And if you are teaching a group of new business owners how to get a web presence, maybe you should first determine their needs before declaring self-hosted WordPress to be the correct answer for an entire group.
Because WordPress really is easy if you are using it for a blog, as it was originally designed.
Don't let many years of feature bloat distract you from its original intent - that path leads to disappointment.
I had a barely competent lawn mover talk to me about a website and after 30 minutes of discussion was able to get a smallorange hosting , use the script installer , watch some videos and was able to set up a nice little website.
He did make a couple of phone calls to me in the middle but in less than a day he was setup. After pointing to themeforest he now has a website that developers charge 3-4K for.
Wordpress is really easy and if the audience is not competent utilizing it then maybe a network hosted like wix seem an alternative.
Not sure if this demands a discussion.
The value is not in how much time I spend doing it. The value is in the 10 years I spent learning how to do it. If you can find someone in India to do it for cheaper, then don't come to me. Period. Seen plenty of freelancer.com brilliance out there. That's what you deserve.
The author is talking about Wordpress not being easy. You are wrong in that the developer nets $25K per theme. Most of these themes have less than 100 sales so a $50 theme nets less than $5000 for the developer.
Further to that most of these themes now have a very good customizer so even your average Joe can customize it to their liking.
The discussion is absolutely not about value. Its about the author talking about wordpress not being easy. Amazon AWS is not easy and yet they have managed to increase their revenue.
If a non technical person can set-up a wordpress and be able to use it then truly it has done a good job of being easy.
I did not say the developers were ripping people off. I did not even talk about the value the developers provide. You assumed that I was talking about developers ripping people off which in some way reflects your own inferiority complex about this issue. I read the previous response and neither is that person saying what you are perceiving.
But I'd say WordPress itself is pretty easy, at least if you're sticking to well known plugins and the core features. Just needs to have the options and text reworded a bit to make things a bit clearer for someone who's never used a CMS before.
hosting is a race to the bottom sort of business. if someone can create some value in it and charge money from the consumer, they are not doing anything wrong and should be applauded.
And then there's EIG, which basically buys out everything in sight, pretends they're still independent and cuts costs at every opportunity.
Not to mention the people starting up hosting companies in the summer holidays, only to run them into the ground or shut down in a few months.
There's a difference between making money and trying to trick people with shoddy products and services.
As for how the other guys get customers... Deals usually. Sometimes literally on web hosting forums, where they talk advantage of the offers section til they inevitably get banned.
Another popular scam was to lock access to an account when a charging period expired so the owner couldn't access any domain transfer tools, and only allow access and transfers on payment of another full year of hosting.
It's a shady business. IMO there's no real reason why it should be.
This takes care of 2/3rds of the issues you raised.
If you want to make a web-page without web knowledge, you can buy a theme that has drag and drop features (this takes care of the rest)
All CMS are hard, I always recommend a static site and loading in whatever dynamic content services you truly need.
Expert beginners? You mean humans trying to answer poorly worded questions?
Learning new things can be hard from some people, but generalizations that all of any type of software is hard make me sad. That being said, I've switched people from wordpress to Drupal, mostly by asking them what they want to do in the future, then showing them how it eventually is the road to having to pay for features. That is usually enough to convince them that Drupal is the right choice or a custom solution is better.
Note that I didn't go over things like, "What is S3", or "What is AWS"...or even web domain hosting, or even "What is HTML". It simply involved making a quickie HTML file and uploading it to S3 via the AWS web panel, and then visiting the URL...being able to put something on the web of their complete creation (rather than through a CMS) is pretty revelatory for newbies.
So where did people get stuck? Some people didn't have an Amazon account yet. Easy enough, they created one. But then one student had a hell of a time just getting into AWS. Hearing her describe her problems, I had no idea what she was talking about. Then I watched as she tried to log in...well, you know how Amazon, like most modern services, allow you to use email addresses as your username? That greatly simplifies things, as most of us would agree...but for some novices, they don't realize that logging in on `firstname.lastname@example.org` on Amazon (nevermind AWS) is not the same as doing it for `email@example.com` on _GMail_.
How does such a person survive on the modern Web, where emails are generally used as the user ID? I'm guessing they just have been blithely reusing GMail credentials for all their other accounts which they use their GMail address as their user ID.
This doesn't have much to directly do with the complexity of creating a site via a CMS, perhaps....except that if you're a veteran web developer, it's very very difficult to imagine what is confusing to a novice...We think that Wordpress is easy compared to say, Drupal...sure...but that's not the level of thinking that novices work at. For them, it's more, "Where do I write my program that makes the website?", and all of the fallacies and ambiguities that question entails.
That said...not sure why the author has to care about anything beyond how to set up things for Wordpress.org. If we're talking newbies here, let them use the vanilla Wordpress.org, and then let them worry about self-hosting later.
Once we got everything installed, which was a nightmare in itself ("no, Dave, you do not copy the quotes in"), we had to deal with actual "web" stuff.
Me: "Alright guys, refresh your browser to see your changes!"
Student 1: "What's the 'browser?'"
Student 2: "How do I refresh?"
Student 3: "Why can't I go to any websites?" (they were typing the URL in the command line)
I took for granted the technical environment I grew up in; most people don't even know how to use the software they use every day to browse Facebook. And I don't blame them, they don't teach this stuff in school.
It literally is that easy. To write an article containing "So it took you two weeks to finally get the famous five-minute install finished" is just stupid.
I don't care much for WordPress, but the one thing you can't deny about it is that it's easy to install.
Wordpress is complex and is not simple. Wordpress is certainly easy if you have taken the time to learn Wordpress, but this understandably isn't the case for the honey bee entrepreneurs.
The thing with content management systems isn't that it makes it easy for just anyone to use it, it makes it really easy for experts to use it. I.e. I've built countless on WordPress sites for clients over the years because they want to be able to maintain it themselves, but when push comes to shove, they update their site every 6 or so months which means they have to relearn how thing works over and over again. They just ask me to update it for them, and because it's WordPress, it's super easy for me.
Spot on. This confused the hell outta me when I was newbie. I think it would be a lot easier if its just using an "everything is just a web page with a URL" paradigm.
But having said that, posts have their own templates that might make them look very similar to pages.
There are a number of people on the Internet named Matt, many who do various things on wordpress even!