Why is wordpress so difficult?

The power and customizability of wordpress can make it a little difficult to understand at first. In simple words, you want to create a complete website on a blogging platform.

Why is wordpress so difficult?

The power and customizability of wordpress can make it a little difficult to understand at first. In simple words, you want to create a complete website on a blogging platform. Wordpress can seem quite intimidating at first glance. People often think that WordPress is complicated simply because there are so many different customization options.

From publications to pages, themes and menus, and much more, WordPress can be quite overwhelming if you try to assimilate everything at once. Read on to discover the many reasons why users find WordPress so complicated and how to overcome those obstacles. Short answer? Yes, WordPress is easy for web developers to understand compared to most content management systems out there. From the beginning, WordPress has been known as a great page builder software for blog posts.

Now, it has matured into a powerful content management system (CMS). The two big areas that make WordPress so powerful are plugins and themes. Let's take a look at each. I'm willing to bet that if you've spent any time using the software, you probably feel the same way.

Even if you're a WordPress expert, using the software isn't without frustrations. As a consultant, what I find even more frustrating is the difficulty I have in recommending WordPress to many new users on the web or users with strict goals of launching their new business online. I mentor an accelerator class and 90% of students need to make their mark on the web. It sounds easy enough, but within a flood of learning business legal jargon, accelerator students can't get out for air to learn WordPress best practices as well.

Frankly, they shouldn't have to. In the end, there are simply too many moving parts for the newcomer to understand. Finally, if you're lucky, it only took you a month to get your site “up and running”, and you're still not 100% sure how the hell you did it all. Pray that no one asks you how you did those two columns on the homepage either.

Here is a quick story about two lovely ladies looking to start a honey company. I stopped recommending Squarespace to them. It's not a good feeling for me. I do not want to (try) to provide a solution in this case, but to present the question and collect feedback from people who reflect on this very situation.

What would you do to make WordPress easier? I'm a big proponent of using WordPress, but I'm also paid to create web solutions and support commercial WordPress products. I think it's the private market's responsibility to help shape WordPress adoption for new users, not just community contributors. My argument is that, as “consultants” and “WordPress experts”, we need to do a better job of incorporating WordPress to our customers. Commercial product creators must accept the same challenge and facilitate the software and onboarding experience if the context requires it.

In the latter case, pay more attention to the main WordPress user experiences of the software and not to fork that into the unpretentious user. This is the most defining discussion coming up in a while, that will shape what WordPress is for the next decade. There is a fast and furious debate about the promising WordPress REST API, and whether or not it will reach the core in the short term. These discussions are for 1% of 1%, but they send domino effects through the future timeline of our beloved software.

In fact, I would say that this is the most defining discussion that has taken place in a while, that will shape what WordPress is for the next decade. If you're someone who doesn't live and breathe WordPress like I do, why do you care? You probably won't and frankly, why take on this cognitive load? My honey bee entrepreneurs don't care that they can make a website easy. A famous internet entrepreneur doesn't care, as long as she can build an email list. Amazon drop shipping guy just wants good SEO and a place to sell his stock.

While we discuss endpoints, people just want easy-to-use software that they can trust. A few days ago I was wondering the same thing. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks this way. Quite often I encounter business people who are confused about the terminology and requirements related to creating a site with a CMS.

It's more of a “tech problem” than a “WordPress problem”. How do we make WordPress easier for customers and small businesses? Taking the approach of being a technology partner tends to produce better results and satisfaction for businesses; but this often means having to have a broader view of web solutions than just WordPress. Now, the above is a different argument than one would make if the entire public were tech-savvy; but in my opinion, companies shouldn't need to understand the details. They need to be guided, because they just don't know the technology and sometimes tech experts just don't understand what these companies*really* want.

Turns out the guy owns a chain of restaurants, and they were looking to expand their online reach, implement web and mobile shopping, etc. I am on the fringes of the WordPress community, and I can appreciate the passion that its expert professionals feel about this wonderful platform. But, the outside world is not in the WordPress bubble, however. Just as a merchant doesn't sell their tools, but instead sells the profit of whatever they do with them, they should stop trying to sell WordPress websites and just figure out what the customer needs, and sell them that.

I will continue to use WordPress to make the solution, because it's great as a tool and can help me earn big margins in my time. More than Pascal would use. I think that in many cases, good tools only help deliver higher quality work. The end result is more indicative of individual achievement and value than the tools that were used to create the coveted result.

In my opinion, WordPress is an incredible platform. And it's capable of serving both business and tech users in a way that no other platform has done in recent years. I am grateful for the opportunity to use WordPress. Why should you care what WordPress is, unless you're a programmer or developer?.

Every time I read or hear someone who understands the technical side that advocates that customers shouldn't worry about the technology they select, it really worries me. Now I understand that it could be a smart business to cater to those who don't care, and I agree with that when there are people who aren't open to understanding, but I think that little bit of smart marketing differs from the question: Are customers better served when your service provides? something a customer should never worry about. My position is that clients should be concerned and consultants should try to help them understand why they should care. That doesn't mean that everyone else should understand technical considerations, it just means that they should be informed by someone you trust who understands the implications.

