2014-15-August-My-Name-Is.jpgYou’re ready to develop your website. You're looking for a web CMS that’s secure, cost-effective, easy to maintain and customizable for your business. You wouldn’t consider WordPress, right?

This stigma has plagued WordPress, especially when compared to other available tools like Joomla and Drupal.

Users believe that WordPress’ functionality is narrow when it comes to creating a corporate site versus a blog, but they're wrong. Since its debut in 2003, WordPress has broken free from its roots in the blogosphere, evolving to become a full-fledged content management platform. At least 77.2 million sites worldwide use WordPress thanks to its advantages and capabilities.

What misconceptions have you fallen for? Here are the top six myths -- which I’ve gone ahead and debunked -- surrounding WordPress’s capabilities. 

Myth #1 - Hackers Target WordPress

Like most convincing misconceptions, there is a foundation of truth with this one. WordPress is widely used and is also open source. If hackers want to target a platform, they can’t be stopped -- but other content management platforms aren’t any better. The key to WordPress’s web security lies in the fact that it is developed with layers of protection to prevent attacks and is continuously updated to combat any efforts towards compromise.

A prime example of this is the recent WordPress and Drupal XML Denial Of Service Vulnerability discovered by Nir Goldshlager (one of the good guys). Many people would point to this as another reason why not to use WordPress. I would argue the opposite. Given that this issue was not unique to WordPress and that they responded quickly, it seems to me more of a pro than a con. This fast patch is the kind of response you want from a CMS, and something you would not get from a closed source CMS or one with a smaller community.

Myth #2 - Updates to WordPress Cause Broken Plugins, Making it Expensive to Maintain

It is always a good idea to keep your software current to maintain security and desired performance levels, as well as to take advantage of new features. Although WordPress updates its core often (roughly every one to two months), it maintains backwards compatibility with older versions to prevent breaks in code (this is a core ethos at WordPress). Many other CMS tools lack backwards compatibility so when they upgrade you need to completely rebuild your website, which can be time-consuming and expensive!

Myth #3 - WordPress Pages Load Slowly in Comparison with Other CMSs

WordPress Core is no slower or faster than any other CMS. To improve the performance, ensure that your web-hosting plan meets your business’s needs. Often this means you are not using shared hosting but rather VPS or a dedicated server. The increased resources dedicated to your website will allow for quicker look ups and replies from the server computer and decreased lag due to traffic requests. Add to that some caching, for which there are a number of free plugins available (like W3 Total Cache), and your site can be blazing fast!