March 29, 2016
Can Your Website Be Held Hostage?
If you’re just starting the process of planning your website with your e9 team, you might wonder about the different platforms available to construct your website. It’s common to ask about proprietary systems like Wix and Squarespace and their seemingly simple usability, or to mention you like one of the templates offered. While platforms such as these do actually have some positive features, e9 maintains that WordPress is usually the best choice for business decisions.
WordPress is an easy-to-use, open-sourced system that allows for a high level of customization. Here’s why e9 highly recommends it for your business.
The “Why Nots” for Proprietary Systems
The major negative for platforms like Wix and Squarespace is the lack of customization and closed backend. You might like a template, but more than likely so did several other businesses. This closed backend means e9 must work within the confines of what is allowed, and your website may not have all of the features you’d like.
Another serious issue is the potential for losing the website if the platform goes out of business. Your website could potentially just “go away” if the plug to the platform’s server is pulled. In that situation, you could cross your fingers that they give you enough notice to export your content to another interface, but the chances of that being a smooth transition are slim to none, and you’d probably need to hire someone to write a custom script for you.
The “Whys” for WordPress
For starters, WordPress is the most widely deployed content management system in the world with over 100M installations. That means e9 can choose the best from tens of thousands of developers to bring your website to life.
WordPress is an open-sourced system, meaning you can never be held hostage to a proprietary system if it’s author goes out of business. No crossing your fingers that your website will still be around tomorrow.
Speaking of being around tomorrow, since WordPress is underactive and nonstop development, it will be around indefinitely. Part of that active development is implementing bug fixes and security patches to further extend the life of your CMS. This means your investment is safe for years to come.
Because WordPress is an open-sourced system, e9 has virtually unlimited flexibility in creating the features you want for your website. This level of customization will ensure that your website is unique and differentiated in your market.
Finally, WordPress’s CMS is the easiest to use, which means that you can update the content and run the day-to-day operation of your website at a lower cost—both in dollars and stress.
Working with e9digital means you have a team to help you through the process of building a functioning, optimized, and beautiful website. While e9 manages the infrastructure, WordPress updates, daily backups, and security patches, you just need to focus on running your business.