Why I Use WordPress (From a Developers View)


I wrote a post recently on Why I Use WordPress (From An End User’s View) where I spoke about the power of WordPress from the End Users view. In this post I’m focusing on why I use WordPress from a developers view.

First off, WordPress is drop-dead easy to get up and running. You install the software using the 5 minute set up or use something like Softaculous and you will be playing/working with it in no time. The platform has a very easy user interface that can be altered or customed by using custom post types and/or custom taxonomies. That means you can basically tweak it and bend it to your will in practically any way imaginable. WordPress itself is an ecosystem that has a thriving community.

The WordPress Codex is a great resource and a great place to start when needing to get an understanding on something while writing code. If you have an issue or want to ask a question or post some code then head over to the forums where you can most likely find an answer. Most likely someone has already asked the question that you need an answer to.

The Plugin repository is another incredible resource. As of this writing there are 25,877 plugins in the plugin repository. Granted, it is a bit of a buyer beware issue of finding a good plugin that has been updated and is being currently supported. If I'm looking for a plugin, I'll look to see when it was last updated and then look at the overall rating. The best tip-off is checking the support forums. Are questions being answered? If so, then you are most likely good to go.

But the nature of how the plugins work is something awesome in itself. With some development chops, you can create a plugin to do what ever you need to do yourself. I myself have been getting into more plugin development since that is where my interest has been lately. Of course, there are some great premium (paid) plugins out there to that are life savers.

Another great thing is that WordPress has some built in user roles so when I turn over the site to the client I can create a specific role for them so it's safer for them to use the site since we don't have to worry about them damaging anything. More than likely, they do not need access to things like installing plugins, the code editor, or changing the Permalinks. Some of these things can take down their site if they don't know what they are doing. But maybe they have users in their organization that needs access to the site but does not need to effect anyone but them. Maybe they are a guest blogger? We can make them an author and then not have to worry about them getting into things they shouldn't be into.

Overall, I've been focusing on WordPress exclusively for the past year because it answers so many questions/issues/concerns that I have when starting a new project. This has been a fun experience for me. If you develop, you may want to give WordPress a try for your next project. You won't regret it.

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Hey, I'm Jeff Freeman

A WordPress web developer from Peoria, IL who likes to travel, and enjoys coffee, craft beers, kung fu, biking and working on interesting projects.

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