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Fraser McTaggart Author

If the user was looking for a basic 'brochure' style site, would you ever use a website creator, such as square space or wix? Why or why not?

I agree that page speed isn't the most important factor, yet it isn't something that can be ignored. Page speed has some sort of weighting in Google's search rankings and can be a good place to start when reviewing a site's performance.

I hadn't heard about Gutenburg before your original post, I'll have to go and take a look. Being Scottish, I like (freedom)[youtube.com/watch?v=lLCEUpIg8rE].

In regards to jamstack, I agree that it usually doesn't make sense to rebuild 100 times a day. For 'really' dynamic content I would use an api call instead. But there have been many advances with rebuilds and I can only see it getting faster. Gatsby and Nuxt ( and I'm sure many more frameworks ) have atomic deploys where it can take less than a second to rebuild.

I'm glad the post has sparked a bit of discussion! I have also used Joomla, a bit of a blast from the past. I just checked and they are still in active development. TIL.
I suppose I feel that the nature of wordpress, with plugins etc. makes it easy for someone to make a bad performing and bloated site. I feel it's important to strive for the best solution, which I usually find isn't the quickest one. But that is just my own view and I appreciate that not everyone has the same mindset.

But Philip has raised some very valid points as well which has helped me see the other side of the coin.

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Giorgos Sarigiannidis

If the user was looking for a basic 'brochure' style site, would you ever use a website creator, such as square space or wix? Why or why not?

Personally, I wouldn't for the sole reason that I am not familiar with it and learning it would require some time. I might prefer using a ready-made WordPress theme instead. I wouldn't be against using Wix, though, if it was for a small site that you are certain that you will not need to extend with extra functionality that needs custom development in the future.

I've seen nice implementations even with Wix and ready-made WordPress themes.

Knowing your tools well and being able to make the most out of them depending on the occasion is often more important than using the "best" tools that there is in a suboptimal way.