WordPress was not originally built for eCommerce, running an eCommerce business involves too many responsibilities and risks that could direct to safety and security issues, which includes:
- Handling personal information of the customers (i.e. storing their personal and credit card details).
- Making sure there is secure payment processing.
- Potential fraud methods should be detected and avoided.
- Making sure that orders are correctly received and processed, and delivered safely to customers.
- Meeting web security standards and online safety.
- Abide by diverse business and consumer protection laws and other legal requirements and guidelines.
ECommerce companies might be under concern with WordPress due to:
- Limitations on how immense the store can get (i.e. the number of products).
- Limited functions and features.
- And, the platform itself is secure or not.
Is WordPress Safe for use as eCommerce?
WordPress is free and all of its code is available to anyone and everyone, how does WordPress handle security concerns in general like fixing bugs that can lead to security vulnerabilities and exploitation by malicious users is the major concern for the users. Just because WordPress on its own is not an eCommerce-ready platform, that doesn’t make it any less of a great (and smart) choice to build your online store with the help of themes and plugins, in order to sell anything on your website.
WordPress has security well covered with:
- SSL certificate integration
- Security plugins like Defender
- Well-audited WordPress themes
- Well-inspected plugins (like WooCommerce, etc.)
- Secure payment gateway integration
- Stern password and other log-in requirements
Most of these are tools when added to your WordPress installation; it secures your online store/ eCommerce. Keeping a WordPress site secure is the responsibility of the website owner too. All the security measures will fail to protect your WordPress site if you create a weak admin password.