Since a couple of months now I am struggling with the idea of getting this post out or keep my thoughts to my ‘safe’ self. Even when writing this I still have doubts but maybe somehow this writing and well thought comments by other users will provide the Cwicly team some insights which they might not have been aware of and may slow down the adoption of Cwicly. So… let’s get this started!
About me (relevant version)
Although I graduated in Public Relations, I am a full-time (Dutch) web designer/developer since 1996 so equipped with ancient stuff like html, CSS, SASS, PHP etc. Not an expert on all of these but I get around. I build or helped building more than 300 websites with various techniques/languages/systems. Currently I am focused on WordPress and familiar with builders like Elementor, Bricks and more lately Cwicly.
What is Cwicly to me (present)
In my opinion Cwicly is the best thing that has happened to WordPress in the last few years! In it’s almost two years of existence it managed to amaze professional web designers on an unprecedented technical level. I totally agree with the direction it’s heading: Gutenberg based is the future.
The Cwicly team is highly motivated, responsive to the community and helpful in any way. I really like the way the instructional videos became even more professional. I enjoy seeing a passionate Louis on a live stream while he shares some insights, functionalities and future directions. It makes me feel connected.
So, what’s the ‘problem’?
When building a website for a medium/large company they (management) are not focused on all the good technical stuff provided by the builder of choice. I don’t even bother telling them anymore because they expect me to make the right decision for them.
In deciding for a client which direction to go (concerning a ‘builder’) a few questions amongst obvious others* need to be answered:
- Will the builder still be around in a few years?
- Will we run into technical issues while building the website and will this cause any delays?
- Is it maintainable by other web designers?
In all honesty these are the answers I would give to my client with Cwicly in mind:
- I sincerely hope so but cannot give any reassurance. Cwicly apparently has only one developer although a ‘side-developer’ is mentioned in one of the videos. This might be a continuity issue.
- It might be. But I can probably work around any issues we encounter.
- Yes, but you might be searching a little longer to find a skilled WordPress/Cwicly web designer because Cwicly is not as adapted as a few other solutions.
These answers ‘force’ me (with pain in my heart) to suggest a more well-established solution for now.
Any questions you might be asking:
Why is this only a problem with bigger projects?
A smaller website can be rebuilt (other solution) in a few days to a week when any problems arise. You don’t have this escape with bigger projects.
You mentioned technical issues in point 2. What kind of issues are you referring to?
I started to make my third website now with Cwicly. While making these sites I ran into a number of issues, some also reported as bugs. They are not ‘life-threatening’ and I managed to work around them which resolved in two happy clients. While figuring out workarounds for one day while making a website in four days is no problem at all it will be a problem with bigger projects and bigger challenges.
Are you aware of the fact that Cwicly is around for only two years now and ‘bugs’ are part of the deal?
Sure! And even more I praise the community for addressing the issues and the Cwicly team for their speed of solving them. But fact is there are still a considerable number of issues at the moment. One of my concerns is that Cwicly keeps adding more functionality (I love it!) but with this invites more bugs. I suggest hitting the pause button on new functionality and focus on bugs and overall stability.
Why writing this post?
My hope for the future is that we all can use Cwicly with confidence for ANY project. With this writing I hope to open a discussion about other factors besides technical ones. So I invite you to get a cup of coffee, think about this for a while and share your thoughts.
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