This is not Wordpress

Posted: February 14, 2017 14:59 | By: serge

Why I don't like WordPress...

I know, it's obvious for just about everyone... I need a blog, install WordPress and you are done... right? Not quite... We have all been there, done that... I just don't anymore when given the choice... why? Well... 

First, I would like to state that there is nothing wrong with WordPress ... so this is not a WordPress bashing post. However, there is nothing I hate more than starting a new WordPress installation.... Just dealing with the theme and plugin jungle is a special kind of pain, especially for a programmer as there is a lot of ugly code out there that you eventually have to take a leap of faith over... I don’t know about you but... for me that sucks big time. And by the time you remove all the useless stuff in the bloated theme you started with, you are left with some one of piece of code anyway...

It is also a very poor framework for creating web applications. It's a blog engine, everything is a post... and that does not always work. You can make it fit somewhat, but really, why bother. It often comes down to the rationale of just needing a thing or two on top of this great template... and here you go, it only gets ugly from there. From the view point of a tech startup, every second in WordPress is simply wasted time.

This blog is a Laravel app...

When I discovered Laravel, it was love at first sight... it's a thing of beauty... The code for this blog was an exercise in style for building apps with it. It gave me the opportunity of exploring not only Laravel but the ecosystem and the community around it. I also had the chance of discover VueJS... of which the front end is made... 

Now if I had started piddling around with WordPress, I would not have acquired this knowledge that is directly usable in a startup environment... This is what I mean by not wasting time with WordPress... because you inevitably end up wasting a lot of time adapting the bad templates and plugins to either fix or make them do what you want... ask me how I know... lol 

For those curious, I used the following... 

  • Laravel 5.3 (will be upgrading to 5.4 soon to take advantage of markup in mailables...)
  • Backpack in the back end. I like backpack a lot. It is a great stable back end framework with great CRUD tools.
  • Forge as the deployment... I do my own DevOps, but this is real smooth... So easy... worth the 15$/month...
  • Digital Ocean server... Them and Linode are my two go to hosting providers...
  • VueJS 2.0 in the front end... The commenting system is built with VueJS... 

As you can see... you don't need much to build a very functional platform of your own... 

  • My subscribers are mine...Not a plugin in Mail Chimp... my database, my emails... I can switch hosts easily, not stuck with templating and other provider specific stuff. 
  • My commenters... My comments... no one aggregates (like Discus) my stuff... all mine. No need to log in to a 3rd party.
  • My code base is pretty.... and I am adding to my own reusable code assets

So basically, what I am getting to here, is that I think it is better not to waste time on technology you can't leverage... this blog is 100% leveraged in both code base and knowledge...

I hate wasting time...


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Hi, my name is Serge Lachapelle, a nerdy entrepreneur from Montreal, Canada. I love tech, startups, business and freedom in general. I share my experiences here as I re-invent the way I work. Let's connect and create something cool...

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