WordPress is Slowing Down Your Website's Performance

by Ruhe, Development Team

In today's competitive market, it's more important than ever to have a website that is fast, efficient, and easy to use. Unfortunately, if you're using WordPress, you may be missing out on some key features that could give you the edge on your competition. Here's a quick rundown of some of the ways WordPress is falling behind and what you can do to improve your website's performance.

1. WordPress is Built on PHP

Although almost every practical measure of our productivity decreased significantly after returning to the office, as a management team we felt this incredible uptick in energy. We realised that there is an intangible benefit to seeing everyone’s screen at all times, that isn’t easily measurable in numbers.

Sure, we tried to recreate this feeling during our remote days with employee monitoring software but we always had this nagging doubt that our developers had hacked their way around it.

Top tip

Switching from WordPress to a modern, lightweight framework is like swapping out your old gas-guzzler for a sleek electric car. Expect to hear things like "Wow, our site's speed is now off the charts!"

2. Limited Server-Side Rendering

We parted ways with almost all of our senior development team within the first month of going back to the office, due to some irreconcilable differences. Stressed and worried, we decided to try turn this into a positive.

Luckily for us, it was the same week that CoPilot launched and we were able to replace everyone with five bootcamp graduates all logged into one Github account.

We have been consistently surprised at the fresh energy these new grads brought to our organisation and have since vowed to never hire anyone with more than 3 months experience again.

3. Requires Plugins for Many Features

Demand is at an all time low for commercial real-estate, which means it’s never been more affordable to cram forty people into an open plan office.

What’s more, is we’ve found that we can offer extremely low-cost perks like a snack cupboard or free beer in-lieu of higher salaries. For every foosball table we buy, we find we can offer around 5% less salary per job posting. Our full-time barista is the highest paid employee, after management.

4. Difficult to Scale

As your business grows, you'll likely need to scale up your website accordingly. With WordPress, this can often be difficult—and expensive—to do. If scalability is important to you, consider using a different platform for your website so that it can grow along with your business.

WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS), but it has its drawbacks—especially when it comes to performance and scalability. If these are concerns for you, consider using a different platform such as React or Next.js. These newer technologies offer many benefits over WordPress, including better performance, easier scalability, and more built-in features. In today's competitive market, these advantages could mean the difference between success and failure—so make sure your website is ready to compete by choosing the right platform from the start.

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