In using WordPress, some people would think there was a standard. This includes, using WordPress in regards to blogging, designing, and developing with it. However it’s not the case. Why? Well, each person using WordPress has a different level of learning and also a different purpose. What one tutorial may say, might not be understood by everyone.
Yes, the end result may be creating a post, uploading an image, creating a gallery, or something, but in getting there, some people have their own little method that works for them. It’s kind of like a ritual. For example, I don’t use the Visual editor in WordPress. I know it’s there, I’ve used it, but I like the Text editor better. Some things I prefer to use code snippets rather than install another plugin, but other’s I will use the plugin. My method to my madness in using WordPress is not the same as the next WordPress user.
We’ve got plenty of tools and resources in learning WordPress like:
- WordPress Codex
- WordPress Code Reference
- WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson (not an affiliate link)
- WordPress Support forums
- WordPress at Stack Exchange
- All About WordPress on Facebook
- Advanced WordPress on Facebook
- WordPress Community on Google+
…and much more. Sorry that I don’t list a ton of places, and maybe another time I will, but this is a good chunk of resources to learn from. There are also courses available at Lynda.com, and Udemy.com. There are also thousands of free videos that are WordPress-related on Youtube too!
Using WordPress: Not Everyone Will Use It The Same Way
The reason why I write this post, is because I recently started making sure to go back to some of my WordPress tutorials, and add other methods that may make it easier. Also, I recently read a comment to one of my articles, by a developer who wanted to be snarky and suggest a method, with regards to saying that it was “for the grownups.” His method was an honest and valid suggestion, but his attitude was poor.
Well, we’re all adults here (except for the teens and kids using WordPress out there…lol), but in saying something like that, it fueled me to write a post like this to maybe give some food for thought, and change the thinking for those who are teaching people on how to use WordPress.
We don’t need another cocky or snarky developer or designer who has no patience (psst- I’m a developer too, so I had to really change my thought process on this long ago), and their chosen method is the only acceptable method. We need those people to be more understanding and direct people to the proper channels, especially if those people aren’t considering who they are talking to. An exit strategy for learning WordPress are really important, even if the learning method is from another resource.
In not doing this, it is why we have frustrated people with a website they can’t use, and the designer or developer wonders why their feedback is negative, or they aren’t re-hired. I’ve heard this story repeatedly at WordCamps. There’s really no excuse with the amount of amazing resources out there for this to be happening.
When you install WordPress and are using WordPress, it’s yours to do whatever you want. You should have that freedom to choose how to learn to use it and choose what method suits you. If it’s easier to understand a longer method, and work with code or commands, by golly, then do it. If you prefer a plugin method… again go for it.
For those reading this, and they are the end user wanting to use WordPress, if you’re confused when you read a tutorial, ask questions. You may find that you motivated the author to revise and improve their tutorial. There’s enough eager content creators in the WordPress community that someone will do it, whether on their own website, guest blogging, contributing to the WordPress Codex, or answering in other places.
How do you think WordPress tutorials can be written better? How do you think designers and developers can do better in educating their clients on using WordPress? How can we make it better?