WordPress Development: Embrace it Now

WordPress Development: Embrace it Now

WordPress Development on the Rise

wordpress-development-sydneyWordPress is the elephant in the development room. While many have embraced it as a fully-fledged content management system, others still thumb their nose at it. I was talking to a developer a little over a year ago about WordPress. His first remark was, “oh yeah, that’s a neat little software”. How pandering. While there was no doubting his technical skills (Ruby on Rails) and development background, I couldn’t help but think that this comment came from a shared anxiety that many developers have. WordPress is essentially leveling the playing field for non-techies that want to get into web development/publishing. Ten years ago if you wanted to make a website you needed to hire a programmer that knew HTML, CSS, JavaScript etc. Now, setting up your own website is a cinch. WordPress requires practically no coding knowledge. And that scares the s**t out of a lot web developers/designers.

Get On or Be Lost

WordPress development is becoming more prevalent because many developers realize that business owners are becoming aware of easy-to-use content management systems. They no longer have to call their wordpress web designer every time they want the littlest of changes. This paradigm shift is supported by numbers: WordPress now powers around 17% of all the websites in the world. This is a staggering number. Being agile in todays business environment is essential for growth. Being tied to a web developer/company just isn’t practical. Developers need to embrace this rapidly growing platform before it’s too late.

WordPress Can Be Responsive

Another exciting development milestone is responsive design. This refers to a sites ability to expand and shrink depending on the screen size of the device you’re viewing it on. There are many WordPress themes that support this technology. Designing a site to be responsive eliminates a lot of headaches. You don’t have to create a separate mobile version of your site (which causes indexation problems). One size fits all.

WordPress can now be expanded, customized, and coded to be anything you want. Although it’s still the most widely used platform for blogging, it’s infinite other uses have still yet to be fully-realized. And until the development community embraces it as a whole there will continue to be a misunderstanding of what WordPress can actually do.

 

Guest blog post by: Clayton Curtis

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