WordPress Tips for the Bewildered

WordPress Tips for the Bewildered

I’m starting this page because I just started to use WordPress and once you learn something “obvious,” it becomes more difficult to explain. Most of my math teachers had this problem. “See? See?,” they asked, pointing at an equation. Well, no, I didn’t. That was why I was in a math class rather than joyfully outside, playing with a stick. And because what was complicated for me had become obvious to them, they could no longer see through my eyes.

So I am setting out to spell out my most simpleminded, most obvious, most idiotically simple discoveries in the use of WordPress. My purpose is not to impress you with my knowledge, but to take advantage of my ignorance.

Once you have installed WordPress from your WebHost (I use Blue Host (which supports WordPress with one click installation) and have been extremely happy with them — I’m not saying they like idiots, but their support staff have been very patient and always there for me, 24/7). For those of you following along, I am using the default WordPress Theme “Twenty Ten,” but it shouldn’t be too critical which Theme you pick.

WordPress Works for the beWildered

WordPress is not perfect, although capable of perfection. And it’s worth the time of the neophyte to get a working, nice looking page, with many options for future expansion and improvements.

Blogging has never been easier, or more challenging, thanks to WordPress.   “Consumer” pre-packaged sites are easy, but kind of difficult to customize.  WordPress offers a DIY approach that is simple enough to get your blog up and running, but allows powerful modification if you are willing to do a little homework on features like Plug-ins and settings.

For the new blogger, WordPress is doable.  You can 1) avoid the coding and make a great site using what is at hand, or 2) learn a little coding and get fussy with the exact layout.  WordPress gives you the power to lay out a nice looking site, and start blogging content.

Rocket Science?  Or Prairie Dog persistence?

Rocket science has one of two outcomes:  1) the rocket flies, 2) the rocket blows up.  Last time we checked, no half blown-up rockets were completing their missions.  But web sites are not rocket science; they are prairie dog towns.  You can make a site work, and then make a site better, and then grind away toward a more optimized outcome, even when perfection isn’t achieved.   A prairie dog, if it keeps digging away, can make a very long tunnel.  The trick is to get started.

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

WordPress is not perfect, although capable of perfection.  And it’s worth the time of the neophyte to get a working, nice looking page, with many options for future expansion and improvements.  WordPress works as long as you do.  And some of its key features — tags, connectivity, comments, multiple users– are geared for massive monetization.  WordPress is as good as you are, and maybe just a little bit better!  That’s my conclusion anyway, after working with it for two days.