@mdrockwell There are benefits to WordPress but there is a lot users don’t understand.
Plugins don't help, no. When you fist start out you just install this and that plugin, loads of themes and don’t realise that it all make a difference to speed and website bloat.
Security and updating is an issue of PR. For example look at the jetpack plugin. The widget thing shows it is blocking ridiculous levels of login attempts and it could scare users.