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By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
OK, before I get a ton of hate mail/comments from every WordPress lover out there, let’s get something straight. I use WordPress ALL THE TIME. I have no issues with it, in fact, I love using it. It makes life super easy, it makes building much faster than having to start from scratch, and I really enjoy it.
With that said, wtf is with all this WordPress community BS? I just finished reading an article by James Dalman, and while it’s truly a sad article and I have nothing respect for the man, he also linked a bunch of other posts with users addressing the WordPress community and not being happy with it. This has nothing to do with him, but more the “WordPress Community” as a whole and the fact that a lot of people see it as some holy grail.
I think I’m at a point where I’m just fed up with FANS of WordPress vs. actual doers. Let me make this clear, WordPress is nothing but a tool you use to make websites, that’s it. The community aspect is just a massive facade of people who just like WordPress, which means absolutely nothing in the real world.
WordPress powers a lot of the internet
74,652,825 sites out there are using WordPress. Around 50% of this figure (close to 37 million) is hosted on the free WordPress.com. In the realm of self-hosted sites, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all websites. (Reference)
These stats were from an article on 2014. So it most likely has grown since then. However, there are a few things that stand out from this statement.
- A significant amount of WordPress users has no idea what they’re doing. How do I know this? Because almost 37 million users (probably a lot more) use WordPress.com to maintain their site. An easy, DIY solution to work on WordPress. I know a lot of developers, and I don’t know anyone who works on WordPress through the .com site.
- WordPress self-hosted sites cover 18.9% of all sites on the web. That means there’s still 81.1% of websites THAT DON’T USE WORDPRESS! Why? Maybe because there are better solutions out there? Maybe some people just don’t see the value in it? Maybe because WordPress is not the end all be all for websites? There can be a ton of reasons, but the fact is, it’s only about 1/5 of all sites. Not a small number, but if I had a pizza pie with 5 slices, and only ate 1, there’s still plenty of pie left to feed my appetite.
Of this incredibly large number, how many do you think are actually involved in the WordPress community? I’m betting it’s an extremely tiny fraction.
What the hell is the WordPress Community Anyway?
Let’s define community.
Where the hell does WordPress, fit into this? I understand that you can have communities WITHIN WordPress. For instance, a WordPress Marketing Community, or a WordPress Development Community, but what exactly is a WordPress Community.
That’s like having a hammer community of people who just like hammers. WordPress is a tool. You can do lots of things with WordPress and the things that you do with it, will define your community.
If you’re standing around just saying “Oh, I’m part of the WordPress community,” what are you actually saying? You like WordPress, so what? WordPress is not an attitude, it’s definitely not a goal, and if you relate to a community who just has an interest in WordPress, then you’re a fan.
So when we reference the WordPress community, are we talking about just a bunch of fans of WordPress? If so, then, of course, there’s going to be conflict! Designers don’t have much in common with developers. Developers don’t have much in common with marketers. Marketers don’t have much in common with managers, and the list goes on.
How do you define yourself as a WordPress community? I work a lot with Beaver Builder, and I’d say I’m in that community because our common interest is to build websites easier. I was heavily involved in Genesis, that’s a community filled with Developers, I pulled back because I don’t develop as much, so I’m out of that community.
I use WordPress, but what do I have in common with someone else who uses WordPress but doesn’t have my similar interests, goals, or attitude? NOTHING!
WordPress is to Websites like Hammers are to Homes
It’s a tool; it’s a platform. There are a ton of other solutions out there, and even better solutions to handle specific situations then WordPress. Sure with a lot of hard work and elbow grease you can do whatever you want with WordPress, but that doesn’t make it the best solution.
There are plenty of other tools out there where the foundation IS WordPress, and they’re perfect for what they are, but when you step away from it, you’re also a lot more free to build and create without the confines of what WordPress gives.
Some solutions run within the WordPress environment like invoice plugins, CRM’s, etc., but at the same time, there are a lot more solutions that run outside of WordPress that are much more free to build how they want. It’s no secret that WordPress has had a slight problem with onboarding and usability, but when you step out of the realms of it, you can create and build from a blank template. That’s developer freedom!
Depending on your service or what you’re trying to do, the benefits or a blank template can out weigh starting with WordPress.
Users and Builders
As you saw in the previous statistic of WordPress sites, there are a WHOLE lot of users on the platform. Even my neighbor signed up for a WordPress site not having any idea of how it worked. She was a perfect example of a user.
WordPress is super easy to sign up for, just go to the site, and create an account and you’re done. People use WordPress, and become part of the “community” but have nothing in common with anyone else other than the fact that they use WordPress. These are the users. They technically have their own beginners community because they’re learning how to use the platform.
Then there are builders. Now if you’re a builder, you really need to think about this and ask yourself this question: What Am I In Business For?
Because when you answer that, I will guarantee you that the whole WordPress Community aspect will just fly out the window. Unless you’re working for WordPress, what the hell does the WordPress Community have anything to do with your business, aside probably trying to market to them you’re services.
In which case, you’re probably appealing to the marketers, or the developers, or the designers, or beginners! You’re appealing to someone specific, or a sub-community that just uses WordPress.
It’s way too general
To say your part of the WordPress community is just way too broad. There are so many pieces, and so many different variables of WordPress to be defined simply as a WordPress community.
If you think about it, are you even a part of the WordPress Community? If so, which part? And if the “WordPress Community” actually upset you in some way, again, WHICH PART?
Calling out the WordPress community is like me being a New Yorker calling out America. Or a NY city boy, calling out NY State over something that happened in Buffalo. It just doesn’t make sense.
So I probably pissed a bunch of people off, but you know what, this has to be said. This community talk is such petty BS. Are you in business? Are you a freelancer? Then do what works for you. That’s it.
Getting involved with like-minded individuals is a great way to build yourself. Getting involved with your audience is a great way to grow a business and really solve some problems. But if the only thing you have in common is a hammer, then you probably need to start searching a little deeper with what you’re actually doing.
To some up this entire article, too many people but this whole community thing on a pedestal when it’s really just a small piece or more so completely irrelevant to the big picture.
Update: I only posted this a few hours ago, and the responses are super mixed. But that’s to be expected. It’s like this, if you don’t get the point in what I’m trying to say with this article, then you’re either too caught up yourself, or you just haven’t gotten there yet.Post Views: 2,498
By Jonathan Perez — 5 years ago
A lot of people think that WordPress is just for making websites. Well I’d like to invite those people to start thinking outside the box. In my opinion, WordPress is much more than a site builder. It can be an amazing tool to work with that can help you accomplish a plethora of tasks.
In this post I’ll show you a few examples of how WordPress has turned mundane, time-consuming tasks, into easy to use and manageable systems. Read MorePost Views: 567