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Discussion on: Wordpress Sucks. Let's Switch to Static Site Generators!

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Felippe Regazio • Edited

I agree that Wordpress Sucks nowadays. But i dont think static site generators can replace it yet. Wordpress sold and idea of freedom to customers. Even if its true or not, in a practical manner, they wont expect nothing less. With this in mind its just too hard to explain a static site generator for customers. What we can say when they ask "cool, so where is my dashboard?".

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Glenn Paquette Author

Your right if the clients are actually logging into the dashboard. Mine say they will but never do. I think it won't be hard to convince them to make the switch, and sell them on a low maintenance retainer for updates instead of server hosting.

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Felippe Regazio • Edited

yeah, you are totally right. customers are attached to that "sensation of freedom" (created by wordpress) which its also a trap. They wont/cannot/dont want to use it, even when this freedom actually exists (mostly i see devs tuning wordpress sites as manainers of a frankenstein). Its a freedom that customers dont use, but also dont want to let it go. Its paradoxical man S:

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Glenn Paquette Author

Thanks! You hit the nail on the head. Thats my biggest pet peeve, WordPress Frankensteins.

In an ideal world, customers would let me build them a static site for the info/ brochure need, and code a purpose built application for their business logic / e-commerce needs. This whole idea of franken-plugin WordPress to do everything is just a nightmare.

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Bayu Angora • Edited

Client should login to their dashboard mostly for update article purpose, not for updating core, themes, plugins, etc. Also, this is the big advantages about static site generator, because we don't have to worry about being hacked when we forget to click update. Fortunately, there are so many CMS such Forestry, Prismic, Contentful, etc. Just connect the static site to those CMS for client dashboard, and it's more than enough.

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Glenn Paquette Author

Great point! Thanks! :)

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