Any environment that you go into will have some turnover. New developers enter the space, some stick and some will not. There are a large number of developers that form a nice backbone to the community though. There are a large number of developers that have been here for 10+ years. Let me try to list them for you (sorry if I miss anyone ) @isaiah @joeworkman (me) @tav @nickcates @Elixir @yabdab @Doobox @barchard @MultiThemes @willwood
As you see that is a lot of developers that have been here a long long time.
Let start off by saying that I have never used Joomla, so I cannot speak of that.
I have never used Wix however, despite all of the advertisements that they do, I have heard some really bad stories about them. I have also seen some of the worst websites known to man built with them. Besides all of that, I think that building a website where you own the content is important. If you use Wix, they have control over everything. If you host with RapidWeaver or the other software that you mention, you can easily move to a new hosting company if you see fit. All it would take is the click of a button with RapidWeaver.
Wordpress… oh boy. You can build some amazing things with Wordpress. There is a large and thriving ecosystem of developers. Its so large that it could be difficult to decide which sub-ecosystem you want to work in within the overall Wordpress environment. This is why I personally dont like Wordpress. OK, maybe I hate Wordpress…
- I dont find it pleasant to use at all. Now granted, I have not tried some of the more modern frameworks. However, Wordpress was built to be a blog, then they tried to smash everything else under that umbrella. Its like trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. It may be a personal choice but I really don’t see any joy in using the product at all.
- Since Wordpress is so large is is under constant attack. This means that you have to worry about your site getting hacked. You will be spending a lot of time upgrading and applying security patches (which could break plugins). Or paying someone to handle that for you. That does not sound fun to me…
- Wordpress sites are a lot slower than sites built with RapidWeaver. RapidWeaver is essentially a static site generator. There are ways to bring in dynamic content and blogs. But even with those, I have found RapidWeaver to beat the performance of Wordpress sites that I have seen.