WordPress is released.
34% of the Internet is powered by it. Nearly 60% of content management system users rely on it. It’s magical. It’s intuitive. It’s WordPress.
Here, our Account Servicers and Designers talk about the pros of WordPress and why it’s something we continually choose to build with it as a web development team.
I love WordPress because it’s an open source platform, meaning there are tons of developers constantly working to improve it and producing tools and plugins we can use to enhance features and functionality.
There’s so much documentation out there, too, from how to add an image on a page or post to integrations and plugins you can use to create a more robust site. And with so many websites using it, we’re pretty sure it’s not going anywhere for a while, which is great job security for us! That said, if you’re not happy with your web developer for any reason, you can always switch to another web design company who’s more than happy to show you what WordPress can really do!
The ultimate reason why I love WordPress, though: it’s easy for clients to use. We provide WordPress training for our clients once their new site is built and ready to go live, but if ever we’re unavailable or it’s during off hours and a less tech-savvy client needs help on updating their site, they can always jump on Google and YouTube for helpful resources and tutorials.
I love that, with WordPress, you don’t have to install any kind of software on your computer, you just need an internet connection and a browser to log in to your site and make updates — even from your phone!
There are also so many resources on the web if you’re ever stuck on a project or update. You can Google “how to add a post on WordPress,” or whatever the task is, and you’ll find an insane amount of tutorials and videos to help you.
With WordPress being such a widely-used open-sourced system, developers are continually creating plugins and updates to help improve the user experience. The community really works hard toward building sites that are inclusive and accessible for all.
I’ve been working in WordPress for the better part of a decade now, and I think the main thing I really love about WordPress is the consistency. Don’t get me wrong — the open source, community-driven, super awesome documentation aspect of it is amazing as well — but the part I like and have always appreciated is just how consistently solid core WP is… Most of the time, lookin’ at you early Gutenberg…[cda_left id=”32″]
Besides core typically being awesome, I’m also a huge fan of the fact that if you want to change something, there’s probably a way to do it. I’m constantly learning something new I didn’t know I could do with WP, and I’ve done some pretty extensive and complicated stuff. Not only that, but, going hand and hand with the documentation aspect of it, there’s probably someone else who has wanted to do the same thing you’re trying to do, so figuring out how to do the thing is a lot easier because they’ve likely released a “how to” on it, which is a big win in my book. As the Lead Designer, I’m always going for the next big thing.
Having seen a few other platforms for building websites before, I can say without a doubt that WordPress is the easiest to use, the most straight-forward, the most stable platform for creating an efficient and appealing website that’s easy to use and update.
At the end of last year, WordPress rolled out a drag-and-drop editor called Gutenberg. Basically, now every type of element — be it a heading, a paragraph, an image — has its own block. There are so many variations of blocks to choose from from super simple to more robust, some so well-designed you don’t even need CSS to create something truly cool — this is where our Lead Designer, Tyler, bangs his head against the wall a bit when he’s using Gutenberg. Since he’s a brilliant coder, he’s able to build special elements in no time, so he’s struggled a bit with this “easier” way to build because he already knows how to easily build them, just with a different set of tools.
WordPress is released.
On New Years Eve, WordPress rolls out rich editing, image uploading and other improvements.
Global undo and an internal image editor are added to WordPress.
More focus is put on the mobile responsiveness.
The new block-based editor, Gutenberg, is released.
This is just a quick mock-up to give an example of what kind of blocks are out there, but it’s super cool, isn’t it?? No programming required, just plop in the block, add your content and style it with the colors and icons you want. That simple. (Thanks for the historical data, Wikipedia.)
WordPress is so extremely easy to use and intuitive. Everything’s built to make things as simple as possible for the end user. I always hear myself saying to our clients during their website training meetings, “WordPress really understands humans,” because it feels like with every release or update, they’ve added or updated something to further help avoid or even correct common mistakes we make. I love it.
And finally, I really love the community. I love the people behind WordPress as well as the people who support it and contribute to core in a way that enhances user and developer experience. We have the privilege of attending local and national WordCamps that cover a huge range of topics related to WordPress and web development, even online marketing. The people are incredibly smart and cool, not to mention the loot of giveaways we get from the vendors there! Man, it’s amazing.
As a designer, I can’t really describe why I love WordPress as much as I do. I’ve dabbled in more than a few content management systems and had to deal with onboarded sites that hadn’t been built in core WordPress, and every time, I find myself missing WP when I’m away from it. Even when it wasn’t the best (Early Gutenberg, you will not be missed), it was still easily manageable.
The User Interface is great and easily editable, and even Gutenberg has just grown leaps and bounds. And since it’s open source, so there’s literally an alternative option for almost everything. Got a problem? Someone’s probably already fixed it with a custom plugin. Or you can even fix it and let others know how to contribute back to the community. It’s like having a million family members all loving and complaining about the same restaurant in turns.
Even on its worst days, WordPress is still the clear choice in our minds for content management systems. If you haven’t considered WordPress for your platform, maybe it’s time….
Katie is a Designer & Content Developer at MayeCreate Design. Her responsibilities and experience include content development for websites and online marketing, blogging, general website maintenance, graphic design, ad campaign management, project management, office management, bookkeeping, and customer service. As a wife, mom, twin, seasoned karaoke singer and amateur rock climber, she’s seen the world from many perspectives and thrives to bring an open mind and clear vision to her position here at MayeCreate.
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