which you can modify or also can add different plugins provided by different developers.

- Faster load time: A website is only useful if it is easily accessible by the users and WordPress makes sure to ace in making your website load faster and keeps control over your hosting.

- Website backup: Giving freedom and access to your website to your clients or colleagues can sometimes result in a mishap, it's better to backup up your website which can be easily restored to its previous versions which are easily possible with WordPress Operations.

- Easy and quick support by WordPress team whenever you need them, they are there.

- Easy to find developers and designer who have a niche in WordPress development to make your website work easy.

Cons: - Knowing proper security concern needed for your website.Implementing security protocols for your website is concern factor in wordpress to make your website secure.

- Managing downtimes and find the easy and quick solution when your website is offline to get it back online is not everyone's piece of cake and can invest sum of money to hire pros.

- Knowing the right time and right need for changing your hosting plan can be sometimes tricky.

Overall: My clients have never been this happy by the overall look and aesthetic website for their business and wordpress being this dynamic they can add new elements anytime and easily.

I've implemented WordPress for around a decade now

Oct 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ubiquity. Need a quick landing page? a full-fledged CMS or a simple blog? You name it and WordPress delivers it. One click installs, bespoke VPS installs it's all readily available and a ton of user support and documentation is a few clicks away. Drag and drop? WYSIWYG? full-blown coder? WordPress has you covered. Anyone from a novice with some Googling ability to a seasoned PHP developer can make full use of FREE wordpress installations and build almost any web app imaginable. Add to that scalability and the millions of well maintained plugins out there and you have a viable solution to most any web-based problem.

Cons: As with all of the points above, there are some counterpoints, for example for every well-oiled plugin that works out great there are 1000 useless or badly maintained plugins to confuse your search. Not to mention blatant capitalisation and aggressive use of fremium models with plugin developers, all understandable from a business standpoint, but much to the chagrin of my small-scale clients who were limping by as it was, who now have to make drastic changes or pay through the nose for something they were receiving or risk becoming targets.

Overall: Overall, I love and loathe WordPress, while it has many, many uses it has it's drawbacks. Overall, I would say its uses far outweigh those drawbacks for most use cases, and that if you have a good developer on the team it's an invaluable resource that keeps on giving. If you are new to the world of web application developement it can be a very easy step-up into it, but one that assumes you have the wallet to continue or break out some code to work around.

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Ranging from DIY to fully customized, anybody can create amazing websites using WordPress

Oct 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love the versatility of WordPress the most. It is ever expanding and not only keeping up with all things current on the web when it comes to design and development, but setting the standards, in my opinion, of how a web design or development platform should be.

Do you need a simple blog and a contact page for your personal needs or even small business or hobby? WordPress can do that, no problem.

Do you need to create a more robust website with functionality that would enable you to take payments from customers in a data safe & secure environment? WordPress can do that, no problem!

Or, maybe you want to create your own website template or theme reselling business and sell your creations to others who also wish to use WordPress as their web building platform? Yes, WordPress can do that too! What's so great about the versatility of this platform, is that you can even build the e-commerce site to do this, on WordPress.

Cons: I'd have to say that even though there are hundreds and thousands of WordPress plugins and themes to choose from online, many of which are free, the availability of so many different options when it comes to how you develop your WordPress site, is quite frustrating at times. Actually, it's the least favorite part about WordPress for me.

It's not specifically that the learning curve is incredibly steep, it's that there are so many plugin and theme options to learn about, as well as learn (often by trial and lots of error if you are DIY) how these all interact with each other, that can lead to many a frustrating experience.

Overall: I have been using WordPress exclusively for over 5 years. I have built hundreds of sites in this time for clients using the WordPress platform, and I won't even touch a redesign or rebuild website project unless the client agrees to move their site over to WordPress.

This might limit me in some ways, I am sure. However, as far as being able to create websites that work for my customers, don't require a degree in computer science, and won't break the bank, WordPress is the way to go.

The only platform I really use for web design: Self-hosted WP (the ORG version)

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: The vast flexibility with different themes and plugins. There are so many themes that I rarely use the same one twice - I can get just the right theme to tailor to my needs for each website. I don't know coding and I don't need to - I have so many professional themes on my hard drive that for me, learning to code seems akin to reinventing the wheel.

There are so many plugins, that if there's something not quite right that I need to fix, my first go to is to look for a plugin for it and I almost always find one. I have many plugins (about a dozen) which I use on every site, and am just used to having them around, so now I'm hooked.

