Wordpress in 2017?

This probably might be an odd question, but what do you guys think about Wordpress?
It is recommended/good to learn it in for 2017?

I know that tons of websites use it and also that on freelancing websites such as freelancer.com and upwork.com there are thousands of jobs that require wordpress. But still…

I am wondering that ifI put in the time and effort to learn it, it’s a good thing or I should use my time with other frameworks which grow in popularity?

I’m curious what you think about it :slight_smile:

That is what I plan to learn as far as CMS goes, at least at first.

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@rickstewart yeah… a lot of ussage! :slight_smile:

WordPress actually has what most small businesses need out of a website. I really like it. Great themes easy to use for client and dev, a plug in for almost anything you could think of. I think its fun to work with too. I built myself a small website using one of those do it all themes like Avada or the X (I used X) and I couldn’t stop playing with it. It’s what piqued my interest in development and I think looking at all those lovely themes has also given me a bit of interest in the aesthetics side of things I might not have had otherwise.

Re jobs, yes there are millions of them, but WordPress being so easy to use means that there’s also a lot of competition. In my area alone I have seen several different business cards piled up on counter tops offering websites and when I’ve checked them out, they were all WordPress and some of them even did really nice work. This is why i eventually decided I wanted to learn ‘proper’. Although competition is tough, like all web development, the experts get the very best projects and get paid handsomely for it too. There are also guides on the web to get you started making themes and getting into the PHP of it. Custom WordPress themes and plugins for your clients could be a nice little advantage in the local WordPress market.

If you want to play with it you can download XAMPP for a local server or get some cheap hosting. most of them come with an automatic intstaller for things like wordpress. With both those methods you have an Apache web server and mySQL database running a WordPress installation before you know it.

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In my opinion, WordPress is good skill if you want to do general freelancing. A lot of clients will want a website where they can change information without requiring the need to possess technical skills. A CMS fulfills this requirement.

I use XAMPP for all of my local development. I can make changes without having to worry about breaking anything. Once you’re done, you only need to copy your files to the server.

I would learn the core of wordpress - PHP

Yeah, I played with it also… for the company I am working sometimes I did few of wp sites and few weeks ago I started learning theme development.

I was just wondering if you guys think it’s worth it or no. I’ve heard people saying that it’s not a good choice for a long run… but as you said, for many small businesses WP is the best choice. :slight_smile:

@michaelhenderson Well I would love if they would work harder on a new Wordpress based on NodeJS. As far as I know, there is something like that but I don’t know if people are using it or no…

Take a look at this article.

Exploring Different CMS Solutions Built on Node.js

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Anyone tried this before?


Looks cool and serve as a better Wordpress replacement if the user doesn’t need to blog form the looks of it

This CMS seems too slow for me.

@Flopet17 It really depends on what you do with ?

Wordpress has the particularity :

  • to be easy to configure,
  • to install fast and easily
  • to be free
  • to have a large variety of template around the web
  • you can define content easily
  • easy money to make as freelancer

But this is my cons :

  • has been derived too much from blog system to whatever purpose when another CMS is better
  • It is not secure
  • it is limited to few databases only
  • the admin part can be a garbage when we import too many extensions

For who is WordPress for then, in my viewpoint :

  • Tiny companies business that needs only a few pages and not a complicated system
  • Any person that need a blog

I’ve seen so horrible things with WordPress already like a shop, a school system, a social network, …
I’ve ever seen a big company use WordPress for big scale purpose because they’ve thought it will be easier.

If you want to make easy money, I guess WordPress worth it. But if you want to do complicated CMS system with a multitude of area and complexity in the same time. I advise you to use other CMS or a framework directly like.

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checkout http://keystonejs.com/

Have you ever (on Chrome) looked at ‘View Page Source’ on a WP site? You can tell because it looks like a massive plate of spaghetti code, with little WP clues in the head section. You’ll see so many unnecessary elements and so much unused styling, that it’s amazing the page can ever load. For updates, I find the UI confusing as hell, and very difficult to maneuver.

I had considered using a WP template for my first hosted site (adapting my portfolio project http://codepen.io/chuckPhipps/pen/oxqgrG ) in order to get the WP experience, but decided that writing it all myself will be more valuable. I want to see how nice and functional I can make it, while using the least amount of code, especially since I don’t know that much, anyway.

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I enjoy WordPress but I don’t work with “big enough” personal projects to merit using it. If it’s of any interest to you, I think it was announced late last year that WP devs should learn JavaScript. What that means isn’t quite clear yet, but I think that’s the direction they want to head towards.

As for putting the effort to learn it, it’s worth it if you’re going to use it a lot or if you’re like me and there are a lot more WordPress shops hiring. Or if it’s something you find really liking. You can even contribute to it since it’s open source if you’re interested.

Keep in mind that fully learning WordPress means you’ll have to learn PHP, mySQL and the WordPress ecosystem. It’s quite a detour from the FCC curriculum.

Feel free to message me about more WordPress stuff though :smile: . I helped organize a WordCamp because WordPress is what got me back into coding so it has a special place in my heart. (Also I highly recommend looking into Child Themes, particularly Underscores or Sage for those who want to build WP themes from scratch.)

As an aside, WordPress has been around for forever and so many sites are running on it (CSS-Tricks, is one example) that I think learning how to use it is a good skill anyway.