Ran a WordPress survey on Reddit. With some unexpected results.

I decided to run a survey, basically to find out what regular users of WordPress experience and asked them a few questions.

No self-proclaimed WordPress masters. Just people like me and you who use WP daily.

Ten questions were asked, and I had some people kindly respond with their thoughts.


I’ll be honest I thought I’d get more entries as I posted the survey to Reddit. Only received 11 responses, as that number doesn’t appear to be growing I thought I’d publish it and share my findings.

There are a number of WordPress plugins I didn’t even know that users were using. Hard to fathom everyone’s setup, there’s some eye openers and plugins/themes to bookmark for future reference I know I have done just that!

Full disclosure: This post has affiliate links in it. They do not affect you in any way shape or form, any purchases made from these links, go back into LyrWP. They afford me the ability to purchase products to review and keep food on the table, as well as upkeep of the site.

So what did I ask?

These were the questions asked:

Tell me about yourself.
What first got you into WordPress?
How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc.?
What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?
What are your must-have plugins for your sites?
What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?
What do you think of the WordPress community?
Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?
What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?
Where do you see WordPress in 10 years


Matija of KasaReviews

Kasareviews

My name is Matija and I am the owner of KasaReviews website.

I love working with WordPress. On my site, I write about WordPress, its themes, plugins, and all related questions.

I try to give advice, write tutorials, guides, provide tips and review plugins and themes from my experience with them.

What first got you into WordPress?

What got me into WordPress is the ability to create your own websites with ease and vast opportunities via WordPress plugins and themes to tap into any kind of project.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc.?

I currently use WordPress for blogging. I have some projects in mind for the future which include a website with an online store and maybe building sites for clients.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

I recently started using Astra theme and I really liked it. It has many customization options and Pro addon ads, even more, features in the form of modules. It is not bloated and you can deactivate modules which you don’t need.

I also like ReHub theme and Ocean.

What are your must-have plugins for your sites?

It all depends on what kind of site is in question as it is not the same which plugins will use e-commerce website or blogging site.

But generally speaking I install WP Rocket, Yoast SEO, WP Offload Media, WP Mail SMTP, ShortPixel Image Optimizer, Really Simple SSL, NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster, Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress, Duplicator Pro, Elementor, Classic Editor, Anti-spam and All In One WP Security on most of my sites. 

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

I must admit I have never thought about that. So far I have always found a plugin or theme that can do the job which I need.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

WordPress community is great. Whenever I have some issue, need advice, looking for a tutorial I just type it and find many others who experienced the same problem or covered the topic.

Most users are helpful so thanks for all WordPress users out there who are willing to help and saved me with their solutions.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

I don’t like Gutenberg at all. I gave it a chance but it didn’t work out. Then I installed Classic Editor plugin on all of my sites. I will give it another chance in the future.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

I don’t listen to anything when creating content. Need peace and quite to be able to focus as I tend to be easily distracted.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

I can see WordPress only evolving and getting a bigger cut on the market.

Chris from Switzerland

What first got you into WordPress?

Large adaption, huge community.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

I use it personally as well as for client projects.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Self made theme as a basis that can easily be adapted to meet almost every need.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Advanced Custom Fields Pro, Formidable Pro, WP-Rocket.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

Very diverse, lots of people from all around the world with that are always happy to help. Easy to get answers, and most questions have already been asked and answered. Skill level from beginner to top agencies that use WP every day.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

At the moment, it’s too buggy and too many open questions on implementing your own blocks. This might change in a couple of months but as for now, we use custom meta fields or flex content from ACF.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Sometimes music, sometimes a technology related podcast.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

If they can get a grip on gutenberg, I still see WP as the dominant leader in the CMS world. If they can’t, a successor might take some % of their market, but that’ll need some time.

WordPress is here to stay for the next years at least. With the Rest API, you can even do headless installs, so there’s still a lot you can do for future development.

