The Current State of WordPress
Some web designers are concerned that promoting WordPress will cost them business. I find that it doesn’t. Most clients don’t care to install and set up WordPress. They also, in general, don’t want to do even minor updates themselves. They send me an email and I make the updates for them. WordPress allows me to serve more clients in less time and reduce their costs in the process. I typically include email support for a year so they can learn to use WordPress if they wish. Even with encouragement, most clients don’t want to learn WordPress, even if they want to blog.
I’m more of an engineer than an artist, so I like to start with themes designed by expert designers then engineer them to serve my clients. Designers that think WordPress might reduce the bounds on their creativity needn’t worry. Designing WordPress themes allows artists to focus on their art and skip the technical details of website development. These days WordPress can even handle rudimentary store systems. If a client has a lot of products or complex tracking needs, I still recommend osCommerce, but it looks like changes are afoot in the WordPress world that would help it handle this kind of web-based application better.
Without further ado, here’s the graphic: