Is wordpress hard to master?

by Aika7 39 replies
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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 :-)
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  • 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??
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    • 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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 :-)
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Profile picture of the author sabatek
    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?
    I think it is hard for some because you have to continually learn more things and its time consuming. But since Wordpress is so common its easy to get help. You can always go to Fiverr and hire help for so low.

    Unless you want to master it so people can pay you for what you learned... I wouldn't waste your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevinhoss
    Personally for me, Wordpress is easy to navigate, use and understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    You know I think that is a very good question I have seen some good answers here too, here my quick two minute take, 90 percent of wordpress users do not really understand how wordpress works. ..

    A certain percentage of users purchase a guide or a video product telling them how they can Master Wordpress, but in reality these courses are very "thin" they are superficial, they say beauty is skin deep, well the truth here is that most of these learn wordpress courses only cover the bare operational necessities, wordpress is very deep.

    Not only do you need to learn how to use and configure it, but you need to learn how it works, there are many settings and plugins that can help or hurt your wordpress website efforts.

    Then there is PHP, what really runs wordpress, if you dont understand at least how wordpress runs, you will never truly "Master" wordpress.

    For example customizing themes, requires some programming knowledge, other wise your website will be just like every other website on the internet, where that same theme is installed.

    Becoming the Master of a product that literally has thousands of developers, is something that may well be impossible, but that does not mean that you should not try...

    Accepting the fact that you may never know everything about wordpress is a good place to start but dont stop there.

    Learn more...

    Change up your website, alter the CSS, change the images, push the envelop of your theme, learn everything you can about how wordpress actually works.

    And on top of that no matter what, If a Guru, or a sheep herder, tells you to use an auto installer to install wordpress, Know right now, that person does not know anything about wordpress.

    A while back this guy (who is respected, but not as well respected now)

    Recommended, in a wordpress product he was selling to use "fantastico" to install websites, shortly there after, there were a fair few people asking how they could recover from their wordpress websites being hacked.

    Now that is the truth, the biggest problem in Mastering wordpress is figuring out who you can trust, because anyone that recommends that you use an auto install script to install wordpress does not know or understand the security risks associated with doing that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

      Becoming the Master of a product that literally has thousands of developers, is something that may well be impossible, but that does not mean that you should not try...
      For some of us, that's exactly what it means.

      For the most part, this is work which can (if really necessary) be outsourced very cheaply, anyway, to people with techie-skills but without many marketing skills. Marketing skills are overwhelmingly more valuable than techie-skills, and some people find this sort of work a very poor, time-consuming and distracting use of their time, energy and efforts.

      The significance of website design and functionality is enormously exaggerated by people who enjoy playing around with this sort of stuff. Its real impact on a business's bottom line is typically pretty minimal.

      There's overwhelming evidence that clean, simple, "underdesigned" sites convert better anyway. (Those can be made with WordPress, of course, but they can equally easily be made without it).

      The importance of the whole subject is grotesquely overstated, and perhaps nowhere more than in an internet marketing forum.

      The reality is that it's not very important at all to the broader, longer-term perspective.

      Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

      the biggest problem in Mastering wordpress is figuring out who you can trust
      I completely see your specific point about WordPress not being very secure, being the most likely kind of site to be hacked, and so on. But in reality, in the more general sense, what you say is also true of the whole of internet marketing (and many other learning-curves of everyday life, as well): one has to choose by whom one wants to be advised.
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    Depending on where you live, find the nearest Wordcamp and go. They try to do them in major cities around the world each year.

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  • Profile picture of the author retroid
    No.. it's pretty straight forward, especially if you know some basic coding skills. Besides, WordPress has the most extensive documentation among other software, there is also huge community where you can ask for help if needed.

    By the way, it's WordPress, not wordpress, Wordpress, wordPress, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author playtone
    If you are willing to put the time in then no it is not hard to master, my advice learn the basic stuff and outsource the rest
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    • Profile picture of the author andrewkar
      very easy!

      Get ff plugin firebug and learn how to change design and stuff. If you know basics of css, html and php you can do with WP everything you like!
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  • Profile picture of the author tanshi
    It really depends on what you understand by "mastering WordPress". Some people believe they master WordPress just after customizing their first theme and installing a few plugins.
    Like many believe they master Photoshop if they managed to crop 2 images into 1 and add some text.

    In my opinion mastering WordPress takes years of experience. I've been creating websites in WordPress since 2005, I put online more then 200 WordPress websites since then, but I still find many things to learn about WordPress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by tanshi View Post

      It really depends on what you understand by "mastering WordPress". Some people believe they master WordPress just after customizing their first theme and installing a few plugins.
      Like many believe they master Photoshop if they managed to crop 2 images into 1 and add some text.

      In my opinion mastering WordPress takes years of experience. I've been creating websites in WordPress since 2005, I put online more then 200 WordPress websites since then, but I still find many things to learn about WordPress.
      ^^ What she said

      I started using WP in 2004, when nobody heard about this teenager working on his fork (version 0.7) of b2evolution... made my first WP theme in 2005 - and still can find almost every day something new to learn about.
      And just a thought for ALL those saying how easy it is to "customize" - why don't you go over to the "web design" subforum to help out the hundreds of WP users asking questions about the easy customization? :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    The notion of mastering something on a professional level is measured by human life cycle. How much effort and time is expected to have put into something before the person can make a living on it - professionally. Usually the time is at least a year or two. A janitor who can learn the basics in two hours is not called professional, it's just a person doing that job. You cannot be called a master on anything that anybody can learn and do easily. Before getting that title you first have to invest your time and effort in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Wordpress is incredibly easy to master. You don't even need to learn any code all you got to do is download and install a template. Just make sure that you install the right plugins - some plugins conflict with each other.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      Wordpress is incredibly easy to master. You don't even need to learn any code all you got to do is download and install a template. Just make sure that you install the right plugins - some plugins conflict with each other.
      Air traffic is very easy to master too. You just buy a ticket, get on a plane and enjoy the flight.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexmcginness
    Ive been trying to get a website online using WP since June of 2012 and still cant get it to do even that. You need a PHD in Wordpress to make it work from my experience with it. ANYONE that says its easy would be charged and convicted of perjury if they were under oath.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by alexmcginness View Post

      Ive been trying to get a website online using WP since June of 2012 and still cant get it to do even that. You need a PHD in Wordpress to make it work from my experience with it. ANYONE that says its easy would be charged and convicted of perjury if they were under oath.
      A blind chimp can install a WP site in less than two minutes from Cpanel. A manual install takes about another two minutes. You're doing something very, very wrong (other than bumping a 4 year old thread...)
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      • Profile picture of the author alexmcginness
        LMAO. Ive been using instant wordpress and running thru tutorials since June of 2012 with nothing to show for my efforts except a lot of money spent on tutorials and books and no useable website to show for it. No WP is not easy at all. It is an illogical time wasting unusable app from my experience with it. Im already another month into a fresh set of tutorials and already I need anti depressants. Im no quitter though. Ill get it working or die trying.... the struggle continues.
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    WordPress can be tricky I know a few people who have bought themes and been disappointed when their site just looks blank.

    Ideally I think a knowledge of html and CSS helps but isn't essential.

    You can do good things with Divi which is as close to WYSIWYG as I've seen on wordpress.

    Alternatively get a theme that has dummy data. It's more encouraging to see something that looks like a website and means you just have to edit an existing page
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