Stratagem Hosting

Stratagem Hosting is a hosting solutions provider at the cutting edge of the cloud hosting market, ensuring your website or hosted service is always performing the best it can be.

What first got you into WordPress?

A sysadmin job, long ago.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

Client builds – web hosting business but also offer design. 90% of design work is based on WP.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Avada – ease of use / updates / relatively lightweight.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Wordfence / Slider revolution.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

There is no one size fits all plugin – it would not work well. That said – a plugin that could interact with Woocommerce and edit it, without needing to get down to PHP files would be nice.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

Generally helpful.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Sprouts. Not used it – presume it does the job but tend to use Avada builder.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Generally chip tunes. Occasionally black metal.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

In approximately the same space it is now – a market leader in blogging / non custom website building.

Purushottam Kiri – Counsellr WordPress Support Services

We are a small team of Individuals who love creating amazingly beautiful, secure and hhigh-performance WordPress websites.

And did we tell you that we Maintain/Manage it too? Well, now we have. Purushottam Kiri is a partner and WordPress Consultant at Counsellr WordPress Support Services. He does not always talk in the third person.

What first got you into WordPress?

It was the easiest, supported shared servers and could be extended with plugins. Although this is a while back, around 8 years, while I was learning PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS and javascript at college.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

I am using WordPress for my business website, for client sites and several other low difficulty SEO opportunities which are, to be frank, just experiments.

WordPress helps us plan, execute and look at the results without spending a gazillion hours building, optimizing and adding content to the website.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

GeneratePress. 1. No bloat, use what you need, disable everything else 2. Amazing Performance 3. Good SEO Practices 4. Responsive Author, (oh, hey Tom! :D) 5. Extremely Flexible

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

GeneratePress Premium – Extends Generatepress. SEOPress Premium -For SEO. W3Cache – For Performance. WPCompress – For Optimizing Images. Malcare – For Security.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

We are currently developing one, and it is finally my favorite. Hint: Its somewhere in the domain of forms and leads.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

Most of my interaction for WordPress happens on Reddit, and so far, it has been positive, it is good to see that when someone new asks a question on WordPress, like ” hey guys, what’s the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com?” and you see people answering patiently to help out the guy.

But again, my interaction has been limited, to say the least.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. The first thing i did after updating to WordPress 5 was test drive the editor and what it could do. Next, I installed the “Disable Gutenberg” plugin pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas. Some rated the Gutenberg plugin 1 star. From multiple accounts. On Christmas.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Click sounds of my mouse and keyboard.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

I think WordPress is here to stay, just look at the amount of websites on WordPress today!

Michelle Ames Of Impress.org

Michelle Ames is the Head of Customer Success at Impress.org where she helps customers use the GiveWP.com and WPBusinessReviews.com plugins.

She finds joy in seeing the success of customers – especially when they have that “AHA” moment where it all clicks!

What first got you into WordPress?

A friend and I started an NGO and needed a site. Her husband built it and gave us logins. I logged in and it was like I’d entered wonderland. Fell in love.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

I work for a plugin shop now, build for clients on the side, and had my own site shop for 6 years before.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Divi. I love the flexibility.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

BackupBuddy, TinyMCE Advanced, Caldera Forms, WordFence, Akismet.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

A scheduling plugin with robust possibilities. Able to book multiple time slots and as many appts in each slot as I’d like…Like Schedulicity does from the outside.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

I love our community. I’m a pay-it-forward WordPresser because of all the help and encouragement I’ve received from others in the community.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

I’m in the middle. I’m learning it slowly while still using the classic editor to make changes to existing sites or putting up a site that needs to be done quickly.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

The Beatles through Amazon music on my Echo dot.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

At 50% of the Internet, making it even easier for people to build their own sites while still providing others with an opportunity at making a living doing more complex sites and building for others who have no desire or time to build for themselves.

Bud Kraus from Joy of WP

I’m Bud Kraus, a combination of site developer and teacher.

