Wordpress.com VIP Review

It can be scaled, but needs to be improved for smaller websites.

What is most valuable?

From a website developer point of view:

  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of customization (if you are an experienced programmer)
  • Excellent community
  • Excellent plug-ins and themes.

From a website editor point of view:

  • Very simple
  • Straightforward CMS
  • Easy to use

How has it helped my organization?

Building custom websites for customers has improved, generating more revenue.

What needs improvement?

Scalability for small websites on shared hosting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As website content and number of visits grow, one does recognize scalability issues for websites on shared hosting. I do need to note, howeve,r that Wordpress can be scaled indefinitely, and what I have noted is more a host issue than a Wordpress issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

There is an excellent Wordpress community.

Technical Support:

The Wordpress community and the plug-in/theme developers, typically provide outstanding support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Joomla (Up to 1.7). I have found Wordpress to be a lot faster and a lot easier both to setup and use.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There was no cost to using Wordpress for us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Joomla
  • Drupal

What other advice do I have?

Installation and usage manuals on the Wordpress.org are really helpful for beginners. In addition, the Wordpress community is outstanding for advice and troubleshooting, so take your time to browse through the various forums.

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