And sometimes, especially for smaller companies, the only person they can trust for that understanding is you. And you (almost certainly wouldn't) tell a company leader who is about to choose 1000 gas-powered fleet vehicles for your workforce that All vehicles can move cargo, so don't worry about technology; you would tell them they should consider electricity, fuel cell, natural gas, and diesel before buy because one of those could be much better than getting stuck with many years of incorrect fleet technology. I spent 4-5 hours trying to install WordPress. There are a lot of technical adjustments that you have to make.

And for a very complicated rookie. What happens when you download it? That's it, ready. And I agree, this is a great post, something I almost start writing weekly. I think Matt and I have discussed this extensively in the past ???? I was in training the other day with a business and everything you said here is true with that experience, as well as with others.

Three very untechnological people, but brilliant when it came to business, who only needed it broken down to be able to relate it to their needs. One of them, formerly an actress in a comedy show, appreciated the sense of humor given to her when explaining things. It all came down to exactly what you said, abstracting technology for “others. Breaking down the terminology and communicating the principles behind websites in general is difficult, especially if our audience isn't web developers; add a platform like WordPress on top of that, and it gets overwhelming.

If we assume that people who don't use WordPress on a day-to-day basis should understand it, then it's like saying that we, as lay members of the public, must understand what doctors or surgeons do. It is a specialized field and, in some cases, niche, even. WordPress is not surgery or rocket science, but it is a niche field (regardless of what its experts think). This is where the work of education on WordPress (as you teach it, Bob), is vital; because it helps explain the incredible things that WordPress can do.

Education of this nature will help companies ask their WordPress providers better questions, as they can see the connection between technology and their business goals. When your experience is the honey business, why do you DIY your website? There are upfront costs with any new business, it makes sense that a marketing platform is one of them. When people come to me and tell me they don't want to buy me a site, they just want to create it themselves, I find myself telling them to go to Squarespace. They start asking me questions about Squarespace and I politely let them know, I don't know.

I guess I've never looked at the platform. But after looking at the features, I realized I wasn't being asked all the crazy questions about hosting and features and so on. I had the almost exact meeting a couple of days ago. I'm a big proponent of WordPress, but it needs to be easier for newbies.

There is a trade-off between power and complexity. WordPress is not “easy”, but it is not difficult either. There is a small learning curve, but you don't need to have an engineering degree to create a WP site. As WordPress has grown and become more powerful, more useful, it has also become more complex.

Squarespace is easy because it's simple, WordPress isn't easy because it's robust. Yes, we should strive to make WordPress as simple as possible, but no, we shouldn't simplify it to compete with the background feeders of the internet world. It would be a big push to make it less complex for those who want to manage their own sites once they are built. I have a lot of customers who think they can do DIY.

They ask for WordPress because they have heard that it is easy, popular and good for DIY. But none of them have done anything with the sites that I built them after the delivery. You'll have to trust me to keep the site, and the training, very simple. Instead, they send me their changes by mail.

They are busy with their business and overestimated their interest. Sometimes they install a plugin and mess something up, and I get an email, but that's the scope. I'm starting to decide that WordPress is more for me, so I'm choosing simpler, non-build themes that are quicker to set up because I have more low-level control. I am disabling the WYSIWYG editor that inserts p-and-br and place clean semantic markup as page content: more control, cleaner content, faster design implementation.

WordPress is better for some customers than Squarespace because it can offer them more control and flexibility as future needs arise, and because it's so popular, they know they can hire just about anyone to take over if they're not happy with me. Other than that, it's for me. We have to stay away from shouting to the world that it's easy. We have put ourselves in that place.

Of course, if you only need “A”, it will be a little easier to set up. But if you need your site to do “A “, B and “C”, well, it's gonna take some work. We've created an expectation for people that no matter what their needs are, it's easy to set up a site. People need to better understand the power behind WordPress and what it can do, rather than just labeling it as simple.

There are other options for that and people need to understand their own needs and what is the best option for them. Often, customers come to me knowing they need a website, but not understanding all the other factors that make up digital marketing. My job is to point out that they need to update their Google+ profile, choose one or two other social media platforms, develop email marketing, learn how to write for SEO, check what their competition does, set up analytics, and suggest best practices for designing their web browsing and creating engaging content. No matter which platform you start with, the above is not simple or easy, but it is important to create an effective website and this is what people should understand.

How many ways do I love this post. I'm so tired of reading how easy WordPress is. My target customers are small business owners who can't find the difference between site hosting and content management, hosting vs. Domain registration, hell, they probably can't even tell you what browser they're using on their computer.

