As WordPress continues to be the most highly used CMS system for website design, however if you are planning on building a new website you need to look at the pros and cons of using WordPress as your choice.

Like everything there are pros and cons to using WordPress and you need to be sure the pros outweigh the cons and that WordPress is the best option for the build of your website.

Here are some Pros and Cons of WordPress:

Pros

1. Relatively Cheaper Website Design: Building, developing and maintaining a WordPress site on your own is far cheaper than hiring a professional to design and build the site for you, WordPress is free to download and also provides fairly cheap hosting plans as well. 

2. WordPress are Mobile Friendly: At a time where most internet surfing it done on mobile devices it is important to have a responsive website, well most of WordPress’ themes are mobile friendly meaning you have a website that is already responsive without having to redesign the site again.

3. SEO Ready: A WordPress site is built with everything an SEO ready site should have, constant codes for favourable Google indexing, customisable SEO components for each page and plugins dedicated to SEO are just some of the ways WordPress can help make your site competitive in the search engine results. 

4. Wide Variety of Professional Themes: The platforms gives you a wide variety of professional themes to choose from, some themes are at a cost, but many bi corporations use WordPress themes because they are easy to use and professional.

5. Social Media Integration: WordPress allows you to integrate your business’ social media platforms without any hassle, you don’t need to login every time to update the platform with fresh content. The high level of social connectivity that WordPress offers ensures you can automatically update your account with one click.

Cons

1. Theme and Plugin Costs:  While the WordPress platform itself is free, the themes and plugins that are required afterwards come at a cost and the more you need to download and use the more the cost increases.

2. Website Security: The fact that WordPress is the most widely used CMS system means that keeping cybercriminals away can be hard. It’s heavy reliance on plugin development by different people also increases the chances of malicious code slipping through to your sites functionality.

3. Navigation through WordPress: Navigating your way through WordPress web design, development and maintenance can be tricky if you do not have prior knowledge of using it.

4. SEO: SEO friendliness and WordPress can be a little tricky if you have little SEO experience, as some SEO based features on WordPress, such as the Category tagging for Blogging can cause issues if you over tag the article as Google can see it as duplicate content.

5. Updates Requiring Web Design Knowledge: Some Updates on WordPress require you to have further web design knowledge, so knowing what advice to follow when looking information up on forums, etc can be a little tricky. Also customisation on WordPress will also require you to have web design knowledge as this will require extra coding.

Overall, WordPress is the most competitive and the best CMS platform there is, you just need to be sure you do your research first and are certain that WordPress is the way forward for your business and website.