Why do some developers hate WordPress – WP The Podcast EP 519


Get ready for your daily dose of WordPress
and web development tips, tricks, and insights to help you find success with WordPress. You’re listening to WP The Podcast with your
hosts, David Blackmon and Tim Strifler. Hey, everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast
brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. And I’m Tim Strifler. Today we’re going to talk about the subject
that comes up quite often when I talk with non WordPress developers, and it is why do
they hate WordPress, because if you’ve ever run across a true developer and you tell them
that, “Oh, yeah, I built websites with WordPress,” they kind of give you that look, that not
so impressed and oh you’re one of those guys kind of look. We thought we might discuss why is it. Why do true developers tend to dislike WordPress? Yeah, definitely. The first reason is because … It’s not because
of this, but because WordPress is open source and free, it can lead to poorly coded and
poorly maintained plugins. So WordPress itself isn’t bad. It’s what can often come with it. Again, developers don’t hate it because it’s
open source and free, but because of the fact that WordPress is open source and free it
can lead to some negative things like poorly coded and maintained plugins, which can make
websites vulnerable, can make them … really make the website slow down. So yeah, that’s a really big reason, is non
WordPress people will look at WordPress sites and be like, “Look at all this junk,” which
the junk isn’t necessarily WordPress itself, but some of the things I just mentioned, poorly
coded plugins. Yeah. And some of the other programming languages
are just a whole lot faster and better and newer. I don’t know if Tim suffers from this problem,
but I definitely suffer from shiny object syndrome. I’ll use my iPhones and stuff as an example. I have a perfectly good iPhone, but when a
new one comes out, man, I want to go and use it because it’s “better” whether it is or
whether it isn’t perceived value. And I think developers are like that. They see the latest and the greatest and the
new trends that are coming out and stuff, and they play with it and they find out it’s
super fantastic. Even if something like a WordPress can achieve
the same thing that the new thing does, it still … It’s just better. WordPress has been around for 15 plus years
and it’s … Most of the internet’s built on it. And you definitely cannot do as much with
it as you can with some of the other newer programming languages that are out there. It’s a little bit slower than these other
platforms and stuff, and from a developer, at least from the ones that I’ve spoken with,
speed is super important to them. WordPress sites can be slow due to the … one
of the reasons like Tim said, due to the above poorly managed websites and poor hosting. Yeah, it’s just different technology, old,
and even though it still works. Yeah. And WordPress, they are starting to slowly
get away from PHP. There always will be PHP involved with WordPress. They’d have to basically start over from scratch,
which when you have 35% of the internet on WordPress that ain’t going to happen. But with Gutenberg for example being built
on React, they are starting to not be so heavily reliant on PHP, which is a good thing, so
they can kind of keep the stability of what they already have and start bringing in new
modern coding languages, coding frameworks like React which is a browser-based JavaScript
language. I’m going to throw out a funny here. Tim and I were joking to kind of wrap up this
episode why do some developers hate WordPress, and my answer is always because they hate
money. Business owners and do-it-yourselfers love
WordPress because it’s something that they can manage and handle. And true developers and stuff, they can work
in any, any platform and it doesn’t really bother them. Where is the money tend to be? The money’s going to be with the do-it-yourselfers
and the small business owners who want to manage their own stuff. I jokingly always say that they hate WordPress
because they just hate money. Yeah, I have friends that are college educated,
top schools, computer science, they’re full on program or coders and they kind of have
that stigma against WordPress. But I tell them, “Hey, you come, and you,
with your skill set start creating some plugins, some products for WordPress, you’ll kill it
because you’re really good and you know your stuff and the market is huge,” and there’s
a market full of people that they want, the latest and greatest plugins and stuff like
that. Like David said, they hate money because if
they were … I want to say bite the bullet, but it’s not like WordPress is anything painful. But if they just get rid of that stigma, then
there’s huge opportunities in WordPress as David and I in our companies have experienced. Absolutely. Tomorrow we’ve got another great topic, the
must have plugins for every WordPress website for 2019. Tim, until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. Take care. Bye-bye. We’ve come to the end of today’s episode of
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