Why WordPress sucks for me

As a professional web developer and avid user of various content management systems, I have come to the realization that WordPress is not all it's cracked up to be. Even today in 2024.

Why WordPress sucks for me
Photo by Stephen Phillips - Hostreviews.co.uk / Unsplash

Despite its widespread popularity and ease of use for beginners, there are numerous reasons why I believe that WordPress simply sucks. From its bloated code and constant updates to its lack of security and limited design options, I have encountered numerous frustrations and shortcomings while working with this CMS. I have tried to restart this blog numerous times and came back to WordPress after a long break and was disappointed to find it in the same sludgy mess when I last tried in about 3 years ago. While this may be a controversial topic to some, I believe it is important to shed light on the flaws and limitations of this platform in order to help readers make an informed decision when choosing a CMS for their website. So, let's dive into the reasons why I believe WordPress sucks and explore some potential alternatives for those looking to build a professional and efficient website. 

My website? More like headache.

I swear, maintaining my website sometimes feels like trying to navigate a maze blindfolded while juggling flaming swords. It's a constant battle between broken plugins, mysterious error messages, and the never-ending need for updates. I mean, who knew that running a website would require a crash course in coding and troubleshooting? And don't even get me started on the endless stream of spam comments and hackers attempting to infiltrate my precious little online space. It's like a never-ending game of Whack-A-Mole, except the moles are bugs and glitches, and my frustration levels are off the charts. So much for the glamorous life of a website owner. Pass the Advil, please.

Plugins, plugins, and more plugins.

You know what they say, when it comes to WordPress, it's all about plugins, plugins, and more plugins. It's like a never-ending buffet of options, each one promising to make your life easier and your website more functional. I don't know about you, but sometimes it feels like I'm collecting plugins the way some people collect Pokémon cards. Gotta catch 'em all, right? But here's the thing - with great power comes great responsibility, or in this case, great potential for things to go horribly wrong. One wrong plugin update and suddenly your site is throwing a tantrum like a diva on a bad day. It's like playing Russian roulette, except instead of bullets, you're loading your website with potential compatibility issues and conflicts. So, while plugins can be a lifesaver, they can also be a one-way ticket to a headache-inducing, hair-pulling, and curse-word-filled WordPress experience. But hey, at least we can say we tried, right? Cheers to the brave souls who dare to venture into the world of plugins, may your websites survive and thrive amidst the chaos.

Ghost: Independent technology for modern publishing
Beautiful, modern publishing with newsletters and premium subscriptions built-in. Used by Sky, 404Media, Lever News, Tangle, The Browser, and thousands more.

This website was built on Ghost. Why? Because it's the complete opposite to WordPress.

Constant updates, my patience dwindles.

Ah, constant updates, the never-ending saga of my WordPress journey. It's like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, where just as I think I've conquered one update, another one pops up demanding my attention. It's almost comical how my patience dwindles with each new notification. I start to question if WordPress is secretly conspiring to test the limits of my sanity. I picture a mischievous little gremlin sitting in a dark corner, gleefully hitting the update button just to see how many times I can sigh in frustration. But alas, I am but a mere mortal, constantly at the mercy of these relentless updates. Just when I think I can finally sit back and enjoy my website, another update comes crashing in, reminding me that peace and tranquility in the WordPress world are merely fleeting illusions. So, I do what any self-respecting WordPress user would do - take a deep breath, summon all the patience I can muster, and dive back into the never-ending cycle of updates, hoping that one day, just maybe, the gremlin will give me a break. Until then, I'll just keep clicking that update button and praying for the day when my patience can finally find some respite. 

Why is my site down...again?

