How long can you stay on Wordpress?

Christina Tseng Product Marketing, Management Consultant

July 9th, 2014

Wordpress is great for building prototypes.  I have a working prototype built on WP, I am wondering how much more to invest in it, and how much I can stretch the system.  Obviously I can't build another system until some funding is secured, but I wonder about how much more money I should pour into the prototype site (which is currently live) 

Manny Acevedo Business Systems Analyst & Entrepreneur

July 9th, 2014

For your mommy timeshare, I personally would not build too much on WP other than using it as a CMS/blog.  While you could develop the matchmaking functionality within WP, why would you? You can do a lot with WP, but it's easier to develop these outside of WP and avoid all of the extra overhead. Especially if you have an intention of moving off of it. 

Anthony Zeoli Digital Strategy and WordPress Consultant and Trainer

July 9th, 2014

It really depends on what you're goals are and what you want your site to do. You can build in WordPress. We build sophisticated websites on it all the time. You just need someone who understands what WordPress is capable of and most people who don't work on WordPress at a high level like I do understand what WordPress is capable of. You need to let me know what your specifications and requirements are for the future interations and what your business does and I can then let you know what WordPress is capable of and how you can build out in the platform. If you don't flow the platform advancements then you simply can't know if it's the right tool for the job. Is be happy to chat offline with you about it. Best regards, Tony Zeoli President Digital Strategy Works I do this stuff: Digital Strategy WordPress - sent from my iPhone

Ritesh Kumar Rai Technology will keep surprising you.

December 28th, 2016

If you are aiming for long term business then you can't depend on wordpress. Hacking a wordpress website is very easy. So i suggest if you are making profit from business then soon shift to a custom and secured solution else future your competitor can destroy running website, and you will lose your valuable customers.


Ritesh Kumar Rai

CTO - Rai Techintro Pvt. Ltd.

Bangalore, India

ian johnstone Startup founder/advisor/consultant. Passionate about Tech for Good.

July 9th, 2014

Depends on what you're building, but you can get pretty far. A lot of really big companies are using it: http://en.wordpress.com/notable-users/

Ben Rosenthal Mac + Sustainability Coach | Communication Strategist

July 9th, 2014

I guess it depends on what you're trying to build, Christina. Big sites like The New York Times and Huffington Post are built on Wordpress.

Ben Sharir Sr. eCommerce Consultant

July 10th, 2014

Why do you even think replacing Wordpress? You can scale with wordpress, big sites use it. -Ben

Jake Carlson Software Development Manager at Oracle

July 11th, 2014

I agree with Anthony. I've developed many custom Wordpress plugins and utilized various third party plugins as well. WP is not the cleanest platform out there by any means, and of course the security of third party plugins should be scrutinized. But it is the most ubiquitous platform out there, and building solid solutions on it can be and is done. Don't listen to anyone that tells you you can't build a world-class platform with WP as its base, and especially be wary of language fanboys that tell you PHP is terrible for every reason. There are tradeoffs to consider with every solution and it's just not that simple.

Gene Casa

December 27th, 2016

A valid and good intelligent question; still valid today.

Wordpress offers free website blogging to persons without web development knowledge or a desire to learn how to build software and without the desire to dedicating their life time to building the blogging system.

This is the same as an average person, seeking to open a store front or an office. It is much easier to rent or lease a space in a strip-mall or a nice looking building, than it is to invest great amounts of cash to design and build the same building. A person looking to run a business, like a retail store, may not want the overhead of costs and time spent maintaining the building.

I have researched many of the startup Internet businesses and open source projects since the late 1990s, and find some to be useful for the general public and others, a waste of time, resulting in a forgotten venture.

Wordpress is simply a collection of PHP scripts and offered free for download. You can put this download package on a Unix operating system like Ubuntu, relativity easy. You can purchase your own OEM Internet grade hardware server, and run it from your home, apartment, condo, office, etc.. All the world class Internet software is proven open-source and free to use. With a little effort and little cash output, you can have your own Wordpress server and develop as long as you like and build as many Wordpress sites are your hardware enables.

Contact me for further details on setting up your own Wordpress server:

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Or, you can reverse engineer your deployment, into your own developed software. Wordpress is bloated software; loaded with unnecessary overhead hardware processing and network traffic loading. This overhead programming must be there to provide a happy good experience to person who do not know or want to know how a webpage works or a website or the Internet... they have their own agenda to present or have a website.

Background to my shared opinions and answer to Christina Tseng posted question. I am a public Internet pioneer, developing original concepts for public networking since around 1979. I have and still work with retail persons, and different types of business owners since then.

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Alan Peters VP Product and Technology at BusinessBlocks

July 9th, 2014

Depends on your functionality. Pm me if you want a technical sounding board

Christina Tseng Product Marketing, Management Consultant

July 9th, 2014

Thanks so much! I figured out why this question was important to me - I am probably 25% of a programmer, 10% even, and I have been spending a lot of time trying to understand WP to do a little bit of customization myself.  The thing is, if I am not going to be on this platform for long, I should just spend money have whatever developer patch things in for me for now since it's just a prototype.  

I have always felt the technical understanding is important to me as a product manager, but I think I will spend more energy on other aspects of the business (there are many) instead of trying to learn about the actions and filters myself.  

Will definitely ping you guys offline.  Thanks again!!!  BTW - I am looking for a technical co-founder, any interest?