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Early days with WordPress

When I was first introduced to WordPress it was simply for blogging purposes.  I’d been writing a family blog, a business blog of my own and one for a client at Blogger.com.  I’d gotten up to over 100 posts on my business blog (it now sits at over 760) and I was concerned about backups and how to protect my content. I’d heard stories of blogs that had gone missing at Blogger or of being hacked, and I didn’t want that happening to what I considered to be valuable content for my industry.  Every now and then I would publish all the blogs to one page and then do a File, Save As, as a simple way of backing up my content, but I was restless to get more control.

I’d learnt how you could ftp the blog to your own server and toyed with that idea when I also started to explore WordPress.  I knew it could be installed on the server and you could self-host your own blogs.  So, I shifted the family blog over first and tested with that, to make sure I understood what was needed. Once satisfied I shifted my own blog over to my server and then eventually my client’s blog too.  By that stage I was hooked.  I had my own server, I was able to buy domains as often as I wanted and suddenly there was no reason why I couldn’t have as many blogs as I wanted.  At one time (2006-2007) I owned 15 active blogs.  whew!  That was probably an overkill, or should I say I was suffering from gluttony!  You could definitely say I was in the zone and enjoying what I was learning.

Not long after that I began to see websites that were being created in WordPress and it occurred to me that I could do the same too.  Convert the Frontpage and Dreamweaver sites I owned into WordPress… because whenever I wanted to change the look it was as simple as finding a new template and making the click to change it. No more long hours of redesigning, then making sure the css code had changed all the web pages connected on that site and so on.  It all began to make sense and gradually I changed a number of sites I owned, and several client sites to WordPress.  All new sites I began working on were mainly in WordPress, with only the occasional one in Dreamweaver. By that time Frontpage was no longer available to upgrade and the version I had wasn’t working on my later computer (I usually update every 2-3 years).

So, some of the main benefits of using WordPress over html programs? In my eyes they are:

  • Easy to use if a client wishes to update their own content – it’s simply login and add/change content and upload images
  • Change the look of a website very simply by clicking on a button in the dashboard, once you’ve chosen your new look template
  • Easy add-on tools (plugins) for extra items on your sites
  • A backup tool that works easily to back up your website or blog
  • Search engines love WordPress and instead of waiting the traditional 4-6 weeks (at least) to get listed with a html site, it’s now virtually as soon as you publish the site

And there are lots of other things too, which I will share with you over time.

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