It's Time to Start Taking WordPress More Seriously
With the recent acquisition of Woothemes, Automattic is poised for massive growth and market share in the CMS space for the next decade. WordPress already powers 23% of the web as it is, and I see that number growing closer to 50% by 2020. Auttomatic is the first billion dollar company related to WordPress, but I do not think it will be the last.
WooCommerce is also now by far the largest eCommerce install base in the world with over 650,000 installs according to builtwith.com, shattering its nearest competitor Magento that has just under 250,000. Although, WooCommerce struggles to compare to Magento in terms of the top eCommerce sites in the world, it is still a growing force to be reckoned with.
WordPress powers the most top 10,000, top 100,000, top one million, and overall websites in the world. Simply put it is by far the largest CMS in the world. It has an estimated 70 million plus websites using it as a CMS, compared to only a few million for the two runners up Joomla and Drupal.
*Graph by builtwith.com
Popular WordPress Concerns:
WordPress is not secure:
WordPress has a connotation as not being a secure platform, so many businesses think a solution like Drupal, Expression Engine, or Sitecore must be used because WordPress is not secure. This is simply not true.
WordPress is very secure if you update the software, plugins, and make sure your admin panel is password protected or hidden so that no one can get to it. The connotations come from millions of WordPress site owners who neglect the site upgrades and have weak passwords, ultimately resulting in their websites getting hacked.
I have never seen a WordPress site get hacked that followed WordPress security best practices and had a security plugin like Wordfence installed. The WordPress team works very hard to keep the platform secure, which is why there are so many updates. Therefore if you make sure to update the plugins and core software you should have few if no security concerns.
Additionally, not all plugins are created equal. Carefully evaluating the quality of the plugins you choose to use will help ensure your WordPress site stays secure.
WordPress cannot scale:
There are many large sites on WordPress such as Techcrunch, Time.com, and cnet.com. WordPress has proven to scale to millions of visits per month. WordPress can clearly handle massive traffic loads, so scaling to a large volume of visitors should not be an issue. New services like WordPress VIP by Automattic are built to help larger companies scale WordPress.
WordPress cannot handle my websites complex needs:
I think the connotation behind WordPress not scaling is that it cannot handle the complex needs of a growing site. However with the right development processes and strategy in place WordPress can handle a large array of complex needs. By leveraging custom development and plugins features such as multi site, eCommerce, multiple user permission levels, translation, and more are possible.
Its time to start taking WordPress seriously as a scalable and useful platform for businesses of any size. Larger companies looking at Sitecore, Expression Engine, and Drupal need to think more seriously about WordPress because they may be spending far more than they need to on such platforms. WordPress could be a less costly alternative to such platforms in addition to providing more speed to market for new websites and consistent website updates.