I am writing this in response to this post. Start there and come back; I’ll wait!
So… What do you think? Things certainly don’t look too promising for WordPress, do they?
Or did you close the tab as soon as you saw the first lowercase p? The author certainly didn’t make things easy for himself: misspelled WordPress, told us how Static Site Generators are the future in a Medium post, mentioned his startup, a Static Site hosting company, in the middle of his post. But I’ll ask you to look past that.
I found that post very interesting. After all, I am already familiar with Static Site Generators since this very site ran on Jekyll a few years back. I also spent a few months on Ghost, mostly because I wanted to try the shiny new thing. Right now, I have to say I’m really interested in Mika’s project: generate a static site using Hugo, after pulling data from WordPress via the REST API.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, as they say.
Yet I always come back to WordPress. The fact that I work for the company behind WordPress.com certainly has a little something to do with it. There are always new things to dogfood! But that’s not what pushes me back to WordPress every single time.
I stick to WordPress for the little things.
- oEmbeds. Pasting iFrame codes sucks.
- Comments. I like them on my blog, and don’t want to give them away to a third party.
- Data portability. I own my data, and it’s all available in an easy to parse format.
- Since WordPress is so popular, I know there are exporters for just about everything.
- Speaking of data: I should also mention metadata. It’s also portable, extendable, there is a common standard, and it can be anything: Post Thumbnail, Geolocation, Post Format, Taxonomies,… I don’t have so use it all, but it’s there. It can also be linked, organized, queried in as many ways as you can imagine.
- Media Management. Generating multiple image sizes on upload, view all available images at once, sort them, search through them, attach them to a post, insert them in my post with relevant
srcsetdata (because performance matters).
- Gallery Management. You know what’s better than one image? Multiple images on a nice grid.
- Search: WordPress’ default search isn’t great, but it’s a basic feature every site must have. And we shouldn’t have to rely on a third party for that.
I could continue, but I don’t mean to build an exhaustive list. I know there are also bigger things that matter for everyone:
- Mobile Apps, because sometimes I want to share that image right now,
- Several editors,
- A great community,
- Plugins to extend all of the above.
In the end, I think this is where a lot of the new tools coming out these days fail: they miss out on on these little things.
Before you say it, I know: there are work-arounds, you can do all that with a bit of work. That’s my point. Until one of these tools starts to integrate these things out of the box, they won’t matter on the grand scheme of things. I am actually curious to see Ghost get there some day, because I think they’re going in the right direction. Now if only they worked on a proper editor…
That’s it for now. Let’s see where we stand in a couple of years!