WordPress Website Development
Even though WordPress has emerged as a global leader in the world of CMSs, you might be wondering as to whether it’s a good option for building your next SaaS website/web application. This is just what I’ve looked into in this post.
Here, I’ve jotted down a list of pros and cons I encountered, post the usage of WordPress for building my Restaurant Dynamo- a SaaS that would allow restaurant owners to avail an automated process of designing, developing and hosting a single/multiple restaurant websites.
A look at the history of using WordPress for building SaaS
Started out as a pure blogging tool, WordPress has evolved into an efficient web publishing platform. A large group of renowned companies including CNN, TechCrunch etc. have chosen WordPress for delivering high-performing SaaS/hosted web applications which have solved specific problems faced by a particular group of people. Prior to proceeding ahead with choosing WordPress for building your SaaS, I recommend you to gather details about the targeted users.
A look at the pros of using WordPress for creating SaaS
1. WordPress is a popular and widely used web development platform
While thinking about the web development platform that would best suit my SaaS project, the first name that came to my mind was WordPress. The sole reason for my choice was the globally renowned stature of WordPress. To put in simple words, I believe using WordPress for building my SaaS would please my target users because they would already be familiar with the WP dashboard utilities and how things go with WordPress.
2. Flexibility to re-use WP plugins for building the SaaS
Having chosen WordPress for my SaaS project, I actually feel fortunate because during the execution stages, I could re-use plugins that are otherwise exclusively utilized for adding/extending the functionalities for a WordPress powered website. Gravity Forms was the WP plugin that I used for adding multiple advanced forms into the web pages which had to be included within my SaaS.
3. Flawless Multi-site management is possible with WordPress
It was during the course of developing Restaurant Dynamo that I realized the fact that WordPress will enable me to offer my targeted users an excellent flexibility of managing multiple restaurant websites via a single administrator panel, saving them from a lot of headache associated with handling multiple websites via individual back-end panels.
Now, coming to the pros which made me re-think whether my decision to choose WordPress was ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’
1. Restriction in terms of customization
One of the most prominent drawbacks of using WordPress CMS for building SaaS is the restriction in terms of customization. To put it simply, each time you start off building SaaS from scratch, you’re on a look out for freedom of tweaking every available feature and functionality. This is something that WordPress lacks in. With WordPress, thinking about modifying a simple feature would mean inviting unwanted complexity in maintaining the same when the current/working WordPress version is being upgraded. Moreover, unlike the conventional nomenclature that’s there within the WP admin dashboard, for eg: post, comments and featured image needs to be changed to menu, reviews and menu image respectively. All in all, a lot of customization needs to be performed for leveraging WordPress utilities- something that’s actually not feasible enough.
2. A high-level third-party dependency leads to some major conflicts within the components of SaaS app/website
3. WordPress can’t please every client who requires a SaaS
Through Restaurant Dynamo, I intended to target restaurant owners who solely wanted to design a website where they could publish posts and receive reader comments for the same. My motive was satisfied. But wait! It is important for you to accept the fact that WordPress isn’t the right fit for developing every type of SaaS. For example, adding WooCommerce support to an e-store allows you to gather the attention of targeted users but aiming for massive customer attention using WordPress isn’t a wise decision. Therefore, in accordance to what I’ve learned while developing my SaaS is that WordPress is undoubtedly a great choice for every SaaS app/site that’s related to publishing a specific form of content over the web. But, it definitely isn’t a good match for generating SaaS that needs to woo a non WordPress-savvy audience.
Wrapping it all up
No doubt, WordPress is an open source, easy-to-customize platform for web development; it is advised to pay attention to the limitations so as to prevent yourself from building a SaaS web app/site that comes out to be a complete ‘turn-off’ for the targeted users.
Author Bio :
Sophia Phillips has been working as a professional in WordPress Website Development Company and loves sharing information about leveraging multiple benefits of WordPress in the best possible manner. Currently, she has an impressive count of WP development-related articles under her name.