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Is Wordpress Dead? Alternatives?

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by Vipernet, 11 Nov 2020.

  1. Hutchy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Jun 2009

    Posts: 1,216

    Location: Manchester

    If you are on Krystal install the Wordpress Litespeed cache plugin and take a while in setting it up nicely without your site breaking. Will give you a very quick website, even on the cheaper Krystal packages. :)
  2. Beansprout

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 31 Jan 2004

    Posts: 16,326

    Location: Plymouth

    Advising you to move to their own system then advising that you can't embed images into posts is laughable. Core WordPress is very secure and whilst it may not be ideal for every use case, and there are a lot of vulnerable plugins out there, that really only reflects the sheer size of the installed base - millions of websites and thousands of plugins.

    In fact I'd suggest moving to their own system would be *less* secure, unless they're saying they have more knowledge, expertise and testing capability than the collective open source community.

    Keep the site updated, install a plugin like Wordfence, and use either Cloudflare or a host with decent mod_security filtering (ideally Imunify360) and you'll be as secure as you can be.
  3. ZombieFan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 May 2010

    Posts: 1,127

    Location: Somerset

    I would plan to move away from them, but I would also ask them for the exact details of the security vulnerabilities they have found. If they are valid vulnerabilities, then you will want to sort them out when moving to a new host.
  4. Cuchulain


    Joined: 28 Dec 2004

    Posts: 7,621

    Location: Derry

    Wordpress is most certainly not dead. We've only just started moving all of our bespoke sites over to WP now we've got a handle on react to customise/create Gutenberg blocks, customers prefer WP, people who maintain sites going forward prefer WP and anyone who tells you any different has their own agenda.
  5. Cuchulain


    Joined: 28 Dec 2004

    Posts: 7,621

    Location: Derry

    You could move it to WP-Engine, you won't have to worry too much about third party plugins being a problem as they'll alert you before it becomes one. They're a bit more expensive that other hosts but it's well worth it.
  6. Ceryndrion


    Joined: 21 Mar 2003

    Posts: 4,646

    Location: Nottingham

    I feel like throwing in my own two cents here, to suggest moving to a custom codebase on the grounds that wordpress is a prime target for hackers, it much like saying that you should move to os2/warp from windows, because windows gets viruses.

    Wordpress is fairly secure, so long as it is kept up to date and you dont install stupid random plugins. Just as windows is secure, so long as you don't isntall bonzo buddy etc..
  7. Vipernet


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,811

    Location: 2 doors down from Subo

    Thanks again for all your input guys. I've since moved over to Krystal and so far it's been great. I'll be moving over my own personal sites to there too. However, what I did find amusing is when I did my own check of all the plugins to see if they were all still active and being updated, I only found one that was ancient. It just so happened to be one the web company had installed from day 1. It's no longer on woocommerce and there are better versions available I've since updated to!