A lot of other website builders present themselves as easy solutions for their users but instead offer up WYSIWYG solutions with little depth I feel. Or at least, not the depth and scope that WordPress offers, with its tens of thousands of plugins, open source nature, distributed company supporting it (Automattic), and a myriad of other reasons why WordPress remains the best solution for building long term websites for an evolving web.
I wrote many years ago that WordPress might be destined to outlast Google and I stand by what I said in that post as already search engines worldwide can offer you up pretty good results while WordPress only becomes more global.
I think it’s because Matt Mullenweg‘s creation is not so much his company Automattic than his vision of a democratized publishing platform, which is what WordPress ultimately is. A total unfettered triumph in my view.
I played around with WordPress’s newish Gutenberg page editor and it’s great. I used Elementor‘s page builder and it’s also great. I used Elementor and Gutenberg together in the same website (now defunct) as an experiment and they worked great together. I never really got too into e-commerce but I don’t see why WooCommerce cannot compete against Shopify or even Amazon to some extent.
Yes as I’ve explored in a recent post there will always be haters, in the case of WordPress, I suspect those to be monopolists and others who don’t see value, or are actively against, democratic writing and open source software development.
But you can’t stop this runaway software development that is globally distributed, which is how Linux is developed, and also how WordPress is developed.
Like the original conception of the web to withstand nuclear war, with WordPress there are no central nodes to shutdown as there are in more proprietary closed systems which could cease to exist if the businesses behind them fail. And all traditional businesses are subject to failure perhaps especially during a crisis like the current pandemic we are all currently faced with.
I am sticking with WordPress now, and forever.