On Lightweights and WordPress

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A lot of people see WordPress as the be all end all solution for anything you can put on the web, an application platform as you like. But, not everyone agrees with this point of view for various reasons. Chris Lema wrote nice article that, for me, puts opinions like that in perspective. He calls it “The invasion of Lightweights”:

It’s the invasion of the lightweights.
And last night some guy who writes code using Rails and CodeIgniter hears that some WordPress guy is suggesting that people may want to use WordPress as an application platform. Much like every programmer before him, he can’t see it. He’s a hard core programmer. He likes his hard core tools. And he looks at the tools that new programmers might use (in this case WordPress), and all he sees are lightweights.

So, what’s your opinion, is Chris spot on or is he just trying to justify argument that WordPress could indeed be seen as an application platform?

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6 responses to “On Lightweights and WordPress”

  1. Hassan Avatar

    WordPress is not an application framework. It’s a great tool to build blogs and even small websites, but that’s it. In fact, it misses lots of features that other CMSs had for ages, for example there’s no way to replace the default editor or change the admin theme without hacks. It has a long way to become a CMS.

    1. Samuel "Otto" Wood Avatar

      One man’s “hacks” are another man’s full time job.

      Code is code, regardless of your purity level.

    2. luzlol Avatar

      But u still can do it, what’s wrong about it? WordPress is as application framework as you can do PHP. Depends only on your goals.

  2. Hassan Avatar

    WordPress is not an application framework. It’s a great tool to build blogs and even small websites, but that’s it. In fact, it misses lots of features that other CMSs had for ages, for example there’s no way to replace the default editor or change the admin theme without hacks. It has a long way to become a CMS.

    1. Samuel "Otto" Wood Avatar

      One man’s “hacks” are another man’s full time job.

      Code is code, regardless of your purity level.

    2. luzlol Avatar

      But u still can do it, what’s wrong about it? WordPress is as application framework as you can do PHP. Depends only on your goals.

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