Free WordPress Tutorials For Non-Techies

WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of detailed step-by-step WordPress tutorials for non-techies … 100% Free!

Free WordPress Tutorials For Non-Techies

Free WordPress Tutorials For Non-TechiesWPCompendium.org provides hundreds of detailed step-by-step WordPress tutorials for non-techies … 100% FREE!

Many website owners are non-techies. They are businesses and bloggers who want a digital presence that will deliver them better results online, help them create more exposure online, drive more traffic, get more leads, more customers, more subscribers, make more sales, and gain a competitive advantage without having to become web developers or learn how to code.

Why WPCompendium.org?

Your business needs a digital presence to grow and compete successfully in the Digital Information Age. Non-technical website owners, however, can’t afford to have a digital presence where every aspect of using, managing, or growing your business online requires employing people with technical skills to do things for you.

Outsourcing every aspect of your digital presence is not only expensive, it can also be risky and frustrating, as you can end up with no control over your own processes and have to wait for even simple things to get done.

Most non-techies hire website developers to build their websites and expect to be trained by them on how to use their sites.

As we explain in The Challenges Of Educating, Teaching, And Training New WordPress Users, however, clients shouldn’t expect to receive training that will empower them to have control of their own web presence, as this is neither their core area of expertise, nor is it in their best interest to do so.

As we explain in The WordPress Paradox, the current web services industry is not designed to empower non-technical users, it’s designed to keep users dependent on technical service providers.

And as we explain in the Small Business Digital Manager, many small businesses outsource their digital management and digital marketing without systems in place to control and manage their digital processes, and end up either with an unmanageable web presence, or being held “hostage” by their digital service providers.

If you are not technical-minded and want to learn how to grow a business online without having to learn how to write code and without having to depend on technical experts for everything, what you need, then, is training that will show you step-by-step what to do to get better results online and empower you to be in complete control of your web presence.

This is why we created WPCompendium.org. Our FREE tutorials will take you step-by-step through the entire process of building, managing, and growing your own web presence without technical skills and at minimal cost.

WordPress Is The Ideal Digital Vehicle For Non-Techies

With WordPress, you can build any kind of digital vehicle you can imagine and take it wherever you want to go …

WordPress lets you build any kind of digital vehicle you want!

(WordPress lets you build any kind of digital vehicle you want)

Without the keys to drive your vehicle, however, you’ll be stuck whenever you want to drive your business forward or get anything done.

It’s like owning a car but constantly needing the help of mechanics and chauffeurs to use it.

WordPress education and training are the keys that let you drive your vehicle without depending on technical people like website developers, web designers, etc.

That’s why WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of comprehensive WordPress tutorials for FREE that show you step-by-step how to be in complete control of your web presence and how to get better results online without technical skills and at minimal cost.

Non-Techie WordPress Tutorials For Non-Techie WordPress Users

Everything you see on WPCompendium.org has been built and configured by a non-techie to help other non-techies learn how to build, manage, and grow a successful digital presence without having to mess with code or learn how to program.

This site attracts thousands of WordPress users from all around the world every month using a default ‘out-of-the-box’ free WordPress theme and free or very inexpensive WordPress plugins to automate management and marketing processes. We have not employed website developers, web designers, or web coders to install, configure, manage, or grow any aspect of this site.

We have purposely done things this way to make sure that other non-techies can duplicate the same processes using WordPress and achieve great results online too.

We know that most businesses are run by non-techies who want a digital presence that will deliver them maximum results at minimal cost. We have spent years documenting how to start and build a professional business website that can be fully managed by a non-technical user. Our step-by-step tutorials are simple to follow and will save you years of learning and trying to figure things out for yourself.

What sets our WordPress tutorials apart from all other WordPress tutorial sites is that we focus 100% on non-technical users and create our content with non-techies in mind by asking questions like:

  • What does this WordPress function or feature do, how does it work, and how can it help non-technical users achieve desired results and grow their business?
  • How do we explain the benefits of using this feature or function so non-techies can understand and apply it to their own sites?
  • Where do all the buttons, links, options, settings, and sections connected to this WordPress function or feature lead to, how do they work, and what purpose do they serve? How do we explain all this in non-technical terms?
  • What is the most cost-effective way to get results in this area of WordPress and are there any processes that can be automated? If so, how?
  • How far can a non-techie go on their own in this area of WordPress without having to hire or outsource technical experts or technical service providers?