Cons: Like I said before, I'm hooked. I'm too dependent on it, like a driver that can only drive in automatic. If I had to make a website on another platform for whatever reason, I would need to figure out a way to take these WP plugins and incorporate them, because I need them. I'm glad that situation has never come up.

I've met some web designers who do client work (I only build sites for my own business) and they're really snobby about WP, saying its not real web dev or something. Maybe? They say I'm not a real web designer because I only use WP and use purchased themes. Okay, that might be true, but I seriously don't care. I can make stunning professional websites that not only look good and work well but are fast and are great for SEO. Websites that are much better than the ones I would get if I paid some 'real' web developer $800 to build one for me. Websites that are suited exactly to my business needs - including high-converting landing pages: I got 10% conversion on my landing page that I built on WP. I might not be a 'real web designer' because I didn't study coding in a school, but learning WP off Youtube was all it took to learn the skills I needed to run a successful business.

Overall: Its super simple to use, it only gets difficult when you buy a new theme and have to learn your way around.

Its super flexible, there's a plugin to solve almost every problem I ever had.

Its professional, you won't embarrass yourself if you tell your friends at a party that you built your website on WP (as opposed to Wix or Weebly).

I suppose I'm biased because its pretty much the only platform I use for building websites, but there's a reason for that. I wouldn't have a business if I hadn't learned WP.

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A great platform for blogging, with various user level options and thousands of plugins available.

Sep 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: WordPress is a highly extendable, modifiable, and customizable website design service based on a blog as the model for launching a ready to use and scalable context of website design, of which: many popular and widely various sorts of sites are capably produced. The added benefit of being able to access an array of thousands of third party plugins, which are, within the context of WordPress, particularly embeddable modules of various commonly used and conceivably necessary sorts, such as tables and entries for establishing mailing lists, customer queries, site stats for user visits, various page speed loading boosts, search engine optimization helpers; all sorts of common web page features that an individual woukd commonly come across in browsing the web at large, that pop up to challenge the web site designer from novice level of experience, to inasmuch as they make of their blog, as it starts off, with WordPress features and extensions via plugins that make it truly a work of a labor of care and devotion that a blog can truly end up as, as the web designer and domain owner, as it might be, in WordPress advanced user offerings of subscription basis that offer higher end features, bandwidth, and basis of extending a back end support team context of Top-Level-Domain email addresses, of custom sites, whereas the free WordPress basic site offering features a custom brand or naming basis as a sub domain of WordPress as the main host for the blog.

Basic featured good SEO reach.

Cons: I could probably stand to spend more time using WordPress, although at the moment I work primarily on mobile, and as far as I've searched around, the plugins are more commonly adaptable in a desktop or traditional computer otherwise, as a standard laptop or tablet, as it might be. At some point, I'll most likely get in to working with many standards of web publishing platform offerings, several that they are, for an investigation as towards servicing gig basis clients on their chosen platform, and to offer various and competitive website design services, obviously inclusive of the major and popular e-commerce and blogging service offerings, as a service and delivery specualist of having a context of personal experience at my available resource.

Overall: I use WordPress for a tiny placeholder blog article posting with the context of it being scalable and to develop later on, if as needed of basis arises. I started off on WordPress as a small business digital multimedia publishing company sit in temp worker, adding small various features such as mail chimp to a site to customize a mailing list context for the already established and developed site. I found that the plugin itself was rich in features of customized basis and workflow process, beyond a visitor entering information in to a query box, and establishing mailing lists of input client email addresses, as needed, offered various menu contexts and options that allow for common takes on what merits a customer business relationship management basis, to start off on, with potentially more complex and perhaps paid plugins available later on in the development cycle, which would build upon notions established in the free offering of mail chimp.

Aside from that, I published some small and slight personal aspiration project article stuff on an OSX modded for Windows computers fan base establishment online that I left alone for a year and came back to find that it had gathered over 300 hits over the course of a year with no attention or particular promotion given to it, aside from what I'd included in the basic offering of free WordPress blog offerings, within the context of perhaps that they include a tag and search engine basis of keywords to send off for blogs to be found.

