This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first ever WordCamp. I’ve always been a framework developer and always looked at WordPress as just something to use for blogging. Maybe is this is because its how I have always used WordPress or maybe its because that is how I first saw WordPress. I couldn’t have you a good concrete reason. Either way you slice it, after attending WordCamp at the University of St Thomas campus, the presenters have opened my eyes to a number of different ways that everyone can benefit from using it.
Now I won’t say that when I start a new project WordPress will become my go to item. I have to believe in my heart that I will always be a framework developer mainly because that is what my “up bringing” was. I am though going to be paying a lot more attention to that community. They are doing some wonderful things that I didn’t know where possible with WordPress.
The last thing that I got out of the WordCamp might be the most important one out of all of it. I have been looking to redesign the Midwest PHP site and also get away from Concrete 5, mainly because the folder structure confuses the hell out of me and it just doesn’t make any sense, to something different. I considered using the SunshinePHP modules that Adam Culp created. The only problem I had with possibly going that route is I would have to upload a new file any time I made a change. Going the CMS route really makes sense in my head. Jeremey Ward was also at WordCamp and we both agreed and had a great conversation that WordPress is the way we want to go with the new site for Midwest PHP 2015.
I’m looking forward to how I can push the limits on WordPress and also what I can do with it. Since I have been a professional php developer I have always used a framework to build everything and to use WordPress instead will be challenge, but I can’t wait to get started.