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    Let This Be a Lesson To You

    We've recently gotten a new business management client that had a Wordpress website in place and wanted us to also build him a new website. The site was old looking and everything on it was way way out of date.

    He had hired a web design company to build it for him several years ago including paying them management fees to keep it updated, etc. It was also a theme they had built, not responsive and all their clients had this same theme.

    This morning when we got into his Dashboard here is what we found.

    It was running on Wordpress version 3.9.14. Wordpress is now on version 4.6.1

    The site had 725 spam emails waiting to be approved.

    The plugins had never been updated and some had disappeared from Wordpress and the plugin developers had disappeared also.

    Always keep your Wordpress site updated

    Always use reputable theme designers and plugin developers.
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    These are a few of the many reasons I do not and will not use WP unless someone holds a gun to my head.

    1) I'm relying on someone else's code and that developer's ability to update it (most developers aren't really developers).
    2) Themes. I just can't do themes. Partly for the reason listed above, and partly for the lack of originality.
    3) Someone has to update it constantly, along with any and all plugins. I've lost entire Saturdays doing things like that for clients. Waste of my time and other people's money.

    Learn to code yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    2) Themes. I just can't do themes. Partly for the reason listed above, and partly for the lack of originality.
    This is only true if you don't scratch build. I've scratch built many a theme, and they're as original as I want them to be. Wordpress' theme API may not be perfect, but it is pretty powerful. You can build damn near anything you like, and if that doesn't work for you, you can build whatever you want and just use the API to spit out data.

    The problem comes in where:

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    (most developers aren't really developers).
    Especially where themes are concerned.
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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    That's fair. If you scratch build a theme, that's your work. You're still coding it yourself, though, and you're not necessarily married to WP in order to use it. You may not be able to use the PHP functions depending on what it is that you've done, but you can at least use the HTML/CSS portions of it and then adapt it to whatever language/framework/CMS you're using from there.
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