Hey guys, I’m doing some research on Wordpress in general and I was wondering how complex can Wordpress get. I don’t have a general meaning of complexity in this sense, it could be the most complex design, number of users or anything like that.
Have you seen or built any Wordpress sites like that?
Ex-Wordpress developer here!
Because Wordpress is open source, it can be as complex as you want it to be, because it can be infinitely customised. The plugins available allow you to achieve basically anything you would ever want, but you also have the option of developing your own custom plugins which has the same flexibility as custom building your own web application from scratch.
It should be noted that many Wordpress hosting options do not allow custom plugins, so you'd need to self host it if you wanted this.
Techcrunch, BBC America, the Yelp blog - all use WordPress. Lots of traffic to these websites. WordPress currently powers over 64 million websites (see this). There are worse mistakes you could make than developing against WordPress.
@hakluke makes a great point about custom plugin support with the big WP hosting providers which you should consider when deciding "what" to build and how clients would install/upgrade your plugin. WordPress provides SVN hosting for your plugin, but you need to go through a review process by them to get hosted and they can withdraw support whenever they want. I've been hosting plugins on GitHub for about a year, which allows much more flexibility (imo), but initial installation is not as easy from a client-perspective.
Happy to answer more questions if you have them.
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