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    WordPress vs Webflow

    WordPress vs Webflow

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sam Harrison, a professional Webflow consultant and content creator. 

    He was open to co-host a WordPress vs Webflow debate with me, while also unpacking how business is going for his services company. Heading into the debate, I spent a a few hours watching his content and really enjoyed his Webflow Components Basics + How to Start a Web Design Business. So why did I invite Sam on? 

    Page Builders, especially Bricks, has been the topic du jour of late.

    That crowd really wants WordPress to have much more power inside the editor — and I totally get it. These powerful 3rd party tools can be really attractive, and if you haven’t been in the WordPress space for the last 20 years, you start to wonder why our favorite CMS is lacking these features. 

    Bricks is often framed as the tool that brings a Webflow experience inside WordPress — all the powerful design and page building tools you could want, surely. I’ve had some conversations with prominent WordPress agencies now offering Webflow as an alternative solution to WordPress. 

    It all makes sense…But the choice shouldn’t start at which tool to use, but whether or not you want open source software or a commercial solution for your project.

    To simplify: do you care that you have the benefits of open source WordPress (along with the baggage) or does having a single turnkey app provide the best solution? Now how does that play out if you’re selling services to clients?

    Sam and I played a little game where we placed the winning cards of particular features of the competing platforms in their respective columns. 

    I’ll admit, the odds were stacked against Sam (and Webflow) seeing that he was on my podcast, but WordPress comes out the winner in most areas, so long as you’re siding with the advantages of open source. The ecosystem, the community, the ability to customize the platform — it’s a hard sell to get me to use Webflow. 

    That doesn’t mean we can’t learn from Webflow and their users. Let’s face it, it’s not a fluke that they’ve been successful for this long.

    Having a comprehensive toolset to design pages makes a lot of sense. Also not having to worry about updates, hosting, and 3rd party software conflicts sounds like a dream that Webflow users get to live everyday. 

    Though I noticed that in this short time of exploring Webflow, WordPress isn’t massively behind, pound for pound. And I’m talking specifically just core, not even when you decide to bring in plugins like ACF or Gravity Forms. 

    If you like the design tools and interface of Webflow, mixed with their new Components libraries — the gap in WordPress isn’t all that wide. 

    However, when you look at something like the writing experience — specifically blogging or posts in general — Webflow isn’t even competing in the same league. Sorry, Sam. 

    I guess what I’m saying is, as much as we can learn from the UI/UX and passionate community of Webflow — their team could also learn from WordPress. Heck, Gutenberg is an open source project, even Drupal has a fork. Maybe Webflow could improve their content editor with…Gutenberg? Go open source! 

    Let me know what you think! 
    Watch the WordPress vs Webflow video: https://www.youtube.com/live/p82lLK56XOE?si=2_1zuEPsKHI7aft7


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    Looking ahead to WordPress 6.6

    Looking ahead to WordPress 6.6

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    Could WordPress Use A New Logo?

    Could WordPress Use A New Logo?

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    Who is Responsible for WordPress Marketing?

    Who is Responsible for WordPress Marketing?

    March 22 2024
    It’s the WP Minute! 

    Today we ask, “Who’s responsible for WordPress marketing?” 

    Coming up next! 

    Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of the WordPress Open Source project, posted an idea that shifts the dynamics of the WordPress Marketing team. 

    A call for a Media Press Corps. Also known as a Dramatic Shift.

    It’s still too early to tell if this initiative will stick, so I won’t comment directly on the idea of a Media Press Corps at the moment. Stay tuned to this space as that story develops.

    However, this shift begs the question, Who is responsible for WordPress marketing?

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    Let me TL;DR it for you first, as my boss at Gravity Forms Carl Hancock says, “It’s the entire ecosystem.” Something I agree with, and not just because he signs my paycheck. 

    The ecosystem as a whole has always been the biggest driving force for WordPress adoption. Because WordPress is not a product first organization. It’s not a corporate entity. 

    It’s open source software & community. 

    Sure, it happens to be lead by Matt Mullenweg who founded the software, who also owns Automattic, can irritate us at times, but also pours a tremendous amount of resources into a project that we all enjoy. Still, doesn’t make WordPress.org a product first initiative. 

    There’s no budget, there’s no access to crucial data, there’s no access to social channels, and the marketing team has no influence on the direction of the project. I’m sure I’m missing something else. 

    How far could an official Marketing Team take it? An insurmountable task I wouldn’t want to take on. 

    Which leaves the marketing of WordPress up to you and I: 
    You’re an agency owner, you’re preaching to clients about the advantages of WordPress.You’re a blogger, you’re telling people to own their own content & platform.You’re a YouTuber, you’re teaching viewers how to use WordPress.You’re a Managed WordPress hosting provider, you’re talking about how fast and scalable WordPress is.You’re a plugin author, you’re selling on the idea that you’re making a good platform even better.You’re a WordPress Media outlet, you’re informing, educating, and entertaining an audience.
    Whether we call it a Marketing Team or a Media Press Corps, WordPress biggest marketing advantages — even in the face of Wix/squarespace Super Bowl ads — is us, like it always has been.

    So tell me, how would you spread awareness and brand positioning for WordPress? Got a thought about a WordPress Media Corps? Hit reply and let me know.

    Together with The Repository
    Coming up in The Repository this week: We unpack the announcement that WordPress is getting a media corps and cover Do the Woo’s big move to WordPress.com. Plus, the latest on the upcoming WordPress 6.5 release.

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    Who is WordPress for?

    Who is WordPress for?

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    The Brittle WordPress Business

    The Brittle WordPress Business

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