This article is shared to help website owners evaluate WordPress when considering open source solutions. We cover six important reasons why the content management system is a viable solution for the enterprise.
“When WordPress adopts modern technologies, so does the rest of the world.” — Scott Taylor, Software Engineer at The New York Times
As WordPress grows and evolves, more big brands are taking notice—The New York Times, TechCrunch, Microsoft, and Facebook all run sites using the CMS. Its size in the market makes WordPress a leader in innovative digital experiences, and the scale of its developer ecosystem will continue to drive innovation and adoption. You may have heard that WordPress is for just for bloggers or mom-and-pop shops, but in reality the CMS is more than capable of running some of the biggest, most important sites on the internet.
Reason #1 Open Source = Share the Love
The world has already begun to move away from proprietary, closed-off systems in favor of open and connected tools and services. As an open source project, WordPress offers complete freedom, flexibility, and customizability.
Whereas proprietary solutions often complicate updates and integrations, open source solutions eliminate the risk of vendor lock in. Using a closed system? What happens if business relationships sour? Time for a new technology. With open source, you’re no longer at the mercy
of a particular vendor’s roadmap, pricing structure, or business decisions.
Open source solutions allow your company to make decisions on upgrades and innovate at your own pace. React to market trends and handle issues with agility—without having to rely on a vendor. Plus, you’re never stuck with WordPress. If you ever decide to switch solutions, it’s easy to get your data out.
Take the software and tweak it however you want. Need a customization? No problem, there’s likely already a plugin to fit your needs. If not, WordPress freely offers a robust set of APIs your team or agency can use to develop plugins for just about any use case.
The developer ecosystem around WordPress is huge, dwarfing the website engineering efforts of major software companies by an order
of magnitude.There’s a reason Microsoft chose WordPress: they realize that only a vast open source project can keep pace with the rest of the internet when it comes to innovation.
Reason #2 Ecosystem: A Community You Can Trust
In addition to free and open source software, using WordPress means having access to an entire ecosystem of developers, designers, and WordPress specialized agencies. The WordPress community has a large and knowing group of experts that are willing to share and collaborate.
Your Site Is Worth It
Which plugin should I use for X? Am I ready to upgrade? Is this a good theme? What is this security update all about? Where should I host? There is a lot to consider when working on a web project, so don’t sell yourself short trying to make these decisions on your own. Your site is worth it, and you need someone on your side to help—hire a professional or work with an agency that can use the ecosystem to ensure the best for your site.
Reason #3 Delight Your Content Editors
WordPress offers a beautiful, user friendly content editor out of the box.
Built for Editing
WordPress was built with the content editor in mind. While offering a wonderful experience for the end user is imperative, having a simple and seamless interface for adding and editing content can have a profound impact on the quality of your content. Your website will have more value if this process works well, and WordPress has a best-in-class content editing
experience, right out of the box.
Reason #4 Security Comes First
Running 25% of the web makes WordPress a natural target for security exploits, but does not mean the CMS is ill-equipped for such attacks. In fact, WordPress core is very secure, and an updated version has never had a major exploit. The real risk lies in plugins and themes, but this is easily mitigated by doing your due diligence, using a professional, and having a hardened environment to negate common vulnerabilities and attack vectors.
Navigating the Plugin Minefield
The barrier of entrance to plugin development is low, so a best practice selection strategy is key to ensuring your site remains secure.
It’s important to be aware of bad plugins and use a professional to review any plugins you want to implement on your site. Reach out to the community and trusted maintainers for advice on what to use.
WordPress Security Tips
- Always run the latest version of core, plugins and themes
- Remove unused plugins, themes & users
- Have a professional review plugins before implementing
- Use strong passwords & enable two-factor authentication for all users
- Host with a reputable, dedicated provider
Reason #5 Scalable For Any Stage
As a site owner, you have to be prepared for what may come. Having a reliable platform is critical for scaling your site, and will also help you keep your sanity. With the right infrastructure and development practices in place, WordPress can push hundreds of millions, even billions, of page views a month.
The WordPress Site Owner’s Scalability Punch List:
Plugins:Choosing quality plugins will help your site run smoothly. Be sure to vet all plugins for efficiency and performance before installing.
Themes: Themes can also lack performance. Work with a professional developer to choose themes that are responsive and written for speed.
Code Review: Make sure your development team employs a method for monitoring code in production. Quality code is the foundation of a performance site.
Caching: Most things performance-related in computing come down to cache optimization. Be sure to employ a high performance persistent object cache.
Infrastructure:You have to run your site somewhere, so make sure you host with a reputable website
management platform that won’t leave you hanging when the big traffic comes.
Reason #6 Future-Proof: Grow Old Together
WordPress is also an ideal choice for enterprise because it is here to stay. You can rest easy knowing the core team is deliberate about actively maintaining and improving WordPress, and the CMS will continue to be a viable and modern framework for years to come.
Don’t Leave Your Site Hanging
When choosing a CMS, it’s important to keep longevity in mind. Don’t create headache down the road by choosing a solution that can’t grow with you. WordPress’ commitment to backwards compatability and modern development, coupled with its dedicated community makes it a wise choice for forward-thinking site owners.
The code you implement today isn’t going to break in the future. Dedicated to ensuring backwards compatibility, WordPress is going to make sure you aren’t backtracking with each update.
The large and growing community of WordPress professionals is another sign the CMS is here to stay. You have a community to rely on, and can attend a WordCamp near you to meet members of the core team and bask in the knowledge of the community.