Incredibly, I just had a potential client decide not to build their website with me because they said that they didn’t “know” WordPress. Don’t let fear of the unknown scare you away from WordPress.
If you know me, you know that I’m always building with the user in mind. When I build a site I want the owner to own the domain name, I want them to own the hosting, and I want them to know how to change virtually anything on their website all by themselves.
This is why I build in WordPress
It’s not rocket science. WordPress is drop dead simple to use. Some of the smartest coders in the world work very hard to make it that way. I always say, “If you can send an email, you can use WordPress”. For those not familiar – here’s a look at what I’m talking about.
Creating a Post or a Page
If you are signed in, you’ll see a black bar at the top of your site. There’s a dropdown for “New” that will quickly get you to create a new Post, Media, Page or other item.
Once you click on (post or page) you’ll see a title box, with a large text box below it. You can guess that the box that says, “Enter title here” is where you might title your post. The box below is where you would write your post.
Pretty simple right?
Clicking on the “kitchen sink” in the menu bar will reveal a few more tools to jazz up your post
These are much the same tools you have in email or word programs. You can add links, bold, center justify all you like.
Want to add a picture? Just click on the “Add Media” button and upload the image from your hard drive.
You can change the size, the justification, the wrapping and so much more!
Stop anywhere along the way and WordPress will automatically save your work as a draft. When you are ready to publish your work of art, it’s pretty simple.
Editing a Post or a Page
Want to edit something that’s already on your site? If it’s a Post or a Page just navigate to the page you want to change and you’ll see up in the black top bar a small “edit post” (or page) right next to where we found the “New” button. Remember that only you can see this when you are logged in.
Click the edit button, make your changes and then don’t forget to save the changes by clicking the “update” button.
That’s it. It really is that simple to use. That said, you’ll want your WordPress website to be installed and built properly to begin with. That part takes talent and skill.
Moral of the Story: Technology is supposed to make your life simpler. Don’t be afraid of new things especially when the whole system was designed to put incredible power in the hands of people with little technical skill. (if that’s you it’s ok! )
Are you ready to get started?
UNRELATED: From a different potential client…
“We’re going to go with NoDaddy because they say they’ll supply a real human to help us.”
First of all – What did you think I was going to do?
Secondly, do you really think they’ll assign a skilled WordPress developer – or just a phone bank of people reading off a script?
He's an avid hockey fan, rides a mountain bike, sometimes rides a road bike, has a few motorcycles (he had a really fast one, bought a cool orange one, rode a really slow one, and wants a really small one). If that isn't enough, he makes cheese and sourdough bread, loves strong beer and good red wine, and poorly plays the Mandolin.