It’s not WordPress’ fault
Consumed => “Never Say WordPress When Selling a Web Design Project” by Brent Weave on Speckyboy Design Magazine.
=> My value add (i.e., left a comment);
I see it differently, and very much so.
You’re correct, agency can be a burden. Like it or not, agency includes being transparent. Technology selection *is* an important decision, especially for the non-technical. You should be transparent. You should be able to help the client make the best decision for them – for today and many many days going forward. If that means you “lose” then that’s the way it is. If that bothers you, then perhaps agency isn’t the game for you?
But to say that a lack of transparency is in the best interest of the client is an obvious violation of agency. Potentially, a better solution would have been to sell a layer of consulting services first. That is, “We start with discovery and then develop a recommendation from there.” Granted, that doesn’t work on lower budget projects. Perhaps those should be passed on anyway?
Don’t get me wrong, I feel your pain. But weakness and lack of clarity in my marketing efforts would not be WP’s fault. Someone won the project for some reason. I need to figure that out. I also need to focus on finding the right clients and the best projects. Yes, I have a hammer. But not every thing is a nail. It’s OK to say, “No thanks.”