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Wordpress is still the best blogging platform

Sep 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Wordpress as a blogging platform still outperforms all the others. Yes you can get easy tools like Squarespace and Wix, but they all limit you to ultimately what you want to do, grow. With Wordpress you can start small, grow it gradually, and add everything you need to run a thriving business online, while controlling it all and owning it. I also like the fact that I can find good Wordpress developers and plugins because it is so widely used, making it convenient to get help and not get stuck with a platform that lets you publish and does little else. Sure you need to learn a few things, but ultimately Wordpress is a great value.

Cons: For some it's a bit more technical, requiring a bit of knowledge how it works. The endless updates of plugins and Wordpress itself are challenging to some, but this is a minor problem as long as you know not to use too many plugins and try to overdesign. So if you are not a disciplined user and try to throw all sorts of things around without thinking it through, go to a platform that limits your ability to do that. Wordpress can drive you crazy with its changes, but those changes are indicative across the digital world, and once you basically work it and treat it like a business instead of a hobby, there's no better platform to use.

Overall: I run all my sites on Wordpress, ones generating millions of visitors a month to ones with much smaller niche audiences. As long as you don't try to over customize it, meaning having a developer do all these things you think are cool but break Wordpress with updates, it's powerful. Working within what Wordpress offers, and focusing less on technical breakthroughs and more on content and development, I love Wordpress because it's easy to use, affordable, and I can find people to help me easily because tons of smart developers, designers, and writers use Wordpress daily.

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If you want it to do something you can make it do that something

Sep 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: As one of the worlds most popular platforms for building a website, WordPress comes with an extremely vibrant and active support community. As a result, there is very little needed direct customer support. I have been able to either go to the WordPress forums, documentation pages, or even simply use Google to search for the issue or idea that I have and within minutes I usually have the answer that I'm looking for.

WordPress is an extremely flexible platform: if you have an idea, you can do it. If you can't figure out how to, there's almost always a plugin for that, many of which are free.

WordPress sites also tend to look great right out of the box. Every year the WordPress development team publish a new theme that comes pre-shipped in the installation (along with past years iterations), and they always look great! After that, there is a ridiculously large database of free themes.

After all that, there's an excessive amount of plugins available, many of which are free, or have free versions available. if you want a calendar page on your site, there's some awesome plugins for that, or even simply embed your Google calendar. If you want to sell products on your site, WooCommerce is the fastest way to getting a very nice looking and efficient web shop up and running.

And finally, if that's not enough, if you are familiar with a bit of coding (HTML, CSS, and PHP being the most relevant), then the sky is the limit.

Cons: Even with the tremendous amount of customization (and more so with knowledge), sites based on WordPress tend to start to feel all alike, to the extant that more experienced visitors to a WordPress site can instantly few when a site is based on this.

Unless you have a notable grasp of programming, you will eventually feel limited by what you can do, and not everyone is willing or has the time to learn programming to compensate for this.

For those who have stepped up and have the capacity to pick apart the code and make it do what you want, it's not uncommon to have to drop a few hours trying to find out where you went wrong after it's been broken. This isn't unusual when it comes to any kind of programming, but it seems like it's a bit more convoluted under the hood and difficult to pinpoint where exactly you went wrong - especially if you're using a custom theme purchased from someone online.

Overall: It is important to understand that there are two primary versions of WordPress: publicly hosted (WordPress.com) and privately hosted (WordPress.org). The public one can be used for free and has a subscription option to get things like ad removal from your site, custom domain names, etc. the free version by default has ads on your site, limited customization, and your domain name will end with .wordpress.com.

The privately hosted version of WordPress is completely free, however you will have to purchase your own hosting subscription and domain name. This version however, gives you 100% control over every aspect of your site. With the correct know how, you can make it do anything!

Some people have built very lucrative businesses by setting up these sites for their customers, as I had done for a few years.

I can honestly say that WordPress is my preferred Content Management Software by a long shot, and this is the version that I base my review on.

A great platform with lots of flexibility to build your website on.

Sep 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Wordpress has a very organized and intuitive dashboard for admins that makes it very easy to edit websites. All the different types of pages you would want to build have their own section and the customization is only limited by your own capabilities. There are tons of web designers that are very familiar with the platform if you need help and it also has plugins for most third party tools you may want to integrate within your site. The simple, built in event and blog tools make those pages basically plug and play where you just need to enter the details into fields and the page is formatted for you based on the design you set up in the beginning.

