One day I could no longer afford my graphic/website designer. There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life where they have to choose what to pay for. For me, the decision was simple I had to save my resources. During this time we were working on two websites, and it was either leave them unfinished or figure it out myself. So I put on my big girl pants and jumped head first into WordPress.
Now I know you’re wondering “well, how did you learn it? Did you take classes?” Nope. “Did you study YouTube tutorials?” Nope. “Did you call up a friend and have them help?” Nope.
Let me share with you my secret. Are you ready? All I did was dive right in. I called Godaddy support, put my domain name under my own hosting, downloaded WordPress on the back end of the website, and started looking for templates.
Now I know you’re saying “well, if you used a template, did you really build your site?”
Of course I did. One thing you have to realize about templates is that the way they look when you download them it is not the way they are when you upload them to the WordPress platform. They are bare. No information. No widgets. Nothing.
Here are some steps you can take to dive right into WordPress:
1. Research. Look at the sites you like and bookmark them. That way you can visually form your concept. It doesn’t mean that you are necessarily taking from the sites you bookmark, but sometimes when you see things, it helps you figure out your likes and dislikes.
2. Find a template. If you don’t know anything about coding I would suggest finding a template that you can manipulate easily by using widgets. Envato.com has a wonderful marketplace for WordPress themes. The templates sometimes come with features that allow you to change the colors, how to layout the site, even setup an e-commerce section all without coding!
3. Put in the work. Take chances. Make mistakes. Live a little. The best advice I can offer is that you have to put in the work. I tired over 50 different templates before I found one that I liked, and could work with. Trial and error is the best teacher.
You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t try. Give it a whirl. You may surprise yourself.