What's Wrong with WordPress
Friday, March 09, 2018
There's been a war on security, cyber security, and if you have a WordPress site you might be at risk, like the 50,000 users who have recently been hacked (don't believe, us? read here). But that's only one of the reasons why a WordPress site might not be the best fit, especially in Economic Development. Another key concern is it's code quality, an integral issue is the quality of the WordPress code itself, such as old use of versions and contributors who did not follow the strict structural standards.
If that still doesn't have you convinced, let's bring up another topic such as it's generic use, WordPress is designed to be a free tool of use to those who don't have the resources for customize website. Two other issues with WordPress include a steep learning curve in working with CMS systems if you don't already have experience, as well expansion support issues related to the plugins that so many users enjoy. If you'd like more information about WordPress comparisons, you can find that here.
Here at GSA you never have to worry about any of that, we use a highly advanced platform specific to Economic Development needs. You can find out more about the Economic Gateway platform explained from the designers that build the sites below:
Code Quality “Economic Gateway code uses PHP version 5 standards. The entire system was designed and built by a small team of dedicated developers to run as cleanly and efficiently as possible for economic development websites, which means its user friendly for the target audiences.”
Security “As a custom-built system, Economic Gateway flies very low on the radar as far as hackers are concerned. We also run constant security scans of our system to watch for any attempts to attack it.”
Development beyond a generic theme “Each Economic Gateway site is designed from scratch (rather than customizing a pre-existing theme) based on input provided by the client. We take into account the specific needs of the client and the audiences they are trying to reach in both the site design and content structure. This creates a fully brand-integrated, unique face for the organization which focuses on getting the right info to the right people. Economic Gateway was designed for the economic development industry, to be used by professional organizations seeking an audience of site selectors throughout the industry. Each modules was designed and customized to best accommodate and present industry-specific information.”
Steep learning curve “Economic Gateway's industry focus means that everything in our CMS is designed to house economic development info, not pictures of cats or someone's latest product line. The admin system takes into account the user's workflow and makes the most common features and content fast and easy to access, while logically organizing more specialist features where they can easily be found.”
Expansion Support Issues “Economic Gateway has a wide array of in-built modules which meet the vast majority of need for economic development websites. These modules have been thoroughly tested, and are included in any relevant updates which are made to the system, which are accomplished by our core development team of programmers. On the occasion where third-party tools need to be integrated in an Economic Gateway site, we utilize non-invasive techniques to make sure that neither the Economic Gateway system nor the third-party provider's system are unnecessarily exposed.”
The Golden Shovel Team.
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