My goal in working on this blog called Websites for Small Biz is to get those of you who fear any code or any technical advice to be ever so slightly less afraid. And you should be able to ask questions, too. For those of you who are comfortable with code or the technical details of a website, can you learn to share your knowledge with others in such a way that they will learn and not be scared off? I hope the answer is yes, and one can teach technical details to anyone. Didn’t we all learn that 1+1=2, even if some of us are more agile with mathematics than others? If you feel you can do 1+1=2, maybe you can also solve a simple algebra problem. It’s all a matter of learning the basics at the pace that you need before moving on to the next, harder problem.
Here are a few technical points regarding WordPress, for example:
- You can edit a theme. The best method is to create a child theme, and put your changes there. Changes can be adding a thumbnail to a category page or changing how an excerpt appears on a page. Perhaps in a future post I will talk about how to use FileZilla, a free FTP software program.
- Backups are crucial. One of my favorite plugins is WP-DBManager. Another one I use is BackUpWordPress. You may never need to use the backups, but one never knows when your database may get messed up. Your web host may be doing backups as well, but it is best to have your own in addition to theirs. If your site ever gets hacked, one initial action you can take is to ask your web host to roll back your database to an earlier setup.
Your Turn, Please
What can I possibly do or say that will make you continue to read my posts even if some of the information is rather technical? Would you be willing to read at least part of the posts? If I do a few cartwheels (can one do dramatic cartwheels with words alone – maybe an image of a cute dog who might learn WordPress would help?), would that extra entertainment help you with keeping you concentrating on the post?