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If you work with words for a living, you’ll benefit beyond words by learning WordPress to make your web site.
While there are plenty of worthy alternatives – WIX, Squarespace, and Medium are the big names that come to mind – their usage is surprisingly small. Together they don’t reach 5% of all Content Management Systems behind every web site. WordPress has gobbled up about 33% of the CMS market making it the most widely used CMS. Its growth shows no sign of slowing down.
It’s popular for good reason.
They Don’t Call It “WordPress” For Nothing
The web is a text based medium. Sure it’s populated with images, video, and cool interfaces, but it is text which powers the web. It all starts with HTML (HyperText Markup Language).
The HTML code generates the copy we read on a web page and is what Google understands when it indexes (scans) a page.
Speaking Of HTML, Do You Need To Know It?
No, you do not need to know HTML. You can create content and do all of your editing without knowing any code. With the help of over 50,000 free plugins, you can extend what WordPress does out of the box to do things you can’t even imagine. You don’t even need to know what HTML, CSS, and PHP stand for – yet alone do – to create an amazing web site.
But knowing HTML is a help. It’s not beyond your grasp to use it.
It comes in handy when you’re composing content for your site as you go about creating headings, paragraphs, lists, and tables.
HTML is just like grammar. I would think grammar just might be your thing. But again, you don’t have to know HTML to use WordPress.
What Kind Of Web Site Can You Make?
As with all things WordPress, it’s never a question of “Can I do…?” but “How can I do…?”
Want a blog, no blog, eCommerce, learning platform or membership site? These are a few examples of the many types of sites you can create. WordPress checks all of those boxes and every other.
WordPress Is A Career Builder
WordPress provides ways to increase your income by letting you extend your offerings. As you build your site you’ll see that, at a minimum, you’ll be able to provide web site editorial services because you know WordPress.
If you want to really put your skill with words to the test, you might want to learn the process of optimizing pages (yours and clients’) for search engines. Learning SEO is a natural extension of what you already know.
Help Is All Around
WordPress is a worldwide community made up of countless people who are willing to help you – often at no cost.
It’s easy to reach out online to get advice or have someone work with you. Facebook and LinkedIn have extensive groups but that’s not all. Every plugin and theme has its own forum to get assistance.
If human contact is your thing, you might find a local
WordPress MeetUp. We have several each month in NYC. The big shows are the weekend WordCamp conferences that come once a year to cities around the world.
It won’t take you long to see that WordPress is much more than software to make web sites. It’s a community of interesting and caring people.
Why am I so sure WordPress is an ideal choice for you?
WordPress plays to the strengths of what authors, copywriters, and editors already know.