Cons: While updates are great, I think it gets out of hand sometimes. Especially when some updates may require you to make significant changes to the design or style of your site, it sometimes makes more sense not to update. But if you are not up to date, your site can lose functionality and features. This may not be an issue for some people but when you start using a lot of plugins and customization, some items may need certain updates while the same update might interferes with others. Then you have to decide what matters to you more and you usually end up compromising something.

Overall: Wordpress is probably one of the easiest content management software tools I've used. It can pretty much accommodate any design and function you want but you really should think it all through very carefully before you commit to anything. Things may work well at first but you might find down the road that one choice you made interferes with the ability to do something else and then you might have to start all over or live with it. If more formatting options were available as a default, I think it would help reduce the amount of HTML coding you need to do to get something to look exactly right. We are in the middle of redesigning our website now and with all the options available, we decided to stick with Wordpress again but this time we are taking a lot of time to make sure we get everything we got wrong before set up right and it is looking very good so far.

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Relatively easy to build complex websites for organizations and NGOs

Sep 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Because Wordpress is an open-source project, a large community has sprung up around improving it and creating plugins to extend it's capabilities.

I started using Wordpress themes to build simple websites, and as my confidence and abilities in the software grew, I was able to used plugins to improve the layout, add image galleries, and improve the visual appeal of my sites.

I was asked recently to create webpages for several non-profit groups and rely on Wordpress to do this. Wordpress is quite easy to learn and so non-technical members of our association are able to update our website with new text, images and video. A large number of excellent text-based and video tutorials are available online to help new users create attractive, well-designed web pages.

Cons: While a great many plugins are available for Wordpress, some of them are not properly coded and create problems with other plugins, which on occasion can lead to problems that are difficult to troubleshoot.

In order to avoid this, it's best to use as few plugins as possible, but this somewhat negates the draw of Wordpress and the many plugins created to extend its features.

The biggest drawback to Wordpress now is the lack of a built-in page-building tool. Relying on proprietary plugin page-builders is not the best way to ensure long-term viability of a website. If the vendor developing the page-builder stops development of the plugin, then the site you have spent years working on may very soon stop working and require a huge investment of time to completely rebuild. Wordpress will soon include the Gutenburg editor which will largely function as a page-builder, but it is still under development and as of 2018, is not recommended for building working websites.

Overall: When I began to plan our group's website, I researched several alternatives. Primarily because it is open source, I chose Wordpress feeling confident that it would be relatively easy to build the website and keep it updated without the need for web design specialist. This decision has proven to be a good one. Wordpress is excellent and though it takes time to learn, is well worth the effort.

Integrates with Everything

Aug 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: This software is clean and mostly user friendly and the widget integration resources available make this software quite powerful. You don't have to know much (or anything) about the world of coding in order to set up and maintain a simple website using Wordpress. This makes web design customizations much easier to manipulate for those with no ability to write code. There are tons of built in templates to choose from and lots of integrations you can pull into Wordpress to create what you are looking for.

Cons: Because there is so much in the widget and integrations space that works with Wordpress, this can get buggy. For example, we had an integration that was supposed to help monitor our site in case of an issue, and this feature instead caused our site to crash. Additionally, we use a template on top of Wordpress, so we have to be very careful not to edit from the main dashboard but only edit through that built on layer... otherwise, we risk loosing changes and making a mess of things. To use more than the basic platform, some knowledge is required. The options are endless, which means things can get complex quickly. Keeping it simple is best for those without much background in this space. Backing up your latest version of your website is always reassuring.

Overall: We manage our company website through WordPress using an add-on that formats the template and widgets we need. We currently have a 1 page website for a clean and simple look. We have all of the pages we need: contact info, client endorsements, client logos, about us, etc. More complexly, we have a page where clients can upload audio files, and a portfolio section where people visiting our website can listen to the audio we've produced. It has served our needs quite well.

I love WordPress for writing, design and for empowering me to build decent user experiences

Aug 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I've been working with WordPress for about 6 years now. I've improved my skills quite a bit on the platform, and I know when to get a professional designer or developer on a project when I am out of my depth. whether it's adding content to a website that someone else designed, or even writing simple blogs on my minimalist website, WordPress just makes life easier. Great extensibility with free and premium plug-ins and there are great SEO/traffic reporting tools and complementary apps to upgrade my website. I've been using a Genesis theme for a number of years, and it's been great. There are many premium apps to make it easy to have a decent looking, mobile responsive, SEO optimized website on WordPress. Lots of hosting options, and lots of talent available to customize to your heart's content.

