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Is WordPress Killing Web Design?

It’s no secret that we are very fond of the WordPress platform here at Nicasio. We use WordPress on most of our web projects (unless of course another platform is a better fit for that particular project). Between the open source software from which allows anyone with minimal web knowledge to setup their own highly customizable blog/CMS and which allows anyone that signs up to create a new blog in minutes I have to ask – Is WordPress killing Web Design?

The answer is an emphatic No from me.

Yes, WordPress does allow people to easily create ‘cookie cutter’ websites, but so did basic CSS templates before that and Geocities/Tripod before that. There is always going to be a web based solution for quickly throwing a site up on the net.

Not only is WordPress not killing web design I think it’s actually helping it.

But how you say?

It’s allowing developers such as myself to focus on designing highly custom designs from scratch and adding custom functionality to websites which, up until a couple of years ago, was only found on the most complex, expensive sites on the net.

I can focus on building out the code for a client’s custom business logic rather than worrying about how the CMS component of the site is going to work.

The WordPress community is also driving innovation among plugin and theme developers. I’m always surprised at how far along plugin and theme functionality comes every 6 months. When I started working with WordPress over 2 years ago I would have never thought that the functionality I’m seeing today would have been possible in such a short amount of time.

So if you’re a designer or developer, relax. WordPress (or Joomla, Drupal, Movable Type, etc) is not killing custom design and development. It’s furthering it. This does mean that we as a community have to keep up with the demand for functionality and innovative designs to remain competitive though. No longer is a simple CMS with a contact form considered a ‘business’ site.

People are demanding more of custom projects. And that’s a good thing.

6 Responses to Is WordPress Killing Web Design?

  1. No not at all! It makes it much easier to make professional-looking blogs/websites without needing much technical know-how. Even though this seems destructive to the ones (like us) who design websites, but I always think that this type of change is good so ones can get into technology instead of sitting behind the fence.

  2. Is WordPress killing web design, or is lazy web design killing web design? WordPress is just a tool, no different than a pencil or paintbrush. Print designers imposing their preconceived idea of design onto the platform of the web hinders web design; lazy designers who don’t push WP hinders web design; not WordPress.

    The tool is indifferent. WP doesn’t make or break design anymore than a pencil makes or breaks a drawing. It’s the designer on the other end of the tool who’s responsible for that.


  3. It’s just much harder to customize WP, you have themes and things can be embeded but you don’t have as many natural features as a real website.

  4. I don’t think it kills webdesign, it makes it easier.

  5. The answer is an emphatic No from me.Yes, WordPress does allow people to easily create

  6. I deploy WordPress sites a couple of times per month nowadays. I used to build custom CMS sites and used Joomla too but clients like WordPress so that’s where it is. WordPress isn’t good for web applications so if I am doing something complex like that no way I’d do it in WordPress but out of every 20 sites I build, only one needs a real web app. WordPress is the beginning of the end of traditional web development. If you want to build stuff from scratch, try corporate phone apps.

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