Why we DO NOT use Wordpress?

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June 12, 2020 · 4 min read · 474 views

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At Lucky Media, our dissatisfaction with WordPress's complications propelled us to consider developing our own CMS to meet our high standards for security, functionality, and user experience. However, our discovery of Statamic CMS, a flat-file system built on Laravel, changed the game. It provided the perfect blend of Laravel's robust framework with a user-centric CMS experience, eliminating the need for our own creation and allowing us to focus on delivering exceptional, customized websites for our clients without the typical WordPress headaches. You can read more on why we prefer Statamic over WordPress.


When it comes to building a website, choosing the right content management system (CMS) is crucial to ensure that it meets your needs in terms of functionality, security, and ease of use. WordPress has long been a popular choice for its user-friendly approach and extensive theme and plugin options. However, at Lucky Media, we have embraced Laravel for its robust capabilities and flexibility. In this article, we'll explore the reasons behind our preference for Laravel and how it benefits our clients.

The Limitations of WordPress

WordPress is widely recognized as a CMS that caters to users of all skill levels. Its appeal lies in its simplicity and the vast array of plugins and themes that allow for quick website assembly. While this makes WordPress an attractive option for beginners and those looking to deploy a site without extensive development knowledge, this ease of use can sometimes come at a cost.

One of the main issues with WordPress is its maintenance and scalability. Frequent updates are required for the core platform, themes, and plugins, especially when PHP versions change. These updates, while necessary for security and functionality, can lead to compatibility issues and site errors. Consequently, what starts as a cost-effective solution may result in additional expenses and frustration as website owners scramble to fix problems or overhaul their site to maintain performance.

Additionally, with the abundance of plugins, there's a risk of using poorly coded or outdated add-ons that can compromise site security and speed. In the long run, these limitations can negatively impact the user experience and the website's effectiveness as a business tool.

The Laravel Advantage for Custom Web Development

Laravel, a PHP framework designed for web artisans, offers a more structured and secure approach to web development. At Lucky Media, we prefer Laravel because it provides us with the tools to create bespoke websites that are tailored to the unique requirements of our clients. Laravel's elegant syntax and advanced features enable us to build applications that are both powerful and maintainable.

One of the key benefits of using Laravel is its robust security features, which help protect websites from common threats such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF). Laravel's built-in authentication and authorization systems ensure that only authorized users can access certain resources, providing peace of mind to our clients.

Additionally, Laravel's MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture allows for clean separation of concerns, making it easier to manage code and collaborate on complex projects. This results in more reliable and scalable web applications that can grow with a business's needs.

Laravel also shines when it comes to customization. Unlike WordPress, where customization often relies on third-party plugins, Laravel developers have the freedom to create tailored solutions from scratch. This means we can deliver a unique admin panel with intuitive CRUD features without the risk of plugin conflicts or security vulnerabilities.

Our Commitment to Quality

At Lucky Media, we're dedicated to delivering top-tier web solutions that stand the test of time. We understand that shortcuts may be tempting, but they can lead to long-term issues that undermine the success of a website. By leveraging Laravel and other advanced technologies, we maintain a high level of control over the code we produce, ensuring quality, performance, and security.

Our goal is to provide our clients with websites that not only look professional but are also reliable and easy to manage. We're committed to fostering lasting relationships with our clients, ensuring they are delighted with our services and confident in referring us to others.

This article is part of the "Which technologies do we use and why?" series where we explain the technologies that we use daily.


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Arlind Musliu

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