Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

A Week Of WordPress

It’s been just over a week since I moved this site to WordPress. To be honest, I wish I had done it sooner. I’ve really enjoyed hacking on my theme and getting more familiar with the internals of WordPress.

I normally work with object-orientated PHP following the Model-View-Controller pattern, but the event driven nature of WordPress has made for a refreshing change. For all its naysayers, I actually enjoy coding in PHP, it’s easy to knock something together fairly quickly and it gets the job done, most of the time. For me, the added complexity of tools like Composer and Artisan kind of distract from the enjoyment of bashing on the keys to get something done.

With WordPress, I feel encouraged to hack, to mess about with stuff, break stuff, and make stuff. It’s a lot of fun, which is something I seem to miss when I’m working with CodeIgniter and Laravel.

For a long time (10+ years), I dismissed WordPress as just a blogging platform, I was wrong. WordPress is great for blogging, but it is also capable of much much more. I’ve only scratched the surface of WordPress development, but it has quickly become obvious that WordPress is actually a really good PHP framework, and it’s a lot of fun to play with, but I’ve said that already. I think those 10,000 hours are going to fly by.

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