Non-Techie WordPress User? You Can Do It!

Visit any online discussion group for website developers and you will see that many web service providers believe that non-techies should not build, manage, or mess with their own websites because they will stuff things up if they do.

The problem with this belief is that it not only comes from a place of disempowerment, it’s also driven by self interest.

We are not discouraging businesses from outsourcing to website developers and technical service providers. Our aim is to help businesses make informed decisions by understanding that outsourcing is a choice, not a requirement.

Most small businesses, however, can’t make an informed decision because they are often not aware that:

  1. A platform like WordPress gives non-techies the choice of doing it all themselves to save money or outsourcing to save time, and
  2. The people they normally turn to for help or advice (e.g. website developers) have no incentive or motivation to educate, encourage, or empower them to do it all themselves.

The good news is that if you are a non-techie who would like to learn how to build a successful online presence, you can do it … just follow our step-by-step tutorials!

WordPress For Non-Techies: A Tour Of WPCompendium.org

WPCompendium.org contains hundreds of written step-by-step tutorials with loads of instructive screenshots and links to related tutorials.

If you don’t know where to start, the quickest and easiest way to get started on WP Compendium.org is by visiting our Quick Start section.

If you have an idea of what you are trying to achieve, then you can easily find a tutorial by learning how to navigate this site, or clicking through to one of our WordPress training modules.

WPCompendium.org - WordPress Training Modules

(WPCompendium.org – WordPress Training Modules)

Our tutorials are organized in logical sequence and grouped into the following training modules:

  1. Introduction To WordPress – If you still don’t know what WordPress is or why you should use WordPress to power your website and drive your online business, then go through the tutorials in this training module. These will take you through the benefits and advantages of using WordPress, costs of setting up a website, who uses WordPress, and more.
  2. Website Planning – The tutorials in this module will show you how to plan your new website and what you need to do before getting your new site built.
  3. WordPress Installation – The tutorials in this module take you step-by-step through the process of installing a WordPress site or blog on your own domain, including how to set up your domain, web server, etc.
  4. WordPress Configuration – The tutorials in this module show you how to configure your WordPress site to drive more web traffic and get your pages indexed by search engines automatically.
  5. How To Use WordPress – If you already have a WordPress site set up, the tutorials in this module show you how to use WordPress and all of its main features.
  6. WordPress Plugins – The tutorials in this module show you how to expand, enhance, and extend the functionality of your site in almost limitless ways.
  7. WordPress Customization – The tutorials in this module show you how to easily customize your website design and other aspects of your WordPress site.
  8. WordPress Management – This comprehensive training module includes all of the tutorials you need to know how to manage your WordPress site and maintain your site updated and fully backed up.
  9. WordPress Optimization – The tutorials in this module show you how to optimize WordPress for improved speed and better performance.
  10. WordPress Security – This comprehensive training module not only includes tutorials on how to improve WordPress security and protect your site from hackers and malicious users, but also how to ensure that all areas of your digital presence remain protected too!
  11. WordPress Business Strategies – After your WordPress site has been built and configured, it’s time to grow your business online. The tutorials in this training module show you many different ways to monetize and promote your website, including ways to generate more traffic, drive more targeted prospects and leads to your site, convert more visitors into new customers, sales, and subscribers, gain a competitive advantage online, and more!

Tip

We have developed a WordPress user tutorials plugin that lets you access all of the written tutorials on WPCompendium.org plus hundreds of WordPress video tutorials from your own WordPress dashboard.

You can also access our FREE WordPress tutorials for non-techies any time you need help learning WordPress by installing our FREE Chrome Browser Extension.

We hope that you have found this information useful and we wish you the very best of success online!

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Free Digital Skills Training: WordPress For Business

Want FREE digital skills training on WordPress for your business? Access hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials to help you grow your business online … 100% FREE!

Free Digital Skills Training: WordPress For BusinessHave you looked at the business and technology section of the news lately? More leading news, business, and technology publications are reporting that there is an increasing digital skills shortage, particularly in the area of digital marketing skills, and politicians around the world are issuing warnings that businesses are headed for a ‘digital skills crisis’ …

The business sector is experiencing a global digital skills shortage!

(The business sector is experiencing a global digital skills shortage!)

