WordPress is like an Iphone. Because of it, many other things are set up, like wordpress plugins, wordpress themes.
It’s a love-hate relationship however. We love it because of the many things that it can do. We hate it because of the problems it can cause for those who don’t know coding. Even for those who know coding, it may cause some headaches also.
However, there is one thing we are sure of, that is, it is very intimidating to the newcomer who has never used it before, especially if problems arise!
That is why we wrote ‘WordPress Introduction’. It may be brief but we know it will go a long way.
When you first log into WordPress, all the jargon like Dashboard, posts, media, pages, comments, feedback, appearance and a whole lot more already put you down, much less to continue. As compared to page builders like Weebly where newbies can design the whole page just by drag and drop style, WordPress is much harder to use and involves a whole lot of patience and reading.
However, look into WordPress. All the effort is worth it. When you are at the dashboard of WordPress (that is the first page that you see when you log into your WordPress site), there are already hints on how to start your blog or website. Just follow them and create, assuming you already have a general website plan – essential before you even set up the website.
Basically, there are four main things that will make your website easier to maintain such that you do not need a developer (hiring one can be expensive and a chore). They are under ‘Appearance’ tab on the left hand side of the screen. In the tab, you will see ‘themes’, ‘widget’ and ‘menu’ out of other items. Last but not least, the ‘plugins’ tab is important too.
I will briefly explain what all these are all about in the video below. Click the ‘play’ button to view the video.
It may all seem complicated at first and when you have not maintained your WordPress for a long time. Also, when you begin to add more plugins, media, etc. into WordPress, the whole system might look like a mess. When everything seems like a mess and you can’t do the things you want in WordPress, always keep your calm and fall back to basics. Look at the darkened column to the left your WordPress dashboard and start from there. We’ve summarise d the whole of WordPress into:
Micro Management – ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’ will always contain the posts or pages themselves and the categories that you would want to insert the particular posts or pages into.
Macro Management – Then there is the very useful ‘Appearance’ and ‘Plugins’ tabs which helps you organize your WordPress website on the whole.
For the skeletal structure of WordPress, the above summary will give you a good guide. One very important thing to remember is that your ‘Themes’ and ‘Plugins’ must not be changed unless really necessary, especially your ‘Themes’. This is because changing the ‘Themes’ in your WordPress will change the entire outlook of your website and some of the plugins might not work with the themes that you have just changed.
From the start, get a theme that you like and stick with it throughout. For the plugins, if you want to delete or make changes, do it one plugin at at time, especially during updating of the plugins. This is to allow you to narrow down to that particular plugin, if there are problems with your WordPress. Apply this to all the changes you make to WordPress – do it one by one. It will help you a long way.
At the end of the day, if you really want to change your themes, or you want to outsource the maintenance of your website and focus more on your marketing instead, get a professional to assist you. Just always be the boss of your website, requiring your website professional to get your permission first before changing anything in your website. Or : at least telling you the big picture and then the details of what he or she is going to do. It’s your business, take control of it. 🙂
On as side note, about buying wordpress plugins, only buy those wordpress plugins, themes or other kinds of software compatible that will receive free upgrades for the next 2-3 years. Also get these products from marketers who can be trusted – usually those whose support are top-notch are recommended (if an email that you sent out gets donkey years before it gets a reply or does not even get a reply, be wary or don’t even purchase from them no matter how good the software claims itself to be. Imagine if one day, the software is not updated according to your WordPress version because there is nobody maintaining it, it will cause your website to stall or in the worst case scenario, your website to be wiped off completely and you will never know why, until your hosting company tells you it is because of the particular software that you have downloaded. Prevention is always better than cure in this case.
So run along to the next post now, under WordPress Tools, called WordPress under the category “IM Tools” and explore.