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- Jan 13, 2018
I am a beginner considering web development. A few days ago I've started building a web platform for my project. I've done all the administrative things like choosing hosting, domain, etc. I've also bought a premium theme that nicely fit my project (its called MyListing - My City – Just another MyListing Sites site). I consider the platform I am creating an MVP, later on, I plan to hire professionals.
The thing is that I've expected that working with WordPress, especially customizing the theme would be much easier. Do you have any suggestions on how to learn the basics to properly customize it (some tips on how to learn the basics of WordPress really fast)?
Is there someone who would like to discuss it further? I would be grateful for any advice, specific or general.
Thanks a lot!
I've been down that exact road. You have three choices;
1) Learn HTML and CSS and do the work yourself, one step at a time. This is the most powerful way to have complete control, but this is the most time consuming and requires a lot of knowledge and skill.
2) Get a "page builder" program to greatly speed up the work. Instead of writing commands one at a time, a page builder is a "visual interface" where you add photos, videos, copy and paste text, etc. by "visually" dropping them on the page. The three most popular ones are Divi, Elementor, and Beaver Builder. I use Divi. All of them have a learning curve, but you can find "how-to" A-Z videos on YouTube to watch that will get you up to speed in a day or two.
3) Hire someone to do it for you. With that method, you are at their mercy, and can't do much on your own, so unless it's a one-time thing, I would avoid this choice. There are always changes you will want to make - so you should have some way to do the work yourself.
There are your options. Good luck.
I also use WordPress - and I'll say be ready for a wild bumpy ride. It is in NO way as developed and smoothly integrated as they would have you believe. There is a lot to learn, and there are a lot of issues. Google will be your guide to help you as you go.