Is wordpress hard to master?

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I know it's relativity easy to create basic looking websites using wordpress but how long does it take to master it - to create professional looking websites?

I'm in the process of creating my first website using wordpress. Would it be good idea to buy a cheap random info domain in order to test and learn how to use wordpress first?
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Not at all. In fact, Wordpress is actually quite easy to master and get used to. If you ever need help with anything relating to Wordpress I would suggest you go to Youtube because somebody else has more than likely asked your question before.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Aika7 View Post

    I'm in the process of creating my first website using wordpress. Would it be good idea to buy a cheap random info domain in order to test and learn how to use wordpress first?
    You can do some testing on a free, hosted one at wordpress.com (very limited facilities and functions, though, compared with a self-hosted installation). Or you can test things by using the free hosting and a free subdomain somewhere like Freehostia, without even needing to buy a .info domain for the purpose.

    Originally Posted by Aika7 View Post

    Is wordpress hard to master?
    For me it was so hard that I gave up (on both the occasions I've tried it). I had some other reasons for disliking it, too, but that was a big part of my reason.
  • Profile picture of the author glennshep
    I would suggest creating a free blog at wordpress.com and experiment with that. As far as I know it has the same functionality as your own Wordpress installation. Much to experiment for free than to pay for it :-)
  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    If you know how to install a theme, investing in a powerful, yet flexible theme - Headway, Thesis, Genesis - is going to help you get an amazing website that's easier to put together than you'd think.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhnath
    WordPress is very easy to use in my opinion! You can get a blog or website up in no time.
    As for making it more professional maybe payout some money on a professional template or even find a decent one for free.
    I was able to use WordPress to make professional looking websites within the first few months of using it!
    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonwebb
    It wasn't that hard for me to learn. In fact id prob wouldn't switch just because I don't wanna learn a new system.

    Alexa, what CMS do you use for your sites if any at all??
    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by thugpoet View Post

      Alexa, what CMS do you use for your sites if any at all??
      TypePad for some, Weebly-pro for others (and I have some fairly simple HTML sites which were made and installed for me). I've used Wix, Yola and some others, too.

      I'm technophobic and incompetent. I dislike Wordpress, myself, but am fully aware of its many advantages and have no wish at all to dissuade anyone else from using it. Possibly, if I were starting again tomorrow, I'd give Wordpress a longer, better try before giving up on it. I did do plenty of research, though, including reading a big textbook ("Wordpress For Dummies") more or less from cover to cover, watching a lot of YouTube videos, and so on. It just isn't for me. :rolleyes:

      I think "Squarespace" has some lovely templates/themes, but I'm frightened of not being able to learn how to use it well enough to do what I want to do. I keep looking around at all sorts of site builders, and ending up using TypePad again and again because I know how it works.

      Fortunately my autoresponder series are far more important for my income than the CMS of my websites is!
  • Profile picture of the author SteveFinch
    Wordpress is quite easy to get used to when you want to put up a site quickly.

    Personally, I'd go down the free host route, and play around with a wordpress install there.

    Having said that, there are still quite a few things you'll need to learn.
    I have a video course of approx 58 videos I can let you have free.

    If interested, drop me a PM.
  • Profile picture of the author PHILFEATH
    Wordpress can seem hard when you first start. But you will only learn by your mistakes.There are thousands of videos on youtube to have a look at, which will help you.We've all started in the same position as you! There are plenty of free themes and plugin to go at. So get stuck in.
    • Profile picture of the author jay walters
      Originally Posted by PHILFEATH View Post

      Wordpress can seem hard when you first start. But you will only learn by your mistakes.There are thousands of videos on youtube to have a look at, which will help you.We've all started in the same position as you! There are plenty of free themes and plugin to go at. So get stuck in.
      I agree with PHILFEATH. Experiment and Learn. If you are a person who needs video tutorials to learn or some images then stick to it or if you like reading pdf files tutorials or any document (which are plenty to find over the internet) then do it.

      WordPress or any type of platform can easily be done and can be easily mastered if you are focused to it. Learn from mistakes in WordPress, experiment on WordPress and invest your time in it and you will become a master in no time.

