Starting a Path Away
From WordPress
AJ Klein
Why?
I’m tired of hacking
WordPress.
I’m tired of hacking
WordPress.
I’m tired of hacking
WordPress.
Scaling
•

WordPress was created as a blog, but ends up
being a bloated Content Management System

•

Any optimizations re...
Old Tech
Is it bad?
•

WordPress powers 20% of the web

•

Old technology that can easily get outdated should
not run 20% of the we...
What is the solution?
1. Use new technology
2. Follow current and future standards
3. Easy to use for non-developers
1st Step (aka this project)
•

Most common denominator is blogging, so start
there

•

Use new technology

•

Build in mod...
New Tech
Setup

<yourdomain.com>/wp-admin
Setup
Setup

<yournewdomain>/ws-admin
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Challenges
•

Not a designer

•

Export files, especially those with custom post
types, can be challenging to import
Next Step
•

Work with a designer to create a default layout
template and admin template

•

Test more WordPress import sc...
Future concepts
•

The user should not need to bother with code
unless they want to

•

The user should have a site that c...
Inspiration
•

meteor.com

•

webflow.com

•

macaw.co

•

ghost.org

•

squarespace.com

•

getbarley.com
Try it out!
•

get a server (DigitalOcean.com - Ubuntu)

•

log in as root (via SSH) (bit.ly/useSSH)

•

install curl (bit...
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AJ Klein Capstone Presentation

  1. 1. Starting a Path Away From WordPress AJ Klein
  2. 2. Why? I’m tired of hacking WordPress. I’m tired of hacking WordPress. I’m tired of hacking WordPress.
  3. 3. Scaling • WordPress was created as a blog, but ends up being a bloated Content Management System • Any optimizations require a good amount of development and knowledge • Solution is very fragmented, hard for nondevelopers
  4. 4. Old Tech
  5. 5. Is it bad? • WordPress powers 20% of the web • Old technology that can easily get outdated should not run 20% of the web • WordPress bundles with an old WYSIWYG editor, which tries to solve every problem but only marginally solves some
  6. 6. What is the solution? 1. Use new technology 2. Follow current and future standards 3. Easy to use for non-developers
  7. 7. 1st Step (aka this project) • Most common denominator is blogging, so start there • Use new technology • Build in modularity and scalability from the beginning
  8. 8. New Tech
  9. 9. Setup <yourdomain.com>/wp-admin
  10. 10. Setup
  11. 11. Setup <yournewdomain>/ws-admin
  12. 12. Setup
  13. 13. Setup
  14. 14. Setup
  15. 15. Setup
  16. 16. Setup
  17. 17. Setup
  18. 18. Challenges • Not a designer • Export files, especially those with custom post types, can be challenging to import
  19. 19. Next Step • Work with a designer to create a default layout template and admin template • Test more WordPress import scenarios to ensure an easy transition
  20. 20. Future concepts • The user should not need to bother with code unless they want to • The user should have a site that can grow past blogging • All editing should be visual, including editing the look and feel
  21. 21. Inspiration • meteor.com • webflow.com • macaw.co • ghost.org • squarespace.com • getbarley.com
  22. 22. Try it out! • get a server (DigitalOcean.com - Ubuntu) • log in as root (via SSH) (bit.ly/useSSH) • install curl (bit.ly/installcurl) • install the files (curl http://webspace.io | /bin/sh) • download the test XML file (bit.ly/ajcapstonexml) AJ Klein @feelfreetoq

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