WordPress Is The Perfect Way To Make A Web Site Now That You’re Retired
WordPress, the worlds; most popular Content Management System, is also ideal to make a web site if you’re not retired but are 55+ and getting there.
You’ve always had a great idea for all the world to see. Maybe it’s a small online store, a blog, or a learning site (like this one). You keep saying, “If only I could make a web site, I’d…”
The truth is, you can.
How Do I Know That?
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You’ve acquired many skills needed to make a web site because you’ve lived a bit and learned a lot. Chances are you already have a lot of what it takes to be successful at making your site. You probably know how to…
With your career winding down and the kids out of the house, you have more time on your hands. It’s time you spent it on someone who needs and wants it the most – you!!
It’s highly likely that you have a few bucks to build your site yourself or even hire someone to do it with you and/or for you. The good news is that building even a somewhat complex web site is remarkably inexpensive –
starting with WordPress which does not cost a penny.
Where Can You Start?
Start small. Keep your expectations in check. You can dream big, but keep your feet on the ground for now.
With WordPress, starting small means making a simple blog **** at wordpress.com. If that is the end of your WP journey, that’s fine, but know that there is much more.
To get the most out of WordPress, you’ll need a web host to be the server where your web site files and database are stored. The sky is the limit with this “self-hosted” version of WP (which many refer to as “wordpress.org”). You can have your blog (or not) and create the site you’ve always wanted.
You’ll need to learn WordPress. One place to start learning is by checking out my over 50 free videos.
Just What Kinds Of Web Site Can You MAke With WordPress?
Again, no end to that. What gives WordPress its power is the over 60,000 plugins (many free) that extend what WP does out of the box. Plugins are like apps in that they add different types of functionality to your site. **They are what makes one web site a membership site and another a site for a school or an eCommerce site, a travel site, or** a streaming music site.
Where To Get Help
WordPress assistance is online everywhere. From Facebook groups to Reddit subreddits to LinkedIn Grounds and beyond. Just ask and you will receive.
There is a tremendously vibrant community of WordPressers out there, who, like me, are ready to help you at a moment’s notice. Most cities and towns in the U.S. and beyond have WordPress MeetUp groups. Just Google that in your area and you can connect with the friendly, smart, and caring folks that make up the WordPress community.
The cool thing about WP is that, if you take your time learning, ** you’ll be okay. Don’t expect to be able to create the next Amazon (which is not **a WP site**) in an hour or so. Learning, for many people, is best done in segments with trial and error at the root of the process. If you rush the process you won’t learn WP or any Content Management System like it. But if you take your time, you’ll get the hang of it. The power to do something great will be at your finger tips.