- WordPress, a powerful CMS, underpins 43% of websites online and provides a platform for diverse web projects, from simple blogs to complex applications.
- Noble Desktop offers a variety of WordPress classes and bootcamps for students with backgrounds in HTML and CSS, allowing novices to advance to customizing websites beyond standard WordPress capabilities.
- Knowledge of WordPress can also pave the way for a career as an Ecommerce Specialist, as the WooCommerce plugin, used on WordPress, accounts for 29% of all internet commerce.
- Salaries for these roles can vary greatly, with WordPress Developers earning an average annual salary of $61,083, according to Glassdoor, while Front End Developers earn an average of $76,929 a year, and Ecommerce Specialists can make around $60,000 per year, based on PayScale data.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an extremely versatile and powerful content management system (CMS) that is behind 43% of the sites on the world wide web. Yes, that’s well over a third of the internet. You can use WordPress for everything from constructing a simple blog to setting up a gigantic online emporium. It’s even being used today as a framework for creating new applications.
WordPress is open-source and free software. That means that the code is accessible to anyone interested, and you can download it without cost. (There are expenses involved in setting up a WordPress site, but WordPress.com makes it possible to create a blog or a simple website without any money changing hands.) If you wish to establish an online presence of any size, WordPress can help you.
Learn more about what WordPress is and the benefits of learning to use it.
What Can You Do with WordPress?
WordPress first came to digital life in 2003 as blogging software. It enabled people seeking to establish a voice for themselves on the internet to create blogs without the need for actual coding. As such, WordPress remains extremely popular with bloggers. Indeed, anyone seeking to set up a blog will probably find themselves directed to WordPress for its relative ease of use and wide variety of features that make it possible for lay users to create something “professional” in appearance.
However, 43% of all sites on the web can’t all be blogs, and, indeed, WordPress is currently employed for a great deal more than maintaining ongoing records of what its more casual users had for dinner. WordPress has grown exponentially over the nearly two decades it has been in existence and is used for a variety of purposes today. A range of software plugins allows WordPress to do practically anything. To choose one example from many, the WooCommerce plugin allows the user to turn a WordPress site into a store. As such, WordPress has become the internet’s leading ecommerce platform.
Perhaps the most salient aspect of WordPress is that the software is open-source and free. This has many ramifications, not the least of which is that it opens the software for use as anything a user can imagine. Thus WordPress has expanded beyond blogs and smaller websites and stores into major websites for major companies (zoom.us, indeed.com, and the cryptocurrency site coinmarketcap.com are all powered by WordPress; so is hairwrapsandbrading.au). The software’s server side has most recently begun to be employed as a framework for creating applications. And all these possibilities are within reach of anyone who knows how to make use of the software.
Without question, the most useful skill to learn after (or as part of) your WordPress education is HTML. HTML—hypertext mark-up language—is the bridge between using a CMS such as WordPress and the coding universe. Although you can build something admirable using WordPress alone, there is going to come a point in your use of WordPress when you’re going to need to bring up the custom HTML block on the WordPress editor. WordPress allows HTML commands, and in a way, WordPress expects its users eventually to employ small segments of code to get their work done.
HTML is easy to learn, probably easier than WordPress. There are only 250 or so tags. Moreover, a lot of the tags are pretty much obvious, such as <i> to introduce a section of text you want in italics. There are plenty of resources for learning HTML: YouTube even has an HTML in Ten Minutes video, while, if you have a day rather than a few minutes, you may wish to consider a class such as Noble Desktop’s Introduction to HTML & CSS. CSS, Cascading Style Sheets, is generally taught in tandem with HTML as a means of styling text on a webpage. You can use CSS with WordPress as well.
A wholly different direction in which you can proceed once you’ve gained a solid foothold in the WordPress universe is pursuing the ecommerce possibilities inherent in the CMS. WooCommerce, the mercantile face of WordPress, accounts for 29% of all internet commerce, according to 2022 figures from BuiltWith. Ecommerce is a whole discipline unto itself, and there is a constant need for professionals who can help manage the more mercenary aspects of a company’s website. There are businesses that put their entire commercial success or failure into WooCommerce’s hands, so learning its ins and outs can help you make a career in the field. WordPress can help you create an attractive online store, but it takes someone to manage it. For that reason, Ecommerce Specialist is an in-demand role and a possible next step for someone who has learned to use WordPress.
- Learning WordPress can open the door to learning other skills that can prove extremely useful, both in terms of the job market and perfecting and maintaining your own website.
- Anyone seeking to be a WordPress expert will eventually need to learn HTML to get the most out of the CMS.
- Pursuing WooCommerce, WordPress’ ecommerce plugin, can lead to a career as an Ecommerce Specialist.
Learn WordPress with Hands-on Training at Noble Desktop
A highly effective way of learning to make the most of WordPress would be to take a class in the subject at Noble Desktop, a leading purveyor of live in-person IT training in New York City. Noble teaches extensively online as well, which puts its classes within reach of anyone in the world with internet access. Noble Desktop prides itself on its hands-on learning model, small class sizes, experienced and talented instructors, and a free retake option that makes it possible to cement or refresh your knowledge of what you’ve learned within the space of a year. Noble Desktop offers a wide variety of WordPress classes and bootcamps, one of which is sure to further your goals in using the CMS.
Noble Desktop’s WordPress Bootcamp is designed for students with a background in HTML and CSS who are seeking to learn how to use the system whilst bringing their knowledge of coding to the WordPress table as well. The course of study runs for three weeks, two nights a week for three hours a session, and takes WordPress novices through to customizing a website in ways that aren’t possible if you are limited to communicating in English with the software.
How to Learn WordPress
Master WordPress with hands-on training. WordPress is a content management system (CMS) commonly used to build websites and blogs.
- WordPress Bootcamp at Noble Desktop: live, instructor-led course available in NYC or live online
- Find WordPress Classes Near You: Search & compare dozens of available courses in-person
- Attend a WordPress class live online (remote/virtual training) from anywhere
- Find & compare the best online WordPress classes (on-demand) from the top providers and platforms
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