WordPress newbie -- where do I start?
November 29, 2011 10:13 AM Subscribe
I'm having difficulty using WordPress to set up a professional website (not a blog). I'm completely new to the platform and have found WordPress.org to be unhelpful. Are there resources for absolute beginners to WordPress?
posted by kim in chicago to computers & internet (9 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
I am launching a freelance writing business and need to set up a professional website that will consist of a home page, an about page, a contact page, a services page, writing samples, and possibly a blog page. Many fellow freelance writers gush about how fabulous and easy WordPress is, saying that all the cool kids use it for blogs and professional websites. I am intelligent and reasonably proficient with technology (not programming, though), so it didn't occur to me that I might have trouble figuring out how to use WordPress.
I obtained a domain name and hosting thru hostgator, then installed WordPress. Even this simple install step was more difficult that I thought it would be. Now I have a website with the ugly default theme and no content, because I literally can't figure out how to start building it. I find WordPress to be incredibly non-intuitive, and the WordPress.org help section is not terribly helpful. I just need something to lead me step by step in building 5 or so simple pages on this site, literally something that says "do this to install a theme, do this to upload a photo, do this to insert text, etc."
I'm sure I'm the problem here since the rest of the world thinks WordPress is easy and awesome, but I'm really frustrated. I just want to get this site up as soon as possible without taking a class or paying someone to do it for me.
I know one freelancer who used iPage rather than WordPress for her webpage; she said it was ridiculously easy to set up, it's cheaper than what I'm paying hostgator, and (to me, at least) it looks fine.
Can anyone tell me what I'm missing with WordPress? If not, I'm tempted to eat the money I payed to hostgator and just go with iPage. Any suggestions or guidance would be much appreciated. I use a MacBook Pro, if that helps.