Are Content Management Systems Making Us Bad Web Developers?

Thursday, 22 April 2010

by Silumesii Maboshe

This year’s Face of Africa calls Zambia home. I wonder what impression visitors to the online “face” of Zambia think when they visit our websites. It is a stark contrast. For such beautiful people, we make some very ugly websites. Why is that?

My guess is that anyone who can download and install a Content Management System thinks they are a bona fide web developer. This type of thing is ruining the trade for those who genuinely care and are doing a great job of it. It is putting reputations and livelihoods at stake. This breaks my heart.

Could it be that CMSs encourage developers to be lazy? With the wealth of templates to choose from is there any impetus to be creative about putting a website together? Are content management systems making us bad web developers?

I think so.