When You Shouldn’t Use WordPress
3 Times When Using WordPress (or any CMS) to Build Your Website is a Bad IdeaPavithra Ramesh
WordPress is amazing. It makes the life of both web developers and the webmasters a lot easier.
The functionality, user-friendliness, and capabilities made WordPress a great platform to build a website. There is no other secret for why WordPress powers more than 20 % of the web today.
The WordPress CMS, along with themes and plugins for it, makes developing and managing complex websites a lot easier. So, everyone would recommend you to use WordPress if you want to build a website.
However, WordPress is not always necessary or helpful to build a website. Sometimes, the old classic HTML or PHP method might be the best option. In this article, we will examine some cases in which using WordPress or any CMS would be a bad idea.
You Don’t Need A CMS for Your Website
Content management system (CMS) is a very useful feature because it allows non-techies to edit the content on their website.
But what if you won’t need to edit the content on your website at all?
Will you have any use with the CMS?
No, you won’t need a CMS if you never have to make changes in the content.
If you want a corporate website with static content and you don’t have to change the content occasionally, a simple HTML or PHP website will work for you.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is a great example of this. It’s a simple one-page corporate website with static content.
You Are Concerned About the Performance of Your Websites
The speed, functional integrity and the performance of a website is an essential factor in user experience, SEO and branding. WordPress is a massive software system which can slow down the websites to a small extent because that is the way it works.
WordPress websites serve web pages to the browsers (website visitors) after generating the content dynamically from multiple files and sources. The numerous HTTP requests and other processes can increase the page loading to a small extent.
You may argue that plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache can solve this issue. However, these plugins also have several issues.
The visitors may not be able to see if we forget to flush the cache.
In rare cases, the WordPress cache plugins may not work well with some themes and plugins.
If we use regular HTML or PHP way, we can reduce the loading time. Even a slight reduction in the loading time can bring significant results.
Here is some interesting statistical data that proves how even a slight change in the page loading time can make a huge difference.
- Walmart increased their primary conversion by 2% for every 1-second improvement in page loading time.
- Amazon reported 1% loss in revenue for 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds) increase loading time.
- Mozilla improved conversion by 15.4 % after reducing 2.2 seconds from the loading time.
- Obama fundraising campaign increased donation conversion by 14% when the loading time reduced to 2 seconds from 5 seconds.
The page loading time of your website is very important for your business. So, avoid using WordPress for your website because it can bring you solid benefits.
However, if the website is complex or you will have to change the content, you can use WordPress or ay CMS. On the other hand, it’s better to avoid WordPress if the website is small because WordPress can overkill the website.
You need a Completely Custom or Unique Website
When you need to design a completely unique or custom website, you may not be able to achieve it with WordPress or any CMS.
You might be able to bring the website close to what you actually want. But then, you might have used dozens of plugins or resorted on weird web design practices.
In such cases, you would sacrifice a lot but still don’t achieve what you want completely.
Using lots of plugins would definitely affect the performance of your website.
So, building the website without using a CMS would be the best option when you want a unique and custom website.