WordPress Site Builder Shuts Down – Devs Forced to Rebuild Client Sites

WordPress Site Builder Shuts Down – Devs Forced to Rebuild

Cwicly WordPress website builder announced that they are shutting down by the end of the year and returning all 2,024 customers. The decision forced developers to halt current projects and begin the process of migrating client sites to other WordPress website building platforms.

It's an abrupt end to what was considered an innovative product that was considered a promising toolkit for building high-performance websites on top of the native Gutenberg full site editor. But also some criticism.

An email sent by Cwicly to their customers was reposted on the Dynamic WordPress Facebook Group.

The letter reads in part:

“After much thought and soul-searching, I've made the difficult decision to stop developing the Cwicly app. This decision has been deeply influenced by recent events that have deeply affected both myself and the team.

Unfortunately, the relentless onslaught of destructive posts and comments from some WordPress influencers has created an atmosphere that has made it increasingly difficult for us to pursue our vision for Cwicly.

Since launching Cwicly, we've not only had to build our product, but we've also suffered the constant disruption of our choice to embrace the WordPress vision in Gutenberg. Additionally, there have been personal attacks on both myself and team members that have been openly tolerated throughout.

The negativity and hostility towards Cwicly, especially compared to page creators, has had a significant impact on our morale and motivation.”

Brenda Malone (LinkedIn), a freelance web developer and search marketing expert, commented that this could put a chill on new web development tools if the Cwicly event causes developers to lose trust in new companies and stick with current trusted ones.

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He said:

“It creates a bad precedent. who will trust small software development shops again?

This is terrible for developers who will have to rebuild client sites. What a mess it really is.''

Cwicly And Gutenberg

Unlike other platforms, Cwicly is built to work with Gutenberg, adding developer-friendly options that extend the capabilities of what is only possible with the full Gutenberg site editor.

One of the innovations that helped create buzz around Cwicly was the integration of Tailwind, an open source CSS framework that helps speed up website development. But the Tailwind integration was also a source of criticism because it was a partial implementation that was planned to be rolled out in phases with more features planned for the near future.

A feature that many people have come to love about Cwicly is that it's basically a blank slate to work on without the burden of dealing with the extra code that some page builders impose. That same plus was also seen as a negative by others, as it was perceived by some as an additional hurdle to building a fast website.

At the time, it seemed that for every step forward, there was also the perception that there was another step back. Despite the developer-friendly innovations helping to build buzz around Cwicly, there was also a feeling that it wasn't quite finished, and for some reason it just didn't take off as quickly as other professional page builders like Bricks Builder. and Breakdance.

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David McCann, an early supporter of Cwicly who considered it “cutting edge,” recently wrote an article discussing the developer community's peculiar reluctance to stick with Cwicly.

He wrote:

“With such a long list of amazing features, why isn't Cwicly more popular? Why aren't more people using it? Why is it still something that many look at but don't commit to? This paradox is what I call the Cwicly conundrum. People are interested in Cwicly and watching it, but they don't necessarily fully embrace it.”

What WordPress Developers Are Saying

Adam J. Humphreys (LinkedIn) of web development and SEO company Making 8 suggested possible next steps.

He commented to SEJ.

“I recommend users to switch to Bricks Builder as soon as possible to avoid further security breaches.

Bricks Builder includes both advanced features for purists and a simple interface for new users. It's something to build a design career around. That's why Bricks has gained so much momentum. The software surrounding the community is what makes all the difference. Keeping the community engaged and integrated is what makes the platform strong.”

React on Reddit

Reaction on Reddit was polarized, with some expressing some understanding and others thinking it was a bad move.

One Redditor wrote:

“As a current paying member, a few minutes ago I received an email from Luis mentioning the termination of Cwicly due to hostility and constant criticism from some WordPress influencers.

Now this has put me, and I imagine many others, in a very precarious position. I'm halfway through rebuilding our 5 sites that were going live this month. Obviously I'm not going to do that now because I'll have to redo them again in a few months when Cwicly stops working altogether.”

Another Redditor responded:

“We're buying with your money because random people said they didn't like us. What a lame excuse for fraudulent buyers…”.

Others were more sympathetic, noting that Cwicly was returning all user fees in 2024. Others have expressed their frustration at buying a license for Cwicly in the hope that it would appear, and now they have to redo sites built with Cwicly because once development stops, there will be no more updates to make it compatible with PHP. and with future WordPress updates, including security updates. This means that any sites that still use Cwicly in the future may be prone to becoming obsolete as the WordPress core evolves to take advantage of newer versions of PHP, not to mention the inevitable inability to update to newer versions of WordPress. due to incompatibilities.

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Cwicly sunset

Cwicly's sunset by the end of 2024 illustrates the challenges of product innovation, especially in a market with many active competitors with full-featured products. Any flaws are bound to be noticed and amplified by social media, which in this case has had a demoralizing effect.

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