Find out the differences between publications, pages and widgets, good. And many web designers want to deliver the site and its administration to their customers once it is finished. After that hurdle, security, SEO and opt-in lead generation are expected to continue to dominate. Like Greg, offering all those services to my clients without overwhelming them with jargon is my niche business.

WordPress has made marketers think they are web developers and, unfortunately, they have given birth to the era of “entrepreneurs” who simply sell five-page websites with Gravity Forms. It's insulting to have spent half your life learning a trade and knowing that someone with no real world experience is extracting thousands of dollars from unsuspecting customers. WordPress is easy because (many) business owners don't care about the technology behind the scenes and never will. I understand you're doing well at parties? The few free resources that exist for a website owner to get help with WordPress don't allow you to contact someone directly to help solve your problem, and instead make you see a series of responses from people who can't get a complete picture of what's wrong with your website based on WordPress.

inevitably gave them a bad impression of the WordPress platform as a whole when they were led to believe that it was compatible and easy to manage. For a while I offered WordPress classes to business owners. My experience was that they would prefer someone to take care of everything for them at a reasonable price (which is an item in itself). Sometimes I advise people to design, configure and maintain the website by specialists, and to only deliver the content to be put on it.

Or just learn to put the content on themselves, but only that. I feel like WordPress is only for people willing to take a course on how to navigate WordPress, and I hope they can learn enough to format it in a sophisticated way so that it doesn't seem crude or fond of. Or is it for people to simply pay a professional to do every last format for them, and they have to turn to a professional for every little change on the website, except to make blog posts. You're right about your criticism, Mindy.

That's why I tell most small businesses that contact me to opt for Squarespace (without affiliation). But, when someone wants ownership of their content and full control (even through me), they seem to want to reach out to people like me. Usually, you don't need as many emails back and forth as you've experienced: they send a mockup made in Photoshop or GIMP, and the emails are usually about the behavior of the functionality% 26.Moving something 1px to the right shouldn't be necessary unless you've changed your mind since you made the mockup, and even then, no problem. Your desires to be able to easily control the design yourself, below the pixel, without the need for professional code or writing, have been heard and answered several times.

People like Squarespace and the WordPress community have faced the competition. Ultimately, trying to control a wordpress site without understanding some HTML and CSS seems, at best, hopeful and, at worst. Maybe the expectations are too high, maybe I want too much control over what the thing looks like, the impression is that it's very easy, it's not. Website builders are getting better, but people are still really upset to recommend them (but they do what I think most people REALLY want, which is the WYSIWYG edition), and I know that in terms of numbers, wordpress drives the web, but how many of those sites have crashed into a lamp and burned into flames?.

Some developers are close to turning the CMS into a muse, and some WordPress developers we work with are very good at taking the dirty muse code and putting it into a WordPress CMS environment, but as it stands, I find it frustrating. Kevin, you have no idea how much I appreciate your comment. It's a big help for me. Hi Ken, I'd love to know more about your situation.

What was so troublesome about using BB with WordPress? Spot on. The more I waste my time on wordpress, the more I want to call business standards. If it weren't “free” and charged even £1 to download, people wouldn't tolerate it. Web development must be licensed and fake wordpress should be banned from the public.

I've wasted months playing and I still don't trust speed or security. I accept that WordPress is not easy compared to many other platforms due to the large number of options available for each feature. But I think this huge amount of options is what makes it powerful. I had no idea that using WordPress would be so difficult.

My brain doesn't work like that and I don't have the money to hire someone to solve the problem. And then, every time I go ahead and finally solve one problem, it turns out that I've created another one without realizing it. So I'm really tired of tech-savvy people following and talking about how easy WordPress is. If I had heard more honesty about the learning curve for lay users, I would have stayed ten miles away.

I had no interest in learning web development and now I have to invest a lot of effort and time in learning this to get any kind of return. Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I am a content creator and director of Podcaster Success at Castos. This podcast explores the intersection of business creation and creativity in the digital landscape.

For just a few dollars a month, you can have a fully customizable, self-hosted WordPress site with a custom, ad-free domain. Of course, handling these more intermediate and advanced WordPress themes would take a little longer. If your contributions are good enough, there is a chance that it will become the new behavior of WordPress in a future version of WordPress. But over time, when you get used to the WordPress dashboard and the various configuration options, you'll start to enjoy and even enjoy your WordPress journey.

Finally, we'll share some tips you can use to go the other way around and make it easier to use WordPress and reduce the learning curve. WordPress is quite a powerful tool, especially when compared to other simpler tools out there. Being able to do all that yourself, without paying expensive developers or getting a new degree, is worth investing a few weekends in overcoming the learning curve of WordPress. StudioPress Genesis is a good example of this: it is one of the most powerful and popular WordPress frameworks.

It takes experience to master WordPress, and it really depends on how much you use WordPress. With over 30% of the internet using WordPress, you have to agree that it's not as difficult as it sounds, it's just a lack of understanding. Managing a self-hosted WordPress website means your site is free of ads and brands, but you'll have to pay for hosting and a domain name. .

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