I have been using WordPress for about 6 years. When I started out using WordPress I was working as a Marketing Assistant for an air conditioning/ pumping company and creating content for their blog posts. I wasn’t interested in creating content about air conditioning units, so I didn’t last long in that job. I didn’t think a lot about WordPress until a few years later. That’s when I created my own website and became AMAZED by the power of WordPress. Here’s why:
WordPress is open source software. That means the code that is developed by WordPress can openly be viewed, shared and distributed by absolutely anyone. There is a community of people that are contributing to WordPress every single day. These people are giving up their time to actively update and improve WordPress software. I think that’s pretty cool, which leads me onto my next point.
People that use WordPress are awesome
Obviously I am biased, but typically you will find that WordPress folk are a very friendly bunch. As there is a community of people constantly contributing to WordPress, there is a collaborative approach to the community. You could be a member of a Facebook group, attend a WordPress meetup or even go to a Wordcamp. If I have a question there is generally always a friendly person who has been using WordPress longer than me to help.
Google loves WordPress
WordPress is designed for bloggers. Bloggers write content. Google bloody loves content. Everyone creates a website in the hope their site will get exposure and WordPress helps massively in that sense. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of rubbish you can potentially clog your WordPress site with, that will make Google hate it, but overall it’s the best bet if you are hoping to rank on Google and improve your search engine optimisation.
Free WordPress tutorials are available
There are places where you can learn WordPress completely free. I will be publishing a mega list soon of resources but in the meantime my top three recommendations for an absolute beginner are:
This is the ultimate WordPress user manual. Think of it as the WordPress bible. Bookmark it. Print it (maybe just a few pages – think of the trees!) The WordPress codex is a wiki page that is maintained by the WordPress community. It’s a great place for beginners to start their WordPress journey.
Visit the WordPress codex site.
WPBeginner create step-by-step user guides of pretty much any problem you might encounter with WordPress. Their instructions are easy to follow and they explain WordPress fundamentals in a logical format. Most of their blog posts are now available as YouTube videos, so it doesn’t matter what your learning style is, WPBeginner will help you get started. For easy step-by-step guides you can’t get much better.
Visit the WPBeginner site here.
Quite vague I know. But the reality is that there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of people creating WordPress tutorial videos. They might not necessarily be good ones, but there are a lot of them out there and it’s personal preference which one you pick. My advice would be, if you know what type of website you want to build, put that search term into YouTube. It could be ‘WordPress website for a window cleaning business’ or ‘How to sell online with WordPress’ whatever you want your website to do, look for the YouTuber that’s an expert in that field.
You can customise your website
There are thousands upon thousands of WordPress themes available that enable you to customise the look of your website. You don’t need to be a coder or developer to change the look of your website. Some theme creators spend months perfecting their theme so that’s it’s optimised for conversions. There will often be teams of people working on a theme to ensure it is user friendly, both for the site visitor and the website owner. Also, a lot of free themes are available, which means if you want to create a blog, monetise your site or create an ecommerce website you can do this for free.
On a personal level, I think WordPress is great is because it creates possibilities for everyone and anyone with an idea and WiFi. If you’ve got an idea you can run with it. WordPress is an opportunity for you to create something new, so if you’ve got an idea and you want to create a website there is nothing stopping you.