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The WordPress Myth: Manage Your Own WebsiteJanuary 14th, 2013

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”  ~Napolean Bonaparte

In many cases I would have to agree with the little guy. But he died centuries before WordPress and other Content Management Systems came to be.

WordPress Logo I am a big fan of what WordPress has become.  Starting as a great way to blog it has matured into a superb CMS.  But the one thing I disagree with is that it is easy for a non-technical user to manage. There are constant updates needed to the software and plugins.  As many of these changes are to shore up security concerns, you can’t ignore them or put yourself in jeopardy of being hacked.

So a few questions:

Do you feel comfortable making the changes to your WordPress and plugins?
Have you made changes to your theme? If you update the theme files, will your customizations be wiped out? (this happens when there is no child theme)
Do you have a backup plugin in place in case one of the updates cripples your site? (it happens)

Setting Up a WordPress Website
Although the thousands of available themes look nice and fit the requirements of many businesses, they are not all easy to set up.  The more available features, the longer it takes to get up and running.

Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is fabulous, you certainly can blog yourself, edit content, add photos and more with little or no help.  But unless you have the time and the skillset needed to keep your WordPress site up to date, hire a professional to help you to set up and manage your website.