By: Cecilia Bennett

Even though WordPress is one of the most popular website builders in the world, people are still hesitant to use it for their own website. Many people have been misinformed or fed lies about WordPress throughout the years, making the website platform look less reliable and customizable through their eyes. Despite WordPress having an immense increase in usage and success over the past couple years, people still choose to ignore the website builder due to some of these common misconceptions formed over the years.

1. WordPress is Simply a Blogging Tool

Common WordPress misconception states that it is only a blogging tool

Yes, WordPress did start out as the main blogging tool for many small businesses, but did you know that it actually powers more than 34% of websites on the Internet, according to a 2019 survey done by Netcraft. Even though WordPress started out marketing themselves as a blogging platform back in the early 2000’s, it can now handle all your website needs on one simple to manage platform. Essentially, WordPress can do everything any other web development platform can do. 

2. Every WordPress Site Looks the Same

I’m sure we have all heard the huge misconception that WordPress built websites always looking generic and identical to all the other sites. The main reason this misconception still exists is that some inexperienced users are still using the few default themes that are free on WordPress. This usually does result in some very cookie-cutter looking sites, but don’t fall for this misconception.You have the power to create your WordPress site into something completely unique that will make your website stand out from the rest.

You would be surprised to know some very popular websites are powered by WordPress. That is because WordPress allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of premium and free themes and plugins to customize your site exactly how you want it to look. In fact, there are even powerful WordPress page builder plugins that allow you to create your own layouts with little to no programming skills. Your WordPress site can become your one-of-a-kind dream website easily!

3. WordPress Themes Aren’t Mobile Friendly

Blue Ridge Media Company WordPress website that is mobile friendly and mobile optimized

Since mobile sites are being increasingly more popular than desktop sites, WordPress like many other website platforms have made their themes and plugins more responsive. WordPress has also made some key updates to their platform so they are better equipped from not only mobile optimization but search engine optimization (SEO) as well. Even if the theme is not initially mobile optimized, WordPress allows developers the option to customize and increase the mobile responsiveness without having to rebuild the site from scratch. 

4. WordPress Doesn’t Offer Good Ecommerce Options

This is a very common WordPress misconception that cannot be more untrue. In fact, WordPress’ most popular ecommerce plugin, WooCommerce, is the most used ecommerce plugin in the world. It is even more popular than Shopify, Squarespace, etc., especially among smaller businesses. If you want to sell physical or digital goods online, WordPress is a great and trusted option for your business. 

5. WordPress Is Not Secure

No software or website platform is 100% safe from hacker attacks and viruses. Since WordPress has become so popular over recent years, naturally it will become a target to attacks. However, there is no need to worry. WordPress is very safe and has come up with several key ways to make their sites even more protected from attacks. For instance, they have consistent software updates to make sure their users are as secure as possible. You also have the option to add security plugins to your specific sites for extra protection. As long as you keep your WordPress website, themes, and plugins up to date, your site will be just as secure as any other website on the Internet.

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