How secure is your WordPress based website?

WordPress is hands down the most popular web content management system with more than 30 million users worldwide. There are however a few aspects of WordPress that make us stay away from it when building websites for clients.

  1. There are more than 50,000 plugins available for WordPress, which is great as it offers a vast amount of flexibility for designers. But at the same time, the WordPress core is a lot less functional than the core of Drupal or Joomla. Third-party plugins and themes are always required to build a functional, modern website, including rudimentary functionality like SSL encryption and multilingual capabilities.   This adds cost and complexity to the build.

  2. A typical WordPress-based website uses 20-30 third-party plugins. This can quickly become a problem from a cost as well as support perspective. Additionally, each plugin developer has their own support process and scope; this becomes a significant disadvantage during updates or troubleshooting technical issues.
  3. WordPress' popularity makes it a very large and attractive target for hackers who typically want to cause as much damage as possible while exploiting vulnerabilities for various malicious purposes.

And although the three points above are our own professional observations and opinions, the below-referenced article reaffirms our caution.

Techspot reports that WordPress vulnerabilities more than doubled (142% increase) during 2021 and 77% of all known plugin vulnerabilities have known public exploits.  This should be fairly concerning for everyone who relies on WordPress for their web presence.

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