Is There Anything WordPress Cannot Do?

Since there is a lot of excited talk about WordPress, it’s very easy to conclude that WordPress pretty much can do anything. It’s very tempting to believe that this piece of content management software really has no limit. I can see why people would conclude that because if you have ever looked at the wide range of websites that are made possible by this platform, it would really blow your mind. On the surface, these websites don’t look anywhere like each other.

While it’s easy to see WordPress installations in the form of blogs, it’s almost unimaginable to associate WordPress with websites that perform all sorts of fancy data crunching and even artificial intelligence and machine learning. You would definitely be well justified in assuming that those seemingly highly customized and sophisticated websites were coded from scratch.

However, you would be absolutely wrong when you go through the guts of the website’s code and there you have it. It is actually based on a WordPress platform. It has been customized extensively. In fact, it has been tweaked beyond the point of recognition but it’s still there. The DNA, so to speak, of WordPress still remains.

Accordingly, a lot of people think that WordPress can do no wrong. It’s as if nothing is off limits to this amazing platform. Well, while I do share your optimism, everything has its limits. Please understand that while there is very little WordPress cannot do, the challenge is not in terms of capability. Let’s just get one thing clear. Because WordPress is open source and has a very robust international community of developers, it’s a safe bet to say that there’s really nothing WordPress cannot do.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely limited if you’re just going to install the software right off the shelf. The default installation of WordPress has its fair share of limitations. What I’m talking about is the platform itself. Once you have installed it and you know your way around the code, given the fact that WordPress is open source, you can customize away and improvise and experiment with the code to pretty much do anything. That’s what I’m talking about.

On that level, there’s really nothing stopping WordPress from taking the shape of whatever you dream up. That’s awesome, right? Well, here’s the thing. Just because WordPress can do something or can be tweaked and customized to perform a function, it doesn’t’ necessarily mean that it should.

Please understand that WordPress has its own resource management system. In many cases, for you to use even the most basic functionality from WordPress, you have to install the whole core of WordPress. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that when you install the whole platform, you’re basically using up a lot of resources unnecessarily. This is especially obvious when you’re only using a small fraction of the wide range of functionalities this content management system brings to the table. Do you see how this all works? Do you see how this fits in?

So, do yourself a big favor. If you are thinking of coming up with a very revolutionary set of functionalities, it’s a good idea to test it out on the WordPress platform. However, if you want it to be as light, powerful and as flexible as you’d like it to be, you need to graduate from WordPress. You really do. Otherwise, your software, as awesome as it may seem, may be severely limited by the resource management issues WordPress brings to the table.