The benefits of upskilling with WordPress website builder software

Getting training on WordPress can be a great idea, especially if you are looking to maximize your understanding of the platform and build or manage websites more effectively.

Here are some reasons, as suggested by ChatGPT, why investing in WordPress training can be beneficial:

  • Skill Development: Training programs can help you develop the necessary skills to navigate and use WordPress efficiently. This includes understanding the dashboard, managing content, installing themes and plugins, and more.
  • Comment: I believe it’s vital to understand what your website has been built with (WordPress), and how to navigate your way around the back-end, or control panel. Installing themes and plugins can take you into more complex territory, and should be treated with care! The most benefit to be achieved, I believe, is to be comfortable with the back-end interface and be able to understand where the content is stored, how it’s structured and what editing tools are available to you, so you can keep the website dynamic.
  • Stay Updated with Latest Features: WordPress regularly updates its platform, introducing new features and improvements. Training allows you to stay updated on these changes and leverage new functionalities to enhance your websites.
  • Comment: Once a particular “Theme” (e.g. Avada) is installed on your WordPress website, typically that stays as the working theme for the life of the website. My experience is that new functionalities come from installing new plugins to perform new tasks (e.g. ecommerce, payments, bookings etc).
  • Efficiency and Productivity: Learning from experts can teach you time-saving techniques and best practices, making you more efficient in managing and customizing your WordPress websites. This can boost your productivity in the long run.
  • Comment: For me, this is the key benefit of doing WordPress training. As a WordPress designer / developer, I have had many instances over the years of clients wanting to make changes to content, but doing it so infrequently that knowledge of what’s involved gets lost. With good training, and a regular task list for updating content, practice makes perfect!
  • Troubleshooting and Problem-solving: Training provides insights into common issues and their solutions. You’ll learn troubleshooting techniques, enabling you to identify and fix problems more effectively, reducing downtime for your websites.
  • Comment: Both Maurice and I , in our respective design agencies, have learned lots of shortcuts, tricks of the trade, etc. that allow us to be efficient in our WordPress work. Thus, we are well placed to pass on our knowledge and experience to WordPress website owners and their staff, so they can take advantage and save time and heartache!
  • Customization and Design Skills: Understanding how to customize themes and design elements in WordPress is crucial for creating a unique and visually appealing website. Training can help you grasp design principles and implement customizations.
  • Comment: With the best will in the world, website owners or their staff can, over time, put page designs and layouts out of kilter, when they add or amend page content. Good training can alert them to good design principles, that mean that the website stays within the designs laid down at launch day.
  • Security Awareness: Security is a significant concern for websites. Training can teach you about WordPress security best practices, helping you protect your site from potential vulnerabilities and attacks.
  • Comment: Another very important area! The simple fact is that our websites are under constant attack from hackers and website owners need to be aware of the vulnerabilities. Restricting the number of Admins on your website, ensuring the use of secure passwords and 2FA (two factor authentication) are vital to reducing the vulnerabilities. Having the Wordfence plugin installed, and learning how to manage it effectively are also important.
  • SEO Optimization: Many training programs cover basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies for WordPress. This knowledge can help you optimize your content and improve your website’s visibility in search engine results.
  • Comment: Whatever WordPress training you get, knowing the basics of good SEO is right up there at the top of the list of key skills to have. Most website owners leave this to their design agencies, which means that it’s done well at launch day, but thereafter may not get much attention. New content may not be optimized properly, or even at all! Proper training covers this key area and thus ensures that you maintain and even improve your website’s Google ranking.
  • Community Engagement: WordPress has a vast and active community. Training often includes insights into community resources, forums, and events, allowing you to connect with other WordPress users, share experiences, and seek assistance when needed.
  • Comment: Often an area that is ignored, but can deliver value to your business.
  • Certifications: Some training programs offer certifications, which can be valuable for demonstrating your expertise to potential clients or employers.
  • Comment: For me, the value of good WordPress knowledge is that you can effectively and efficiently keep your website in great shape. Demonstration of expertise is all about being comfortable on the platform and getting the job done!
  • Career Opportunities: If you are considering a career in web development, design, or digital marketing, having solid WordPress skills can open up various opportunities. Many businesses use WordPress for their websites, and skilled professionals are in demand.
  • Comment: I agree. WordPress skills are universally portable – regardless of the product or service that your new employer is selling, your WordPress skills transcend them. Personally, I would advise staying away from “web design” as a career – it’s a tough business to make a living in! As they say, anyone with a PC and a sense of humour can be a web designer!

WordPress training for beginners and advanced users

For more details of our courses, contact:

Ian Jackson

ianj@go2web.ie

(086) 832 6541