Limitations of WordPress

(Last Updated On: May 4, 2018)Before talking of Limitations of WordPress, Why I should use WordPress and why I shouldn’t use the WordPress or Pro and Cons of using WordPress are some of interesting questions to handle. WordPress has become most popular blogging as well as designing platform which is massively used all over the world. WordPress is also largely used by web developers as content management system (CMS), provides ease and free of cost setups. Anybody with basic knowledge and little experience of web designing can build an engaging website or blog in no time. Where WordPress has a lot of benefits there are some weaknesses or limitations. I have held so many discussions regarding WordPress with my clients and developers and am desirous to share with you the limitations of WordPress. My purpose is not to criticize this platform but to make a point.

Security Issues of WordPress

One of the major limitations of WordPress is security, because being a very popular open source platform WordPress is often targeted by hackers. Security of WP is often challenged by hackers in following ways. Well these are not to deny such service providers at Canada Web Desing Services from the fact that they are good in security, but not every one is; so let get back to security issues of wp which are as under:-

  • When you install a plugin from third party source it may contain malicious code which allow plugin creator to access your admin panel. Plugin creator can make changes to your WordPress website.
  • The login location to WP installation is well known to hackers. On top of it, mostly users do not change their user name i:e “admin” by default. That way 60% of the problem of hacker ie login url and the user name is already know, the hacker is left with the effort of retrieving password only.
  • The file location and the relation permissions are well known to everyone. Everyone knows about the location of sensitive files such as WP configuration file, install script etc. hackers may break the security of WP by accessing these files.
  • SQL injection and URL insertion attacks can make WP vulnerable. Commands are sent to WP Database via URL parameters by hackers. These attacks can reveal important information that might be helpful for hackers to make modification to your content.
  • Lack of awareness of web master thus allowing unchecked uploading of files is yet another aspects adding to the limitations of WordPress.

Consumes a lot of resources

Security isn’t the only limitation, other of its limitations including the fact that WP is resources heavy. WP consumes lot of resources as compared with joomla or drupal. You’ll have to install a lot of plugins, more you install WordPress plugins slower your site become. WordPress also consumes more server resources than plain html or PHP template site.

Customization may increase cost

The limitations of WordPress include Customizing of the website so created. Installation of WP site and theme is easy, but when changes or adjustments are needed, it may be time consuming. Modification in WP site requires knowledge and understanding of programming languages. Because every theme is implemented differently, developer has to familiarize with all themes before making any change.

Compatibility issues

The serious issue with WP websites that it frequently updates its core files, these updates often incompatible with older themes and plugins. If your site relies on older plugins you should have to keep updating your plugins to resolve compatibility issue.

Lack of flexibility

This is also major one of major limitations of WordPress because WP is designed for blogs and small content websites. If you want to develop a large website that is not utterly “standard”, it requires you to make many systematic changes. WP often do not perform well, in handling high database and number of pages. Moreover load time of webpages become slower. Though many articles at Word Press Archives of website indicate other way.


Uniqueness is also considered as serious limitation of WordPress. If you are starting with WP for your website, you may realize that there are some other sites using same theme, you’re no different. Due to this your website lost uniqueness and it looks like many other websites on internet, from business point of view it may affect your target customers.


WordPress is great but the limitations of WP insist us to think about to find their solution immediately or switch to another platform which will be free of risks and issues. If this platform has issues there are several ways to overcome the issues. Which I’ll discuss in my next article.


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  1. Joe Carter  July 25, 2014

    There is no denying the fact that security is serious limitation of WP, but this issue can be handle by using security plugins. In limitations ,WP is declared as less flexible platform in handling large database that is somewhat doubtful.

  2. alvin.carter  July 25, 2014

    First of all I would like to mention that if you get the security plugin from third party it may b harmful for the website.
    AND its a fact which is described above “Limitations of WordPress”
    One thing more for you, if you use lot of plugins then your website starts to get slow.

    • muneer  July 25, 2014

      Why will it get slow with WordPress pluggin. I think a good WP theme would work well with related plugins. One does not install plugin for sake of it to any of the the wp theme. So if the web hosting company is good, one should not have issues pertaining slow website

  3. alvin.carter  July 25, 2014

    WP is use for the basic or a simple websites, if you will use much more plugins then the website gets load and slow its speed. from my experience WordPress is not suitable for the huge database.
    on the other hand I AGREE WITH YOU MUNEER. speed of the website is also depends on the theme and the Hosting company as well.

  4. John Martin  August 9, 2014

    I agreed with you Alvin. Use of the many Plugins in Word Press , the web get its speed slow. I faced that issue then i hired WordPress SEO Optimizer , He managed my website, adds on and off pages. Later we changed the hosting company as well now my website is running smoothly.

    • muneer  August 9, 2014

      Hmm. which was the theme you were using marting and what were the plugins

  5. Sofia Collins  August 9, 2014

    I’m using WP platform for four years. When we are talking about limitations of WordPress security is an obvious issue, but it can easy handled by security plugins.I’m not agree with rest of above mentioned limitations because WordPress is enough flexible and provides easy customization.

  6. Hello  August 9, 2014

    Sofia, which is your location, u seems from Asia (from your expression). Word press has its Pro and Cons and you have agreed to it..

  7. Sofia Collins  August 10, 2014

    hello, I’m from Nagoya (Japan) . i agreed with the real issues like security and compatibility issues with WP but if somebody quoting WordPress as Less flexible and resource heavy content management system then he/she have to discuss these aspects in details.

  8. Anna bartley  August 19, 2014

    1st time I found the brief explained article about the “Limitations of word press”. All limitations about the Word Press are so true, which i faced simultaneously. i really dis likes to install many plugins for the single websites, no doubt plugins are made for comfort. but its reduces the developer work power as well. but on the other hand word press also carries many advantages.

  9. Shirley W. Solar  August 23, 2014

    Article seems very good and informative, which carries the lack of unique content about the Limitations of WordPress with the relevant information, I also had experienced about the limitations of the word press.

    Those websites which had been made up from .NET are much suitable than the WordPress websites, to Avoid these limitations, .NET website are much suitable for avoiding the WordPress Limitations


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