A Little Encouragement Goes A Long Way

I haven’t had much time lately and I need to catch up with things I like to talk about. One of those things is the way people help each other in life. Having taken a more critical approach to my reviews of ClassicPress (the project), I want to take a little blog space for pointing something out that a lot of website builders may not see much of.

When trouble arrives on the doorstep of a website, many of the people who work on websites really don’t know what to do if there’s a need for someone to code a solution. If you aren’t a PHP or JavaScript coder or if you have problems with HTML and you don’t know a lot about how to hook or filter your way into a solution, it can be a hair-raising experience trying to learn how to solve some issues.

Trying to find a plugin to do what you want to do can take days and sometimes weeks sifting through the tens of thousands of plugins in the WordPress repository. If you do find a plugin in the WordPress plugins repository to do what you need it to do, many times the plugin stops short of doing the best job.

You may try hiring someone. That does work for a lot of people. But what happens if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a coder who may not have gotten a full vision of what you are trying to do? I know a lot of coders talk down about people who build websites. I know a lot of coders think they know best what the customer needs and force their solution upon their customers, only to talk nasty about them when they try to solve issues without the coder.

I also know there are a lot of great coders who are willing to take their own time and help others who don’t know what the coder knows and want to learn how to build their own solution. For those who read this and are considering using the ClassicPress version of WordPress, I think you might be interested in joining the ClassicPress Slack. Once you join, have a look at their “# programming” channel.

There are a few regulars on that channel. Some of them have multiple plugins they have built. They have adapted their plugins to function specifically with ClassicPress, if adjustments were needed. They also, currently, maintain their compatibility with WordPress newer versions.

The reason I bring this up is to point out there are some very capable coders working within the CP community who are available to answer questions and give helpful coding tips to people who are serious about helping themselves and their community. You will also likely have the opportunity to speak with the lead developer on the CP project. Yes, he is there from time to time, sharing his perspectives on things. That, in my opinion, is worth mentioning.

I share these things because I think it is worth mentioning that CP (community) is doing their best to be what they believe WordPress has failed to be. I also believe that if more people are aware CP community is willing to help others learn how to code plugins, it will benefit the community and help it grow in a healthy way.

Fact of the matter is, in order for CP to thrive, there needs to be a community of people able to see potential and opportunity, and willing to take advantage of it. CP is a ripe candidate for becoming very popular with those who actually want control of their own website(s). That cannot happen if there aren’t current, exciting and imaginative solutions to problems current website owners have.

CP doesn’t need 54,794 plugins in their directory. CP needs people who promote the idea that most plugins can be extensible and easily integrated with. With that, there isn’t really anything to stop a fork of WordPress from taking the world by storm.

I have been known to see bigger pictures than some people see. Sometimes I even see a different bigger picture.