Continuing the discussion from Most common wordpress applications in the client world?:
This started off as a standard reply to the original message, but I’ve decided to fork it into it’s own thread.
I think that, short of using WordPress for a blog (and even then I’m not sure) I’d say avoid it! Instead, take a look at one or more of the following - each of which I’ve had at least a passing encounter with, feature within their own niche, and are listed in no particular order:
Which is the best? That’s impossible to say, because they all do different things in different ways, for different purposes.
For example, my site Fight Club Monkey used to be a WordPress site, but I’ve since rebuilt it using Middleman - this is because I’m the only person that will be updating it (so no need for an actual CMS per se), and because the ambition of keeping up to date blog posts on it was too unrealistic, so I ripped out the blog entirely, and went for a single page thing (you could argue that even Middleman is overkill for a single page site - and I’d probably agree with you).
I also plan on moving my site Lime Blast away from Wordpress, although as this is an active (Cough) blog, I’ll instead build it using something like Ghost (less likely) or Jekyll (more likely).
What I’m trying to say is, don’t limit yourself to one piece of software, Diversify your portfolio, and gain experience in a number of platforms, and when you do get new projects, you’ll be better informed as to what might work best for it.
Another reason why to not use Wordpress is that your clients won’t understand how it works. I’ve spent more time teaching clients how to use Wordpress than I’ve spent building wordpress themes. Contract this with the interface of something like Perch (which isn’t free, but totally worth the £50 asking price - wow, it’s gone up, but still worth it), and I don’t even need to teach my clients how to use it, because it’s so much easier for them to understand.
Will this list save you from using Wordpress? I doubt it. You’re going to have clients and bosses that demand you use it (mainly because they’ve heard of it) and ignore your advice to go for something better (such as one of the above). But please, for any project you can, stop and think, and wonder to yourself “Is Wordpress really the best platform for this site?”, and when you realise that it isn’t, pop back here.
(PS, if anyone even thinks about mentioning the words “e-commerce” and “Wordpress” in the same sentence, I will hunt them down and sit on them until they reconsider their position!)