The 5 Main Reasons We Hate Wordpress

Working on Wordpress makes us feel like this.

Working on Wordpress makes us feel like this.

According to the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, 64.5% of respondents said they dread WordPress. It's the 3rd most dreaded platform of those they included in their survey. Eek!

We cannot tell you how many of our clients come to us here at Wild Willow asking for help getting off their Wordpress sites. Nearly 25% of all websites are powered by WordPress in some way. There is no data on what percentage of them regret using the platform, but if there were I'd love to see it!

So why do some designers and many clients loathe the world's most popular platform?


WordPress hacks are a daily, if not hourly, if not an every-minute occurrence. The common sentiment is that WordPress is swiss-cheese when it comes to security. That may be an exaggeration, but still, it's a problem.

Plugins, Plugins, Plugins!

"Hey, don't worry, there's a plugin for that!"

This is not the first thing a designer thinks when solving a problem. It goes against the typical designer mindset – to architect a simple, elegant solution. Turning to plugins for functionality requires a significant shift in thinking and can make a site extremely bloated. Also - each new plugin has the capability of screwing with another one. So many designers are forced to use plugins that completely change how posts are built and published.

Welcome to your Wordpress back end. Enjoy!

Welcome to your Wordpress back end. Enjoy!

A common complaint is that developers, and even site maintainers, end up working around plugins rather than with them. You're probably asking, "Then why use that plugin?" Well, because it solves that one problem.

But enough about plugins...

Zero Client Autonomy

We are often shocked to hear how much people are paying someone else to make even the most minor adjustments and edits to their website for them. Laymen are overwhelmed by the functionality behind the scenes. It's simply unwieldy, complicated, scary and bloated for most people. The annual costs of paying someone else to do small things you could do yourself are one of the reasons we avoid Wordpress completely. We want our clients to have the keys to their own car and not be too terrified to learn how to drive it. 


With every added plugin comes an extra (sometimes annual) cost. This becomes inflated really quickly.  “Hey, Wordpress is free” I hear you cry. Well no, not exactly, because to get it working properly you need to pay for other stuff.

There are five things that will generally affect your costs: 

  1. hosting (server space on which to install Wordpress and store your site)
  2. themes (the design for your site)
  3. e-commerce integration (addition of tools that will let you sell products online)
  4. plugins (apps that can be added to your site to add more functionality)
  5. whether or not a developer is involved in your site build.

Here are some figures which demonstrate some costs you might expect if you were building your Wordpress site yourself:

  1. Annual hosting, using managed Wordpress hosting from WP Engine as an example: $348 (recurring cost)
  2. Premium theme: $175
  3. Annual cost for e-commerce integration (using Ecwid as an example): $180 (recurring cost)
  4. 4 paid-for plugins: $100

And if you were to use a developer to help you configure, build and maintain your site, you’d have significantly higher costs (as mentioned above). In worst case scenarios we've met with unhappy clients who have paid upwards of $40,000 to get a site they aren't happy with and don't know how to operate, and they have to keep paying the same person who built it for them to manage it.  

No wonder people give up and feel defeated. 

Wild Willow Design = zen website design + autonomy for clients + SEO + marketing

Customer Support

There are thousands of video tutorials, forums and other resources offering detailed guidelines on creating and maintaining WordPress-powered websites. But there’s no phone number or email to call for help when s**t hits the fan and things become chaotic. And they always, inevitably, do.

I guess what we're saying is, if you're unhappy we can relate! Ping us for a free quote on how to help you migrate away from Wordpress and onto a more manageable platform for you. Think of us as your 'get out of jail free' card.