WordPress’s Crusade against Technical Responsibility

Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko is one of my favorite WordPress personalities. He’s one of only a few people who really love WordPress a lot, but also sometimes struggles to like it. It’s how I feel a lot too. And this post from him highlights so clearly the cause for a lot of that concern:

However a self–hosted site is far from trivial. You need to know things. Yes, sometimes such nerdy things like what PHP version you are on.

Otherwise… you and your visitors are going to have a bad time.

WordPress threw this under a bus. It became:

Democratize publishing by empowering people to create sites quickly, easily, and without a clue.

They don’t have to care.

Read the post in a little more detail, but the heart of his argument is that by working so hard to let the not-really-technical person self-host WordPress, WordPress has painted itself into a corner with lots of technical hardship and pain. Agree or disagree that the decisions that led down that path are bad, it’s clear that the decision to stop people from needing to worry about complex technical things is exactly the choice WordPress has made.

1 Response


  • Gary Hall says:

    I set up a rough around the edges site for my wife in 8 days, learning just enough in those days to get it functioning. I was not satisfied though with a set it and forget it attitude. About 15 years ago I used to work as a software developer with some admin duties as well, so I knew I needed to know more to keep this site working even though a good chunk of admin was being taking care of by SiteGround. I’ve been learning just about every day.

    My wife asked me why all the fuss with upgrading things; What would happen if I just let it go. For people who have never worked with software or site administration, it’s very easy to get sucked into the set and it forget it mindset. And WP is wrong to feed that attitude.

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