WordPress - The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress as a Content Management System? Is it just for bloggers? We take a quick overview of ease of installation and use as well as included some recommended resources for learning more about WordPress.

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WordPress - The Good, Bad, and Ugly

  1. 1. WordPress:The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!Presented by Noel SawCo-organizer of SoCal WordPress Meetup | SoCalWP.orgLA/Pasadena Designers | LADesigners.org
  2. 2. What’s WordPress?•  One of the most popular content management systems used on the web•  Originally built as a blogging platform•  Used by a wide spectrum of users: bloggers, magazines, newspapers, designers, and sometimes as web applications•  It’s open source, free to use and modify•  Runs on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) stack•  Often included as a “one click” installation on most web hosting plans•  Learn more: WordPress.org
  3. 3. The Good•  Easy to install from most web hosting accounts•  Built in levels of admin access (admin, editor, and author)•  Easy to navigate interface•  Easy to add themes (change the look of your site)•  Easy to add plugins (add new functionality)•  Thousands of themes and plugins to choose from•  Largest CMS community – lots of free or cheap support options: •  Local Meetup Groups: SoCalWP.org •  WordPress Answers Stack Exchange •  Quora •  WP101.com – high quality video tutorials (affiliate link)•  Frequently updated by very enthusiastic base of developers
  4. 4. The Bad•  Lots of options on dashboard can make it hard to know where to start without some hand holding•  Security issues can pop up every few months•  Requires caching plugins after certain amount of traffic is reached•  Understanding the difference between posts versus pages•  Understanding what is a plugin and widget•  Understanding the difference between self hosted and WordPress.com
  5. 5. The Ugly!•  Really difficult to migrate sites from one web host to another web host without 3rd party tools•  Requires backup plugin or services to be installed•  Bloated according to some coders•  Link library (blogroll) feature has been mostly ignored•  Easy to break if you hack the code / recovery limited if you don’t have FTP and backup of your files
  6. 6. Thanks for listening &reading about WordPress:The Good, The Bad & The UglyNoel Sawnoel@wpverse.comNoelSaw.com/+@WPverse

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