Cons: I've had some issues with conflicting plugins a few times which blocked me from uploading images, or disabled parts of websites I've worked with. It's quite affordable to hire a WordPress PHP developer to fix things, customize CSS or do other development. It's worth getting an expert to strut their technical stuff from time to time. I know developers and designers that are great at what they do, and they earn their fees. I've tinkered with theme files a few times and caused messes which required restoring a backup. There's a lot of WordPress support info out there in their vast open community, and you have to be cautious about what you put into action. Keeping up to the latest version of WordPress and plugins is well worth automating or outsourcing. I've had customizations break with upgrades which can be a pain.

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WordPress is Powerful Platform for Business, Hobbyists, and Writers (But One Size Doesn't Fit All)

Aug 12, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I've used WordPress since before the versions had a number before the dot (i.e., version 0.4)! My review comes from a place of having used it for my own varied interests and having built websites for clients. Though I've used the software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform -- WordPress.com -- my review is about the host-it-on-your-own-webspace version (the standalone version downloaded from WordPress.org).

Malleable is the word that comes to mind when I think of "creating with WordPress." The original developers along with scores of others have created a virtual ecosystem for creative expression that rivals Playdoh(TM), Silly Putty (TM), Legos(TM), and those ubiquitous interlocking blocks. With the right combination of themes, templates, and plugins, you can start with an idea then build something that serves the needs of hobbyists, business interests, or wordsmiths. That appeals to my sense of creativity!

The biggest pro I can attribute to WordPress is it continues to evolve according to the demands of its users while remaining true to its raison d'etre. It scales up or down; it works equally well for a single writer or hundreds of contributors.

WordPress is flexible enough to serve as an entire website (as a content management system) or just a blog or as a hybrid. I like that numerous softwares have created connections to WordPress so that it fits neatly into a business's plan for its complete web presence.

Cons: Evolution -- the pro is also a con. Evolution isn't a con except when it moves at a snail's pace. Sometimes it takes an extremely long time to incorporate features and enhancements from the technical community.

The same ecosystem that allows talented developers to create plugins and creative designers to create themes is at fault for not policing itself so that bad actors, the talented but lazy, and those with shoddy workmanship don't corrupt or injure the software or components.

Security! Being so well-known and so widely utilized around the globe (and maybe even in outer space!), WordPress has a target painted on its back that hackers, crackers, script kiddies and spammers aim at hundreds of times a day. That means those of us who depend upon WordPress are constantly at risk of disruption. The user has to take security into his own hands, often digging down to the server level to make sure the entire WordPress ecosystem (including themes, templates and plugins) is not harmed and can do no harm.

Another con: The popular notion that "one size fits all." Everybody doesn't need a blog. Every business doesn't need to use WordPress (instead they might need to consider Concrete5 or ModX or Drupal). Every fan site can't sit comfortably on a WordPress framework (a forum might work better).

Overall: Although you'll hear me and others speaking about using WordPress to build this or that on the web, in reality, WordPress is a framework (albeit a complex one) that is fairly plain straight out of the box. I've created complete business websites using WordPress as repository of information and hybrid websites in which WordPress served as both a blog (with new articles) alongside static (un-changing) information.

The trick is in deciding whether or not WordPress is the appropriate framework upon which to create your website or a portion of your web presence.

I've discovered that figuring out whether an implementation of WordPress is the best framework to use for a particular type of website is done by planning, asking relevant questions, determining who will be involved on a regular basis, and how consumers will engage with a site is the best way to get a comfortable fit.

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More than just another CMS

Jul 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wordpress has been around for many years. This attests to the quality of the platform, ease of use, form, and function. I've started my personal blogs in Wordpress... forgot about it for several years, stumbled upon it again.. and it's still there Live!

Wordpress comes with a lot of colorful and beautiful templates. This helps a lot when putting up a new blog. Apart from the standard templates, it is very much flexible and customizable. Third-party app (e.g., visit trackers, chatboxes) are easily integrable. There is a ton of plugins to choose from which most likely will suit your needs.

The dashboard is intuitive and easy to find what you need with just a few clicks. Content management is easy and organized.

There is a lot of help you can get from the active Wordpress community. This is open source, so you may very well study the code yourself, or just search/post your question in the community forum and you'll definitely get the support you'll need. The paid service gets you the 24/7 support if you need that.

