Week one of the Quick Start Challenge is over and I’ve set up my website and started to blogg. It was a bit of a learning curve with WordPress, I’ve had very little previous experience with it. Not that it is a difficult platform because it isn’t, but like a lot of things, it takes time to get to know what your working with.
There are a lot of advantages with WordPress though, for creating blogs on a regular basis, it’s as easy as logging in and you’re all set to go. No coming to grips with HTML code or creating a new page from scratch with a visual editor like Dreamweaver or whatever. So it’s very fast that way.
Themes are another great feature. Rather than coming up with a design on your own, you can use a template which is a pre-designed website. Themes can also have a lot of features built in as well. For example, the theme that I’m using, from Thrive Themes, is designed for the internet marketing niche. It has templates for landing pages, sales pages, thank you pages and more. It also has some really cool widgets for increasing conversions, list building, etc. I haven’t starting using any of those yet, but it’s only early days at the moment and the reason why I chose Thrive, is that I don’t have to concern myself with any of the technicalities of developing these things when the time comes. It’s all taken care of now and of course, it will save me heaps of time later.
If a theme doesn’t have a particular feature you would like, chances are there is a plugin for that. Which brings me to the next advantage of WordPress – plugins! For many this is a big positive because it can do so much to add functionality to your site like search engine optimisation, automate your website, enhance security or just add cool features. At the time of writing this, Wikipedia reports that there are 38,500 plugins available and many of those are free to use.
So there you have it, my take on WordPress. Because of my coding background,I didn’t like it to start. It just didn’t seem to have the freedom that coding has, but I’m coming around to it. I can see the long term benefits for saving time and ease of use, etc, so I’ll just have to accept what I consider to be disadvantages.
What do you think? What are some of the best things about WordPress? What have been your challenges using it?
Let me know down below.
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