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WordPress: Is it easy?


A little over a month ago I started a new gig as a  WordPress consultant. It has been a fun, interesting,

and an eye opening experience. I’ve been working with individuals from all walks of life, with different

skills and  abilities.  It got me thinking about WordPress in new ways.  Specifically how and why people

use WordPress.  I’ve learned many new things and today I would like to share with you one of those



WordPress is supposed to be easy. What’s the deal?

    WordPress can seem deceptively easy to someone who is just starting out. I have even had people ask

me what is so hard about creating a post and publishing it? It seems pretty straight forward and they are

exactly right.  WordPress  is supposed to be straightforward. WordPress was  originally built as a

blogging platform which is why many people choose to use WordPress for their blogs.  In my experience

WordPress is unparalleled to any other CMS that is out there because of how user friendly and intuitive it

is.  For me the complex part of WordPress comes into play when you are designing your web pages,

building out your theme, and adding functionality to your site through plugins.  That is when you start

delving into muddier waters and discover that WordPress has a learning curve.


The Learning Curve

    I’ve been a Web Developer professionally for a little over a year.  In my first job the agency I worked

for used WordPress.  Up until that point I hadn’t really used WordPress to develop websites.  I had

attended a WordCamp in the summer and knew how to create pages and publish posts, but that was

about it.  My framework of choice was Django.  Django is the web development framework I learned

while attending a coding bootcamp. It is based on the Python programming language which is known

to be very clean and straightforward. I thought how difficult can WordPress really be?  I already know

how to create a websites using Django and how different can it really be?  To my surprise it was actually

very  different and not as easy as I had anticipated. I felt like the WordPress Codex (WordPress

documentation ) was overly complicated,  plugins were a nuisance that restricted my ability to code

freely and that PHP wasn’t  a “serious” programming language.  Really though,  those reasons weren’t

why WordPress ended up being difficult for me to learn.  Looking back on it WordPress was difficult

for me  to learn because I thought it would be easy and effortless and it wasn’t.



   In my current position I use WordPress as a blogger and entrepreneur not as a developer. Again I’m

faced with a similar learning curve.  Instead of learning how to create, style and build

functionality for themes I’m learning how to utilize dozens of plugins, understand the inner workings of

hundreds of themes, and provide SEO support and advice. 


Pep Talk:

   Personally, I’ve spent several hours if not days trying to solve a single WordPress issue and this is with

web development experience. So please, do not get stressed or frustrated with something that you think

should only take you a few minutes that ends up taking you all day. It doesn’t mean you are dumb, it just

means you are still learning.  That is just the nature of web development. Like I mentioned before the

part of WordPress that is supposed to be easy is the blogging system.  Going into the Posts clicking add

new, creating content in the wysiwyg and publishing is supposed to be seamless.   For everything else,

that is why you will find hundreds if not thousands of videos and web tutorials how about how to use



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