If you’re a site owner who wants someone on your team that will not just build your site but teach you what you want then I’m your guy.

Find out more about my services.

What first got you into WordPress?

A client told me I should learn it and after some resistance from a hard code guy, I did.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

My site is a lead generator.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Genesis because it has a huge developer community and has become a WP standard. I also like GeneratePress. It’s excellent.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Redirection and Yoast and a bunch of others that are good to have. If a host does not backup (or I don’t trust them) then it’s BackWPup.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

A easy way to choose which parts of the WP Admin I want to see instead of the standard Dashboard, Menu, Widgets.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

It’s the best part of WP.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Not really. I don’t use it yet but I teach it and use it for client sites. I know I will need to use it eventually. I’m a solid agnostic.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

My clients. Or do you mean music, news etc. Both.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

Front end in-browser design. Or it will join MySpace in the digital graveyard.

Anonymous response #1

What first got you into WordPress?

Ease of use, quick to rollout, easy to edit/template, large support base.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

Developing – I’m a developer for a small agency.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

I write my own, usually based off HTML5Blank.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

ACF Pro, Contact Form 7, Flamingo, Akismet, WP Migrate DB, InfiniteWP

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

ACF Pro is pretty much it.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

It’s ok.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Neither really. A lot of clients have struggled with it, so have reverted them back to Classic Editor (particularly legacy clients using custom page builders that Gutenberg completely trashed), but going forwards, have no issues using it.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Death metal.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

Probably about the same, but with about 5 different editors causing even more chaos.

Anonymous response #2

What first got you into WordPress?

Ease of Use.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

Development and building enterprise apps.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Understrap because it’s updated frequently and easy to extend.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Wordfence and Backupbuddy along with ACF.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

ACF.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

It’s full of noobs who think WordPress can solve 100% of problems out of the box and without spending a dime.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Pushing it away but also adding custom blocks to some sites to replace shortcodes.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Rock Music.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

It’s probably going to split into Blogging and CMS. I can imagine them offering and enterprise version that’s stripped down.

HalteGame.com

Haltegame – that’s my site and your usual WordPress site. It’s not in English, and I just recently started writing on it again after having a lengthy break due to health issues.

It is based on Isola theme by Automattic that was totally modified. As for myself. I’m just your average WordPress user that has been using it for more than 12 years (going 13 years now on June) and also a lurker at Reddit and many other places.

What first got you into WordPress?

Back in 2006 I want to create a personal website and found wordpress.com. After a few months, I moved into self hosting option.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

I use it primarly for my own sites. Some are personal, some are news type sites.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

Themes made by Automattic. Because I don’t want to start from scratch and want good starting point (in terms of code quality).

But in the end, I always totally modified the theme that I use. The ones that I used are based on Isola theme by Automattic but has been totally modified.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Jetpack. There are some good functions offered by it and the plugins I created depends on the several of the functions provided by it.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

Not sure but probably if it’s free (no pro or such thing) and regulary updated then that’s good, because I had bad experience with depending on plugins made by others especially if it’s from individual developer, I rather fork the code myself and maintain it for personal use.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

Depend on which community you ask. If it’s Reddit, it’s hit and miss. If it’s on wordpress.org then I don’t know because I haven’t been there for years.

If it’s community on various websites that talks about WP, then it’s too cluttered and sometimes not dependable. A good example of this, when faced with a problem many WP websites always try to go the plugin route rather than giving the proper solution like old times, like providing the SQL Queries, etc.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

I don’t use visual composer or such so Gutenberg doesn’t affect me in any way. But I don’t really accept it either. It’s being forced on my throat and I don’t see any option other than to accept it.

Using a classic editor that has expiry times is not a solution either. You can say that someone probably will be giving it an update even after the core WordPress team abandoned it. But unless I can be totally 1000% sure that such a person exist,

I’d rather go with Gutenberg rather than depending on something that might not get another update and have to work on it because no one work on the classic editor anymore.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Hmm … no one. The reason is simply because my site visitors never asked me on what kind of content I should create. Even on my old site that is now dead and used to get 350-400k pageviews per month.