Oh, the joys of running a website on WordPress! It's like a rollercoaster ride of emotions, except instead of exhilarating adrenaline rushes, I get heart-stopping moments of panic when my site decides to take an unexpected siesta. I mean, seriously, why is my site down...again? It's like my website has a rebellious spirit, always finding new and inventive ways to test my troubleshooting skills. Is it a plugin conflict? A server hiccup? Or maybe it just needs a good old-fashioned pep talk to get back on its virtual feet. Whatever the reason, I find myself playing detective, scouring through forums and support threads, desperately seeking a solution to this digital mystery. It's a constant reminder that in the world of WordPress, even the most well-intentioned updates can sometimes knock your site down like a clumsy toddler in a china shop. So here I am, once again, picking up the pieces and hoping that this time, just maybe, my site will decide to stay upright for a little while longer.

Oh look, another security breach.

Oh look, another security breach. It's like playing a never-ending game of "catch the hacker" with my WordPress site. Just when I think I've tightened all the bolts and locked all the doors, along comes a digital mastermind who thinks they can outsmart me. Well, guess what, Mr. or Ms. Hacker, I'm not one to back down from a challenge. You may have breached my security, but you haven't breached my spirit. I'll dust off my detective hat, dig into the logs, and patch up those vulnerabilities faster than you can say "password123". So go ahead, try to infiltrate my site again. I'll be right here, ready to give you a virtual high-five when you realize my WordPress site isn't as easy of a target as you thought. Game on, hackers. Game on.

Is my theme compatible? Nope.

Ah, the eternal question that plagues WordPress users everywhere: Is my theme compatible? Well, let me tell you, my friend, the answer is a resounding "nope." It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, except in this case, the peg is my theme and the hole is the rest of the WordPress universe. It's a constant battle of wonky formatting, broken layouts, and plugins throwing tantrums like a toddler who missed their afternoon nap. But hey, who needs compatibility anyway? It's just a silly little thing that keeps our websites looking cohesive and functional. Who needs that when you can have a mishmash of clashing colors and elements that scream "I'm unique!" So, let's embrace the chaos, my fellow WordPress enthusiasts, and revel in the fact that our themes are marching to the beat of their own offbeat drum. After all, why settle for compatibility when you can have a digital masterpiece that's a hot mess. 

The never-ending spam comments.

Now, let's talk about the never-ending spam comments. Oh boy, where do I even begin? It's like a never-ending flood of nonsense and gibberish, infiltrating my precious comment section. I can't help but wonder if there's some secret society of bots out there, dedicated to leaving their mark on every WordPress site they come across. It's a constant battle of deleting, blocking, and reporting these spammy intruders, but they just keep coming back like a bad case of hiccups. And let's not forget the creativity of these spammers; they always manage to amuse me with their attempts at sounding human. "Great post, I really enjoyed the information about [insert random topic here]" or "Wow, your writing is so inspiring, keep up the good work!" Nice try, spammer, but I'm onto you. So, dear WordPress, if you could find a way to block these pesky comments once and for all, that would be just swell. Until then, I'll keep playing this never-ending game of whack-a-mole with the spammy forces of the internet.

Customization? Good luck with that.

Ah, customization. The elusive dream of every WordPress user. You start off with grand visions of creating a unique and personalized website, only to realize that the options are about as limited as my ability to resist a slice of pizza. Sure, you can change the colors and fonts, maybe even add a logo if you're feeling adventurous. But when it comes to truly making your site stand out from the generic WordPress crowd, well, good luck with that. It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, except in this case, the peg is your vision and the hole is the rigid structure of WordPress's themes and templates. It's a constant battle of searching for the perfect plugin or coding workaround, only to end up with a website that looks like a mishmash of ideas thrown together by a blindfolded monkey. So, my dear WordPress, if you could just give us a little more freedom to customize and make our sites truly our own, that would be greatly appreciated. Until then, I'll be over here crying into my limited customization options, dreaming of a world where my website can truly reflect my unique personality.

And the winner for slowest loading speed goes to...Wordpress!

