The Power of WordPress

The Power of WordPress

In developing websites for many years, one of the things I’ve found to be most prevalent among my clients is that they would like to be able to update their own content. They don’t want to have to pay me or someone else each time they need to add a paragraph or a photo, or when they have updates to their events, calendars, schedules, etc.

The biggest reason I didn’t go with WordPress earlier is that my sketchy association with it showed me that if I built a client’s site in WordPress then gave them access to update their content, they would also have the ability to add and delete pages, and to change the entire look and feel of the site. While this might be okay in many instances, in many other instances, I can foresee clients completely destroying their website.

A few months ago, I decided I needed to learn more about this, so i bought an 800-page “for Dummies” book about it, which together with extensive online reading and watching of video tutorials, has shown me I can overcome these problems.

I can give clients the ability to edit their page content without giving them the ability to destroy the site. Yay!

There’s a Plugin For That

I was also delighted to find that there is such an extensive library of free and paid plugins, software modules that will enable WordPress to do pretty much anything I can think of, behave in any way I need it to – this library is so extensive I am now considering how to use WordPress to build very involved sites that I never would have thought possible before in WordPress.

Whatever it is I want WordPress to do, chances are good someone has already thought of it and build a plugin for it. So whatever it is I want, very likely there’s a plugin for that.

The Biggest Remaining Problem

The biggest problem I now face is that there are so many plugins and themes out there, it’s near on to impossible to go through them all to find what I want. Fortunately, there are a lot of reviews and categorization, which helps.

The second biggest problem is learning how to use and modify all this stuff.

Yes, modifying existing themes and plugins is possible, but quite honestly, if I hadn’t been studying HTML for 20 years, and the supporting languages, and offshoots including CSS, javascript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL for many years as well, I would be in a much denser fog than I am right now. As it stands, with all this study behind me, at least I can make sense of most of what’s going on in WordPress. It’s still an enigma, but at least I’m not totally in the dark.

More to come, as I plow through the trials and tribulations of coming up to proficiency in this great free software.

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