I chose WordPress as my go-to CMS over 13-years ago. And, wow! Now WordPress powers 32% of all Internet websites. Amazing! The growth of WordPress has been phenomenal for a number of reasons
First, WordPress is free to use, because it’s open source. Whether through WordPress.com or WordPress.org, anyone can access WordPress and build a stunning website, blog, Ecommerce shop, and more. The possibilities are endless and it just keeps growing.
In the beginning, WordPress was built with usability in mind. What is usability? It is the process of making decisions to create simplicity and ease-of-use for the novice to the expert. That’s a hard thing to pull off, but because WordPress started with a focus on user-centered design, the product took off–just like the iPhone did when it was first introduced.
WordPress is “open-source,” meaning anyone can download it and modify the code with attribution back to the original developers of the software. This has created a cottage industry of experts in all facets of WordPress who thrive off of the WordPress ecosystem.
If you’re stepping into WordPress for the first time and you don’t have a background in web design and development, content management, system administration, or other technical functions, installing a self-hosted version of WordPress and knowing what to do next can be daunting. WordPress comes in two flavors. WordPress.com is where anyone can sign up for an account and start blogging right away. WordPress.org is where you can download the actual software and install it on a web server you rent through a hosting company.
The first way is simple. You register for an account at WordPress.com and immediately, you will have WordPress at your fingertips, but you may not know what to do first. That’s where I can help, by coaching you on how to use your new WordPress.com website.
The second way is slightly more complex. Maybe you want WordPress, but don’t want the hosted version at WordPress.com, because the free version hosts ads on your site, or there are limitations to how much you can customize and restrictions on the use of third party themes and plugins that enhance WordPress. Or, you might want to build an Ecommerce site or have questions about WordPress security. You can turn to a basic hosting company like GoDaddy or BlueHost or you might register an account with a WordPress managed hosting company like WP Engine, who I strongly recommend. They are top notch!
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With WP Engine, you immediately have access to WordPress, but even with WordPress managed hosting, you’re just getting the vanilla installation without the bells and whistles. There are some steps you need to take to setup and manage your new website or blog efficiently. That’s where my individualized coaching sessions can get you through basic setup and configuration or introduce you to more advanced concepts that aren’t readily apparent to the both the first time user or even some who have worked with WordPress for many years.
As a WordPress Coach, I have worked with a range of individuals. From students, working professionals, startups, and small business owners, to nonprofits, universities, and corporations, I have coached and trained hundreds of people.
Coaching is one-on-one and is primarily done online using easy to install web conferencing software. I also offer in-person or online training modules for groups. (Add additional travel and lodging if required beyond 30-miles of Asheville, NC) If you’re looking for a WordPress Trainer, click to learn about my WordPress Training program.
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