Cons: The basic Wordpress (e.g., just for personal use) requires very little technical knowledge. But if and when you decide to raise it to the next level (e.g., setting it up on your own hosting service, developing custom functionalities within), then this will require you to have technical skills.

The default templates (and free templates available in the internet) look great.. but if you want to fully customize it to your liking, again... you'll need to know how to code in order to customize the web design.

They say that the two items mentioned above show that you'll have a steep learning curve when using Wordpress tailored fit.

Overall: Blogging for personal use or for commercial purposes... Wordpress is a go-to platform. Intuitive, Easy-to-Use, beautiful, customizable, and ready to go with free templates and plugins!

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If you are someone who seeks to do things with quality, Wordpress is what you are looking for.

Jul 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Having a blog is not easy. Globalization, the internet, the management and diffusion of knowledge in a massive way, have been the main milestones of the 21st century.

The amount of valuable information that exists in personal blogs is endless.

People can create and share all kinds of content. Personal experiences, investigations, tutorials, educational information repositories, cooking recipes, mechanics, health, financial advice ... Wordpress is a CMS platform that allows millions of people to create their own space in the infinity of the internet.

It is an incredible platform because it adapts to the particularities of each client. From a poet to a financial guru, anyone can express themselves through Wordpress.

In my personal experience as a university professor, I have used wordpress to strengthen distance education and elearning, in search of adapting the curriculum of my classes to the new trends of the 21st century.

through wordpress I can interact with my students, sharing information of interest, like research done by think thanks, and my personal articles on the research topics that we develop.

For me, wordpress is an extremely useful tool, the best ally of those of us who dedicate ourselves to impart and share knowledge. It has an interface that is easy to use, has enormous versatility, and empowers all users to be creators of our own websites.

I highly recommend it to my students and colleagues.

Cons: I really am very satisfied with wordpress. I admit that at the beginning it can be a little confusing to learn to use its interface. But with a few hours of practice one can become a wordpress expert blogger.

Wordpress is the easiest website solution out there

Jul 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There was a time when you'd have to know HTML to really make a website, but those days really are gone nowadays with the invention of Wordpress - It started out as a free blogging platform that helped people write blogs (remember them?) about a whole world of topics. It's straight forward installation, ease of use, and full feature set (not to mention it's huge community of modders and bug-fixers) meant it became the defacto content management system (CMS) out there.

Nowadays, if you want a good looking, easy to use, adaptable website that can handle desktop and mobile about a particular subject within 30 minutes, there's no better place to start than WordPress. Simply download the software, buy a domain and some hosting, follow the pretty simple instructions (you'll need to know how to set up a mySQL database, which is about the trickiest part) - and away you go.

It's ease of use doesn't stop there, posting pages, articles, linking to social media, optimising for SEO, caching, everything is now a simple plugin away. There isn't much it cannot do nowadays, and all you really need to do is the ability to write and maybe manipulate a few graphics here and there to make a really impressive website in next to no time.

Wordpress is here to stay and is the ultimate starting point if you want a quick and beautiful website in the minimal amount of time.

Cons: I suppose the only downside to Wordpress is that it still requires some technical knowledge to set up. There's the possibility, that if you don't know exactly what you're doing, that you might struggle with the database connectivity side of the application.

Also: With popularity comes security issues, Wordpress has been the target for hackers for many years, it's open source code approach means that the hackers can literally read the code to spot vulnerabilities and then exploit them. Obviously, whenever an exploit is found, wordpress is quickly updated to address it. It used to be a real chore to have to manually update your wordpress site but nowadays they have an auto update system which magically updates your software to the latest (and most secure) version.

Wordpress doesn't have many flaws, these are really minor issues to what is a great bit of software - for free!

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Great for building a high-quality, professional business website or blog for low cost

Jul 14, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I've been using WordPress to build blogs and websites for years, from my own personal blogs/sites to client websites. I remember there being a bit of a learning curve to get your site configured and designed, but once you figure it out, it's pretty easy and especially adding new blog posts and updating your content. And when used with a really good theme, that becomes even easier as many themes have a visual builder style page and post editor. Another pro is that there are a gazillion plugins that enable you to add just about any functionality to your WordPress website as you would want. You don't want to get carried away with too many plugins though, or you may affect performance. I also like that it's free since it's open source. Yes, you do have to pay web hosting fees if you don't own your own server but those are negligible.

