Coen Jacobs on Using The Right Tool For The Job

Coen Jacobs, who works as a backend developer, published a short video explaining why he doesn’t work with WordPress full-time anymore. It’s not that he doesn’t like the project but rather, he’s gained a fresh perspective since stepping outside of the WordPress bubble.

WordPress used to be the holy grail for me, I made everything with WordPress, even things that weren’t really suitable to be built on WordPress. I was an absolute fanboy who used WordPress for everything.

WordPress isn’t going away anytime soon but it’s a risky move to place all your eggs in one basket.

Instead of using WordPress for everything, he’s now using the best framework or tool for the job. I think this is a key lesson that a lot of WordPress developers need to be reminded of from time to time. WordPress is capable of handling a lot of different types of websites but it’s not suitable for every project. Use the right tool for the job.


6 responses to “Coen Jacobs on Using The Right Tool For The Job”

  1. I definitely recommend every WordPress developer step out and learn other technologies. Get familiar with other programming languages, cloud services such as AWS, etc. It will make you a better WordPress developer and it’s good to get outside of the “echo chamber” that is the WordPress community.

    That being said, WordPress isn’t the end all be all. But it is definitely good for a wide variety of things. But I wouldn’t necessarily say build every type of application on top of it.

    From a product development standpoint the biggest strengths is it’s ecosystem and the size of it’s user base. Even if your product is a SaaS service that is platform agnostic, providing a WordPress plugin and marketing to the WordPress community gives you a very large targeted audience to go after. Much easier than just targeting everyone.

    But definitely get out of the WordPress bubble on a regular basis. You’ll be a better developer by doing so. The WordPress way of doing something is most definitely NOT always the only way OR the right way to do something.

    • I knew you would leave a comment on this article. In fact, I thought of all the responses and conversations you’ve been involved in over the years concerning WordPress developers and Developers. One does not equal the other, I tried to find a link to a past discussion but failed to find one. I think it was a different website which brought up the idea of being a WordPress developer doesn’t make you A Developer.

      For example, when RocketGenius is hiring a developer, are you not looking for people outside of the WordPress bubble versus those within?

      • We don’t necessarily only hire outside the WordPress bubble, but we certainly look outside of the “echo chamber” of the more well known WordPress development community. We also prefer that the developers we hire have experience outside of WordPress/PHP. Most of our developers have backgrounds in enterprise software development.

  2. On using the right tool for the job: I’ve been increasingly getting back into building sites in plain html/css/javascript (1990s style Lol) lately as oppose to using WordPress — you arguably can’t beat WordPress if you’re after a full-blown blog (as opposed to just a super simple honed down Ghost-type blog), but when it comes to other type sites (especially simple company showcase-type sites), I’m increasingly asking myself “is WP really the best solution?” – and 7/10, it perhaps isn’t.

    • I think the issue I and many other WP people run into is getting known for making WP sites. And along with that, the promise of “you’ll be able to edit nearly EVERYTHING on the site without code”. Now I don’t develop themes like on Themeforest, I build one-off themes for agencies that cater to small and large businesses. So it basically becomes a one-off site with the ability to edit everything via WordPress.

      It’s true that we could probably get things done quicker doing straight HTML and CSS, although I’ve found that having even that little bit of automation is helpful. I think that’s why things like Jekyll and flat-file CMS’ have become so popular. Don’t need something as large and feature-full as WP, but then again, if you want to change your main navigation, who wants to go through every .html file in the site and update that header section?

  3. MVC frameworks is giving developers a fresh breath to build web application with standard faster than ever and to have more control of their apps I think.


Subscribe Via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: