Goodbye WordPress

I am finally leaving WordPress for my blog. Its long overdue.

This blog will be shut down, and a new blog for my articles and information will be launched shortly on our new open-source CMS platform that my company developed. The new platform is our alternative to WordPress, and it is called “Twist”. The website for the platform is TwistCMS.com.

Why do I hate WordPress?

For many years, I have wanted an alternative to WordPress for my blog. WordPress started as a blogging solution, and that is all that I have used it for really. Today, many web developers and marketing agencies use WordPress for production websites, which I am really not a fan of. To be quite honest, many web development shops that develop on WordPress are hacks. They aren’t real PHP programmers. If they were, they would use something like Drupal.

WordPress has come a long way as a blogging platform, and its security has gotten way better, but for me the damage is done. The long history of seeing WordPress sites hacked, spammed, and supporting it for customers have ruined it for me. I don’t care if there is a great WordPress plugin for SEO, or a great plugin for anything really. In fact, I want away from their nightmarish PHP plugins entirely.

Top reasons to move away from WordPress:

  • Site Security – sites getting hacked.
  • User Security – being able to lock people down into areas of a site (our new CMS does this.)
  • Group Security (locking groups of users, both public and private, into sections of a site. our new CMS does this).
  • Dependency on plugins from third parties to solve ALL problems.
  • Too many plugins = too many points of failure.
  • Messy PHP Code
  • Not Cloud focused
  • Slower site setup
  • No good server management panel above it.

What do I like about WordPress?

  • I like their theming ecosystem.
  • Lots of app plugins
  • Large community
  • Auto update feature (relatively new)

What am I moving to?

Our new CMS (TwistCMS.com) is what I will use to build my new blog on. Its also what we will build production large government websites on as well. And we are releasing our code as well. This will enable us to get way from CPanel, Shared Hosting servers, managing Linux servers, virtual servers, and more. This is because our new software is cloud-based. There is no server to manage. A site is up in minutes. Responsive, cutting-edge websites in minutes.

Can you get it?

Soon. We will make the new platform available for $5 per month, per website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now Hiring – Python/Django Lead Developer

We have an opening to work on our new government Django/Python project.

Details on the career opportunity are here:  http://www.evogov.com/django/

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Finally! A breakthrough moment for my company.

Its been a terrific year so far, and I got some great news today.

We are accomplishing quite a bit:

  • We have won some exciting new bids for projects across the country.
  • We have been able to learn new ways to get our mobile-first projects to market MUCH faster on our current CMS.
  • I’ve found new ways to manage projects and employee responsibilities. I can now see my “dream team” and what it will take to get there.
  • We have new talent coming on board to help launch our next- generation website platform.
  • We are updating our brand image with new logos and new websites very soon.
  • We are collaborating with other government web development firms across the country in new ways, including bill-pay solutions.
  • We are collaborating with other development shops to improve our software, including some neat open-source projects.
  • We are close to having a second office location in Parker, Colorado (where my wife and I are building a new home).

Its just a really exciting time. I think one of the things I am looking to the most is to get into our new office space, bring on new team members, and to create an environment that fosters a culture of tech innovation and teamwork at a level that we haven’t had in the past. Telecommuting has been great for us, but nothing beats a huge marker board wall where you can work out ideas and designs as a team.

We are looking for talented team members for the following positions:

  • Django Developer – Python software engineer with a deep knowledge of the Django framework, Postgresql, Nginx.
  • Mobile/Responsive Web Developer – Experience  slicing designs into Bootstrap templates.
  • Internet Server Administrator
  • Graphic Designer

Call me at 302-736-5515 x100 for more information on these positions.

Thanks for reading!

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Loving 2015. New Blog coming too.

Why no posts in a while?

Part of the reason why I have not posted anything to this blog in a while is just really due to my absolute loathing of WordPress. I really hate it for so many reasons. It isn’t secure, plugins are hacks, and logging into it kind of makes me angry. Two weeks ago I had a customer whose WordPress blog was hacked, and it had Viagra ads in it. Just because software is free and there are a shitload of themes and plugins out there for it – doesn’t mean its the end all for web design. Far from it. Did I say I hate WordPress? I do.

New Platform, New Blog Coming

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The EU is forcing search engines to offer a “nuke” option on user data

The European Union’s top court yesterday ruled citizens have a “right to be forgotten” online, meaning people may ask search-engine owners to remove personal information and request that a court or data-protection authority step in if a company doesn’t comply. The EU decision doesn’t spell out what types of information must be removed and doesn’t provide exemptions for data that are true or from a reputable source.

Source:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-14/google-to-microsoft-face-user-request-overload-in-europe.html

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I can tell you what is wrong with your website

“Your website has some serious problems”

Recently I was in Denver, meeting with a local business owner. The meeting wasn’t about her website, it was about partnering with her business for a project I am working on. Before the meeting, I did some research on her company online. What I found was a pitiful WordPress blog-powered website that couldn’t possibly be performing for her business. I only called her because of a recommendation. If all I had to look at was her website, I would never have called her.

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The City of Santa Fe paid over $233,000 to leave CivicPlus

A recent newspaper article from the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico exposed the true cost of using CivicPlus to build and host a large municipal website, and also the enormous cost of trying to replace a CivicPlus website with a “roll-your-own” solution using open-source software and custom programming from scratch. The result was one whopper of a bill ($233,800) for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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