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WordPress: A Love-Hate Relationship

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Pick a topic out of thin air – say hot beverages – and it’s guaranteed that everyone has an opinion on that topic. Some people are ardent coffee drinkers. Other people are strong tea lovers. And others don’t really have strong feelings about either one. Contrarily, web developers always have strong opinions about what they do and how they do it. And for every developer who has their reasons for loving a particular tool or framework, there’s always another developer out there who vehemently hates the same tool or framework for the same reasons the developer loves it.

It isn’t really about what YOU like

DeveloperThis love-hate relationship has never been more apparent than it is with the platform WordPress. As a blogging tool or content management system, developers from all walks of life either love it or hate it, and often for the exact same reasons. But this isn’t an analysis or review of the code and what is good or bad about it. Because honestly, the folks who code for a living are just one part of this equation. And while developers can have difficulty putting the technical aspects of WordPress aside, it is worth reviewing to understand the functional aspects of it. For instance, a developer may have to install WordPress and set it up and get it working, but that doesn’t mean they will be responsible for maintaining the website. Often that is the developer’s customer – the owner (or other staff members) of the business that the website is for.

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It is really about what THEY need

ClientWhen looking at WHAT it does, and not HOW it does it, it’s surprising to discover that the people who just use WordPress are often its biggest fans. From its clean and easy to use dashboard, users can easily add pages or posts to their website, and even add images and links in their content. A lot of WordPress users LIKE the control that the interface gives them, and they’re happy to take a more active and hands-on approach to managing their website. And as the site’s administrator, they also have a great deal of control over all the users of the site, and what each user is allowed to do and see.

There will always be those who still go against it, but for many, WordPress empowers individuals to truly control and manage their content which ultimately allows them to control their brand entity as a whole. Now what’s to hate about that?

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About The Author

Edd Twilbeck
Edd Twilbeck is Senior Web Developer at Marketing In Color. Websites and web applications are Edd’s realm, so he takes the lead on web projects from scope layout through specification and timeline development to completion and delivery. Edd has more than twelve years experience in web design and development, using PHP, CSS, Javascript, content management systems, and development frameworks.
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