How did you learn WordPress? WordPress is a software that many online business owners use for building websites. It is no longer news that it powers most of the websites on the Internet today. It is easy to use and expand for many projects.
I am not saying that there are no technical involvements. Believe me, they are. Despite its steep learning curve if want to master it as a developer, it is much easier in comparison with similar contentment management software like Drupal and Joomla.
So how do you come to know how to use this powerful software that creates that place on the Internet that many call home?
When I posted this question on the Facebook the other day, I surprised at the ways a lot of people have come to learn how to work with this software. Some learnt it through books, online courses, on the job trainings, and through trial and error. What I like to call trial and perfect.
I was first introduced to WordPress in 2007. I was working on a partnership project between Microsoft Nigeria and the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, and the Katsina-Ala Local Government in Benue State.
Ease of Use
At the time, I knew very little about web development. I knew how to build websites with HTML and Microsoft Publisher 2003. Working with HTML was good, but the challenge of uploading the content to the site was huge. I was looking for a much easier way to do that. That was when WordPress was introduced to me.
WordPress is a content management system that helps you build your website with much ease. If you can work with a Word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, then you can work with WordPress. It is easy to type your content for the world to read. I like to describe it as a tool that content creators can use to help them publish faster with their website instead of fighting with it.
That gives you time to focus on creating fresh content for your readers than working on your website. I believe that is the dream of every content creator. When I was introduced to the application, I quickly downloaded it from www.wordpress.org, the official website of the software.
At that time, there were not much books on WordPress, so I relied upon the Codex to learn about setting WordPress on a local server, that is offline. Though it took me a long time to do that at first, now it can take me less than 5 minutes to install one.
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Through working on sites for myself and for clients, reading blog posts, seminars, and online courses, I have learnt a lot about working and managing WordPress projects. I also built a thriving business around the software. If you need a website, let me know. Also, you can take my free course on WordPress on my site.
Like any other software, WordPress has its shortcomings. However, I have not regretted choosing it over other content management software like Joomla or Drupal all these years.
That is my story. Let me hear your story. How did you learn WordPress? Tell me in the comments below.