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Has any of this happened to you?

  1. You tried Wix, Weebly or Squarespace and discovered they are easy but limited.
  2. You believe WordPress can do a lot more but it is harder than you first thought.
  3. You installed WordPress and then spent hours on the phone trying to get it to work.
  4. You finally installed a WordPress Theme (template) and realized it didn’t look like the demo.
  5. You purchased a “premium” theme and it had limited choices of colors, fonts and layouts. Unless of course you had coding experience.
  6. Now you are ready to launch but afraid it doesn’t look professional and isn’t perfect. (that’s me)

If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

There are many good reasons NOT to use WordPress.

Yes, I said that.

You will find many good things to like about Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and others. If you do not plan to grow and all you need is a brochure site to prove you exist, these solutions are great.

You can create webpages with little effort using these products.

So I’m going to assume you are looking for a serious solution if you have read this far.

Do you want to go beyond a simple website or blog but still control your own site for?

  • Inbound Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Product reviews
  • Memberships
  • Training Courses

So what do serious DIY small businesses do?

They use WordPress 

According to W3Techs.com . . . . . . . .

WordPress has 58.8% market share.  This is significant when you look at the other players you may consider.

Where does WordPress Rank

There must be a reason why WordPress continues to do well.

There are many reasons but I will only mention one for now.

Support!

So why would you think a free open source solution like WordPress with no warranty is better?

Well I did a little digging and discovered the following:

  • Wix has over 1400 employees
  • Squarespace about 580 employees
  • Weebly has about 300+ employees

So guess how many employees WordPress has?  You guessed it.  ZERO.

You may know that Automattic owns WordPress.com.  WordPress.com provides free to premium hosting for a “special” restricted version of WordPress. (More in a later post.)

WordPress.org is the website where you download the “open source” WordPress software for free. A community of over 10,000 developers and volunteers manages this site. You can download, install and host this version almost anywhere.

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have an EASY BUTTON. 

But, there is a community of users and developers standing by to help.

Help from places like:

  • Online forums
  • Facebook groups
  • LinkedIn groups
  • Local meetup groups
  • WordCamp (More in a later post.)
  • Freelancers
  • Agencies, and
  • Thousands of passionate users like me.

Yes there is a longer learning curve but the rewards are great.

Learning WordPress will empower you and your business to take it to the next level.

You are in control.

If you have the skills to use a Mac or PC for email, word processing, and spreadsheets…..

You can do it!

Over the months to come, I promise to share the good and bad about what I have learned (and still learning).

Think of learning WordPress as a journey, not a project.

The first step is to launch a simple website. Some call this a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) website.

Let me help you launch your MVP website so you can learn and get results faster.

Be sure to get your Free Copy of the “21 Costly WordPress Mistakes”. It will keep you out of trouble as you launch and learn to use WordPress.

 

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21 Costly WordPress Mistakes

Yes, this eBook is about mistakes, but it also includes recommendation on how to correct the mistakes.  

It will be worth your time even if you only find one new mistake. 

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