When to Consider Switching Your CMS
Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has arguably become the preferred website solution for businesses seeking a CMS. With a large community of developers continually enhancing it via plugins, WordPress offers tremendous value. However, many web agencies recommend it as their primary platform without fully considering its limitations.
While robust plugins abound, they're essentially extensions to the core framework. Drawing a parallel, consider a car: the chassis holds its essential components. Now imagine if the car's body was an optional plugin, and someone decided to redesign it to resemble a van for added storage.
While adding storage sounds beneficial, attaching a van-like body to a compact car's chassis can lead to "top-heavy" complications. Similarly, some plugins can overburden the original design of WordPress, introducing unforeseen problems. Therefore, web companies must judiciously select plugins to ensure optimal performance, security, usability, maintainability, and scalability.
When do I need to change up my CMS?
The most common reasons include:
- Your homepage is no longer the highest-ranking page.
- Needing to manage multiple sites from one platform.
- Challenges overseeing over 250 pages of content.
- Excessive website load times causing user frustration.
- Subpar search functionalities.
- Editing issues arising on previously functional pages.
- Recurrent security breaches.
- Notable drops in search engine rankings over time.
If you identify with any of these issues, it might be time to reevaluate your CMS and explore more suitable alternatives.