Crappy.

Jeff Atwood:

it is *scary* how crappily coded WordPress is. Lesson: coding skill irrelevant and ultimately unnecessary. Only design and community matter.

Thoughts?

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3 Responses

  1. Brandon says:

    Only design and community matter?

    I assume by “design” he must be referring to the admin panel layout (which changes every version…) But in reality, bad code is bad design.

    And a third thing matters: Reputation.

    WordPress already has a reputation as being insecure and sloppily coded. Everyone has heard of hacked WP installations. These things turn off serious developers.

    Maybe WordPress 3 will be a complete rewrite (it needs it) but until then, with ExpressionEngine 2 on the verge of release and Drupal still kicking along nicely, the reputation of WordPress as a blog toy is not receding.

  2. Jon Limjap says:

    I agree.

    Users don’t care about beautiful code: users CAN’T see beautiful code. Users only care about their user experience. Give them a good experience and they’re happy.

    Ever wonder why WP is being adopted as a CMS even if it was not? Because it’s easier to manage things in WP than in, say, Joomla!

    Security is a totally different issue from beautiful code, though, IMHO.

  3. Matt says:

    WordPress powers many of the largest websites on the web, including all of WordPress.com which has gone from zero to 1 billion pageviews a month in less than 3 years.

    If WordPress was as insecure as Brandon suggests above, wouldn’t someone have targeted the election blogs of CNN, NY Times, Fox, or any of the other media covering the election using WP?

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