8 important reasons why you should not use WordPress for a website



For some people website means WordPress, WordPress is very popular and widely used of course, but that does not mean it is suitable for everything.

In this article, we are going to show you 8 important reasons why you should not use WordPress for a website.

Let’s see each reason one by one.

1. Highly customized websites

Okay, okay before you jump in the comments saying it can be customizable, you are not wrong but WordPress is still far behind compared to the customized websites even with plugins such as elementor.

Imagine building something like this with WordPress.

why you should not use WordPress

This is one of the features we have made for a project, a very highly interactive USA map that calls APIs very rapidly.

If you use WordPress instead of a framework such as Laravel, you will have a difficult time customizing it and delivering good results.

In simple words, if the code is not customizable enough to your project needs, you should not pick WordPress.

2. SAAS Applications

SAAS (Software as a service) is a model to let customers use digital products. This can be a free or paid service.

SAAS products can handle a large amount of traffic and that includes custom database solutions, as well as these applications are made highly optimized as much as they can be for a better user experience.

SAAS applications are made to be scalable in the future as well as highly reliable and WordPress can not do any of this efficiently.

WordPress is customizable but not enough for a good SAAS application that can handle rapid development, scalability & security.

For example, Imagine Google had used WordPress or Salesforce, they simply can’t do that because of the reasons written above.

3. Enterprise solutions

Enterprise applications are built for large companies for their specific needs.

These applications are generally big & complex ERP and CRM systems built for specific needs for the enterprise.

These ERP & CRM systems are made with scalability and customizability in mind and WordPress fails here.

For example, let’s say Tesla has 5 car manufacturing plants and Elon Musk wants software that can show him the reports each hour for each plant without doing much from his end.

In this case, an agency would understand his needs, his company’s needs and would build software for it instead of jumping on WordPress.

4. Custom ECommerce websites & platforms

Better user experience comes with great code, great database management, and customized solutions.

Usually, Custom ECommerce platforms are very complex that don’t just sell products online but also behave as the marketplace for other sellers.

These applications or platforms come with their own challenges and need custom features that one can not simply achieve with WordPress, even so can not be done efficiently.

For example, when you purchase something from Amazon, it handles your request with multiple servers, collects your data, application data, and also if something fails in between.

The company can use this data with multiple applications or products.

Big companies such as Amazon also use AI to show you related products that are based on your search history so they can sell you more products.

Lots of stuff happens when you use a complex ECommerce platform that can not be achieved with WordPress or any readymade solution.

5. High traffic portals

WordPress is not built with traffic in mind, sure you can load a huge amount of RAM on your server to make it handle more traffic but it simply can not beat the custom code.

Not just that, high traffic portals need to handle lots of HTTP requests each second or even may contain sensitive data as well.

It won’t be much scalable and you will have to pay more for the customization which may end up more cost compared to a customized solution.

With more traffic, each byte counts and having sluggish and heavy applications running on the servers, it will add up more cost to run and manage it.

A good example would be government portals, like vaccination programs by governments where the whole country population needs access to the portal itself and has sensitive data.

6. Where security matters

WordPress is an open-source CMS system, this means anyone can look into the code, find issues or bugs and exploit them.

WordPress has a huge library of plugins, and it is a curse.

Anyone can develop a plugin and you would not know if it is vulnerable or tested enough, risking your important website.

WordPress itself is not much secure out of the box, you will have to install some plugins such as hiding your admin login page, disabling REST API, and/or even adding two-factor authentication.

By being the most used CMS, it is very easy to target for attackers, there are lots of bots designed specifically for WordPress to scan servers and try to break into the WordPress websites.

When you put a lot of work into your product or have highly sensitive data, you should not choose WordPress.

7. Where code matters

Being a programmer, I have a love-hate relationship with WordPress.

WordPress is basically a code spaghetti that a skilled programmer would hate, it still does not have a model to handle the code efficiently.

Not just that, having multiple ways to fix a single thing makes it even more horrible.

Issues can be fixed by code, also in theme’s code, with plugins, or sometimes even with server files.

Because of poorly written code and has no model such as MVC, it makes code management literally a nightmare for programmers.

If you have a large team that needs to work on a single project, it would take more time and that means it would be more costly.

8. Where PHP itself is not enough

WordPress is built with PHP language.

As we can not use WordPress for everything, nor PHP either.

For example, for real-time applications, PHP would be a bad choice. And if you don’t/can’t use PHP, it also eliminates WordPress as well.


About Parth

I'm the founder & CEO of DigitalSitara. A software development company with customers in mind. I have been developing all different kinds of software for the past 7 years. I love programming, music, and food.

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