Despite its popularity, WordPress has been besieged by myths and some have even questioned its uses and viability in certain situations.

As a business coach trying to find a website solution, you may have heard a lot of conflicting stories about WordPress. Some common misconceptions follow and what you really need to know.

Myth: WordPress is a Security Risk

Those who love static HTML sites highlight this myth as to why they choose to stick with difficult-to-manage sites. Even though WordPress may be less secure than HTML (that’s just the nature of php-driven websites) the security risk is actually not as serious as they would want you to believe.

Fact: Reducing Risk Through Good Security Practices

Deciding not to drive a car because you increase your chances of being in an accident by driving one is poor reasoning. You just need to take steps to reduce the risks. WordPress is no different. Putting security measures in place reduces your risks of being hacked. Some measures you can take include:

Use strong passwords and change them often
Never use “admin” as your user name
Create user accounts for your staff with limited permissions. Don’t make them administrators if there is really no need.
Choose a secure hosting environment
Keep updated sites, plugins, and themes
Myth: WordPress is Difficult to Learn

Drag-and-drop website builders like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly have encouraged this myth to prevent people from even considering WordPress.

Fact: Every Website Builder has a Learning Curve

Newbies may think WordPress is overwhelming at first. But, the thing is that any software as versatile and flexible as WordPress always has a learning curve. All other website builders have their own quirks and difficulties. The notable thing is that the WordPress community is extremely huge and incredibly helpful. All you need to do is spend a few minutes on YouTube or Google to get answers to any question you may have about using WordPress.

Myth: WordPress is Only for Blogging

Yes, the original intention was for WordPress to be a blog platform, but the passage of time has wrought changes on this site that has made it an ideal choice for any and all website needs.

Fact: Plugins and Themes Make WordPress Work for Nearly Every Application

WordPress is designed to handle whatever is necessary. It can build an e-commerce site, business directory, membership site, sales page, or even a “brochure” style website. The availability of thousands of plugins and specialty themes extends basic blogging functionality to encompass nearly any and every use you can think of.

Today, WordPress has become the most commonly used content management system. For this reason alone, you should be reassured that those myths are just that…myths. But, you don’t need to take my word for it. Try it out for yourself and let the facts speak the truth!