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Posted on: 19 August 2017
There’s probably thousands of posts and articles extolling the virtues of Wordpress and why it’s simply the best thing you’ll ever do for your business. Unfortunately though, these articles and posts tend to be written by folk who want to sell you a Wordpress site… and they don’t always have your best interests at heart when they tell you you need one.
Wordpress development done properly is great but the amount of developers actually doing it properly are getting few and far between.
When developed for at it’s absolute best, Wordpress is an excellent platform for building a fantastic content managed site… most will charge you through the nose for that, but are they actually doing what they claim?
Judging by the displeased clients who occasionally come my way having already (or just) got a Wordpress site, they’re either not happy with it or the developer doesn’t want to know about fixing it… the percentage of developers doing a ‘quick’ job is getting higher every year.
Install Wordpress, buy and install a theme, tweak it for your client’s requirements? Really?!?
Sounds a tad easy doesn’t it? There’s a growing number of Wordpress developers who ‘churn out’ sites at a fast rate by letting someone else do the hard work for them, by buying a pre-made theme and simply ‘tweaking’ said theme to fit your business and branding. It’s quick, dirty and allows them to get a site done quickly whilst putting in the minimum time and effort. Though you won’t be charged for the minimum time… you’ll pay through the nose for their cut corners.
Meet Lisa (not her real name)
Lisa came to me after being twarted trying to get her website finished by the (fairly big) Sheffield (and London) based web development agency she commissioned to build it. We’ll not go into the ethics of charging someone for a site that wasn’t finished to a client’s satisfaction and save that for another time.
I downloaded a copy of her site to my server to take a look and make the edits she requested and this is what I found;
The above five points would also seem to indicate why the developers themselves were unable to make the edits the client requested and kept Lisa hanging on for 3 months finally refunding her and washed their hands of the whole affair.
In addition to this content the developers had added to the site for the client were actually causing the layout to break on mobile and tablet devices, not great at all.
£800 for half a job and a site that doesn’t work the way you want it to and a developer who won’t fix it? Doesn’t sound right to me. Still want that Wordpress site you’re being pitched now?
I’ll build you a Wordpress site if you really want, but the alternatives are usually better, give a more professional result and can do everything Wordpress can do and more. Don’t get me wrong Wordpress is still a great piece of software if used professionally and many 1000s of people worldwide use it and develop for it incredibly well. I have no beef with Wordpress… just some of the unscrupulous folk who develop for it.
My process always runs like this:
I find the above process works incredibly well and any client who sees a fully working site first instead of visuals (either flat image files or coded individual page visuals) should be suspicious of which corners their developers are cutting in order to get to this stage. Any agency who delivers the “Install Wordpress > Install Theme > Tweak” workflow will miss some or all of the above steps. They’ll save time… but the client will ultimately lose some/all creative input on the design process.
Don’t get something sold to you… expect better.