Now, I don't want to be too harsh on WordPress, but if there were an award for the slowest loading speed, let's just say they would be a strong contender for the crown. I mean, it's like watching a sloth trying to run a marathon. You click on a page, expecting it to load in a flash, but instead, you're left waiting, twiddling your thumbs, contemplating the meaning of life. It's a test of patience, my friends. Maybe it's all those heavyweight plugins and bloated themes weighing it down, or maybe it's just the universe's way of reminding us to slow down and take a breather. Either way, if you're in a hurry to get your website up and running, you might want to consider exploring other options. Just saying. But hey, at least WordPress has cute little loading spinners to keep us entertained while we wait, right?

Why did I choose this?!

Ah, why did I choose this?! It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle. It had that perfect blend of excitement and sheer insanity that I couldn't resist. Who needs a simple, user-friendly platform when you can have a complex maze of themes, plugins, and customizations? It's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube with one hand tied behind your back. But hey, it keeps life interesting, right? Who needs straightforward and easy when you can have headaches, frustration, and the occasional urge to throw your computer out the window? Oh, the joys of choosing the path less traveled. At least I can now add "WordPress warrior" to my resume.

So there you have it, folks. My rant on why Wordpress sucks. I know, I know, it's a popular platform and lots of people love it. But for me, it's just one big headache. From the constant updates to the confusing interface, Wordpress just doesn't do it for me. And don't even get me started on the plugins. But hey, if you enjoy spending hours troubleshooting and navigating through a maze of settings, then Wordpress is the perfect platform for you. As for me, I'll stick to something simpler and less headache-inducing. Thanks for reading my rant, and happy website building (if you dare to use Wordpress).

FAQ

What are some common complaints or frustrations that users have with WordPress?

As a user of WordPress, some common complaints and frustrations I have encountered include the complexity of the platform, especially for beginners. The learning curve can be steep, and it can be overwhelming to navigate the various settings and options. Additionally, plugin compatibility issues and frequent updates can sometimes lead to functionality problems. Another frustration is the lack of built-in customer support, as WordPress primarily relies on its community forums for assistance. Lastly, the vulnerability to security breaches and the need for constant vigilance to keep the website secure can also be a source of frustration.

How does WordPress compare to other website builders or content management systems in terms of usability and functionality?

In my experience, WordPress is a lot more difficult than it claims. The UI is clunky and old and it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. The wordpress.com service is quite streamline but expensive. For blogging and some websites Ghost is a much easier and all-in-one solution without the headache.

In what ways does WordPress lack flexibility or customization options for website design?

In my experience, WordPress does have some limitations when it comes to flexibility and customization options for website design. While there are numerous themes and plugins available, they often require some level of coding knowledge to truly customize the design to my liking. Additionally, the layout and structure of a WordPress website can be somewhat rigid, making it challenging to create unique and unconventional designs. However, with the right combination of coding skills and creative problem-solving, it is still possible to achieve a highly customized and flexible website design using WordPress.

Are there any specific security vulnerabilities or risks associated with using WordPress?

Yes, there are specific security vulnerabilities and risks associated with using WordPress. As a user of WordPress, I have noticed that one of the main risks is the potential for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in outdated plugins or themes. Additionally, weak passwords or lack of regular updates can put websites at risk of being hacked. It is crucial to take necessary precautions such as using strong passwords, regularly updating WordPress and its plugins, and using security plugins to enhance website security. Vigilance and staying informed about the latest security practices are key to mitigating these risks.

Can you provide examples of instances where WordPress has caused significant issues or difficulties for businesses or website owners?

Yes, I can provide examples of instances where WordPress has caused significant issues or difficulties for businesses or website owners. One example is when a plugin or theme update conflicts with other existing plugins or themes, causing the website to crash or display errors. This can lead to loss of functionality and potential loss of business. Additionally, WordPress is often targeted by hackers, and if proper security measures are not in place, a website can be vulnerable to attacks, leading to data breaches or website defacement. Lastly, the complexity of WordPress can sometimes make it challenging for non-technical users to navigate and customize their websites, causing frustration and the need for professional assistance.