You’ve just been handed the keys to your brand new WordPress site. It’s so shiny, so new and it’s everything you’ve ever wanted!
As excited as you might be, the first time you login to your site to add a new post or make some changes to text, you might get a little scared. This is to be expected. I’d like to talk about a couple of things you should expect from your WordPress powered site.
The always dreaded learning curve
Whether it be buying a new car, a new TV or a new computer, there’s going to be some sort of learning curve. Working with WordPress is no different. If you don’t have any experience at all, it’s going to take some time to get used to things and how they work.
Even if you have some experience with WordPress, each theme can be different. If your developer has programmed some extra stuff into it, it may not work exactly like the last theme you used. This will take some getting used to, as well.
Easy to add new content
If haven’t heard that search engines love content, you’ve not done any kind of research into how to make your site popular with them. Google, Bing and others love new and fresh content.
Part of the beauty is that, depending on your theme, there may be many ways to add new content to your site. Your developer may have programmed in portfolio items, testimonials or other stuff. Make sure you understand how to do this unless you’re ready to hire someone to do it for you.
Maintaining your WordPress site
You clean the gutters of your house and you change the oil in your car. You’re new site needs some love, too. WordPress itself gets updated. Plugins, you can get a bunch of free ones in the plugin repository, are updated. They’re updated for a variety of reasons including security, functionality and speed (among other things).
Sometimes there are incompatibilities with your current theme and the plugins or version of WordPress you’re using. Be ready to spend some time in doing this now and then. Make backups, test on a dev server before going live with the updates so you don’t break your site.
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There are definitely other things to expect, but these are the types of things I hear the most. I’d love to hear some other things you think users should expect from their WordPress site. Send me a message through the contact page or leave a message below!