Technology-dependent countries like the US, UK, Australia, and many European countries face a significant competitive disadvantage as a result of this digital skills shortage. According to various studies like the Australian Digital Skills and Salary Survey, commissioned by the Slade Group Digital Practice and NET:101 and undertaken by Sweeney Research, many businesses are finding it difficult to source digital employees and are finding that the digital skills gap is taking a moderate or heavy toll on their business, yet they lack the strategy to address this problem.

According to Elizabeth Ebeli, Slade group’s digital practice manager …

“Organisations leave themselves wide-open to being left behind in the digital century.”

(Source: www.cmo.com.au)

What About My Business?

According to the Digital Marketing Institute, content marketing is one of the most in-demand digital marketing skills companies and businesses are looking for.

With every new Google update announced and every new social media algorithm implemented the importance of content marketing becomes increasingly clearer. The demand for qualified content marketers has surged in the past year as digital marketing managers realize the value of providing valuable content to their customers. Quality content creation feeds into many essential elements of the digital marketing mix, including email marketing, social media, and SEO strategy.

(Source: Digital Marketing Institute)

Content is the currency of the Information Age. In today’s ultra-competitive Digital Economy, every employee should be able to create digital content to help sell or promote the business that employs them, no matter how small the business is.

One of the easiest ways to do this is through blogging.

When it comes to blogging, no other platform is as powerful or as effective at helping you get content published and promoted online as WordPress.

WordPress is the world's leading content publishing and content management platform!

(WordPress is the world’s leading content publishing and content management platform!)

WPCompendium.org Provides Free Digital Skills Training On WordPress

WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials for businesses and non-coders … 100% FREE!

Use our FREE WordPress tutorials to educate and train every employee and staff member how to build, grow, and manage a WordPress site with no coding skills required, and how to add, edit, delete and manage content on your website or blog.

How Will Our Free Digital Skills Training Benefit Your Business?

Let’s take a look at some of the ways your business can benefit using our FREE WordPress tutorials to build up digital skills:

Digital Skills Training For Non-Coders

The digital skills shortage isn’t just restricted to programming or coding technology and web applications. There is also a growing demand for digital marketing skills. Skills like being able to start and grow a business website or blog, expertly manage your CMS, write great content that will engage your audience and provide value to your readers, produce and integrate a variety of media formats into your content, build an active presence on social media, improve your search results with SEO, identify and expand your online reach into related niche markets, and more!

Most businesses are not run by web developers, but by non-technical users who want to learn how to get better results online, not learn how to code websites or debug software applications. Most WordPress tutorials are written by web developers for web developers. Not WPCompendium.org. We provide hundreds of detailed step-by-step tutorials created specifically to help non-techies learn how to better market their business online and get better results using WordPress!

Most businesses are run by non-techies. We provide WordPress tutorials and digital skills training for non-coders!

(Most businesses are run by non-techies. We provide WordPress tutorials and digital skills training for non-coders!)

Build A WordPress Site For Your Business … Or Many!

Build almost any kind of website you can imagine with WordPress!
Build any kind of website you can imagine with WordPress!

Let’s say that you want to expand your business presence online and add an e-commerce store, or a membership site, or a staff directory, or a customer helpdesk, or any other kind of digital asset your business needs.

Normally, this would involve hiring expert coders and spending thousands of dollars on web development costs.

With WordPress, you can easily build almost any kind of website you can imagine, with no coding skills required and at minimal cost. 

We provide a complete digital skills training curriculum for WordPress comprised of detailed tutorials that take you step-by-step through the entire process of planninginstalling, configuring, using, expanding, customizing, managing, securing, and growing your website with WordPress.

We also provide a detailed Introduction To WordPress module that explains the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress is free, what the real costs of building a website with WordPress, what makes WordPress the world’s leading Content Management System (CMS), and more!

Turn Everyone In Your Business Into An Expert Content Marketer …

For many small businesses, their digital presence consists of a brochure-like website where no regular content is added to it.

Imagine how much growth your business would experience and how further ahead of your competition you would be if your sales and marketing people contributed content to your website regularly that educated visitors about the benefits of using your products and services and helped turn these into new leads, prospects, and sales, and if your operations and support staff provided regular training content, tips, and information aimed at turning new customers into repeat customers for life.

Think of all of the knowledge, skills, and expertise your people bring to your business. In some cases, there can be years of specialized knowledge about your industry and an in-depth understanding of the processes that go into producing your goods and services. This is all potential content locked inside people’s heads waiting to be harnessed. How can you harness this valuable resource and turn it into great content to help grow your digital presence?

