Integrated WordPress Bundle
Now that the majority of the Gutenberg hurdle has been passed, WordPress has reached version 5.1.1 and more experienced has been gained developing *outside* of WordPress and then porting that fresh uncoupled code back *into* WordPress (meaning that it is mostly independent of the WordPress API and so is less prone to break if WordPress changes in unexpected ways), the developer has realized there are two aspects to creating a site that could be broken out, thereby make creating a new site more dependable. They are the structural elements and then the design and content elements.
It may be better if these are treated as distinct jobs, in much the same way as the person placing the forms and then having the concrete poured for the foundation of the house is different from the person installing the drywall. Technically, they could be the same person, but they usually aren't in the real world of house building. If that happened, then it may be possible to install the structural elements of a site in an afternoon, and then leave the design to someone else.
With this division of labour, it might be even possible to GUARANTEE that the site will perform well on page speed scores and pagel load times, be fully recoverable in case of a site meltdown, and be secure against most hacking attempts, WITHOUT the need for more expensive long term managed WordPress hosting solutions. The key to making this work is that a fully experienced developer makes the call on which plugins to install and how to install them, in much the same way as a licensed eletrician is required to make the final hookups to the breaker panel. THEN, the changes are LOCKED into place, so that no further updates are allowed, either to the core, or plugins, or any other structural component . With this in place and no rolling changes allowed, it might just be possible to stop the never ending cascade of updates, where if one changes, all the others have to change as well.
What this means is that the design involves structural details that are decided upon, carefully installed by an experienced developer, then LOCKED into place and secured, as if a breaker panel cover were closed over the breaker panel and latched into place. The WordPress user may then add content to their hearts content, but may NOT make any structural changes. This might actually be the difference that makes the difference.
An integrated WordPress Bundle will be installed that includes Backup, Security, Optimization and Caching features. This integrated approach helps ensure all of the important components are included, and work well together. An emphasis on page speed scores and load times has resulted in page load times of under one second and page speed scores on GTMetrix of 100%/97%. It should be possible to get consistent page load times at about 1.5 seconds or better on a site, provided that the page is not too image heavy.
This is for new sites only and requires developer approval on all plugins added. Once these plugins are added and the installation is complete, it is locked in and no further changes are allowed. Although this approach is less flexible than adding plugins on the fly, it may actually result in a site that doesn't get hacked, is fast, and therefore results in a much better viewing experience for the reader. A developer may check in every six months or so if needed. This will include no automatic core updates. This is counterintuitive, but is based on a different directory structure which prevents direct attacks against the core. Since a theme can add an unlimited amount of PHP code without restrictions, these restriction on changes and locking in the structural elements will have to be extended to the theme and any accompanying frameworks as well.
While it may be impossible to guarantee 100% solidity, once working, PHP should continue working indefinitely, provided there are no changes. This approach may help make that possible.
The installation will be handled by an experienced developer.
Training & Qualifications
I am an experienced WordPress developer who launched his first WordPress website in 2011.
Specialized training includes three months of study as a programmer in a private college and individual courses in PHP and HTML at a community college. This is in addition to an undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, which included two computer courses (one in Fortran), matrix algebra, statistics and training in how to set up and conduct experiments.
Professional work experience includes about two years in total at Statistics Canada running tables for them using a program called TPL (Table Programming Language).
Further work experience included designing and programming production management software from scratch using Visual Basic and Microsoft Access '97. This was used to monitor production on a swine genetics operation.
Finally, I have developed a complete set of plugins for WordPress, which help to make it faster and more secure.
Availability & Preferences
Wednesdays and Thursdays, by appointment, during normal business hours.