Cons: Cons are that while the software itself is free, you will have to pay a 3rd party hosting provider like BlueHost or Siteground to host your site for you (unless you own your own server, which most people don't). Also the fact that there are SO MANY different themes and plugins to choose from, this could be very overwhelming to newbies. There is also a bit of a learning curve to understand how the navigation is built, the difference between pages and posts, what are widgets and how/where are they used, and all the other areas of the administration panel.

Overall: The benefits I receive from using WordPress is that I have full control over every aspect of my site - from owning my content, to the design/look and feel, to what integrations and other tools I can use it with. It is highly flexible and if there isn't a plugin that will do you what you want, then I can go even further and do custom development or add custom CSS, etc. to make it do exactly what I want. It is simply the most flexible website and blog software out there.

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WordPress is incredibly powerful and it's the only website platform that I use.

Jul 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are so many things to love about WordPress, but I think the biggest thing for me is how flexible it is. There are so many community developed themes and plugins that I can turn a stock WordPress install into just about any type of website that I want. For example, I setup WordPress to be a church website including functionality like online prayer requests, photo albums, a community calendar, and message forums so church members could discuss community events (or whatever else they wanted to talk about). Another example I setup a website for a open source/sci-fi convention that included functionality like discussion forums, online registration, and event schedule planning. All I had to do was dig around in the plugin gallery to find the plugins that I needed for my vision.

If you add all of that flexibility and power into an easy to use platform, then you've got WordPress. The learning curve isn't very steep and I've been able to train computer novices to publish content to WordPress sites in just a few minutes. I honestly can't say enough good things about the platform as a whole.

Cons: The ONLY thing that I take issue with when it comes to WordPress is that it's sometimes hard to troubleshoot technical issues with upgrades to the software. Since the bulk of the support is community driven, you often have to dig around forum posts for a bit before you find the help that you need. It just takes some patience is all. That being said though, I've learned so much of how WordPress works over the years that I've gotten to the point that it's rare that I need to search for solutions to problems. There's a satisfaction that comes with knowing a platform well enough to fix your own issues.

Overall: I guess the bulk of benefits come with how flexibly powerful the software is. I can make just about any kind of website and make it work well. It's easy to manage, patch, and assign various rights to various users so they can make use of it. It's free and it works really well on Windows IIS installations as well as Apache installations. It doesn't require a lot of space in a MySQL DB in order to function, and it's super easy to backup and restore if the need arises. There are so many benefits to using the software. It's darn near a perfect platform in terms of ease of use and flexibility.

With endless options available, WordPress is at the forefront for creating stunning websites.

Jul 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: With WordPress, the options to develop and customize any website are virtually limitless. With the massive number of plug-ins and themes available, any aspiring blogger, e-commerce developer, or social influencer can create a stunning website to fit their exact needs in a manageable time frame. (A user can create a website in as little as an hour or spend weeks creating custom code and tweaking themes. The option is theirs.)

Users aren't plagued with expensive fees and help is always there with customer support or a quick Google search. The option to spend money on advanced versions of themes and developing options is available, yet an individual or company with a limited budget can indeed bootstrap a visually appealing website with minimalistic costs. (For example, using a hosting plan, a simple website and many design templates are free. Many hosting plans even offer a free domain, so purchasers find it unnecessary to buy a domain name for their desired site.)

The dashboard itself is perfectly constructed so that users can pinpoint the exact area that they wish to focus on, such as creating new posts, customizing appearances, managing add-ons, menus, and pages, and adjusting account settings. Simplicity is key here and WordPress offers a friendly user interface that is not clunky or difficult to navigate.

WordPress functions with wonderful creativity and abundance, allowing for entrepreneurs and creative minds to bring their dreams and goals to life.

Cons: A few themes can be buggy in terms of function, and that can create frustration for both novice and advanced WordPress users. Luckily, documentation in some form can be found when searching the Internet and many themes offer tutorials, and customer support via chat, phone, or email is available to those wishing to gain insight into site development.

Also, the sheer amount of information can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to choose between apps, themes, plug-ins, and functions when there are so many choices available. Browsing can take countless hours and for those who do not wish to waste time, it is essential to filter options so that they can find exactly what they're looking for. Otherwise, they may find themselves in a bottomless rabbit hole of free options to choose from with nothing to show for the time spent creating the perfect website. Becoming paralyzed from decision overload can happen here.