So the more I’ve gotten back into the Web Development side of things, the more I’m seeing how CMS services such as WordPress and Wix have outclassed the speed and capabilities of most freelance web developers who are used to coding things by hand, from the ground up. I’m included in this group of increasingly disgruntled individuals who mumbles expletives to himself while sipping coffee and seeing just how much the learning curve has shifted and nearly disappeared due to CMS. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate it, but personally, when working on a project I don’t feel as satisfied in my work if someone has done all of the framework and heavy lifting for me. It took me ages to accept using Bootstrap!
I understand that in this increasingly competitive environment, the need for SEO, and so on, that time is off the essence. While I’ve never been one to drag out a website for longer than a week at the most even for the most complex sites, it’s hard to beat something that can do the same thing in in 8 hours or less in competent hands. It also isn’t palette-able for startups or even existing companies to pay for a week’s worth of web development work, when you can pay a “knowledgeable” employee their $17.50/hr salary for a day’s worth of work using said CMS to create an entire site.
I enjoy web dev, or at least I thought I did, but find myself stymied by the lack of available work due to these innovations in this industry. Do I bite the bullet and begin marketing the creation of websites using Templates through WP or Wix, or do I just move on to something that still requires and appreciates real human effort?
What do y’all think? I’ve also found that many other tech forums that I used to frequent have had subsequently less and less activity in their web development subforums, perhaps another sign of changing times.