WordPress Development2020-09-07T10:54:03-05:00
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Sometimes, starting with true custom development isn’t necessary, or doesn’t make sense given a number of factors. When faced with these situations, many times WordPress can provide an acceptable solution or workable alternative to full custom development. WordPress is a robust, super customizable platform that makes it easy for organizations to go from idea to proof of concept or even a solution when the core functionality of the application they want to develop is common.

But, be willing to compromise.

QAT Global can deliver WordPress solutions with a high percentage of the functionality you are looking for. This is where being willing to compromise comes in. That last percentage of functionality may require custom development or it may require some level of compromise.

Types of Solutions WordPress is Best Suited For

When NOT to Use WordPress

In some cases, WordPress is simply not a solution that will best fit your business needs.

  • You Plan to License or Sell Your Site’s Technology

  • Your App Needs to Be Highly Real-Time

  • If You’re Not Willing to Make Some Compromises on Functionality

  • If You Don’t Want to Manage Some Steps or Processes in the Backend of WordPress Manually

  • There is Another Platform That Will Get You “There” Faster

Why QAT Global

QAT Global has been doing WordPress development since 2009. Over a decade of experience in WordPress development has provided us with extensive WordPress core, theme, plugin, and integration expertise. We put this expertise to use every day developing innovative web applications, content management systems (CMS), prototypes, and progressive web applications (PWAs) that offer rapid application development for diverse business needs.

As specialists in custom software development for enterprise organizations, QAT Global is uniquely positioned to help you:

  • Plan a path for the future development of your solution to meet your growth needs.
  • Make the right strategic decision on whether custom development or WordPress is best for your project.
  • Transition your WordPress solution into a full custom development project.

Case Studies

We measure success by our clients’ success.

Why WordPress

1

Fast Development

  • Core WordPress functionality

  • Existing free and paid plugins

  • Diverse free & commercial themes

  • Integration capabilities

  • Extensive development support ecosystem

2

Flexible

  • Quickly add new functionality

  • Multisite and multilingual functionality

  • Headless capabilities

  • Scalable

  • Customizable

  • Web and mobile apps

3

Easily Updated

  • Content

  • Labels

  • Menus

  • Design elements

  • Core

  • Plugins & theme

  • Non-technical users can make updates

4

Affordable

  • Free WordPress core

  • Low-cost hosting options

  • Large variety of free/low-cost plugins and themes

  • Overall lower development costs

  • Opensource & vendor-neutral

Technical Benefits of Using WordPress for Enterprise Solutions

The WordPress Ecosystem

The WordPress platform is well-optimized by default; however, it still requires a specialized enterprise hosting environment to ensure optimal quality and performance. Managed WordPress hosting solutions provide highly specialized server setups, automated backups, cashing layers, and security arrangements.

WordPress REST API

WordPress REST API enables WordPress to be used as an application framework. Developers can use the API to separate the front-end from the core software to create mobile and desktop applications and uniquely customized websites that look nothing like a WordPress site.

The WordPress API is a JSON API and was designed to not only work well with Javascript, but other languages such as Ruby, Python, and more. Using the API, you can display, create, read, update, and delete data, use modern JavaScript frameworks, and go beyond the use of PHP when creating front-ends in WordPress.

Managing Upgrades and Updates

Managing updates and upgrades can be a tedious process depending on the WordPress site’s complexity and the number of third-party services or plugins that you have installed. Minor version updates that introduce security fixes update automatically periodically and generally do not cause any functional issues. More extensive version updates that are focused on functionality can be more complex, depending on your particular setup. There are several things that should be done with enterprise solutions to minimize potential upgrade issues:

Clones of each environment should be created before applying updates. These staging environments should be used for testing to help identify any issues that were created before moving to production.

Code reviews should be conducted before applying plugin updates to an existing project in order to identify security or performance issues. Code reviews can be automated and/or manual.

Quality assurance experts should do tests on the main feature set in order to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The use of version control allows you to easily revert to previous versions when making updates to the core software, content, plugins, or themes. It also enables team members to work on different portions of a site and then merge them back into the main codebase.

Automated deployments ensure that our updated code makes it from development to production without breaking anything. These workflows typically include version control, testing, and multiple environments. The use of automation tools is key to the workflow.

Various tools can be used to catch UI bugs before pushing to production. You can record Selenium tests and perform visual regression testing to eliminate risk during WordPress updates.

Turning on WordPress debugging mode provides error logs that allow you to troubleshoot specific issues that can be replicated. In addition, frequently browsing PHP/MySQL error logs manually will also help catch potential bugs.

Common WordPress Myths

Open Source is a Con

In some corporate world sectors, people believe that open source software is not reliable at the enterprise level. We are here to tell you that that is false. Linux, a family of open-source operating systems, is powering the vast majority of the web and is also increasing its presence within enterprise organizations. Large firms such as Facebook and Google have open-source at the heart of their technology stacks.

WordPress’ status as an open-source project should not hold you back. Its commitment to the GPL is a considerable advantage. It’s enabling the software to flourish and provides businesses with a robust platform to deliver unique services.

WordPress is Not Secure

Enterprise organizations are often concerned with the security capabilities of WordPress. In the current online security environment, these concerns are both well-justified and smart. However, the core WordPress software is rarely the reason for a security breach.

WordPress has become highly secure, thanks to a security team of 25 security experts. The team has prioritized security releases and is making the best practice steps for locking down the platform well-known. In fact, even highly security-conscious organizations, including governments and large enterprise organizations, have moved to WordPress.

Most of the reported security problems with WordPress website projects are related to:

  • Password regulations (length, complexity, expiration times)

  • Custom files and directories serving data within the WordPress core folder

  • Publicly accessible files that may hold sensitive data (robots.txt, .htaccess, sitemaps)

  • Insecure decisions about user uploads

  • The hosting environment/configuration

  • WordPress plugin

  • The WordPress Theme

  • Apache, PHP, MySQL or other services ran on the Linux container

  • Lack of user account rules (logging in with 2-factor authentication, limited roles and capabilities, session timeouts)