• Top 10 WordPress Misconceptions

    Top 10 WordPress Misconceptions

    Extensive research has allowed me to produce the Top 10 misconceptions about WordPress.

    1. Just for blogs
    2. Insecure
    3. Poor code since it’s free
    4. wordpress.com vs .org
    5. All look the same
    6. ecommerce
    7. No future
    8. Limited support
    9. For beginners
    10. Not scaleable

    Please share wisely.

    This poem was originally published as a WordPress website at wp-secrets.co.uk, on 7th May 2015.

    1. Just for blogs

    The people who think WordPress
    is only good for blogs
    Probably think that tails are
    only there for wagging dogs

    I don’t know what it means either but I had to get the poem started.

    2. Insecure

    WordPress isn’t insecure
    We patch it every day
    With 2-8-3 contributors
    to keep hackers at bay

    283 was the number of contributors in early 2015. It’s been much higher in recent releases. On the down side, the security problem with WordPress 4.7 was probably enough to make this item one not two.

    3. Poor code since it’s free

    People think the code is poor
    Just because it’s free.
    But quality is not affected
    By the price of tea
    The quality of software
    Depends on many things
    The skills of you and me perhaps
    But not the count of chings

    Opinion: WordPress code quality could be improved by better coverage in its automated test suite. I know that’s true of my plugins. I’m working on it.

    4. WordPress .org versus .com

    WordPress dot org and wp dot com
    Are really not the same
    Wp dot org’s a free for all
    Dot com defines the game

    Pronouce wp as “duppy”, like Joe Hoyle does when he’s talking about WordPress code, and this verse should scan a bit better.

    5. All look the same

    When you’ve seen one WordPress site
    Then you’ve seen them all?
    There are more variations
    Than leaves that turn in fall

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    6. Ecommerce

    WordPress is no good they say
    To make an online shop
    But install Woo or EDD
    They’ll shop until they drop
    I’ve visited hundreds of sites
    That had a shopping cart
    And 55% of them
    Had WordPress at their heart

    Don’t believe the statistics; I made them up.

    7. No future

    Some people think that since
    It’s free that it’ll go away
    I’ll tell you now there’s thousands
    Who’ll ensure that it will stay

    8. Limited support

    So if your website fatals
    How do you get it back?
    There’s many support channels
    But don’t ask in core slack.

    WordPress uses Slack to discuss things. The ‘core’ channel is for discussing core development.

    9. For beginners

    It’s easy to get started
    But how far can you go?
    Just ask “is there a limit?”
    The answer will be “No!”

    10. Not scalable

    Two hundred millions visits
    In just over a week
    And on a really busy day
    5K per sec at peak

    No, I haven’t checked if this makes sense. But WordPress is scalable. Ask any WordPress.com or WordPress VIP developer. It might cost a few bob. And it may not be as fast as a different solution.

    On the downside, some code when running on some hosts can demonstrate absolutely atrocious performance. And it’s not always the database to blame. So query monitor won’t help you.


    Those were the top 10 that I’ve found
    I’m sure there’s many more
    But each can be refuted
    Of that you can be sure


    Some caveats for those who know… YES
    There is expensive hosting
    Plugins can make your website slow
    And SEO needs Yoasting.

    This poem was originally published as a WordPress website at wp-secrets.co.uk on 7th May 2015.



    Last updated:

    January 28, 2020

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