Wordpress.com VIP Review
It helps us quickly install blogs, publish articles, and optimize SEO, but scaling it requires experienced engineers.


Valuable Features

The features which are most valuable are:

1. Easy installation

2. Plugins community

3. Third party integration

4. Ability to extend

5. Affordable for beginners

6. Easy development platform (PHP, MySQL, JavaScript)

7. Multi language support

8. Backup support and availability out of the box

Improvements to My Organization

Improvements to our organization include quick blog installation, article publishing and SEO optimization for search engines.

Room for Improvement

There are several areas for improvement: You can extend the core, you have to comply with GNU GPLv2 license, you can build your own front end theme, you can use a theme out thousands free and commercial themes, you can build any plugin to do your desired functionality, thousands of plugins available to supplement extra functionality, freelance developers are available easy with reasonable pricing to develop your desired functionality.

Use of Solution

I have been using WordPress for 5 years.

Deployment Issues

No issues in deployment.

Stability Issues

We are facing issues with outdated plugins and shared hosting security issues, only if WordPress is implemented in dedicated environment it is highly secure.

Scalability Issues

WordPress is scalable, with reasonable efforts and time, but you need experienced engineers to do it.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

WordPress has very good customer support.

Technical Support:

WordPress provides very good technical support.

Previous Solutions

We used to use PHPNuke and Xoops, but switched from both because WordPress is a more mature product.

Initial Setup

Setup is straightforward.

Implementation Team

We implemented in-house.

ROI

This product has excellent value, and good reward for the purpose.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Initial cost of setup is my time and say to day cost, is via vendor newsletters to implement patches.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated PHPNuke, Xoops and Drupal.

Other Advice

To use any product, write down your desired goals and usage scenarios, implement the core product. Spend enough time using the product and testing its functionality. Start by searching readymade plugins to supplement your functionality. Do not rush to write your own code until you did enough search on readymade plugins. If any functionality is available through third party plugin with fees, do not write it if you can afford paying the price and asking for third party developer support and development. Act as the end user, do not deal with the product as a developer. Measure your results with users satisfaction and goals achievement, do not measure results with your own developer mindset. Work with users from day one, do not build and build for long time before you get users feedback. Implement the product, and monitor how your users are using it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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