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Discussion on: Do you need to know Wordpress as a freelance web developer?

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Peter Cruckshank

If you live in the real world, then you'll probably end up with some WordPress clients. It works great for small business with great e-commerce integration.
Of course a Gatsby JS site will blow the doors off a WP site. But some people already have WP sites. And they still need help. 👍
Plus WordPress has some great local communities

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Rocky Kev

If the client is using the site as a blog or just for public content (like a restaurant), Gatsby is great!

I had a client who needed a membership area, with progression-based content release, and a shopping cart to gain access. I rolled up a WordPress site + LMS + shopping cart plugin in a few hours.

Overall, it really depends and learning about the tradeoffs is valuable as a freelancer

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Olivier “Ölbaum” Scherler

And how do your clients edit the contents of their Gatsby web site? By writing Markdown files, listing them in a JS file and committing everything to Git?

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Rocky Kev • Edited on

If it's a simple site like a restaurant within gatsby, they won't be making design modifications.

If they want blog/edit pages, Gatsby's CMS has that feature without having to dig into the code.

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Olivier “Ölbaum” Scherler

Gatsby has a CMS? Or you have to make it get data from a third party CMS?

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Peter Cruckshank

You use a third party CMS. There are lots of free ones, like netlify-cms or even WordPress. Also you can use Sanity.io or Contentful there's great integration with those