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If you don’t know Ravi, you’re going to want to after reading his post. He is to WordPress like Ryan Biddulph is to eBooks.
If you’re getting ready to start a blog, Ravi has some tips to help you overcome your fear of WordPress.
WordPress has become one of the most powerful platforms to create your new website. People call it easy to use but there are many people who are still afraid to use WordPress.
Are you the one? What’re the reasons?
You may be wondering as if I am going to ask such question. Well, I will but only after explaining why you should never be scared of WordPress and how handy it is.
In the last more than 5 years, I have created lots of websites and people loved them. It’s not because Google tells you that every third website is running on WordPress or your web developer tells you.
I am going to mention all the points which can fret you at any point. Whether you’re thinking about starting your brand new blog or trying to manage an existing one. It’s natural to get terrified when you listen to the horror stories about many websites getting hacked every year.
It’s true that your website can be get hacked. But it’s not only a WordPress website, any website can be compromised.
People spread the rumors about every good platform. WordPress is a CMS( Content Management System) just like a computer software which helps you take the full control of your website/blog.
What’s so Scary about this Small Software
I have experienced tons of errors on many WordPress websites which are the reasons people don’t want to involve with this platform.
It’s because most of the users are non-technical and whenever they see a blank page or having some stupid coding lines, they just give up.
Let me make it simple by mentioning the types of errors you can get.
- 404 Error
- 500 Internal Server Error
- 403 Forbidden Error
- Error Establishing a Database Connection
- White Screen of the death
- Syntax Error
- Memory Exhausted Error
- Fatal Error
These are some common WordPress errors people see on their websites. And the most interesting thing is that they just wait for their technical person or the web hosting customer support to fix such small issues.
“No one helps you until you do yours”
Have you ever thought to use something called “Google”? It has every possible solution. All the errors above-mentioned errors can be fixed within a few minutes. Okay, okay a few hours. Don’t get your eyes red.
The problem is that you don’t ever try to understand the problem. I am talking about every other platform but if you create your website using other CMS, you’re totally dependent on the customer support.
You can’t do anything but wait.
“WordPress is an Open-Source Platform With the Freedom Everyone Deserves”
I know you’re still afraid to use WordPress. What if I tell you a secret?
WordPress has Made it Possible to Start Your Blog Without any Coding Skills
Just a few years ago, it was a dream to many because everyone was dependent on the web developers but not anymore.
You can create a brand new website within 30 minutes. I might have given too much time. WordPress installation takes only 2 minutes.
Let me mention the things to start a new blog.
- A Domain Name
- A Web Hosting Plan
- A WordPress Theme(Free or Paid)
- The Necessary Plugins
That’s it. Most of the web hosting companies are providing the domain name for free. Just a little bit of research and you will be able to have the perfect blog.
There may be some questions you want the answer for.
- How much money is required
- Can I start for free
- Do I need to hire a web developer/web designer
To make it clear, you can start it with only $100 or even less than that. And depending on your professionalism, you can invest thousands of Dollars.
To start for free, you should know the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. And yes, you can start for free using WordPress.com.
Let’s come to your last question, if you require a professional design or a beautiful design of your own choice, you will need a helping hand.
A web developer/ web designer will do it for you. And of course, you have to pay that person.
Are You Still Afraid to use WordPress
I have always believed that if you strive to do something and put your efforts together, you can achieve your goals. It’s applicable in every situation.
When I started using this platform, I was a totally non-techie person who didn’t even know how to install WordPress. But now, people call me a WordPress Pro.
“WordPress is Hard Until You Start Exploring it”
The one most important thing you should keep in your mind. There is nothing to get afraid of. There are only a few things you should keep in your mind.
- Always keep the backup of your website and the database
- Experimenting gives you more confidence
- There are thousands of free plugins to fulfill your needs
- Search for the solution before panicking
Most of my clients fret when they see something unusual. It’s normal but I always tell them to start learning.
“No teacher can teach you something incredible unless you become your own teacher”
And the biggest relief is that the WordPress community is so big that you can get thousands of solutions to your problems. You can see the official WordPress support forum.
Ask the people around you who have been using this CMS for a few years. Even an 8th-grade kid can create a website on WordPress.
Are you still afraid to use WordPress? Is there anything else bothering you? If you have any questions in your mind, I am always there to help you.
A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not. For more, visit BloggingLove.com.