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WordPress for beginners?

WordPress is not easy but there are lots of WordPress resources out there to teach yourself

Being a web designer who learned from the ground up about web design and coding, I used to maybe think that WordPress was a blogging tool with little in it for me, but over the years, there has been a LOT of change

Today we will discuss WordPress.org and whether or not it is as easy as people say. Needless to say, you need to have some sort of computer experience before diving into WordPress. This is not a how to use WordPress step by step article, it is just outlining the fundamentals of using WordPress and why you may or may not think it is easy.

Firstly some people don’t know there is a difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. They are two different entities. WordPress.org is the official site of the open source software called WordPress while WordPress.com is a blog site that runs the WordPress software where you can host your blog. You would go to WordPress.org if you want to establish your own wesite using the WordPress with your own hosting. This is what a web designer would use.

Before you can begin your website, you need to buy a domain and hosting. You don’t need to go to the same company for this. If you find a domain is cheaper somewhere then buy it there, but focus on getting good hosting.

Most reputable hosting businesses allow you to easily add WordPress to your domain. Then it’s just a matter of going to xyz.com.au/wp-admin and entering the user name and password that you chose whild downloading. Yes this part should be easy. Once you have logged in you will see the dashboard below

This is a screenshot of the WordPress.org dashboard

Gutenberg editor image

If you know the old WordPress you’d know it was quite difficult to align images.

The most current update to WordPress is the Gutenberg editor.

If you press the cross at the top left hand cornerof the new editor, you have many new layouts.

When you load WordPress you are given the latest WordPress theme. You can’t use WordPress without a theme because it needs the theme files to know how to present your posts and pages.

The WordPress theme is where a lot of the magic happens as this tells wordPress how to look pretty and colourful, with all sorts of layouts.

These days a lot of developers use page builders. What’s that you say! A Page Builder is a plugin that you add to WordPress that lets you build and edit grid based pages and posts on top of WordPress. Most of the interfaces are as intuitive as they possibly can be, so it shouldn’t you long to learn rhe essentials. This can be where more magic happens, because the developers add some tricks.

It’s all pretty self explanatary until you can’t make the page builder do what you want it to do. In this case you can spend hours of reading and emailing their support pages to get answers.

Let’s recap

  • Buy a domain name
  • Buy hosting
  • download WordPress
  • Pick a theme which may or may not use a page builder.

You may think WordPress enables you to build a professional grade website with little to no effort The short answer is maybe, if you are tollerant and have time on your hands to learn, I don’t see why not. There are definitely a lot of resources available online.

Updates are part and parcel of your day to day life while dealing with WordPress, but we will discuss this another time.

Some people take to it like a duck to water then start doing some may say dangerous things. They set up sites with vulnerabilities, they get hacked and then they start offering their services. You can find many of these people on the large websites that offer cheap services in a bidding format.

Nothing makes you a pro like experience. I’d say learning WordPress is a committment, it’s up to you and your IQ as to whether you think it is easy. For the average person I’d say it probably takes about as long as it takes to learn microsoft word, if you want an ordinary website. The rest comes with time and practice.

If you aren’t creative and have the commitment to learn, WordPress may not be easy. You probably should contact Web Honey web design, I hear they are really good!

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