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One of the questions we get asked on a near daily basis is should I be using WordPress? Our response is always the same it depends on what you want to do and how much time and effort you want to put into the site. For example, if you want to create a blog of your thoughts WordPress has readymade themes and templates to help you.  Problems arise when you want to add further functionality or want to monetise your blog. Here in this blog we want to highlight some of the limitations of WordPress. Before we start don’t misunderstand us, WordPress is an incredible resource for the development of a website without a large team and in a short time frame. However, no web development tool is perfect, here are some of the things you need to consider before using WordPress:

 

Earning Limitations

You can’t run Google Adsense on your blog as it goes against WordPress’s terms and conditions for the monetisation of blogs or websites. You can apply for a WordPress advertising program called Wordads but the adds have to meet word presses standards. This may limit any possible monetisation of WordPress.

Website Can go Down Without Notice

Websites can go down without notice. Unless you’re paying attention and monitoring the site you may not notice it’s gone down, it may be down for a few hours or a few weeks. You may have to hire an agency to help you get it back up and running which adds to the list of expenses.

Security

Due to the popularity of WordPress it’s a common target for hackers and cyber criminals. There is no such thing as a 100% secure website, even if your development agency downloads all the security plugins, they can’t guarantee full security for the site.

Plugin Updates

Technology is constantly updating to improve the user experience. However, some of these updates can cause glitches or if you don’t update some features may stop working. This means your agency must constantly be working to try and keep the website and the plugins all up to date.

 

Once again, we’d like to reiterate that WordPress is a great tool for creating websites but it’s not the only tool. Consider the points above and your needs   before you start building your website. For any questions feel free to get in touch with our team.

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In previous blog posts we’ve mention the importance of SSL certification and some of the most common cyber threats facing businesses. Now we’re going to continue the topic of security and shine a light at an often-overlooked feature of websites. If you’ve ever looked at the top of a webpage in the URL bar, you’ll notice before the name of the site either http:// or https://. These stand for Hypertext Transfer Protocal and Hypertext Transfer Protocal Secure respectively.

To put it quite simply both HTTP and HTTPS are sets of protocols that allow for the transfer of information between systems. They’re mostly used to transfer data between a web server and a browser. Before 2014 most websites, with the exception of some E-commerce sites, only used HTTP to transfer data to the browser. However, the fatal flaw of HTTP is that it doesn’t encrypt the data it sends to the server, as a result information such as passwords, email addresses or bank details can be stolen. This is the reason you sometimes get warnings when going to certain sites, they are using HTTP for all data transfers and are vulnerable to hacks. HTTPS has and added layer of security as all data transfers are encrypted with an SSL certificate (Secure Socket Layer) which protects all sensitive information.

We always advise clients to update their websites to use HTTPS, it is now a standard security feature on most websites and is the minimum level of security that consumers expect. As well as the cyber security advantages HTTPS also offers advantages for visibility and SEO. As an incentive for businesses and developers to switch over Google provides sites which use HTTPS with a boost in its rankings in effect giving an edge to sites that switched to HTTPS over those that didn’t.

 

 This is one of the first steps we take with our clients and we can’t stress the need to use HTTPS enough. We hope you found this post helpful.

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