WordPress is a Content Management System, currently the most popular in the world. It allows you to create completely custom sites with great functionality options. This allows you to have an organized website or blog right from the start.
WordPress was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, and is currently the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world. There are actually millions of sites using WordPress and tens of millions of visitors. You are reading this blog post on…you guessed it…a WordPress site.
The dashboard is the ‘heart’ of your site and where you can see all kinds of information and where you can navigate to various parts of your site. From your dashboard you can make changes to the appearance of your site, add content and upload images, and much more.
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Now, if WordPress is new to you, it will seem foreign at first, like all new things, but you will quickly learn your way around your dashboard. I had used WordPress many years ago, or I should say that I tried to use it, and it wasn’t the streamlined system that it is now. I find that if I have a question or get stuck, most of the answers can be found on YouTube. The true advantage of WordPress is that you don’t have to learn any code to have a beautiful and unique web presence. WordPress allows you to customize your site with themes and plug-ins, both of which have many free and paid options.
All of you images will be saved in one central location on the WordPress platform. All of your posts are saved automatically in date order of the most recent being at the top, so you can always see what you have been working on most recently. You can also have pages on your WordPress site, these usually consist of your about page and your contact page, or whatever you want your pages to be. You decide what goes on your navigation bar and even where that navigation bar goes. Now the most common problem is to get overwhelmed with the amount of options, but the trick, as with most new things is to just try it. Or in the words of Nike ‘Just Do It’.
I like knowing all my work is saved on my site and to better protect yourself, you can also clone or copy your site, so that if something unexpected were to happen, you would still be able to retrieve your information. Getting organized and staying organized is dependent on you knowing where to find information when you are looking for that information. Having a WordPress site allows you to do that by design, no extra work required.
I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur. I help solopreneurs get their business and their life organized. To get started, pick up a copy of my Top 10 Ways to Get Your Solopreneur Business Organized.