If you are aiming for long term business then you can't depend on wordpress. Hacking a wordpress website is very easy. So i suggest if you are making profit from business then soon shift to a custom and secured solution else future your competitor can destroy running website, and you will lose your valuable customers.
Ritesh Kumar Rai
CTO - Rai Techintro Pvt. Ltd.
A valid and good intelligent question; still valid today.
Wordpress offers free website blogging to persons without web development knowledge or a desire to learn how to build software and without the desire to dedicating their life time to building the blogging system.
This is the same as an average person, seeking to open a store front or an office. It is much easier to rent or lease a space in a strip-mall or a nice looking building, than it is to invest great amounts of cash to design and build the same building. A person looking to run a business, like a retail store, may not want the overhead of costs and time spent maintaining the building.
I have researched many of the startup Internet businesses and open source projects since the late 1990s, and find some to be useful for the general public and others, a waste of time, resulting in a forgotten venture.
Wordpress is simply a collection of PHP scripts and offered free for download. You can put this download package on a Unix operating system like Ubuntu, relativity easy. You can purchase your own OEM Internet grade hardware server, and run it from your home, apartment, condo, office, etc.. All the world class Internet software is proven open-source and free to use. With a little effort and little cash output, you can have your own Wordpress server and develop as long as you like and build as many Wordpress sites are your hardware enables.
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Or, you can reverse engineer your deployment, into your own developed software. Wordpress is bloated software; loaded with unnecessary overhead hardware processing and network traffic loading. This overhead programming must be there to provide a happy good experience to person who do not know or want to know how a webpage works or a website or the Internet... they have their own agenda to present or have a website.
Background to my shared opinions and answer to Christina Tseng posted question. I am a public Internet pioneer, developing original concepts for public networking since around 1979. I have and still work with retail persons, and different types of business owners since then.