Episode 228: Why To Use WordPress
In this episode, Rob Cairns talks about why you should use WordPress.
- WordPress is open source.
- WordPress is flexible.
- WordPress is cost effective.
Hey everybody, Rob here again in today’s podcast.
I want to talk a little bit about why you should use WordPress as your content management system and not Shopify for ecommerce, not square space or we we or WIX for that brochure site and I’ll kind of give you some reasons why.
And some food for thought.
So I’ve been using WordPress now for over 14 years.
I’ve been in it for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of progressions, a lot of great things happening.
One of the biggest things that always keeps me using WordPress is the community.
We have a vibrant, amazing community out there of many people.
It forces on Facebook and Facebook groups.
It focuses on Twitter in many discussions.
And it focuses.
And does really well on LinkedIn now.
In the WordPress product community, which I Co manage with Courtney Robertson and several other WordPress groups, the community is helpful.
It’s progressive discussions happen.
There’s several podcasts.
I look at my friends Kate and Topher.
Derosa, who run Hero pressing, give back.
To the community.
And many of us give back every day.
And that’s one of the things.
The other big thing is you should consider open source, so let’s talk first, non e-commerce.
Stuff, so let’s.
Talk wakes Liebli, square space and page builders on various web hosts.
I would never go near them.
The reasons are you don’t have control over the back end.
You frankly don’t have control over your backups, and you’re very often limited what you can and cannot do, so you can do some basic stuff.
But then anything else costs you more money.
And disclaimer, it’s gonna cost you more money no matter what you do, but I’d rather you.
As a business owner.
Or a content creator be in that platform that you can control that.
You can customize that you can do what you want with.
With Squarespace, Weeble and wets and many page builders that Webhost offered, you don’t have that creative control.
They will argue it’s a great solution. I would argue what happens? The square space goes down your Sol for a polite word.
What happens if your WordPress host goes down?
You can take your backup and move it to another host, which gives you ownership more so of your content.
And to carry this even more backups.
In Squarespace Weibley, wait Shopify, you don’t have control over doing your own backups in WordPress, you do, and that’s a big deal.
Not only do you control.
The upfront you control the backups, the other problem is.
From a security standpoint, I never hear anything out of Wix, Weibley, Shopify.
And sites like that and square space about security.
They’re not transparent enough to say.
Oh, we patched some security holes.
You never hear that.
Now people would argue and say their own has security holes.
I don’t believe them.
I’ve been in this business way too long.
Frankly, every piece of software, sooner or later, has a security hole and not communicating that to LG is concerned for me so.
That’s a little.
But there now let’s jump on Shopify.
I had this conversation with somebody recently.
And he said, what do you think the Shopify A is a platform and I said personally don’t do it and I’ll tell you what Shopify starts as a cheap plan.
I think it’s around $29.00 a month.
And then if you wanna change.
Anything payment processor no luck, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
The cost goes.
And frankly, at the end of the day, many really good stores are paying over 100 or 150 bucks a month.
And that’s ridiculous, especially when web hosts like GoDaddy have woo commerce hosting where not only can you run Woo commerce, which runs on top of WordPress and is open source, they will give you so many plugins.
And as long as you’re a GoDaddy customer, the licenses to run those.
And that’s a big deal.
That’s where the open web comes in.
So if you have a problem.
You can remove.
That site, purchase your plugins or run it elsewhere.
And not only that.
They’ll support you and you have creative control and you have control over the back end, and that’s really important.
In Shopify, Weebly, Wix and so on you have no control.
And those plans at GoDaddy from who’s hosted woo commerce are actually cheaper than the equivalency will cost you on Shopify.
So it’s something to look at and.
That all happened, frankly, when GoDaddy bought Sky Verge and then they’ve also since acquired page which is a woo commerce optimized house.
And there’s some exciting things coming down the road.
The same things happening over a new fold, new fold, but yes.
And I’m sure they’re gonna offer.
Woo commerce hosting with GIF plugins I can almost see the writing on the wall, but.
It doesn’t matter because you if you have a problem, you can still move that site.
You can still run your own backups and it’s gonna cost you less to run a woo store in the long run.
Then it’s gonna cost you to do Shopify.
So frankly, if it were me, I would stay away from these closed systems.
I’m a big proponent of open source.
Go to WordPress, it’s open source.
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