David heads up D2C, a consulting firm which provides business and social media consulting as well as advising on Cloud based solutions for accounting, content, collaboration, and web publishing. He is Chair of the UK's Intellect Software as a Service Group, a director of EuroCloud UK, on the governance board of the Cloud Industry Forum and a regular speaker at social media and Cloud Computing events including chairing London's Cloud Computing World Forum in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has been appointed to the governance board of the Cloud Industry Forum. David organizes London Wiki Wednesdays, was one of the founders of CreativeCoffee Club and was part of the team that started Amplified (the Network of Networks). LinkedIn TwitterFacebook

7 responses to “Why WordPress ISN’T A Good Choice For Your Website (Really?)”

  1. Rebecca Caroe

    DT – nice post and pretty timely. As someone who knows both you and Nikki and has respect for both of your positions, the main thing that you fail to mention is this.
    1 – Nikki’s business customers are SMEs. They mostly have simple website needs and WordPress works well for them.
    2 – My clients (and presumably yours) are larger businesses with more complex website needs. They require ecommerce, or integrated CRM and automated marketing services. For them, an open source solution is going to be pricey because most of the plug-ins written for WP are for bloggers and small businesses.
    Cloud Ave is a great example – what’s the business all about? Does it have a complex business model and multi-functional web needs? No.

    I just started working for Contegro which is a CMS designed for Web Design Agencies to use without needing a coder/developer skillset. There are many graphic design firms who are slow to move to digital and by-passing the coding skill is seen as an advantage. Plus the ease with which many CMS tools enable design and functionality additions is awesome.

    Some of us need CSS and HTML in the raw state but increasing numbers are reviewing alternatives. Look hard at all the CMS tools, ask the right questions when you brief your designer and be prepared to move away from Open Source – particularly if your website is a mission-critical part of your business marketing toolkit.

    P.S. Here’s a helpful website design brief template http://creativeagencysecrets.com/2011/08/26/website-design-brief-template/)

  2. Mae Lorraine Jacobs

    I definitely agree with your list, but I still believe that WordPress is one of the most perfect platforms for use for those who are starting out. It just takes a lot of time to weed out unusable plug-ins and show yourself around the different menus and even themes.

  3. Rebecca Caroe

    Mae Lorranine I think the key message in your comment is this, “It just takes a lot of time”. some people prefer to NOT learn how to code up WordPress or pay someone else to do it for them.
    Either way, David is right, the massive uptake of open source CMS is now plateauing because of the issues he highlights in his well-reasoned article. Business is realising the “costs” associated with purportedly “free” software.