When I set my sights on something, I go after it. I am notorious for diving in head first on projects that I am passionate about. For many people, it is not an easy task, foregoing the comforts of the familiar and braving the waters unknown. But allow me to ease your mind and help you take the plunge to learn WordPress.
When I began looking to learn WordPress in Oct 2014, I was working a full time, 8 to 5 job, while also going to school full time in an online setting. So it really goes without saying, but please humor me…. I was a busy girl! However, I knew that by learning WordPress it would open up a whole new world of opportunities for myself, both professionally and personally. Since taking the 6 week Beginner Fast Track course with WebTegrity, I have quit my 8 to 5 job, and become a full time WordPress web designer. And on top of that, I am making money doing it!
So, we all know the old saying, “practice makes perfect.” And that is a very important phrase to continuously tell yourself when learning WordPress. Learning something new is rarely going to be the easiest thing you’ve ever done. But, speaking from experience, the easy path is nowhere near as rewarding as the uphill climb of true achievement! I have heard so many people tell me that they do not use WordPress because it is too hard to use, and this is such an unfair statement! The instructors at WebTegrity is phenomenal at teaching in a hands on environment. I gained all of the skills I needed to build my first, from scratch, website on WordPress.
Some things I would like to share with you, if you are thinking of taking the 6 week WP Beginner FastTrack course:
- Ask Questions! The instructors will act as your mentors during the entire course of the class. They love questions and they enjoy the challenge. And you can bet that someone else in the class has the same question as you! So don’t be shy, speak up.
- Network. There are other students in the class with you, and you never know who has a skill that you may need help with during, or even after you have completed the course.
- Not sure where to start? That is okay, because you will get step by step guidance from the instructors. My advice would be to start with something simple, like choosing a theme for your website! Especially at the beginning of the class, you may feel a bit of information overload. It can be hard to figure out the best place to start working in WordPress. Remember that if you ever get stuck on something you don’t quite understand fully, speak up.
- Themes. The most important thing I can share with you about installing WordPress themes is to refer to the documentation included with the theme purchase. And either an instructor or perhaps even one of your classmates, will help you get back on track. This brings me to my next point…
- Take notes. You’ll already have your laptop with you in class, so while you’re training in WordPress, be sure to write down important topics the instructors mention. When they share with the class some real life examples, websites, quality resources, WordPress plugins or how to utilize specific widgets; write it down and save it to your desktop. Even if you don’t feel confident that the topic being mentioned is relevant to you right now… it may just be in a few months/weeks’ time. Having notes to reference is also huge when learning WordPress because over the course of the class, you will be walking through the entire design process from start to finish. That is a copious amount of information to remember off the top of your head, and there is no need to hurt your brain!
- Trying to get everything perfect on the first try. This is not something you have to have. Think of it like this: If you are building a website for a client, you can almost bet that 99% of the time when you show them your vision of the site for the first time, the client will have some form of feedback, changes or tweaks. Your perfect WordPress website can be achieved, but don’t get discouraged if it’s not perfect yet.
- Breaking things is okay because mistakes can be fixed! This is a great way to learn how to troubleshoot. I can guarantee you that you will need to learn WordPress troubleshooting skills, whether it be for your own website or a future client’s website.
The team at WebTegrity will do everything they can to help you learn WordPress web design, and you can hold your head up high after the 6 weeks are over, because you can finally call yourself a web designer!