Published on September 18, 2017 by LearnCode.academy

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.

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Tianni Myers
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Tianni Myers
1 day 13 hours ago

Thank god when I started learning WordPress, I quickly realized that it was like a jQuery but for PHP and dropped it and PHP all together and picked up Python. I love how you can run Py code anywhere(online and off). I love how you can teach Python to a 4th grade and turn around and give it to professionals to program Ai and ML. If you want to be a programmer and not just a cookie cutter developer I’d run from WP if I were you. The short term cash isn’t worth it in the long run.

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TechStacker
19 days 13 hours ago
I started out designing WordPress themes with HTML and CSS — but I felt so limited by having to use a plugin everytime I needed a simple dynamic feature. There’s a huge performance component to creating great user experiences, and a lot of WP plugins slow down your website, and of often increase security risk as well. Not good if you want to attract lucrative clients.My opportunities truly started taking off when I started learning the full stack. The insight and the perspective you get is invaluable. It has made communication with other developers so much smoother, and not to… Read more »
Ahmad Aziz
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Ahmad Aziz
1 month 19 hours ago

Yas, i am out now

Brian Weston
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Brian Weston
1 month 13 days ago

I'm feeling like I'm stuck in a very similar place right now. I work in a custom-built PHP 5 CMS, and find myself only really able to edit the existing code found there. This means I only work with the code that my boss or his predecessors (very small company) have built, and so I have a really hard time building anything from scratch. I've dabbled in Laravel and have tried to improve our jQuery with some object literals, but still haven't even managed to finish a personal resume site or any other side project.

Cristian Cabrera
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Cristian Cabrera
2 months 27 days ago

Love your videos!! What do you think about Ruby and Rails? On the backend side of things, Kubernetes?

Cristian Cabrera
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Cristian Cabrera
2 months 28 days ago

Love your videos!! What do you think about Ruby and Rails? On the backend side of things, Kubernetes?

Hassan Ibrahim
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Hassan Ibrahim
3 months 1 hour ago

is it better to build everything from scratch or use a framework like lavarel for php developer?because i don't thing there is any difference between using a CMS and a framework

Hassan Ibrahim
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Hassan Ibrahim
3 months 8 hours ago

is it better to build everything from scratch or use a framework like lavarel for php developer?because i don't thing there is any difference between using a CMS and a framework

jintal
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jintal
3 months 17 days ago
I'm quite the opposite right now. I've created a lot of premium WordPress plugins and a few in the .org directory. For clients, I consciously have to nudge myself to tweak/hack into other plugins to quickly get more functionality in.Here's a video idea: The more important problem for me is that since I'm pretty comfortable with WordPress and its inner workings, it's harder now for me to grasp the newer tech such as React, Flux, Redux, etc (your video series has helped me a lot on this). It's especially hard to tinker around and find out how to combine those… Read more »
jintal
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jintal
3 months 17 days ago
I'm quite the opposite right now. I've created a lot of premium WordPress plugins and a few in the .org directory. For clients, I consciously have to nudge myself to tweak/hack into other plugins to quickly get more functionality in.Here's a video idea: The more important problem for me is that since I'm pretty comfortable with WordPress and its inner workings, it's harder now for me to grasp the newer tech such as React, Flux, Redux, etc (your video series has helped me a lot on this). It's especially hard to tinker around and find out how to combine those… Read more »
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