I just learn what they like by looking at statistics and then write it. That’s all.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

Not sure. Probably still there. As long as they can market it right they will still exist. Majority of people doesn’t care what they are using as long as it works and easy for them.

Will @ WPLiving

Wpliving is a blog that explores WordPress from a practical user’s perspective.

What first got you into WordPress?

I followed the development of Firefox back in 2002/2003 and that got me interested in Open Source software. That led me to blogging apps like Drupal, Textpattern and later WordPress in 2004/2005.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

I use WordPress primarily for blogging and for building websites. I sometimes use it for teaching too.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

I don’t have a go-to WordPress theme. I wish I did. I always seem to be shifting from one to another. Just when I find a theme I like, something new comes along!

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Akismet, Contact Form 7, Mailchimp, Jetpack, Yoast SEO.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

One plugin to rule them all. A sort of “Super Jetpack” that does security, social sharing, SEO, forms…but that sort of defeats the object of a plugin doesn’t it! I wish this sort of functionality was built into the WP core.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

It’s a diverse and astonishing community. I encounter it most through Reddit and WordPress.org Support forums. WordPress users tend to be “can do” people who often go out of their way to help others. WP is nothing without its community.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

The more I use it, the more I like it. I come at it purely from a user perspective. I find it quite efficient. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it can save you time.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Anything from the Erased Tapes label and a lot of weird and wonderful stuff I collect in thrift stores in Japan.

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

If the so-called social web is still operative, then it will no doubt have a place in desktop publishing. People will always “read” in some form or another and as long as we have interfaces that support text, then apps like WordPress will be relevant.

I suspect WP will be even more smartphone-oriented than it is now. More streamlined, perhaps more dictation friendly…

Stefan Caliaro Of Siteroo

Stefan Caliaro

Hey there, I’m a Product Web Designer with a background ranging from web hosting (VPS, DNS, Linux, AWS, GCP, Cloudflare) to online marketing (WordPress, Social Media, SEO and logo generation in Adobe Illustrator) who grew up in Sydney, Australia.

I’ve worked in startups to corporates and back to startups, ranging from IT Support, Web Developer, Web Hosting, Online SEO and Social Media Marketing to UX and UI Design.

I’m a huge fan of HBO Silicon Valley, Richard is my favourite character.

My freelance web design site is Siteroo. My personal portfolio site is Stefan Caliaro.

What first got you into WordPress?

Hi Ben! I needed to do a landing page for a startup my Co-founder and I were working on – https://owneroom.com Home co-ownership. My Co-founder had prior experience with WordPress, so we ended up using the Scalia theme which used WP Bakery/Visual Composer *Shudders*.

How do you use WordPress currently? e.g. Are you using it primarily for blogging, developing, use it for client builds etc?

Currently have been using Elementor Page Builder to design and develop sites for myself and potential clients.

What’s your go-to WordPress theme and why?

I’m using Astra with Elementor Canvas atm, but I have seen WordPress Stacks and other Page Builders. I like how you can easily customise pages with drag and drop, and also have the option to customise HTML/CSS inline.

The downside is you need to spend more time and energy building out pages and blog posts (which I’m still figuring out how to make a dynamic post section with Elementor despite seeing some old videos on it).

Also, there’s a bit of a performance hit because Page Builders, especially Elementor contain so much internal HTML/CSS/JS overhead it’s not funny. My tip would be to keep images compressed and pages small in terms of HTML objects. I’ve designed two single-page sites and they feel a bit bloated. Use PageSpeed too.

What are your must have plugins for your sites?

Analytify – Google Analytics Dashboard, All In One SEO Pack, Elementor / Divi / Beaver Builder, Elementor Pro, Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP), Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights, GP Back To Top, SSL Insecure Content Fixer, Ultimate Addons for Elementor, WebP Express, Wordfence Security, Drift, Cloudflare, Disqus, Sucuri.

