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The Challenge of Building with WordPress

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I like to think of myself as being a tech-savvy, intelligent human being – then I tried to make a website with WordPress.org – yup, the fully customisable and optionally free cousin of WordPress.com.

Illustrated moment is on the .com version. It was so simple to sign up and start writing – within mere minutes I had a wonderful blog up and running. A recent project of mine has required me to dabble in the word of .org. Charmed by its incredible potential and super low cost, I found myself sitting at the computer, attempting to become a WordPress genius. I had no prior knowledge of coding, and to tell you the truth, I still don’t. I just jumped right in – head first – and blood was drawn.

The website I needed to create had to look professional, sleek, enticing – all the usual jazzy words people throw at us to impress our minds. My vision for the site was going to keep with the current trend of full-width-one-page-animated-coolness. I chose WordPress.org because it told me I could be anything I wanted – ahhem, I meant that the website could be anything I wanted.

I jumped through all the initial hoops: paying for hosting, paying for domain registration, downloading WordPress, installing WordPress (which definitely took longer than “One-Click” – stupid marketing tactics!), remembering a bunch of passwords – and then I sat there, faced with the sheer horror of the situation.

I know nothing about the world.

I clicked stuff, I typed stuff, I forgot to save my changes a couple of times and had to repeat all that stuff, and every time I moved the cursor slightly I would have to preview my site to make sure I hadn’t caused a black hole or something. It was infuriating to feel so dumb. There were moments where I questioned my sense of self – who am I?

One day it worked…sort of. What I mean is that I didn’t absolutely hate my creation when I laid eyes on it. However, it was a fluke – I had made things work by accident. Isn’t that just the worst? You go back, retracing your steps, clicking and unclicking, trying to decipher the mysteriously sourced success you had – and then you mess it up again. Back to square one.

Right, I’m going to hire someone to do it for me.

But that beats the purpose of it being a super cheap option to all the other drag-and-drop-mega-dull website builders available. Okay, let’s stick at it.

Nope, nothing works. The world is falling apart in my hands.

And then the heavens shone on me with their beautifully delayed light of inspiration. I searched for drag-and-drop themes specifically for WordPress – and after an intense five-minute deliberation with myself, I made an investment. WordPress is still challenging me at times…okay, far too often…but I feel like I’m finally on the right track. I created a menu the other day and had to restrain myself from punching the screen in delight. I’m slowly getting the hang of how to use the theme I purchased to manipulate WordPress, but I would be lying if I said I felt safe – sometimes, I get the sense that the WordPress dragon will awaken and fire vicious code in my dumbfounded face, and its perplexity will drown me in noobhood for eternity.

Until that day comes…

…I can think I’m a tech-savvy, intelligent human being.

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4 thoughts on “The Challenge of Building with WordPress

  1. Hah! I’m ashamed to admit it, but your venture into .org sounds like my first experience here on .com! I, too, considered myself a reasonably intelligent, tech-savvy human being, but alas….the whole WP.com thing was OVERWHELMING to me. Consider yourself still up there with the best, because for sure you outpace me! Am glad you finally got it up and going anyway…..

  2. Yea well WordPress sure feels like it wasn’t made for humans and well it’s not exactly the fastest platform out there just currently happens to be convenient.

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