How can you harness the knowledge and expertise of your people and turn this resource into great digital content?

(How can you harness the knowledge and expertise of your people and turn this resource into great digital content?)

Here’s one way …

Get someone in your business to sit down with our FREE step-by-step tutorials and start learning WordPress. Since our tutorials are designed to be easy to follow for people with no coding skills or previous web design experience, this can be anyone in your business. Task them with the goal of setting up and expertly configuring a WordPress blog or website for your business …

Expertly Configured WordPress Site - WPCompendium.org

(Our WordPress step-by-step tutorials show you how to set this up!)

With an expertly configured WordPress site, all you have to do is publish content on a regular basis and WordPress will automatically notify search engines and syndicate your content to social media, driving new visitors to your site.

Your WordPress site will have separate categories on your website or blog for each department and each contributing member of your team will be assigned a separate login and specific roles, such as contributors, authors, and editors … even collaborators!

Our FREE WordPress tutorials not only show you how to set all of this up but also which free tools and online services to use to create a professional content publishing department.

Once your new WordPress site or blog is all set up and configured, get your people to sit down and go through our How To Use WordPress tutorials and subscribe them to our FREE 120-part content creation course, which will show them how to never run out of ideas for content.

With a little investment of time and our FREE digital skills training course on WordPress, any member of your staff can be turned into professional web content creators and marketers for your business.

Turn any staff member into a professional content marketer with our FREE digital skills training tutorials on WordPress!

(Turn any staff member into a professional content marketer with our FREE digital skills training tutorials on WordPress!)

Why Pay For WordPress Training Courses? Get The Best WordPress Training FREE!

Why pay to learn WordPress? WPCompendium.org is 100% FREE!
Why pay to learn WordPress? WPCompendium.org is 100% FREE!

WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of expertly written WordPress tutorials covering everything you need to know to build, manage and grow a business online using WordPress for FREE!

Over 10 years of experience building WordPress sites and teaching WordPress to businesses of all sizes have gone into creating these detailed step-by-step tutorials. If you are looking for a digital skills training course that will empower the people in your business to help you take full control of your digital presence, we guarantee you will not find a better course on WordPress than the one we provide here.

Start Your Digital Skills Training With WPCompendium.org … For FREE!

If you’re ready to start learning WordPress and improving your digital skills, our FREE tutorials are divided into the following tutorial modules:

An Introduction To WordPress

Introduction To WordPressThis training module provides an overview of WordPress. Learn what WordPress is, why it’s used by millions of websites worldwide, and the many benefits of using WordPress to grow a successful business presence online.

Website Planning

How To Plan Your WebsiteBefore you can build your website or blog, you need to do some planning and research. These tutorials show you how to save time and money developing a plan for your website and a content marketing strategy for your business.

How To Install WordPress

WordPress Installation Tutorials For BeginnersYou don’t need coding or programming skills to create a website using WordPress. This training module shows you step-by-step how to install WordPress on your domain with minimal cost and no coding skills required. We take you through the pre-installation and installation process.

How To Configure WordPress

WordPress Configuration TutorialsAfter installing WordPress, it’s time to set up and configure your website. This training module shows you step-by-step how to configure your WordPress settings and how to integrate your site with other essential services that will help to drive traffic automatically to your website.

How To Use WordPress

WordPress Step-By-Step Tutorials For BeginnersOnce your website is fully set up and configured, all you (or your staff) need to do is learn how to use WordPress. This training module not only shows you how to use all of the main features and functions of WordPress, it is also full of practical examples that you can apply to your own website or blog.

How To Extend WordPress With Plugins

WordPress Plugin TutorialsLearn how to extend, enhance, and expand the functionality of your WordPress site in just a few mouse clicks with plugins that can instantly transform your web presence into anything you can imagine and everything you need your website to do.

How To Customize WordPress

WordPress CustomizationLearn how to customize the look and feel of your website without having to hire web developers. The tutorials in this training module take you as far as you can go without touching code and then point you in the right direction if you need further customization done on your site.

How To Manage WordPress

How To Manage WordPressWordPress maintenance is vital to keeping your WordPress site up-to-date and fully protected. Learn how to easily manage and maintain your own web presence, how to keep your WordPress site, themes, and plugins up-to-date, how to backup your WordPress files and database with automated tools, and how to troubleshoot common WordPress errors.

