This article first appeared on my weekly newsletter for front-end developers. Sign up to the newsletter here ? What has happened to the world wide web in the last couple of years has been nothing short of staggering. In the relatively recent past, websites were simple directories of files, images, and scripts. Now they are more often complex, dynamic organisms with wildly differing experiences and unique outcomes. Static websites that are generated manually — I’m talking the good ol’ days of FTP — are nearly a relic, kept alive mainly by passionate traditionalists who fight tirelessly to stop the fixing of what they see as unbroken. Whether gleefully embraced or violently rejected, no one can deny that the web is changing at an alarming rate. This sense of change has been most amplified by WordPress, who’s gradually moving toward a JavaScript-and-API powered engine. As the most influential platform on the web, WordPress is inescapably required to adapt the slowest. If they are changing, the rest of the web already has. For the WordPress developer, the repercussions of this are enormous. Our craft has grown to include both visual development as well as application development. The question
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