I’m not going to lie. WordPress is hard. Compared to some other website builders, it’s intimidating AF. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t work with it, because it’s also powerful software that you could use to create amazing websites and build your business. It depends on whether you have what it takes. To be able to master WordPress, you ideally need to be:
You’re a problem solver, someone who loves thinking about and talking about strategy. You dig all the little details and get excited about learning new things. You love to know how things work. Some of your fave shows are McGyver and Mythbusters. Maybe you play board games or do puzzles, because exercising your noodle is soothing to you.
This is design that we’re talking about, after all. You need to have a good eye for color, design, balance, harmony, etc. I can help you with some of that, regarding the design of your website, of course. You don’t have to be Michelangelo, necessarily. But, it helps if you have a natural artistic gift.
You are fearless, but smart about it. Fierce. Committed. Driven. You have an amazing work ethic. In life, you show up, prepared, on-time, and ready-to-go. You stick it out, even when it’s hard AF. Or, maybe you pace yourself, so as to avoid burnout, but you keep coming back and you keep trying. Perseverance is your middle name. 😉
You’re connected to the divine for guidance, because to just mentalize about all of it, well, analysis paralysis is real. Don’t you want your designs to feel inspired? You have to be driven by a purpose, beyond just a desire to make money, for it to really fly (or to work with me/vibe with my teachings, TBH). You want to make the world a better place.
You know how to access the spiritual stuff, but you’re also grounded in this present-time Earthly reality. You’re organized and you know where everything is. You know how to take thoughts and make them into things. You can go near a computer, without it freaking out. Even I have my challenges with that, though. So, just as long you normally get on well with computers, you should be good.
It Doesn’t Have to Be All-or-Nothing
If you feel that you possess all of the qualities mentioned, fabulous! Carry on.
If you don’t, that’s okay! It doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you. It’s just maybe not a fit for you to try and struggle through using WordPress, on your own. But, perhaps with some (or maybe a lot of) support…
If you’re missing one, let’s say you’re not particularly heart-centered. Well, you can still create great websites for your business.
If you’re not very artistic, find a designer whose work you admire, and let them take care of the artistry.
If you’re ungrounded (disorganized) and not very warrior-ish (lacking discipline, can’t show up on time and ready-to-go), those are the ones that you might want to work on, because it’s going to be hard for anyone to work with you, if you’re lacking those qualities. Trust me, as a designer, when those are missing…ugh. It’s a headache for everyone.
If you have the five qualities to varying degrees, but don’t feel confident taking on WordPress, by yourself, there are plenty of designers who would be willing to work with you and create a brilliant WordPress website for your business. Or, as my new friend suggested, maybe you could learn with the help of an assistant, who will do the actual work of creating your website(s)?
No matter what, you can benefit from what I’ll be teaching, here.
Actually, the best clients that I’ve had were the ones who came in with a working knowledge of WordPress, already. I imagine that many other designers feel the same.
So, if you feel inspired by this stuff, have a vision for how WordPress could enhance your business, and want to feel more empowered around it, just keep learning! What you do with that knowledge is up to you. And it’s okay to ask for help, if you need it, whether that means getting private lessons, working with a designer, or asking your assistant to do the heavy (mental) lifting.
Want to know more about what’s involved with using WordPress and what makes it both brilliant and challenging? Here are two articles you can check out:
Love & Blessings!
Claire Amber, Fired Up Diva