Dr. StrangeWebs, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WordPress

Remember the first time you went out onto the World Wide Web? If you’re like me, probably not. The Web has become such a constant part of our daily lives, it’s hard to remember how we functioned without it. And it’s hard to believe that before the 1990s and the introduction of browsers, the internet was used almost entirely by the military, universities, research facilities, and a few hard-core techie types who the rest of us called “nerds.”

Web browsers, and the spread of home computers to run those browsers, brought Web 1.0 to much of the country. We could use this new-fangled apparatus to look up information, email our friends, and go shopping without leaving the house. But our interaction with the Web was still mostly one-way – we could view and download more content every day, but most of us weren’t really thinking about adding our own two cents worth to the ever-growing volume of data out there for public consumption. My own introduction to generating Web content consisted of programming “raw” HTML for my then-employer’s new website – not the most user-friendly experience, and not one I wanted to repeat on my own time.

With the introduction of Web 2.0 in the 2000s, the focus shifted to user-generated content. Social media sites came and went (remember MySpace?) leaving a few hardy survivors to dominate the landscape, and people started to realize how much they had to contribute to the public forum. Personal blogs and websites now let us express our opinions, share our experiences, and engage in activism. But the thought of creating and maintaining a website or blog can still seem intimidating. In fact, when High Order Solutions assigned me to update and maintain their website, I had a few panicky flashbacks to my old HTML days and wondered how I would ever keep up with all the new developments in website design.

Enter WordPress. As one of the most popular software systems for creating websites and blogs, WordPress has given millions of people worldwide their own Web presence. As I soon discovered, the simple, menu-driven WordPress interface produces remarkable results without coding, and the available themes and plug-ins (many of them free!) let me really branch out creatively. While I could have done without coding and HTML knowledge entirely, I found that WordPress let me use programming to enhance my designs even further. I can unleash my inner nerd as much or as little as I want. And so can you!

With WordPress training from HOS, you can learn the basics of creating a beautiful website or blog in just one day. We’ll take you through the website-building process and introduce all the main features and capabilities of WordPress, without the program coding or high-tech jargon you might expect in a web design course.

You have something of value to share with the world, whether it’s your grandmother’s delicious recipes, your review of the latest Star Wars movie, or your experiences volunteering in your community. With HOS and WordPress, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get started.