Opinion: Do Less with WordPress

Abandoned Cottage

The possibilities with WordPress are immense.

There are thousands of themes, and over 25 000 plugins, all freely available to the millions of sites that run on WordPress.

For new users, especially those who like to tinker, this is an ever-expanding playground of opportunity.

I know it’s true. I’ve been there, and so have many of my friends. We find neat plugins, attractive themes, and see the potential for how they can be used together.

From there, it doesn’t take long for website ideas to start flowing. “What if we did this? Or that?”

They all sound good in theory. But they come at a cost, one often don’t appreciate until it’s in hindsight.

We all have a limited number of hours to work with.

What we accomplish in a day, in a week, in a month, or in a year, comes down to how we use each and every hour.

An hour spent researching WordPress theme development is not an hour wasted, but it is an hour spent. We’re not getting that hour back. Ever.

The same goes for every hour that follows. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

And so we have to ask ourselves: even if we’re not wasting our time, are we really getting the most out of these hours?

What’s the benefit? Is it really contributing to what we’re trying to achieve?

You can do a lot with WordPress. That doesn’t mean you have to.

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