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WordPress.com Experiences 2022 – Overrated?

It does require a certain learning curve

This is where we really need to look at both pros and cons. The developers of WordPress have always made sure that the platform is easy to use – provided you have at least some experience in creating and maintaining websites.

If you’ve never created a website before, you’ll probably need some time to get used to it. It gets even more complicated if you also want to edit the CSS code and install various third-party plugins.

To be honest, if you just need a small brochure-style website, you’re probably better off with one of the many other website builders out there. However, if you have something more complex in mind, the learning effort is definitely worth it.

Fortunately, the most important things are easiest to learn with WordPress:

content editor

In WordPress, there used to be a simple text editor that you could use to write and publish texts, and that was quite enough for a long time.

Today, there’s the new editor (pictured above) dubbed “Gutenberg” that was introduced with some drama (more on that later).

It’s a content editor that lets you edit every paragraph, every headline, every image – really anything – like a single “block”! It is, so to speak, a kind of construction kit for the specific content of a page.

This allows you to make block-specific changes to your content. For example, you can change the text size for a specific paragraph, create multiple columns for text and/or images, add background images to specific sections, and more.

You can also easily embed videos from multiple platforms, tweets, Reddit posts, and Instagram photos into your content using Gutenberg’s standard functionality. In fact, there’s almost nothing you can’t embed.

And since everything is treated as a “block,” you can easily drag and drop any image, paragraph, or other content around the page to rearrange it

(even Google Docs might learn a thing or two here).

Overall, the editor is very easy to use and offers you a lot of flexibility in terms of design (by “design” I mean making your posts and pages look snazzy and different from each other).

The drama of the introduction was all the more astonishing: WordPress users had had enough time to adapt to the change since the first public announcement of the Gutenberg editor, but then, completely unprepared, burst into a collective outcry when the editor was actually released.

Gutenberg was very different from the old editor and could actually wreak havoc on older WordPress sites too, depending on the themes and plugins used. Early test versions of Gutenberg contained too many errors and quite a few users felt that the final version was not really mature either.

Fortunately, I’ve never had any problems with it myself. As long as you build a new website with the current version, you shouldn’t have any problems. Gutenberg has meanwhile experienced a large number of updates and gets better with every version of WordPress.

And if you want to go back to the old days, when you just had to write some text and click “Publish”, there are of course suitable plugins for that too.

Theme editor

Admittedly, WordPress does not offer drag-and-drop functionality like Wix and other competitors, but you can display any adjustments to your theme in real time.

If you change the color of a link, move a widget, or choose a completely different layout, you can always preview the effects of the changes before actually applying them. Too bad it doesn’t work that way for blog entries. As already mentioned, which elements can be adjusted also depends on the theme used.

If you don’t want to miss out on the advantages of drag-and-drop design with WordPress, you can use plugins like Elementor (The prerequisite for this is of course a tariff from Business upwards). With Elementor, combined with compatible themes, WordPress becomes a full-fledged drag-and-drop website builder.

Organization and publishing tools

The tools you can use to plan, categorize, and organize your posts, and manage your page hierarchy are all pretty intuitive once you find them.

WordPress is designed to handle and manage large amounts of content. What it lacks in drag-and-drop functionality, the platform makes up for in organization. For those who publish a lot of content in a short space of time, the platform is a real boon.

Overall, WordPress.com isn’t really difficult to navigate despite the learning curve. As a new user, you will find many tutorials and pop-up tips to help you get started with basic operation.

Once you know where the different functions are in the navigation menu, tasks like adding new pages, customizing the theme, etc. are pretty easy to accomplish. Be sure to read the hints and instructions, however, as creating a website on WordPress.com is not as intuitive as you might expect.

Setting up an online shop is also relatively easy. As already mentioned, the process is a bit more complex if you don’t live in the USA or Canada. Third-party plugins, such as WooCommerce, are also not too complicated to use. But the same applies here: If you have never created a website or an online shop before, you will first have to familiarize yourself with it.

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