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At Oomph, we’re very proud when we can contribute something to the WordPress community, which continues to give us so much. We recently discovered that our very own Steven Word, an Oomph developer, is featured on WordPress.tv for his Boston PHP Meetup talk on, “Why PHP Developers Should Leverage WordPress.” You can find the video here, but if you don’t have an hour to spare, here are 5 reasons why Steven thinks PHP developers should leverage WordPress:
1. It plays well with others.
2. It comes with a following.
The WordPress community is huge, friendly, and always there to help. In addition to offering intensive support, the community keeps in touch with regular meetups and events (e.g. WordCamp Boston!). This ensures that your questions can be answered quickly, any bugs within WordPress are quickly fixed, and that platform is always on the cutting-edge, not left to stagnate due to lack of development.
3. It saves you time.
In WordPress, the framework for many common tasks is already in place–such as tools for user management, allowing you to create and manage user accounts. This, and similar frameworks, eliminates tedious, time-consuming work and leaves you free to do the fun stuff!
4. It’s not just for blogs.
One common misconception about WordPress is that it is just a blogging platform. In reality, it has many applications, only one of which is the blog; it can also act as an app engine, a CMS for projects, an ecommerce solution, and more.
In his talk, Steven likened this diverse capability to a Legos set; it may come with a guideline of what you can make, but that doesn’t mean you can only build that thing. WordPress’ diverse functionality can be seen all over the web—For example, HappyTables is an English company that uses WordPress as a service, using it as a simple website builder specifically for restaurant owners.
5. It pays well.
In 2013, there were 46+ million new downloads of WordPress, and the plug-in directory grew
to over 26,000; that means there are millions of WordPress users eager to customize their platform. There is always room for developers in this community, and the platform’s growing popularity ensures its longevity.
watch the full list of reasons here, and click here to tweet and congratulate Steven on an excellent talk!
I have to admit I have been hanging on to Firefox like an old security blanket. My new colleagues here at Oomph were trying to pressure me into making the switch over to Chrome for some time. So last week, I felt enough pressure to conduct a little experiment. I tested Chrome vs. Firefox on the biggest data hog of a website I knew, Nike Running. I had just run the Boston Marathon a few weeks back and recorded the whole run with my Nike+ Sports watch. Nike’s site allows you to watch a video of your run on their website. So I opened two browsers and sent Chrome and Firefox off to the races.
Back in November, I presented a talk at the Boston WordPress Meetup entitled Caching, Scaling, and What I’ve Learned Programming for WordPress.com VIP. Our experience with WordPress.com VIP provides unique insight into what it takes to operate high-traffic WordPress sites, but what we’ve learned is also applicable to WordPress-powered sites in general.