Are you an enterprise looking for the best CMS to suit your business needs and help you grow? You’ve come to the right place!
“Is WordPress fit for large-scale companies?” is one of the first questions that our enterprise clients ask us. Well, yes, yes, it is.
However, it is not as simple as it sounds. Large companies have higher technical standards, therefore, they need superior code quality. Whether or not WordPress can deliver, depends largely on the partner they choose to implement and maintain their website.
With a WordPress agency or other professional development company behind your back, there’s, practically, no limit to what the CMS can do for an enterprise.
In this article, we will tell you why WordPress perfectly complements complex business requirements.
We’ve listed the most common concerns faced by enterprises when choosing a CMS, and how WordPress can be their top solution.
Read on to find out!
What Does an Enterprise Need From a CMS?
Providing corporate solutions to a multinational business comes with its own set of challenges and difficulties. Building and running a website for a large company means representing a number of individual companies and/or brands in different countries that, more often than not, need to operate at the same high standard as the parent company.
We at DevriX, as a WordPress agency with years of experience dealing with large clients, know that these projects include a number of subsites, subdomains, lots of pages of localized content, and high traffic.
Furthermore, as mentioned, they have higher code standards and require superior code quality.
In other words, enterprise companies require a specialized CMS that is flexible, scalable, secure, as well as capable of handling higher technical standards and keeping up with their dynamic business environment.
Can WordPress be the perfect CMS for an enterprise? Let’s find out.
How WordPress Complements Enterprise Needs
Traditionally, WordPress has been known as a blogging platform (it surely started as one) or a platform that provides amazing flexibility to budding entrepreneurs and small business owners. While it still provides robust solutions to small businesses, WordPress has evolved into something much bigger – it perfectly complements the complex requirements of large businesses.
If the most powerful government in the world can trust WP, maybe you should too, right?
The fact that big names are using it is proof enough that WordPress can be an ideal choice for multinational and large companies.
That said, now let’s delve deeper and find out what makes WordPress so good, and our personal hero!
1. The Community Culture
We believe in giving back to the community. Everyone who is dedicated to WordPress does. It thrives on community culture, thought leadership, mentoring, and mutual support.
This is where the core, the ideology of WordPress (as a community) meets business.
Huge enterprise clients, vendors, and service providers from Google to GoDaddy, to WooCommerce, join hands and sponsor annual WordCamps worldwide.
With more than 43% of all websites built on WordPress, this is proof of a strong community and commitment to take open source technology to new heights. The WP community is also behind thousands of plugins that any website owner can install and use to add various features to their site.
WordCamp (which DevriX is often a part of), and the awesome WP community ensures that help is always one click away if and when you need it.
2. WordPress Is Reliable
We have seen large companies reluctant to try WordPress due to the fact that it is not owned by a single entity. And if we leave this argument to it, WordPress may, indeed, seem like an unreliable platform.
However, WordPress is developed by some of the very best developers, coders, and testers on the planet. It is hard to find more talented people involved in a single project the way they are in WP.
Other than that, some large, Fortune 500 companies have a keen interest in the continuous development of the platform, as their websites benefit from it every day.
The fact that WP is not owned and managed by a single entity actually works in its favor here. The chances of abandonment are close to zero and with the support of the community, it is likely to continue to improve.
In a nutshell, WP is here to stay and very reliable!
3. WordPress Is More Secure Than You Think
Another reason that keeps large enterprise businesses away from WordPress is that they think the platform is not entirely secure. However, WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world right now with top-notch security features. The WP core is secure and, to remain so, must always be kept up to date.
There is a dedicated WP security team, which consists of more than 50 experts. This team is continuously in collaboration with the top hosting companies and other security experts from other open source communities to keep WordPress secure against the latest threats such as hack attacks, malware, and so on.
With the right set of security precautions, which include keeping the WP core up to date, keeping the plugins updated, making sure that the custom code is written following the best practices, etc. – WordPress is as secure as any other CMS out there.
4. Flexible Enough
Flexibility and being able to expand over time are the most important considerations for enterprises or any business per se. WordPress, with the help of more than 54,000 plugins (to this date) and thousands of highly customizable themes, offers just that.
