Why WordPress? The User Perspective

Why WordPress - From the User Perspective

This week our Monday class release is Why WordPress? The User Perspective.

In this course, our WordPress trainer, Topher DeRosia, guides us through the thought process behind why a site developer should choose the WordPress CMS to build a site. This week he approaches the subject from the end-user perspective.

Sessions in the Why WordPress course

  • Introduction
  • The ease of adding posts and pages
  • Plugins
  • Themes
  • User Management
  • The WordPress Community
  • Quiz

Sample from the Why WordPress? The User Perspective

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Class and webinar details

Video Class

Webinar

Instructor

  • Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, in small companies and large corporations. His extensive open source experience includes WordPress, Joomla and Drupal and he really knows how to help you get the most out of the system you chose. Rod plays ice hockey a couple of times a week and rides his Goldwing motorcycle pretty much everywhere he can.

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Dan Knauss

In the spirit of constructive criticism, let me suggest these may not be quite the best reasons for “why WordPress.”
1. Every open source CMS comes with essentially the same freedoms, and most users will never exercise the freedoms that distinguish open source from proprietary software. Unfortunately this makes them think these freedoms aren’t very important. To those people I would stress that they need to realize how much they benefit from the people who do exercise those freedoms to make the WP core, plugins, themes, and services.
2. Being able to run in almost any server environment is a very two-edged sword. What this often means in practice is the new user getting just enough rope to hang themselves. A cheap shared server not optimized for WP and using obsolete versions of PHP may be really accessible to the widest possible users, but if at all possible they’d be better off with something more reliable, secure, and efficient — definitely if they value their site, it should show in what they pay for their hosting. I would say it’s more valuable that WP is easy to install, and with the better hosts it comes pre-installed because it’s the only application they exist to host. So let me add to your support for WPengine!
3. The age of an open source project is not nearly as important as the number of versions released in that time — especially over the last 6-12 months from the present. An established project that has frequent new releases may be the best combination of traits. Given WP’s frequent releases, their quality, and the ability to be make upgrades “automagically” without breaking things — and to do this for years — I would say the the unique selling proposition for WordPress from a user/owner perspective is its sustained quality and progressive improvement that still supports a low long-term cost of ownership since backward compatibility is also a priority.

steve

You’re on a roll at the moment with the great comments – thanks Dan!
We’ve got a follow-up course called Why WordPress – the Developers Perspective.
I’ll forward your comments to Topher and see if he can include some of your thoughts.

Rodolfo

Why WordPress…? I am a recent Drupal user and after watching the video the question I have is why Drupal…? 🙂

steve

We’re working on a similar class for Drupal?
Why Drupal? It does a better job than other platforms when it comes to handling sites with large amounts of complex data.

Dan Knauss

Because there’s usually one right way to do exactly what you want with Drupal, and if you are willing to listen, study, and dig you will learn what it is.
…As opposed to 100 bewildering ways to do approximately the same thing (plus the kitchen sink) that will cost you a lot of time and probably some money to learn 10 terrible, shameful, dirty, but surprisingly workable ways to do what you want, more or less.

Rodolfo

Hi Steve, can you share a link to the recording of this webinar? I don’t find it. Thks

steve

Sorry Rodolfo, we weren’t able to get a recording of this webinar. The video version of this class is the best we have.

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