      Suggestion:

      > Free WordPress: Yes, try registering for a free account at WordPress.com - Get a Free Blog Here

      >Paid: Try getting a cheap domain and a webhosting server to install and use wordpress.


      Either ways, you can experience the environment of a wordpress.
  • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
    WordPress is real easy to learn, of course this comment comes from someone who also builds web sites the hard way, directly in code. A great place to start with WordPress is with the free online version at wordpress.com. But the real power of WordPress comes from having a self hosted WordPress site, where you have access to all of the great themes, plugins, etc. available at WordPress.org Well worth the time to learn. I use WordPress for all of my online streaming sites. My major sales site is built the old fashioned way though.
  • Profile picture of the author MrJonny
    Originally Posted by Aika7 View Post

    I know it's relativity easy to create basic looking websites using wordpress but how long does it take to master it - to create professional looking websites?

    I'm in the process of creating my first website using wordpress. Would it be good idea to buy a cheap random info domain in order to test and learn how to use wordpress first?
    Yes, I highly recommend that you buy a domain name to test. Godaddy has offers sometimes for really cheap .com, .net etc. You can also use a coupon code from Netfirms for $4.95 domains, promo495

    You will also need to get webhosting, which is about $10 per month. Some good companies include Hostgator and Bluehost.

    For WordPress themes, you can find a list of free premium themes here ... Best Free Premium Wordpress Themes | CashJournals of DylanC
  • Profile picture of the author tryingtolearn
    Originally Posted by Aika7 View Post

    I know it's relativity easy to create basic looking websites using wordpress but how long does it take to master it - to create professional looking websites?

    I'm in the process of creating my first website using wordpress. Would it be good idea to buy a cheap random info domain in order to test and learn how to use wordpress first?
    You don't need to buy any domain name just to learn wordpress. Instead install wampserver or xampp server in your pc, and play with wordpress on it.
    Google for tutorials telling how to install wordpress on xampp/wampserver.
  • Profile picture of the author fixie
    Best way to go is to learn some basic html/css and you will have no problem with any theme.
  • Profile picture of the author auseek
    Google...Wordpress tutorials..
    there are plenty out there to help you.

    Good luck.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Originally Posted by Aika7 View Post

    I know it's relativity easy to create basic looking websites using wordpress but how long does it take to master it - to create professional looking websites?

    I'm in the process of creating my first website using wordpress. Would it be good idea to buy a cheap random info domain in order to test and learn how to use wordpress first?
    Yes, it may take some time to master Wordpress to create professional looking sites. One thing you can do to shorten this curve is to use premium paid themes created by professionals and experts in WP. Once you have professionally coded theme or framework, then you can focus on the customization to make it unique and the way you want it to look.. and if you know CSS and html, you will be able to customize most of the design. If you know php/JS you will be able to customize most of the functionality.

    Best thing about most popular CMS like Wordpress is that you will be able to find tutorials and answers to almost any question or situation you may have. So just keep going on the road of becoming master of this awesome software called Wordpress

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author TroyCo
    If you are in the process of making your first wordpress site, use your domain for your main site, most hosting companies offer unlimited subdomains, do all your testing there. most of my sites have a test1.----.com, test2.-----.com, test3.------.com where I do all my testing before doing it to my main site.

    Hope this helps
  • Profile picture of the author Toby.T
    No. Most even without web dev knowledge can put together a simple page.

    With tools like fantastico and softaculous you can install with 1 click as well and be on your way.
  • Profile picture of the author John Jonas Phil VA
    I suggest learning a bit of HTML and CSS as well. That way you can modify the themes a little bit more and make them look a bit more unique.
  • Profile picture of the author WordpressManiac
    In my eyes you can do nearly everything you like with a self hosted WP blog. There are som many nice themes and plugins, you really don't need to be a programmer to master it.

    If you have any questions feel free to PM me :-)
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    There are so many Wordpress tutorials on the Net including at wordpress.org, I can't imagine that you can't learn everything you need with a little research.
  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    wordpress is the easiest CMS to master. you can find many videos on the internet that will teach you how to master wordpress
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