This is a huge number, probably the largest, as compared to any other CMS. The chances are, whatever you need for your website, is already there. And even if it is not, you can get in touch with an experienced WordPress agency like DevriX and watch us build a magical custom solution that perfectly fits your needs.
Taking flexibility to a new level, mobile responsiveness is a standard feature with all themes which not only makes your website more user-friendly, but more visible in organic searches.
On top of that,WordPress supports hundreds of international languages as well.
5. Administration Is Easy
WordPress is meant to publish content and keep it fresh all the time. Site and content administrators love the ease of use. Without any technical knowledge, you can edit or add content, images, videos, and whatnot. Installing and updating the basic plugins is also easy for non-technical administrators.
With some help from the community or a professional company, you can even customize the dashboard, giving you more features to work with.
With permission levels and user roles, collaboration amongst the team has never been easier, and so is onboarding new team members.
And this is vital when it comes to large-scale businesses that have different teams working on different projects on a single website. You can easily limit the access of a team or an individual by restricting a part of your site. Furthermore, the administrators can create customized roles and permission for individuals and teams.
All in all, WordPress administration is everything an enterprise needs.
SEO, for some, might sound like a thing for small and mid-sized businesses. However, this is incorrect. No matter the size of your business, you need to stand out on those Google Searches as more than 90% of online business interactions, both B2B and B2C, start with an online search query.
In fact, Google itself prefers our friend, WordPress. Matt Cutts, who used to lead the web spam team at Google, once said:
“WordPress takes care of 80-90% of SEO optimization out of the box.”
WordPress will complement your corporate website perfectly especially if it receives huge traffic numbers!
According to Statista, Barack Obama & Justin Bieber are the two most followed celebrities with 129.78 and 114.04 million followers on Twitter. As a result, the traffic number on their websites is huge and yet they trust WordPress.
Not just celebrities but huge businesses like The Microsoft News, Mercedes Benz, Marks and Spencer, and many more trust WordPress with their huge traffic numbers.
As an enterprise, if your website is well-built and professionally optimized, you can count on WordPress to handle traffic spikes with flying colors, and never leave your customers hanging.
A Few Limitations
While we are among the biggest advocates of “WordPress for Enterprise”, we don’t want you to think we look at things through rose-colored glasses . With some amazing benefits WordPress has for large companies, there are a few downsides as well.
This is often confused with viruses and security issues. However, spam, more often than not, is nothing but an unsolicited comment or email having a commercial intent. Spam comments or emails are often irritating and come in bulk!
To keep your WordPress comments section clean and tidy, you need to check it regularly and delete all that spammy content. In addition, to keep the spam in check, there are already existing solutions on WordPress that work better than any other CMS.
Let’s face it, migrating to a different server is never a pleasurable experience for developers. With WordPress, it just gets a tad bit more difficult. The most problematic errors faced by developers while migrating are 500 internal server errors, syntax errors, white screen of death, and more.
These are usually not easy to deal with for an in-house team since there may not be an experienced WordPress developer working with them there. However, with a specialized WordPress agency, migration can be planned carefully and executed properly.
DevriX has done many migrations over the years, and we have come across (and solved) major migration issues in the past. We’ve dealt with a number of different migrations – from custom .NET platforms, different PHP Frameworks, such as Symphony, custom PHP projects, abandoned proprietary CMS systems, you name it, to beautiful, modern, and stable WordPress custom-made solutions.
You can’t just build a huge WordPress website and leave it unmonitored. WordPress continuously rolls out new updates that should be taken very seriously or else its security might be compromised.
You should either have an in-house team, keeping an eye on the updates and other issues, or a WordPress agency that takes care of your website.
WordPress is an ideal CMS for large businesses and complex solutions. It’s scalable, secure, and, on top of that, provides practical and easy solutions to complex needs. However, these things can’t just be done by installing plugins.
Large businesses need continuous monitoring of their websites and this is where specialized WordPress agencies come in. They have senior developers and architects with loads of experience and skills to manage large-scale projects.
If you are an enterprise in need of WordPress services, don’t hesitate to give us a call!