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Hey guys,

Lately, I've read some forum and it made me think about one thing - Is it possible that CMS (or some other similar product) will replace web developers who earn money at website building...?
post #2 of 14
CMSs have been around for years and there are more of them than you could try in a lifetime. There are still plenty of web developers with jobs. Lots of them have jobs customising CMSs.
    
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yep, I know. I'm talking about those web devs who earn money on website development. Those who develop CMSs are more qualified guys and won't be left without job....wink.gif
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I'm talking about the same people you are. Anyone can install WordPress from cPanel with a bit of Googling, but can they design and apply a template or build custom functionality if they can't find a plugin that does what they want? It's a matter of time too. Do they want to spend time building and maintaining a mediocre website or do they want to spend time building their business? It really depends what the requirements are for the individual client.

Most of the WordPress websites my former workplace built a number of years ago were handed over to clients who were never planning to change the content and were certainly never going to install updates. A CMS was total overkill for them; they simply didn't have the time or knowledge to use it. I remember one client that owned a motel or lodge of some sort. I spent at least 30 minutes on the phone with him just trying to work out what version of IE he was running. No, it's not Outlook...
    
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they simply didn't have the time or knowledge to use it

This. There will always be a job for a web developer. rolleyes.gif

Also, web development is one thing, but creating a visually stunning website with a great user experience is another.
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post #6 of 14
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yeah, a web developer who upgrades his\her skills will definitely have a job. But I know such facts when web dev companies had to fire some web developers just because a CMS they used to work with is dying...
post #7 of 14
I don't think having wordpress/drupal/etc available is really replacing jobs of people who design and edit these frameworks. Not to mention a lot of businesses use a custom solution for everything.
post #8 of 14
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Just to explain why I asked this question, think about, for example, such profession like a telephone operator or something like this. Nowadays we don't need a telephone operator to call to another city. These people were just a link;)
I'm not going to paint dark pictures, just thinking and asking:)
post #9 of 14
It's quite a different comparison. I've written custom cms for clients before and I've installed Wordpress Drupal and other standalone systems. The issue for the standalone systems is that for the basic small or medium sized non savy business user(this actually defines 99% of the people I have worked with) they actually have a pretty high learning curve compared to a custom solution where you can only show the variables and drop downs they'll actually need. Installing and setting up Wordpress or even a build your own website tool is usually too difficult for them to do.


The real comparison to make is the guys who design telephones, the market evolved into cell phones and that's the business now. We devs and designers will evolve with the Internet and changing client needs or will become extinct just like any other business.
post #10 of 14
This is like saying that because everyone has a kitchen restaurants will go out of business.

A very small portion of people will implement a pre-built CMS and not use a web developer. These are the same people who would sooner not have a site than pay someone. Beyond this, even people using a CMS as the foundation of their site will want to customize it (both in terms of appearance and function) and will need skilled professionals to do it for them. If anything CMS type software/platforms will make those interested in having and maintaining a site grow in number. One of the big advantages to a CMS style site is that updating/adding content doesnt require a developer, so the average site owner can now update content themselves or pay someone to do it.

I did a Word press site for a UN Representative as a volunteer. They had a 90's style static HTML site prior that they never updated because they didnt have the skills to do it. I set them up with a Wordpress site and showed them how to use it. They started updating content on a weekly basis. After I ran out of free time to volunteer I recommended they find someone else who could either do it free/cheaply. This is the type of person who if CMS didnt exists would have used a static HTML site for decades. However now they are likely to either give someone an opportunity to get some experience as a web dev by volunteering their time or as a paid web dev. I include what i did for them on my resume as it is eye catching.
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