What would be your ultimate plugin in an ideal world, what functionality would it have?

Possibly a Page Builder plugin that allowed us to design pages using our mobile phones and easily blog from there dropping in pictures and other content like video embeds.

There was an Android app I saw that created websites for you called Leia. Available on Google Play here.

What do you think of the WordPress community?

Very active, bubbly and communicative.

Are you embracing the Gutenberg editor or pushing it away like a plate of sprouts at Christmas?

Haven’t really tried it much, I’ve been heavily using Elementor since last year since it has a lot more UI elements and design options. Gutenberg Ultimate Addons seems cool from Brainstorm.

What do you listen to when you’re creating content for your site or your clients?

Liquid DnB, Progressive Deep House or Trance. Some of my recents: – https://youtu.be/-0k4_MBLqkM?t=1574https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq3OtxPP1tU&t=1716shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-STe04TOechttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s34zjI77_TQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOqoCvptWagLo-Fi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9CLdkkNn20https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJoo79OwZEI&t=3077s Productivity fuel 🙂

Where do you see WordPress in 10 years time?

Hopefully more invested in their mobile app. Maybe a Gutenberg drag and drop mobile Page Builder? The mobile app feels abandoned. It would be great to see easy blogging integration with other Page Builders too.

Massive thanks to those who took part

I really could not be more grateful for those who took part in this survey, There’s some interesting opinions, especially when it comes to recommended plugins and of course themes.

It’s refreshing to see people being brutally honest with their opinions, be them on Gutenberg, the community and of course on how they use WordPress in general.

The survey is of course now over, however I’d love to know your thoughts on any of the questions mentioned above. So if you’d like to keep the survey going in terms of comments on this post, please feel free to chip in with your opinions.

Or you may disagree with the above comments where applicable and like to give your thoughts? Either way please feel free to join in.

2 thoughts on “Ran a WordPress survey on Reddit. With some unexpected results.”

  1. Thanks very much for including me in this interview piece. It was interesting to read people’s predictions about WP in 10 years time.

    Clearly there’s been a push over the past 4-5 yrs at WP HQ to make the platform more mobile friendly. Gutenberg is clearly part of that process.

    At the same time, as one person said, most people don’t care which app or software they use for blog or website publishing, so long as it is easy to use and gets the job done.

    Again, Gutenberg is also a response to that. Yes, it’s still buggy and it has alienated many developers and sparked forks and new open source projects, but that’s what’s great about Open Source software. Don’t like the direction an app is going in? Change direction and make a new one.

    Ultimately, my feeling with Gutenberg is that it should probably have been a standalone project for Automattic. They chose to tack it onto the WP core and that led to a bit of a Frankenstein situation. Gutenberg should have been a new publishing app entirely mobile focused. Had it flourished on its own, they could have made the corporate decision down the line to invest more in Gutenberg than WordPress. All this stems from the fact that WP is still open source software, free for all at the point of use, BUT it is also a corporate product for Automattic that sustains the lives of a sizeable company. I think they’re constantly torn between those 2 dynamics.

  2. No problems, great to have you on board and your thoughts. It was interesting to read peoples opinions on Gutenberg.

    I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t a massive fan of Gutenberg when it first came out and in truth, I don’t like the way it’s been thrust upon you as a user.

    Over time I’ve come to like it, I usually write out of the editor then cut and paste into a post. Gutenberg is excellent at retaining the structure as is the classic editor.

    I do like the simplicity of rearranging things in GB as opposed to the classic editor and am starting to enjoy using it. It’s not for everyone and I agree with you on the fact it should have been released as a standalone product.

    There’s also quite a few plugins/themes I’ve never even heard of that I might take for a spin.

    It’s always good to get real-world opinions on everyday users processes. Be it plugins used or thoughts on WP at large. Good to know most think the WP community at large is useful and worth taking part in.

    Thanks for the comment, Will.

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