The early days of the web were not for the faint of heart. While it was very exciting to be able to self-publish online, in order to participate, you had to be fairly technically savvy. Let’s face it, you probably had to be a nerd (I mean that in a nice way, being a nerd myself). You had to be interested enough in technology, and in making things and publishing them, to be willing to learn how to use a pretty wide assortment of software and languages. Even doing something as simple as writing a few paragraphs and putting them on the web took a high degree of technical competence. The internet looked very vast and open, but the same time was closed off to many, many people.
Thankfully, in 2012 this is no longer the case. We have weblogs, which have been explosively popular for years now of course, as a preferred form for millions of people to express themselves. We have a large and vibrant class of software called content management systems that make putting a blog (or other kind of website) on the web easier than it’s ever been. The days of having to be a nerd to put your stuff on the web are long past.
WordPress is one of the best and most popular examples of a content management system in use today. It powers many thousands, probably millions, of weblogs and websites. It’s very approachable, easy to use, and not even very difficult to install. At the same time, it is quite extensive and potentially overwhelming. There are times when having a friendly nerd in your corner, someone who has built a lot of websites and blogs and knows some of the issues you might face, can be helpful. Lucky for you, I am just such a friendly nerd.
My course Introducing WordPress: Learn by Video teaches you everything you need to know to create a WordPress site. You’ll learn where to get it and how to install it, how to use it to write and manage a website, what themes and plugins are and how to use them, how to make backups, and even how to participate in the WordPress community. The goal is to give you a solid foundation in the basics so you can build a weblog or website from scratch by yourself, for yourself or for others. From there, the world, or at least the web, is your oyster.
In this free sample video from the course, you can see how easy it is to extend the functionality of WordPress with a plugin.