WordPress is great…until it isn’t. The good news is most of those shortcomings are pretty easy to work with if you know your options.
Moreover, most of them tend to be holdovers from the days when WP was primarily a blogging platform. Case in point: comments. For most orchestras using WordPress as their publishing platform, the comment functionality is a pretty low priority if not entirely unnecessary. But there it is by default, attracting spam and sucking up your time.
Fortunately, disabling comments and cutting back on most, if not all, of that noise is pretty easy. I published an article at ArtsHacker that covers two options that only require beginner level skills to accomplish.