SXSW 2010: Is WordPress Killing Web Design

Is WordPress killing web design? Leading creatives from the world of web design debate whether CMS tools have made designers lazy, and created a new set of design conventions that designers feel obliged to follow.

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18 Responses to SXSW 2010: Is WordPress Killing Web Design

  1. TejasM14 March 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    WordPress is making things easy for the end user. Managing a website without technical understanding was a challenge for years. WordPress changed a lot of things for the better. If anything, even wordpress is not there yet. But it is way better than software based web design.

  2. aliencrap March 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Web design is a field for lazy people in the first place. I can’t believe what some of these lazy people charge for nothing. I for one, do it in my spare time because I can’t justify charging people exorbitant amounts for nothing. I’d rather create something physical than a fleeting pile of pixels.

  3. TheSyntaxOverride April 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    @aliencrap Then go do that instead of trolling

  4. cssadiction April 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I hate wordpress! I also hate programs like dreamweaver. When I first started learning the languages for web developing it was almost pointless, knowing that dreamweaver anyway could give me all the templates I needed, so css was a waste of time, xhtml also. WordPress is just a way for amateurs to be able to do what I spent a lot of time studying to do.

  5. dancoulter46 April 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    @TenTonBooks Think the saying: ‘blame the workman not his tools’ comes into play here!

  6. internetdirect210 April 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I agree that WordPress/Drupal/etc are just tools. If you allow yourself to be limited by a tool, then you limit your abilities. But the great thing is that WordPress and Drupal can be customized. So if you don’t like the way things work out of the box, they can always be changed. But that’s where having a strong developer along side a designer comes into play.

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  8. drewdellostritto June 7, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    @cssadiction I personally hate dreamweaver for the same reason; however, while it is true that WordPress does make it easier for novices to do web (which is a good thing!), it also true that WP offers designers a challenge – using it to power our sites and bring our designs to life. For me it has also been a stepping stone into learning PHP and now into Ruby.

  9. inataliedesigncom June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    WordPress works if it’s providing your client the kind of CMS they need – however, if there’s not enough or too much control available then a more personalized CMS is the way to go. As for design, it comes down to personal choice for platforms, time and end results. Building out of Sandbox is not much different than Dreamweaver, BBEdit, etc.

  10. sixtiksix June 19, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    I’m glad they worked it out…

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  12. AnasTangi July 26, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    What a paranoid question.

    If someone wants WordPress, he will go for it. It is just a tool, and anyone is free to use it.

    Where is the problem?

    Oh I see…you don’t like the fact that web designers has LOST the exlusive access to the public so they can charge them a lot of money for every little effort 😀

    Don’t worry, it’s not just wordpress: there is Joomla, Elgg, etc. etc. LOL

  13. WebTechGlobal August 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    WordPress is allowing amateurs to enter the market because they can target people on a low budget that professionals don’t really want to spend time with. That is a good thing, students can get sites together quickly and earn a little. Problem is, too many so called professionals, the guys that say they have years of experience, are failing to come up with unique themes/designs/templates. I don’t think it is CMS like WordPress that is effecting those developers.

  14. christiannlamar August 7, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    This is nothing but a bunch of jealousy

  15. christiannlamar August 7, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    @ZenCartEasyHelp You obviously did not even watch the video

  16. scarecrovv August 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    @TenTonBooks good fucking point.

  17. Kaludify November 4, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Interesting observation!

  18. free4gsm February 27, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Super video

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