Don’t developers always know what the content of a site will be ahead of time? In other words, don’t developers create sites around content?


#1

Question

Don’t developers always know what the content of a site will be ahead of time? In other words, don’t developers create sites around content?

Answer

No. While it is best to design around content, this isn’t always possible. For example, say you are creating a Wordpress theme for a client. Content Management Systems like Wordpress allow users to easily add, remove, and change the content a site. You can imagine a scenario where your client swaps out content or adds new content to the theme you created.

In this type of a scenario, the developer might not know what content the client might use to populate their theme.


#2

And that’s just one scenario, developer works for client to build the shell of the site then client populates said site.

The other even larger scenario is user generated content which is pretty much where the web has been going these past ten years. Pick any social networking site. The developers could never imagine the content that users would be creating; they could only create the user environment. The rest is, as they say, history in the making.