I got into WordPress ten years ago. At the time, the choices for building a website were pretty limited.
You could use a WYSIWYG builder and upload it somewhere (cumbersome); you could use a website service (ad-supported, limited features, ugly); or you could use a CMS (complicated, but doable).
Out of all the CMSes out there, WordPress was the easiest to get started with. But it was never truly easy. It was just relatively easy compared to the other popular CMSes like Joomla and Drupal.
What does the future of WordPress look like?
A few weeks back I wrote a post about the future of WordPress being pulled in two directions.
On one hand, you have the DIY crowd served by services like Wix and Squarespace and GoCentral.
On the other hand, you have the web pro crowd who want a website development framework to build solutions for clients (or for themselves).
This morning, on my way to WordCamp Toronto 2017, my girlfriend raised a point about this. She asked if hanging my hat on WordPress — something that’s done well for me so far — was still a good idea.
“Why should a non-techie choose WordPress when there are options like Squarespace and Wix that are easier to use?”
If my True North is to help non-techie users get online, should I still be putting all of my eggs in the WordPress basket?
Spoiler: WordPress wasn’t my first choice.
I got into WordPress not because I wanted to write code, but because I wanted to build websites. I like to use existing tools to build functional solutions for myself, or for the people that I’m helping.
WordPress was my go-to for a long time, because for a long time, WordPress was the best choice.
But things have changed. Especially in the last few years.