It wasn’t that long ago that WordPress was not spoken of highly around our office. Our programmers considered it too limiting. Perhaps adding to its bad reputation was that the sites we saw were (now we know) sometimes poorly constructed by novices. This often resulted in clients asking us to clean up the resulting messes or spending hours doing something that we felt should not have been as difficult as it was. Besides, we pride ourselves on concentrating on a few things, and doing them well. We are experts with Joomla, so why expand to another CMS?
There was one experience that opened our eyes to some new possibilities. While we normally would not have accepted a WordPress project, we agreed to build a WordPress website for an important client. The project was a tall order, requiring 135 hours in one week to build the site, including several sets of last-minute revisions. Yet our team hit the ground running, because we leveraged a tool with which we had already experienced success: Gantry framework. This overlap between Joomla and WordPress made template development (often the most time-consuming part of site development) seamless, utilizing the fluency our team already had building templates in Joomla. This experience proved to us at Khoza that our team can use WordPress to build custom responsive websites efficiently, especially with the utilization of Gantry templates.
Our use of WordPress will generally be limited to projects that are not inherently complex. Primarily, projects that are information intensive, don’t require shopping carts, and need to be user-friendly to facilitate our client’s access, will be candidates for a WordPress platform.