GrampaMike's WordPress Website?
Yes, I did it. I sat down tonight and put up a WordPress website. Bet you never thought I would do that. You can check it out here:
You can critique my silly attempt all you want. I can take it.
As a footnote, please do not use the site title, "The Online Entrepreneur." I'm really going to use that title in a new niche. Not only that but the title has now been officially published and is protected by copyright law as intellectual property. Use my title and I will have to sick Guido and Luigi on you. Marlon Brando, "It's not personal, it's just business."
The reason I did this is because I have been telling folks all along that I don't use WordPress and that my sites are hosted outside of WA. I'm not able to answer any WordPress questions. (yes, there are limitations on what I know) Yet I keep seeing all these WordPress questions from my followers that I can't answer. So I got the brainy idea to throw up a free WordPress site just to see what a novice person has to go through to get a site up and running.
The whole process from start to finish took me about 4 hours. I picked a domain name, named the site, picked a theme, and was off to the races. Maybe you guys are much smarter than me but with zero training on WordPress I had a tough time developing a rudimentary website. If it weren't for my years of experience designing my own HTML websites then I would have been lost.
I was able to eventually click on just about everything there was to click on and figure out how to get the WordPress program to do what I wanted it to do. I didn't find it a novice friendly experience though but I did succeed in the end. I hope you like my novice WordPress work.
I finished figuring out how to make a static home page when all of a sudden the thought came to me, "where the blazes do you insert your meta tags?" (keywords and meta descriptions) Ok, if ya don't know then ask for help, right? I saw a help button and did a search in the FAQs on meta tags. A bunch of articles came up but choosing which one would answer my question was challenging. I got lucky and picked an article which gave me a clue about inserting Meta Tags but the answer wasn't what I expected.
The article explained that I would need to install a meta tag plug-in. What? How is a novice supposed to know what that means? And where the blazes do you get such a plug-in? In all the years of designing websites and using various editors, I have never needed to add a meta tag plug-in. The editors all had that utility built in to the editor. You just click on a link and add your tags.
So I took a hard look at the editor links and found a link called "plug-ins." Duh, maybe that has something to do with what I want to accomplish. I clicked on it and found several plug-ins but nothing related to meta tags. The FAQs were right I needed to install that utility.
I clicked on the "add" button and I got this display of a bazillion plug-ins. So now what is a novice supposed to do? After much consternation, I saw a search box and I typed in the words "meta tags." Yes !!! Now I made progress. I was now looking at a bazillion plug-ins all related to meta tags. Sheesh, how am I supposed to pick one? Read all those descriptions? I would be reading all night. I just decided to settle on a plug-in that had a good rating. I read its description and clicked on the install button. My computer made a bunch of grinding and chugging sounds and ta daaa, the plug-in was added to my WordPress site. (I'm kidding about the grinding and chugging) However, it left a bad taste in my mouth to have to go through all that trouble just to insert a measly old meta tag utility.
The point I'm trying to get across is if you are new to WordPress then read some tutorials on using it before you try setting up a website. It can be pretty mystifying if you are a novice WordPress website designer like me. Now I understand why folks here ask so many questions about WordPress set up and getting the thing to do what they want. One fellow mentioned that his web page was in Latin and he didn't know what to do. Ummm, the Latin is a place holder until you replace it with your own text but how is he supposed to know that? That's how WordPress in the beginning can be pretty mystifying.
I would rate WordPress a whole lot better than Google's Blogger which I used a lot in the past. However, it's nowhere near as easy to use as the editor I use for my current websites. In my opinion, you would need to be an intermediate website designer to effectively use WordPress quickly. There are just too many variables and features to add to get all the functionality a person might want. The initial WordPress template I chose is pretty plain Jane in the beginning. It looks really nice but it's pretty basic with its functionality.
So I need something from you. Would you please add some comments to this blog and cite some WordPress tutorials for members to access. It would be nice to let folks know where the information is before they have the mystifying experience I ran into.
Also, some basic and essential suggestions for plug-ins a person should install before they start adding content to their site would be helpful too.
Thanx for the help ... GrampaMike
p.s. please, always proof read your posts. I wrote this article at 3am after my spectacular new website was published. I got up the next morning and you would not believe the typing errors I found. You'd think I would remember to put a question mark at the end of a question sentence.
Do yoursel a favr and look profesinel. Poof reed yor content,.