[thelist] Viability of Wordpress Sites for clients

Barney Carroll barney.carroll at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 15:27:21 CST 2010

> will clients be coming back in a year or two (or five) asking why their
> sites are broken?

Is this a problem or an opportunity? ;)

I don't have any experience of Wordpress, but I would advise, as regards the
kind of situation you describe above, to have some frankness with your
clients. For instance, you have to tell them that you are not directly
accountable for the stability of their server space, right? A general
low-level education as regards the extent of your accountability and that of
other services you are utilising for the client's benefit is not only
rewarding from their perspective, but also allows you to cover yourself from
such eventualities. When something bad happens to their site miles down the
line, it isn't necessarily your fault - but then again you might be able to
help them sort out whatever has happened for a modest fee.

Barney Carroll

barney.carroll at gmail.com
07594 506 381

On 23 February 2010 21:07, David Demko <support at inetcomputerproducts.com>wrote:

> David,
> I have worked with Word Press for a few years and find that it is more than
> suitable for most of my clients that desire a good CMS system.  The layouts
> are easily constructed, the plugins, while good (in general) need to be
> looked at closely for viability.  Some are maintained very well, I would
> recommend only installing plugins that are needed now and that have good
> feedback and stability.  I have somewhere between 10-25 that I have used
> many times and have had no issues with while I will always test new ones on
> one of my own setups.
> As far as upgrades go, I highly recommend keeping them current, although I
> have a few that have not updated the base application nor the plugins and
> they all work just fine.  What I do is use one of the backup plugins (don't
> remember which one right off hand) and when it comes time to "train" them
> how to use, and maintain, Word Press I make sure that the backup is done
> first (at least that is what I train them to do).  I have never run across
> an issue with an older version of Word Press breaking with any server
> updates.
> Regarding the updates, I have found that some manually installed
> installations will not take the auto updates anyway but, for the most part,
> upgrading is very rarely an issue and takes very little time or effort.  As
> long as the template files are not updated, which, only the default
> templates are, then you will probably never have an issue.  I always build
> a
> template and set up a new folder for the templates and it works fine.
> Just my opinion and experiences with it.
> You may also want to look at Modx as I have found that while it provides
> less functionality it is far less bloated.
> David Demko
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> clients
> with Wordpress sites.
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