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WordPress questions from a newbie
January 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm #121019
Hi! I'd like to know/hear more about:
1 - How long have you been using WordPress?
2 - What makes you choose WordPress in particular?
3 - How difficult is it to use WordPress?
4 - What factors seem to contribute most to successful viewership (?)?
Thanks for your time!
January 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm #121043
Emi- WordPress is a new venture for our company. The only problem I have seen is certain agencies and companies that have youtube blocked cannot view our videos. We still have some exploring to do, possibly by adding other video file extensions. We have a social media specialist that is pretty savvy when it comes to computer programs and web knowledge and she put our wordpress blog together in a few hours. The main reason why we selected wordpress was for the viewer feedback. We are exploring the interests of our viewers for future content through the polls and catagories.
January 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm #121041
Wow - great feedback. Thanks! I will be investigating WordPress more!
April 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm #121039
Thanks for the great response! I am, believe it or not, still working on that - joining wordpress. Definitely keeping tabs on the info. Sadly, I am far far far from Seattle! Have some relatives near there, but for now, Texas is it. Thank you so much for your time! If you have more to add as time goes on, I'd love to hear about it! Thanks!
April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm #121037
Over 2 years
I chose WordPress as was easiest to see up simple blog (steveressler.com) and good templates
It's relatively easy - but hard enough that my g/f didnt want to figure it out
April 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm #121035
I have been using WordPress since 2007
I use WordPress because it is opensource which means it is not only free but there is a huge development community supporting it and the plug-ins that extend it's functionality. The opensource aspect also allows for a large number of incredible themes to choose from. And offers you the ability to change or create your own theme. I also like it because I believe it is one of the best packages for blogging due to its ease of setup, use, and design.
WordPress did not seem too difficult to use. However, there is somewhat of a learning curve just to know what everything behind the scenes does. Veronica had a great suggestion to use online resources to learn how to manipulate the interface. I love YouTube or ITunes University also for this purpose. Whenever I want to know how to do something I search those sites for videos.
For my sites, I've noticed visits are based on the content. If you are putting out the type of content people are looking for, you'll get the hits. And this might depend on the season. For example, my blog post on frozen water meters rises to the top during the winter months but doesn't even show up during the summer.
I did want to add a comment about the hosting. Veronica is also right that it is a good idea to research the hosting before moving ahead. You can have the wordpress.com site host your blog. However, you lose some control this way. If you arrange to self-host through a service like GoDaddy or Dreamhost (which is what I use), then you have total control over everything. But there is more work involved with self-hosting than with just hosting on the WordPress.com site.
April 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm #121033
See, I might end up in the same camp as your g/f - I spend TONS of time "thinking" and doing at work, so when I'm done, I just don't feel like doing more!! Sad, I know....
August 30, 2011 at 1:34 am #121031
I've been a wordpress user since 1999 (version 1.2) for my personal site and have built sites for my dad, wife, and friends.
When I chose wordpress it was one of the few easy to use and free platforms. I wanted to own my own content so I was unwilling to use blogger or typepad. plus it was very easy to customize with a little css knowledge and some photoshop or flash experience.
WordPress is very simple to setup with access to a webbase db and php, most web hosting services have a free autoinstaller available to use for initial setup or you could look at using wordpress.com if you want a free host.
successful viewership depends on content and site accessibility. Does make your theme so complex it over shadows the content and don't keep it so simple no one wants to go there. blogging should be about you and not what you use... of course wp os also great for a simple cms (content management system) and could be used to manage a basic static website and not just a blog
many great places use this platform and there is a lot of good resources out there to help you get started.
August 30, 2011 at 2:23 am #121029
Cool. Thanks to both of you for more responses. I started a wordpress site, and have one lone entry! Just don't seem to have enough time to think, research, and write.
August 30, 2011 at 2:30 am #121027
download a wordpress app for your smartphone (there are ones for android, iphone, and blackberry) and post a pic a day with some comments, the easiest way to blog (according to my wife who post way more than my yearly blurt) is to just write about what you're thinking and not worry about what anyone reading it may think.
September 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm #121025
Emi - welcome to the wordpress adventure. I was a newbie just six months ago and now I'm a designer/developer.
1. six months
2. It was free or very low cost. We wanted to tie together very different pieces into one overall community engagement website - innovation management and volunteer management with social media, community calendar, and news feeds. WP could tie all of these together - and we did it for under $200 annually (plus my staff time).
3. Not difficult at all once you embrace open-source community. You have to be flexible and prepared for adjustments as the 'community' continues to improve the programming - and be good at researching the support forums.
4. It is very user friendly, so if you want to engage the public - it works well. Plus it integrates very easily with social media, email subscription services, and much more.
If you want to see what I've put together check out the Community Link here: http://accesscommunitylink.org/
Feel free to ask any questions. I have loved learning this stuff.
September 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm #121023
Emi - I've started inviting "guest authors" to help keep content current. It may not work for your site but it's something to consider.
September 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm #121021
Cool - thanks! I may be asking questions - hard part is finding time for everything. I did finally make post #2 - woo hoo! But I do poke at it and wonder how to do things - so I will keep you in mind for the asking! Thanks for everything!
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