When is WordPress NOT a good idea?

WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms when it comes to the world of website creation. It is the ideal choice for small business and personal websites. However, if you want to build a robust online store, with a lot of facilities, WordPress is probably not the one you need.


Well, the problem with WordPress lies in its database structure and limited toolkit and the main purpose of any tool and technology is to use it where it makes the most sense.

Let’s take an example that you are developing a web application and you might be in a position to enqueue certain actions, such as sending an email (a step that averagely does not take longer that several seconds so you will end up with a small delay when loading a page if this happens synchronously).

If an API is under construction, well, it simply does not really make a good move to us WordPress, mainly because in such case you will have a slow response time if you have a lot of data and use custom post types for storing your data. You can try different tips and shortcuts and even define your custom database tables, but why making your life harder when you can use the right tool for the job, and that is not WordPress. The team at webdesign München can give you some direction with this.

Moreover, if you are planning to store a lot of data + compose complex queries, WordPress is not the way to go, unless you like using raw SQL. Putting custom post types and post meta into use for content storing, will inevitably lead to inefficient queries. If you define your custom database tables, you will be spending your time quite inefficiently, because, with the right tool, it can be done much faster.

So, to sum it up, WordPress is a perfect CMS and when it comes to building a website, it’s a good way to go. The CMS itself is fairly secure and if everything is set up correctly, only secure and well-coded plugins are used + a custom theme is used, security should not be an issue. It is also pretty flexible when it comes to different types of content and you can build fairly complex content structures. However, it is not the right tool for every job, and it should be not be used in that way. The more you use it for websites that do not fit its scope, the more limitations you will face and higher number of hours spent and budget you will get at the end of the day.