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    Senior Member breno's Avatar
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    From static to dynamic

    Hi guys,
    I'm after a bit of advice about a question that has plagued my mind for a while.
    I like designing and building from scratch and I find where I fall down is getting it into a CMS, I don't know any PHP so I'm wondering what my options are, I've previously successfully used MODx as it doesn't require knowledge of PHP but I find it quite lacking in features compared to the likes of WP or Joomla so i'm wondering what my options are.

    How much PHP do I really need to know to get a site onto WP? Would the basics be enough?
    Do I really need to know PHP to get a site onto Joomla or WP?
    What other good options for a CMS is there for a person in my position?
    Is it worth just out-sourcing the converting of a website?

    I'm expecting the answers to be don't be lazy and learn PHP lol but ey, i wanna just put it out there anyway.
    I've seen lots of tutorials on getting a site onto WP but I don't really know if what's taught is enough in the long term - regarding security etc. or what not.

    Anyway, thanks in advance for reading.

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    Senior Member Ronald Roe's Avatar
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    You don't need to learn PHP to get a site going int WP or Joomla, you'll just limit your customization options. I worked very briefly with a media agency that did WP sites and required all of the work I did to use the Divi theme. It's all drag and drop. I made 4 sites for them and wrote 2 or 3 lines of PHP the whole time. It was miserable for me and I hated it because I'm a code guy, but it worked, and their clients seemed to be good with it.

    PHP isn't hard. If you know JavaScript, you can pick up PHP very quickly. They're very similar syntactically.
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    You don't need to know any PHP at all to get a site onto WP, depending on what you're building. You don't even need to know HTML or CSS. WP is basically a CMS for newbies and idiot designer wannabes; the more skilled you become, the more useless it becomes in turn.

    As far as security is concerned, that really depends on what you're doing. If you're doing something like say putting up pages and blog posts, you're fine...although you'll probably need a security plugin such as Wordfence because WordPress is a piece of Swiss cheese out of the proverbial box when it comes to security. If you're doing something such as say e-commerce...well, you're already out of the realm of what WordPress is really capable of (yes, I know WooCommerce exists...so does The Big Bang Theory, and they both should be put out of our misery as soon as possible.)

    As far as "what not"...that depends on your "what not".

    I've used Joomla a bit and don't mind it. Mind you, I haven't done all that much with it and it still suffers from the "it takes 10 times as long to do anything as it would to code it from scratch" problem.
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    I'm also use DIVI themes and divi builder. Almost 90% is drag and drop work. Other works is css if you need some special visual customization and some times a bit PHP

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    Senior Member breno's Avatar
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Might I clarify I'm wanting to get my static sites into a CMS for thinking ahead to have clients update pages/content themselves. Or if a site needs new pages or updating, it's a lot easier through a CMS...I presume.

    Oh and I'm not interested in drag n drop crap lol


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