How To Optimize WordPress

WordPress Optimization Tutorials For BeginnersThe tutorials in this module show you how to optimize your WordPress site for serving faster-loading pages, improving your search engine results, and providing users with a better experience.

WordPress Security

WordPress Security Tutorials For BeginnersKeeping your WordPress site secure is very important. Learn about WordPress security and how to keep your WordPress site and your entire digital presence secure and protected from hackers, malicious users, and malware.

Online Business Strategies

Grow Your Business OnlineThe tutorials in this module show you how to get better results online with WordPress – more exposure, more traffic, more subscribers, more sales, etc.

WordPress Tutorials Index

We wish you great success online!

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Want A Website You Can Manage Yourself? Read This First!

If you want a website that you can manage by yourself, here is what you need to know before getting your website built …

Managing Your Own Website - What You Need To KnowSo … you want a website for your business, professional services, church, school, club, group, network, organization, or personal use that you can manage by yourself?

If so, there are some very important things you need to know before you go out and get your website built.

Managing A Website Yourself – What You Need To Know

The idea of managing your own website sounds great, but without understanding what you are really getting yourself into, you will most likely end up with a website that does very little to help your business grow or requires you to hire experts to manage it for you … which is the exact opposite of having a website that you can manage yourself.

WPCompendium.org was launched to help you get a website that you can manage completely on your own with no technical skills at minimal cost and to empower you to be able to grow your business or organization online without the need to hire experts to manage things for you. We provide hundreds of detailed step-by-step tutorials covering everything you need to know to build, manage, and grow a website on your own … 100% FREE!

Let’s go through some of the important things you need to consider before getting a website built that you can manage on your own.

Managing Your Content vs Managing Your Website

What most people mean when they say they want a website that they can manage on their own, is a website where you can publish your own content without the need to involve others. In other words, you want a website that lets you easily type out what you need to communicate or announce to your audience, add links to your text, insert images, or even videos or a downloadable document and then hit the ‘publish’ button to make the content go live.

What most people don’t mean when they say they want a website that they can manage on their own, is a website where they are stuck doing ‘technical’ things like editing code to change the design or layout of their website, performing tasks that require messing around with web files and servers, or trying to fix problems that require web programming skills.

Both of the above, however, are things you need to do when managing your own website. Website management requires managing your content and the technical aspects of your website.

If this is the case, what you really need, then, is a website with a built-in Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to easily take care of ‘technical’ areas without requiring technical skills.

The platform that allows you to easily do this is called WordPress.

WordPress lets you easily manage your own content and website with no technical skills!

(WordPress lets you easily manage your own content and website with no technical skills!)

You need to know a little bit about WordPress before getting your website built. If you don’t understand the benefits of using WordPress and why you should choose WordPress before asking someone to build you a website, you could end up with a website that you can’t manage by yourself. With the exception of WordPress, almost every other website platform available requires technical expertise to manage …

WordPress lets you manage your own website without technical expertise!

(WordPress lets you manage your own website without technical expertise!)

We provide a great deal of information about WordPress in our Introduction To WordPress module. You will learn what WordPress can do, why it’s free, what makes WordPress the world’s most popular CMS, the costs of building a website with WordPress, and the benefits of using WordPress to build, manage, and run your website.  We recommend that you read through the articles and tutorials in this module before doing anything else.

To learn more about WordPress, see the tutorials in the module below:

Why Manage A Website Yourself?

I recently read an article online about managing your own website. The author of this article (a web developer), made the point that unless your business is building and maintaining websites, you should just leave this to the experts and focus your time on more important things like running your business.

You would expect a web developer to say this as it’s clearly in their best interest to sell you their services, but there is another side to this argument. This article was dated 2005. Around that time, CMS platforms like WordPress were just getting started and websites did require a lot of technical expertise and web coding skills to build and manage (see our brief history of websites).

Not anymore. Not only have web publishing platforms and technologies like WordPress evolved to become more user-friendly and less technically challenging, but the digital economy has significantly increased competition for businesses worldwide while also creating exponential challenges for businesses that want to market themselves online and specialization in the web services industry.

What this means for you as a website owner, is that if you want better results online, you have to be in control of your website and your digital presence, not your web developer. Being in control means understanding all of the processes involved. Once you understand these processes, you can then evaluate and assess what makes the most sense for your business and for your needs, and then choose whether to outsource web management tasks or do these yourself.

