Being proficient in the backend management of a WordPress site is as important to a small business owner as their branding and POS. Why?
As an entrepreneur, there’s often a need to cut costs just to launch your business. In the digital age, your business must have a website. This leads to the question: How Can I Do This For Free? My answer: WordPress.
According to Fresh Consulting, WordPress is used by approximately 75 million websites. It is free to setup, deploy, and update. By becoming versed in the backend dashboard of this popular content management system (CMS), you will become capable of customizing the look of your site, adding new posts to your blog, changing page layouts, and adding functionality.
I AM A WordPress Management Coach
I guide female career shifters and encore entrepreneurs through the admin dashboard of WordPress. I AM passionate about teaching women how to manage their own websites – without coding. Of course, a fully customized and hand coded website is beautiful and I have tremendous respect for the developers that produce them. But my experience working at a creative firm as a frontend developer showed me that some business owners want to learn how to complete general website updates on their own. This is why I use WordPress.
In both my freelance career and time at an agency, I have met with many women who are reinventing themselves and starting new pursuits. YAY!!! Once women over forty leave the corporate space, they aren’t retiring. Instead, according to Forbes, they are starting new businesses, disrupting industries, and creating new pathways. And, they need websites!
WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
Waaaaaaaay back in 2008, I was introduced to the world of WordPress.com. Before that, I was a self-taught coder who learned HTML and CSS from a…wait for it…book. Everything changed with WordPress. This amazing blogging platform had the layout DONE. I learned quickly how to customize my color scheme, upload images, and edit sidebar content. Though I was an infrequent blogger at the time (I have seen the error of my ways), I enjoyed adding features that showed of my personality.
But in 2012, I met WordPress.org. Heeeeyyy!! This open source software allowed me to not only create an incredible looking blog but also a complete website. By using free themes and plugins, I was able to build professional looking websites with ease. I was able to launch my freelance career as a WordPress developer and visual designer in 2014. I built my portfolio site using WordPress.org.
You May Be Thinking, How Do I Learn More?
I am eager to share with you in this forum tips on how to utilize WordPress efficiently. On a bi-weekly basis, I will be posting at least one of the following:
- Research Notes
- Tips on Popular Plugins
- Trending Themes
- Gutenberg Tutorials
- Elementor Tutorials
- Awesome Freebies
With the upcoming release of WordPress 5.0, which includes Gutenberg – the all new WordPress editing experience, I want to encourage fempreneurs to make learning website management a priority. Think of all of the back and forth emails that you won’t send to your developer if you learn how to write, categorize, schedule, and share your blog. YOU GOT THIS!
My goal is to create a valued resource that you turn to for all things WordPress. I want to help you crush website management fears. I can show you how to create a beautiful, branded website using WordPress – with ZERO coding.
What would you like to learn more about? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Please be advised that we practice good manners during discussions, rudeness and disrespect will not be tolerated!
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Thank you for reading, visiting and being of part of this extended WordPress community.
Rebecca Morris (rebthemaker)
Creative Powerhouse | WordPress Management Coach
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