WordPress: Expectations vs Reality

The Expectations Vs Reality of WordPress Web Development. Websites dominate the digital world, and it has become a crucial tool for every developer, Blogger.

Why WordPress

So what makes WordPress so great? Everything: It’s extensible, customizable, it’s free and it’s good at keeping track of traffic. And that’s true. The biggest benefit of using WordPress for web design and development is its compatibility with all existing technologies. If you have a custom domain name, it’s already registered under WordPress. If you’re using Twitter, Google Analytics, Adwords, or you’re using WordPress without any plugins, you’re going to be able to add those to the site easily. It can’t be done with other platforms, and that’s pretty important. If you’re like me and you just set up your blog without any plan to grow it big or run advertising campaigns, then you may not need anything else besides the basics to get going. But that’s not the case for every web developer.

What is WordPress?

A blogging platform based on PHP and MySQL. It supports multiple themes and plugins. What are the issues? WordPress has been designed to run on several computers or even smartphones and tablets. So developers need a development server to ensure that their website works on each device. There is also the problem of speed. WordPress is quite slow and is not suitable for high traffic websites. How do you get started? The process of setting up WordPress is quite easy. All you need is the latest version of WordPress and access to a web server. For example, one web host I know has it installed on all of its web servers. As for the user end of the website, you need to download and install a theme. In addition to that, you need to learn the basics of WordPress programming.

The expectations of a typical WordPress website

WordPress is one of the most popular web-based blogging platforms, since the beginning of 2017 it has served over 35 billion page views. WordPress has become a natural part of the Web development process, and as long as a project is started properly it is an easy process. To some extent, it feels intuitive. Unfortunately, WordPress being a web-based blogging platform, it is still not as fast as its competition, and that may cause a problem when you are in a rush to develop a website.

Reality of a typical WordPress website

Websites are just ephemeral mediums, what we see as digital objects is just a complex combination of human cognitive functions, marketing, design, and creation. The term we usually use to represent the whole WordPress landscape is the World Wide Web (WWW), but in a more realistic perspective, we can call it Websites, Sites and Content that we see as manifestations of the Web-Stack. More often than not, we can call a single website or a single page (that shows up in your WordPress dashboard), as a “piece of art”. While the authors of the piece have provided us with a personalized and original work, in essence, it is the viewer who is required to take the final decision on what to see.

Final Thoughts

I believe that the key to a successful WP site is prioritization. Although the WordPress ecosystem has opened doors for all kinds of unique applications and plugins, it comes with a catch: the endless race to update or build new WordPress sites. This flood of new traffic and plugins usually create an inconsistent environment that doesn’t suit the requirements of a well-balanced blog. This is one of the key factors that prevents many WordPress websites from succeeding, and it has hampered my own website from becoming popular. It’s a constant battle to keep up with the applications that get released each month, and it has taken a toll on my time and the result of not prioritizing my blog development.

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