The truth is …

You Don’t Need A Web Developer To Build Or Manage Your Own Website

Web agencies and website developers love people who tell them “I want you to build me a website that I can manage by myself,” because they know that 99 out of 100 times, they will end up managing the website on behalf of their client for an ongoing monthly fee and upselling them additional services and solutions.

If you lack the skills of a web developer and want to manage your own website but don’t want to end up becoming a ‘hostage’ to web developers and technical people and get stuck with monthly support and maintenance fees, then you need an online vehicle that puts you in control, lets you drive, and gives you options.

WordPress Saves You Time And Money

One of the biggest myths in the web services industry is that you will save time and money and get the results you want by getting someone else to build you a website that you can manage on your own.

You won’t. Whoever builds your website for you will need you to be fully involved in the process. You will need to provide them with all of the information they need to get your website built – logos, images, content for your pages, product or service descriptions, account logins, etc. Putting all of this information together takes time. The less prepared you are, the longer the time it will take to get your website launch-ready.

In contrast, you (or anyone you delegate the work to, i.e. staff members, colleagues, etc.) can build a website with WordPress at minimal cost and be up and running in a day or two, even if you have no coding skills and have never built a website before. We provide complete step-by-step tutorials on how to install a WordPress site for FREE in our WordPress Installation tutorial modules that anyone can follow.

For a quick overview of the WordPress installation process, see the tutorial below:

Managing Your Online Identity

Before you even start thinking about getting a website built, consider why you need a website.

What kind of audience are you targeting?

Do you need to attract new clients, customers or members, or just publish occasional announcements to an audience that already knows who you are and what you do?

Unless all you want is an online brochure with your contact details, you need a website if you sell products or provide services and need to educate and attract new customers, members, or subscribers to your business, school, church, club, organization, or cause.

If all you need is to keep in touch with an existing audience that already knows who you are and what you do, you may not need a website. You could just set up a page or group on Facebook and save yourself the effort of having to manage a website on your own.

What kind of content will you be publishing?

Content is the currency of the digital economy. If you plan to publish content that includes media (graphics, videos, etc.), downloadable files, tables, links to resources, etc., you will need a system that allows you to easily manage, retrieve, publish, and keep your content organized. This is where a Content Management System or CMS is required.

But what if you also plan to sell products or accept payments for services on your website? Or add a private area that only registered members or users can access using a unique login? Or allow multiple users to collaborate on creating content for your website and perform different functions without accessing your administration settings? Do you need to install different applications on your server and then try to integrate all of these things to make it all work together? Or create a separate website so you can manage all of the different areas of your business that require different content types?

This is where the WordPress platform is unique. With WordPress, you can easily run a content management system, an e-commerce store, a private membership site, a blog, a training or documentation section, a customer helpdesk, set up surveys and polls, manage multiple users and assign them different roles and responsibilities, and so much more, all from one single administration dashboard. Our tutorials show you how to easily do all of this.

Do you want to control your identity or brand online?

If you want to control your identity or brand online, you should have your own domain name and a place to host your website before getting your website built. This way, people can reach you by typing www.yourbusiness.com into their web browser instead of something like facebook.com/yourbusiness or yourbusiness.somefreeplatform.com and they can send you emails to an email address branded with your domain name (i.e. you@yourbusiness.com) instead of trying to reach you using a free (and unprofessional-looking) email account like Gmail.

WordPress offers both a ‘hosted’ option and a ‘self-hosted’ option. The hosted option doesn’t require a domain name or hosting, but there will be limitations, especially if you plan to grow online. If you want to manage your own website, therefore, we recommend choosing the ‘self-hosted’ WordPress option, which is FREE and gives you complete control. You can learn about the differences in our Introduction To WordPress tutorials.

Choosing the ‘self-hosted’ version of WordPress does require having your own domain name and a web hosting account and you will need to manage the administration of both of these areas in addition to managing your own website.

Fortunately, this is not hard to do. We provide complete step-by-step tutorials on how to register a domain name, set up a web hosting account, create an email account using your own domain name, etc.

WordPress lets you easily manage your online identity!

(WordPress lets you easily manage your online identity!)

