Why the mis-use of WordPress annoys me

Fairy Blog Mother builds websites with WordPressI’m not a person who usually gets on their high-horse to make a stand, but recently I have come across two instances involving WordPress that have made me angry.

I like to help people to succeed through advice so they travel down the most appropriate road. I don’t like placing barriers in the way to hinder their progress forward. Some people find technology confusing enough without anybody making it difficult for them. So why do some web developers (not designers, as their results show they obviously aren’t that breed) become so protective of their ‘work’ they destroy the very medium they are working with?

WordPress is an open source tool that is available for free to make blogs and websites using a content management system. It has been carefully constructed and designed during the past decade by some clever people in the US to make it as simple as possible to use. It is this simplicity as well as its effectiveness that has made it so popular, and the content management system in place is designed for anyone to edit and make changes wherever needed.

These two incidents I’m referring to consist of blogs that don’t allow their owners to make such changes. When they enter via WordPress’s CMS front doors into the Dashboard, they cannot see the content they wish to amend. The pages are either invisible through what I call ‘back door coding’, or the content within them is not available for editing.

WordPress’s language is .php, which is a usefully simple script that can easily be adapted. It seems to me that web-developers, with all their prior knowledge, like to flex their coding muscles to make their changes and put their ‘slant’ on a WordPress website. This is absolutely fine if a good job is done, but it is not fair if pages and other applications are created in ‘custom’ mode which is not visible via the front door CMS access.

I can’t understand why this CMS that is widely accepted by millions of users is ignored in this way. Is it beneath them to enter the website via the normal methods? CSS is readily available for coding changes, and by all means enter via a FTP browser application, but not to the detriment of the non-technical user.

The website’s owner must be able to make their own changes. If you don’t think they’re capable, then teach them how. It’s not difficult to learn WordPress’s CMS (that is why Fairy Blog Mother was created), especially with a bit of patience and understanding.

Any web developer who is ‘precious’ of their website construction ought to realise that this is detrimental to their continuing relationship with their client, who may resent having to fork out a large amount of money each time a typo needs correcting. They should be only offering professional help wherever it is valid and necessary, particularly if it could further the use of the website in the future.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.

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