WordPress is a fantastic user-friendly online content management system (CMS). We love it because it allows users change things and update their websites with relative ease. Here’s a more in-depth look at how WordPress makes the average user feel like a web development genius, and also how it doesn’t.
WordPress for Blog Posts
WordPress offers two editors for blog posts: visual and text. The text editor requires the blog writer to know HTML and use it for style and formatting necessities like creating headers — H1s, H2s, and all the way down to H6s — embedding images and video, and basically everything involved in making your blog post look like you want it to. WordPress’s digital editor removes all of that guesswork letting the user add those headers and images with ease. Its intuitive nature makes for great, professional-looking blog posts without any coding. It’s pretty cool.
WordPress for Adding Additional Pages to Your Website
The WordPress dashboard is extremely intuitive. You can add a new page to your website by clicking, “Pages,” then, “All Pages,” then, “Add New.” It’s that simple. All the user has to do is create the desired content and click, “Publish.” Then the user can add the page to the website’s menu by clicking, “Appearance,” then “Menus,” and then dragging the page to the best position on the menu. After clicking, “Update,” the page is live.
While WordPress is great for users who don’t know much about coding, it’s still a good idea to seek help from a professional when building your website. WordPress does make people feel like web development geniuses, but it also doesn’t.
Why a Professional Web Development Team Can Save You a Lot of Headaches
Since Turn The Page’s web development team knows way more about their craft than this content writer ever will, I reached out to resident wizard lord, fungineer and custom programmer, Jeff Baldridge for information. “If you want any sort of customality [with your website], you’re going to have to know some sort of code,” he said. “Even though WordPress offers templates, one day you might be working and lose everything. We know ways to get things back up and running, but you may not.”
Basically, Baldridge points out, if the average user doesn’t want to learn code to make a website do the things the user wants it to do, or look like the user wants, then learning code is a necessity.
“It’s like auto mechanics. Anybody can sit down and build an engine, but it takes time. We’ve run into every problem that can come up. You haven’t run in to those problems, but we have.”
A Little Flair for the Creative
We always recommend giving pages a little flair and finesse. Kelsey Maggio, Associate Creative Director Content (ACDC), who does rock as hard as Bon Scott and Angus Young gave some insight into a website’s look and feel.
“Visual interest is imperative to an attractive website. Even as a writer, I can’t stand looking at paragraph after paragraph of text with nothing breaking it up; frankly, I likely just won’t read it.
“I think of it this way – have you ever seen something with glitter that wasn’t interesting? No, it was interesting simply because it had glitter. (No, I am not five years old… I don’t think.)
“WordPress is great in that its themes and plugs allow you to perk up your content with tickers, bar graphs, pie charts, sliders and more and all you have to do is plop in the numbers or photos.These visual elements are like glitter, only they won’t show up in every single area of your life, such as in your car or your eye, and you won’t rapidly grow to resent them. So throw some glitter on your website and watch that puppy sparkle,” she said.
WordPress is a great, user-friendly CMS, especially with the right team on your side. Contact Turn The Page at (816) 527-8371 or (844) 889-5001 to learn how our web development team can help you with the website of your dreams.