This video is designed to help you break into development arenas that CMSs may have been shielding you from.
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This video is called “help me, I’m stuck in WordPress world.” Now a few things I should point out right away.
First of all, you can subsitute any CMS in for WordPress – Drupal, CraftCMS, and so on.
This video is for developers who find themselves stuck in the deadzome of being proficient in a CMS, but feel much less capable outside of one.
I personally was stuck here for at least 5 years and I personally know many, many dozens of developers who are stuck here now.
So it is very real.
Secondly, I have to mention that there is nothing inherently wrong with WordPress, Drupal, or any CMS.
They serve a very important purpose and many top-notch companies need and use them.
The problem many developers experience is that when they’re learning web development, a CMS helps them get very far very fast through templates and plugins.
After a while of developing in a templates-and-plugins world, developers often find themselves in a dead end.
They’ve been shielded from many aspects of development and can’t break out of where they are.
How Do I Know This is me?:
If any or all of these apply to you:
– “you’re comfortable creating sites in a CMS, but uncomfortable creating sites outside of a CMS”
– “you think in terms of hacking/tweaking existing things instead of building new things – e.g. find a calendar plugin and tweak it fit to your needs, find a template and tweak a template, etc”
– “when asked to build a backend feature – like a login, a calendar, an email form, social network type of feature – you only know how to do it with plugins”
– “if you were asked to make an app like pinterest, facebook, twitter, without a CMS, you’d have no clue where to begin”
– “you don’t actually know how a CMS works and what it’s doing behind the scenes – you have no idea how to begin to build the CMS you’re using”
If this is you, do not feel bad:
– Just be aware of the fact that SO MUCH of the development community know the answers to the questions above…and you should too.
– ONE EXCEPTION you consider yourself and want to consider yourself a designer. Your true passion is look/feel, you have no desire to learn development and
intentionally stop at HTML/CSS/Maybe-lightweight-JS like jQuery.
– In saying that, when I was stuck for those 5 years, I told myself that it was because I was “a designer”, when the truth was, all I knew how to be was a designer.
I didn’t know that I absolutely loved development, because I had never learned it. I was in a box and never knew that I was. Many developers I know were there as well.