As part of the January Ultimate Blog Challenge, one of the suggested themes to write about today was to share my expertise in what I know best and what excites me to teach others about. Well, that’s simple. I thoroughly enjoy using, learning and teaching other small business owners how to use WordPress! A little backstory on how I started with WordPress (WP)…my first WP site I managed to put together without very little experience and trial and error was born back in 2007. I could not tell you what theme I chose, but I will tell you it was bare-boned and clunky and if you didn’t know how to code or style the theme layout, then you were lost and frustrated. It took me months to learn what I needed, without any formal training, to wrap my head around how to use WordPress to design websites, not only for myself, but for my clients. But once I got the hang of how one theme worked, I would stick with that particular theme to build websites with. That didn’t mean that a client wouldn’t suggest their own chosen theme however.

Since 2007, I have used a ton of different themes, redesigning my own website at least 10 different times over the course of 10 years. I have also built at least 100 websites for clients since then. Not to mention, I have created and run my own successful WordPress online training programs. So why am I telling you all this? Because if I had to go back and learn how to use WordPress to build websites and blogs with, I would definitely invest more time and money learning how to code PHP and gain more experience in CSS styling. It would have saved me tons of time trying to figure out tasks that I could have been spending time on something else! I know enough of CSS to make a basic changes to fonts, spacing/padding, etc, but I cringe at the thought I may need to change code in the theme PHP files. With direction, I have been able to work with PHP files, but if I didn’t have to, I would be fine with that.

Fast-forward to today…I am ABSOLUTELY still in love with WordPress and what it has to offer. It’s what I base all of my business around when I work with clients. With all the advancements WP has made over the years (and still counting), it’s a platform that will never go away. It’s here to stay and I am able to capitalize from it. For anyone wanting to assist clients in building their WP site or teaching them how to use it, I encourage you to do so. Make sure you invest time in training programs that are available. Currently, I do not have any WordPress training programs available, however, I will be launching some new training in the Spring of 2019. 

In the meantime, if you’re interested in working with me for your website marketing or social media marketing projects, check out what I have to offer:

  • WordPress Consulting & Support
  • WordPress Website Design & Management
  • WordPress Site Security Assistance
  • Email Marketing Support
  • Social Media Marketing Support

Feel free to contact me here to get started.

One last thing…for those wondering what theme package I use now use (and swear by) for building all my websites…I use the Divi theme and builder, by Elegant Themes. It really is the best theme that is user-friendly for anyone, including those that are non-techie in nature. Kudos to the Elegant Themes team for developing the whole Divi package! I’m one of your life-time fans for sure!

 

Aletha McManama is a “Digital Marketing Maven” who specializes in online marketing using WordPress, social media and digital marketing to assist her clients in marketing their business. She is a WordPress pro that designs websites and blogs. Plus, she trains business owners to create and maintain their own WP site and blog.

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