Building WordPress Websites in 2017

Written February 14, 2017 by Jeromy Condon

I’ve been building custom websites using the WordPress platform here in the South Sound since version 2.5 back in 2008.  After 9 years and several major releases, the WordPress software continues to evolve and mature as one of the most effective platforms for building any website from small to large in scale.  One of the biggest tenets of WordPress has always been its ease of use for client administrators, but from my programmatic perspective, one of the biggest advantages of using WordPress for website development has been its flexible API and robust collaborative community.  Being open-source and available to developers everywhere has really allowed WordPress to solidify its position as the top content management system to use in 2017.

Simple enough to keep clean and tidy, yet robust enough to power large websites.

Programming websites with WordPress for many years has really allowed me to understand the nitty gritty of the software and its capabilities.  I’ve learned how to keep the website codebase lean to improve performance.  I’ve incorporated my own scripts and plugins into the development process to reduce reliance on heavy, bloated, pre-built plugin systems.  The ease with which you can create custom themes from scratch has really opened up possibilities for exploring cutting edge techniques and coding strategies as well.  I feel very fortunate to be an active part of the WordPress community.

WordPress: A platform for serious Web Development

I have yet to find a website structure that WordPress could not accommodate.  I’ve used WordPress to create everything from single page websites to custom web applications all the way up to full blown ecommerce platforms with hundreds, even thousands of pages. That’s the kind of flexibility a developer really cherishes in a platform.  Simple enough to keep clean and tidy, yet robust enough to power large websites.

WordPress isn’t without its competition though. Hosted platforms such as Wix and Squarespace feature semi-intuitive page builders and tout themselves as being simple for anyone to create a website.  I still firmly believe that just like putting a roof on your home or having your crawl space cleaned, your best bet is to go with a professional website building agency.  The difference between confidently building your web presence and simply bumbling through it could be the difference between the success or failure of your venture.