Is WordPress Dead?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 | Business | by

I just ran across WordPress has left the building, by Kevinjohn Gallagher.

From his post:

… I love WordPress. With it, I have felt a genuine affinity for a product the likes of which is matched only by my Commodore64. It will be exceptionally strange for me to no longer recommend WordPress.

The reality is that we’ve moved in different directions, and if I’m honest this decision has been coming for a long time. Over the last year, for the first time since we started, we’ve migrated more clients away from, rather than to WordPress.

Everyone has the right to choose any CMS they want, but they should know why they are making that decision.

An excellent response by Joe Brockmeier, Missing the Point of WordPress Entirely:

Let’s look at some of Gallagher’s requirements, and ask ourselves was WordPress ever intended to do these things or were the expectations a little off?

Read his article, he goes into much more detail, but I wanted some room for my own opinions.

WordPress is a Tool

That’s just it, a tool.  A tool is only as useful as the person using it.

WordPress isn’t supposed to be an “end all” CMS with everything out of the box.  That’s why it’s so easily extendable, and there is such a large variety of plugins.

Frequently I find a client says they don’t want WordPress because they don’t like the way WordPress sites look.  WHAT?!?  I feel like this is the same.  If you can’t make WordPress do what you want, you should choose another CMS… just don’t blame WordPress.

The list of functionality that WordPress is lacking provided by Gallagher, is crap.  I’d say 90% of that list is a plugin away, some of it actually IS in WordPress.

WordPress developers aren’t all equal.  There are people who know how to install WordPress and install a theme.  There are people who know which themes are good, and which plugins are good.  There are people who know how to leverage some of the frameworks out there to drag-and-drop customize a theme.  I’ve seen some amazing things happen by people who barely touch code.  Then there are people who can customize a WordPress theme (these people aren’t necessarily better than previous people at deploying WordPress).  There are people who can write a custom WordPress theme.  Then there are real WordPress experts.  Those people who understand all the options the API gives them, and can map almost any functional requirement to a modification to WordPress.

WordPress is a solid foundation, that brings with it some niceties.  It isn’t supposed to be the final solution for every (or even most) websites.  WordPress NEEDS to be customized.  It needs for you to make it your own.  That’s why it’s special.  I’d say 99% of the time, you just need to learn more about WordPress, or rethink your approach if you don’t think WordPress can handle something.

WordPress is NOT dead!

WordPress is very much alive.  I’m not going to jump into the mind blowing statistics about how much of the web runs on it.  It’s not dead because it’s flexible.

I have never seen a platform that so many web developers like, as well as web designers.

WordPress is flexible enough to address the needs of almost any major website.

Oh yeah, and Kevin?  If you’re going on about how capable you are, and WordPress isn’t …

  • Don’t complain about functionality in a BETA.  It’s a BETA.
  • I don’t respect your opinion, learn which characters are web friendly (and when not to cut / paste from Word):

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