After bouncing around between Content Management Systems for almost 2 years solidcreative.com has finally found a new, permanent home. Yes, it has been almost 2 years since we moved from WordPress. There were stops along the way with Bolt, Statamic, and even Grav, but none of them lasted more than a few months. After a while the site was starting to feel like the shoemaker's child. While we were out doing great things for our clients and pushing the envelope while expanding our technical skills, our site was starting to feel forlorn.
Then about a year ago we were turned on to the magic that is Craft CMS. We started meddling with it and soon realized the power and flexibility it had. We're about to launch our first full Craft build for the Nevada Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (more on that soon). While we still love WordPress, Craft will become our new, primary CMS for projects moving forward - we feel that strongly about it.
While WordPress can still be a great CMS for the right project it has increasingly become an object of love/hate. With the increasing popularity of theme repositories and "one theme to rule them all" mentality in the marketplace, the system has become grossly bloated and its core purpose muddied. A good CMS manages content, that's it. Presentation is left to theme files and functionality is extended by plugins or modules. These all-in-one themes for WordPress, which are so popular, mix those three things together, bringing presentation and functionality into the managing of content in such a way that it makes it impossible to extract your site from a theme without rebuilding it from the ground up. As an agency we feel it is duplicitous to our clients to push them down this path.
Couple this with the overhead now required to maintain WordPress with almost daily updates of plugins and core code, security monitoring, performance tuning, etc. and you have a very heavy process that most business owners are not ready to handle. We don't want to spend all day every day running updates and we want our clients to work on growing their business not maintaining their website.
Ok, rant over. The bottom line is we're more than happy with Craft and we can't wait to share its power, flexibility, and ease of use with our clients.
With our site back on a solid foundation we have made some other updates that we will talk about more in future posts and we have also updated our Works section for the first time in more than a year. We're inspired again to update the site to provide more great content and resources. So we hope you will come back soon!
If you're interested to learn how we can use Craft to help your business, you can contact us here.