I can hear the developers screaming for my head on a platter already and I haven’t even began to explain. Please sit down and put away the pitchforks, I think it’ll make sense.
WordPress is not a development platform. It’s a blogging platform, right? Right. It’s also pretty flexible. With a little creativity it can do a lot.
I’m not going to suggest that you could use it for most web applications but I just had an idea Monday, and today it’s live in WordPress, for the most part anyway.
I have always run into times when I wanted a page printed out with some sort of lines or graph or something that Iknow I could buy at Office Depot but I only want 3 copies of it so I sit down and crank it out in Illustrator in about 5 minutes. I have amassed quite the collection over the years. Then Monday my son brought some blank sheet music home from piano lessons and I caught myself thinking “hmmm, I could have created that in like 3 minutes.” Then I looked closer. It had a web address on it. His teacher had just gone tothis website and printed out the paper templates for free. In less than 3 minutes I’ll wager too.
The Development: (and I use that term loosely here)
So that got me thinking… “Why couldn’t I take all my paper templates and launch a similar site. I would like it to have the ability for random people to come submit their designs too. But I want it to be a kind of community site, not a shopping cart. And I want contributors to be able to just upload their stuff. And why not run adsense on it to see if I could get it to make a little money. Hey, I could do all those things in WordPress. Right? Yeah, I think I could.”
So I did it, I say down for 2 hours and did it all; register the domain, setup the host, install WordPress, install an appropriate theme, install some necessary plugins, setup a twitter account. And presto, I have a new site where people can come contribute their paper templates and anyone can come download and print them for free. In one night. I’d call that rapid wouldn’t you?
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