Managing Your Own Website Requires Planning

Let’s say that you don’t want to build your own website. You want someone else to build you a website that you will manage by yourself. If you want to manage a website on your own and you lack coding skills, it’s important to know exactly what you want before going and getting a website built.

You will want to have important things about your website already planned out and your initial web content created before asking someone to do the technical work. Otherwise, expect a time-consuming process and delays as you and your web developer go back and forth trying to work out what you really want from your website.

The less planning you do before asking someone to build you a website, the longer and more costly the process of getting your website built will be. The more time you spend planning your website, the closer it will be to meeting your expectations.

We provide FREE detailed tutorials on planning your website here:

Managing Your Own Website Requires Training

Let’s travel ahead in time for a moment and imagine that your website has now been built and delivered to your exact specifications. You are happy with the way your website looks and you can’t wait to get started.

Now that you have your new website, what’s next?

You need training. Lots of training. If you plan to manage your own website, you need to learn:

  • How to use all of the features of your new website
  • How to create, edit, and publish content on your website
  • How to generate new web traffic
  • How to leverage your efforts online and get your content indexed by search engines, syndicated to social media, and other sites where your target audience can be found.
  • How to measure and improve your results
  • How to add new features to your site when required (e.g. e-commerce, forms, media galleries, membership site scripts, etc.)
  • How to modify your website layout or menus, add or rearrange design elements, etc.
  • How to keep your website’s software, add-ons/plugins & web templates/themes up-to-date
  • How to manage your site’s registered users or members, set user permissions, etc.
  • How to perform regular backups and automate maintenance tasks,
  • How to keep your website protected and secure against hackers, malware, and malicious users.
  • How to troubleshoot and fix common errors and problems.
  • etc.

As you can see, managing your own website requires regular training and access to great training content. Most web developers will spend an hour or two showing you the bare minimum, then leave you with a ‘quick-start’ guide that often contains little more than very basic information. After this, you will be charged for additional training and support and regularly asked to have them take over the management of your website. This is when the costs of having a website normally start to escalate without any related improvement on results.

WordPress puts you 100% in control of your website!

(WordPress puts you 100% in control of your website!)

WPCompendium.org Shows You How To Build And Manage Your Own Website … For FREE!

WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials covering everything you need to know to build and manage your own website with no coding skills required and at minimal cost.

Take a look around WPCompendium.org. Everything you see on this website has been built and is being managed by just one person with no coding or web programming skills.

Everything you see on this site has been built using WordPress. This site was built without coding skills and has been expertly configured using mostly free WordPress plugins. All I have to do is write and publish content to this site and it will automatically be picked up by search engines and instantly syndicated to my social pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and dozens of other web directories.

The comprehensive tutorials on WPCompendium.org are the result of years spent planning, implementing, and documenting the exact steps and processes required to manage a website on your own. Our step-by-step tutorials are organized in a logical sequence with no missing steps and available to anyone who wants to learn how to manage their own website … 100% free!

WPCompendium.org - Hundreds of FREE WordPress step-by-step tutorials to help you manage your own website!

(WPCompendium.org – Hundreds of FREE WordPress step-by-step tutorials to help you manage your own website!)

Will My Website Look Like Yours? I Don’t Like The Look Of Your Website!

Your website will not look like this. I built WPCompendium.org using the default WordPress installation theme to prove the point that the last thing you need to worry about when building a website with WordPress is how your site will look.

Because WordPress has unique features like Themes, Plugins, and Widgets, almost any kind of functionality imaginable can be added with just a few mouse clicks and the entire look and feel of this website can be easily changed at any time without affecting the content.

WPCompendium.org attracts thousands of new visitors each month by providing useful content and because this site has been built and configured using the same methods explained in our tutorials. At any moment of my choosing, I can easily change the design, layout, elements, colors, fonts and anything else about this site without hiring web developers and web designers. Additionally, most of this site’s management processes are automated, so backing up the site’s files and data is done automatically and keeping the site’s software, plugins, and themes updated takes only seconds.

WPCompendium.org is a perfect example of what managing a website yourself looks like!

The Bottom Line … Choose WordPress!

Whether you decide to manage everything yourself or hire people to look after the technical areas of your website freeing you up to focus on managing your content and the rest of your business, you should still consider using WordPress.

If you want a website that you can manage by yourself without coding skills and at minimal cost, choose WordPress and just follow the step-by-step tutorials provided for free here on WPCompendium.org.

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