WordPress – why does everyone want to use it? Part 2
A few days ago I began writing a mini series on WordPress. You can read part one here.
So…to carry on.
The next thing I’m going to question is this:
content-management system based on PHP and MySQL
Now I did say you could disregard the technical terms, temporarily at least, but bear with me here, I’ll try and keep my point rather high level. Say you install WordPress. You pick a theme, and install that through the automated method. At this point in time, you have a functioning blog, with not a lot of explanation of how it got there. That means you’re relying on someone else, to have got there. Has that person done things to your standard? How do you ACTUALLY know everything is hunky dory? The truth is, you don’t. And without spending a lot of time learning about something that you probably have no interest in, the chances are you never will. You could say the same things about your computer and the software it runs, but the fact of the matter is, there is a very high chance that the software on your computer isn’t open source. It’s closed off to the public and only a specific set of people are allowed to modify and update it. So let me put it this way again:
Are you actually content knowing that literally anyone can contribute, modify and delete components of the WordPress system? Components that you have no understanding of (for good reason)?
In reality, many people are, and that’s fine. It’s the reliance on something so unknown that unnerves me. I would want to know that the system I was using as an alternative to bespoke web design or any kind of professional website design for that matter, was created by someone with credibility.
And that is where it becomes time to really question what people are doing with a blogging platform. WordPress is a quick solution to a website for the majority of users. But at heart, it’s still a blogging platform that’s been morphed into something that it, technically, isn’t, it just shares some features with the real McCoy and makes the basics easier (n.b. not necessarily easy though, I for example, think WordPress really is not that intuitive, the sheer amount of choice is confusing).
So what are my final thoughts? Sure, use WordPress. But only if you want a blog that isn’t too serious. Anything else deserves a proper website rather than a mutant content management system that makes what should be oh-so-simple into a degree level web security exercise, with ethical questions on which programmers from which famously corrupt subcontinent should be able to deconstruct the password encryption mechanism of the whole platform.