What WordPress 4.7 Means For The Future Of Developing Websites
WordPress has been around for a long time and whilst it was initially the CMS of choice for most websites, it was gradually shunned by a lot of web developers for CMS systems like Magento and Drupal. This was largely due to the fact that WordPress was viewed as not being capable of providing the best eCommerce platform, whereas Magento and Drupal had been designed specifically for this. However, in recent years the tide has changed and WordPress has gone from being a blogger or brochure CMS to a sandbox CMS. WordPress 4.7 is the final development towards this sandbox platform, as it decouples the front-end and back-end of the site with its new API. As such, the CMS can now be considered a true sandbox web development platform, capable of being used for any type of site, no matter what the requirements are.
WordPress always benefitted from having a simple database structure that allowed you to easily pull in data from different sources which made it a favourite with web developers. It also benefitted from the fact that it had a very easy to use CMS interface, allowing non-developers to add content such as blog posts or new products to the site. However, what it failed at was scalability when there were thousands of products displayed. Various plugins tried to fix this and did so to some degree but there has always been this feeling that Magento was better for scalability as it didn’t rely on these plugins. However, these plugins are what made WordPress more versatile, to the point where an eCommerce business such as Ebay (the owner of Magento), uses WordPress for their blog sections. WordPress recently bought Woocommerce and the plugin is now moving towards being an equal to Magento. With Woocommerce being so fantastic at security and the advent of HTTPS and HTTP2 it means the security concerns of eCommerce WordPress plugins have now been removed. We can see how now Woocommerce is as secure as Magento.
So, what does all of this 4.7 stuff mean in terms of developing websites? You can now have sites built in multiple languages and language stacks. This means your back-end, which WordPress is fantastic for, can be built using WordPress coded in php and the front-end could be coded in ruby. This flexibility allows for dedicated front-end developers with one language stack and dedicated back-end developers with another language stack to be able to work together more easily and reduces the need to find full stack developers. Whilst knowledge of multiple language stacks is a good skill to have, project work is simpler and means agencies can hire developers with different language stacks. This means you can get better quality front-ends and back-ends built as the best people get to work together despite their different skills.
And, what does this mean to business owners and in-house ecommerce teams? It means that you’re going to get a better quality website, that’s got more capabilities and has the best of both worlds. This means you’ll get better front-end functionality and better back-end performance, all mashed into one website that looks superb, converts really well and functions pretty seamlessly. A better web experience is the goal of all of this and it’s exactly what your customers want. It also means that if you’ve worked with other agencies in the past, your new agency can better communicate with them as they’ll be able to work across language stacks. The result of this would be a considerable cost saving initiative if your front-end works fine but the back-end needs some work or vice-versa.
If you’re interested in upgrading your site to WordPress 4.7 and you’d like to ask a few questions or need some help with the process, please get in touch. Verb have updated many sites from one version of WordPress to another and we can advise on whether this is the best solution for you or if we should stick with the current version and just make some changes to the existing site.
If you’re thinking about having a site redesigned and rebuilt we can advise on the use of WordPress 4.7. WordPress 4.7 is still very new and so we’re waiting to see how the update works within the live market place. Whilst we’re excited about the update we always take a sensible wait and see approach with most updates where applicable.