Hello! I see you there, trying to figure out how to update your WordPress site on your own. You’ve got a great web person who helps you out when you ask, but frankly, you’re sick of asking them.
You run your own business, for pete’s sake! You can certainly figure out how to manage your own site!
But for some reason, WordPress is just boggling your mind, probably pissing you off, and taking up a ton of valuable hours (and even then, you may not get the results you want). There are a ton of resources online on how to update your site, but they’re not personalized to you and your site. And you don’t have time to stalk YouTube for helpful tips.
Your brain was built to work on the thing you built your business around. You’re intelligent and can get shit done, but that doesn’t mean you need to understand WordPress.
And it certainly doesn’t mean that you need to constantly rely on others and pay up every time you want to change or fix something. You may be resenting WordPress, and I get that. You guys have bad blood running right now.
But I have to tell you – your WordPress site is not the enemy!
It’s your best friend – it’s just one of those friendships that maybe starts with hate, and then morphs into nothin’ but love.
WordPress is what allows you to have a website that is so uniquely YOU. You can customize everything you want to your heart’s content, and your website strategy is not limited because of that. There’s a reason why WordPress is so popular – it’s amazing. Yes, I’m biased, I’m not alone in that opinion.
So let’s take a step back and think of a few strategies for turning your WordPress frown upside down. Some ways to turn that bad blood into happy champagne:
Take 1 hour each week to figure out how to do something that’s been irking you on your site.
Just like any new skill, it takes time and practice to perfect. If there’s one task you always avoid doing, set aside time each week to actually figure out how to do it. That way, you don’t get to that point where you can no longer put off the task (and become a big stressball), and you instead tackle it like a champ whenever you want.
Exchange goods or services with someone on a consistent basis.
Maybe you are a copywriter, and you can create a collaboration with a web developer who can help with your site on a retainer basis, and you can clean up their copy on a retainer basis. This eases the tension of relying on your same developer all the time, because it’s a partnership that benefits both parties without breaking either person’s wallet.
Schedule out the tasks you’ll need to do each month, so that you have plenty of time to do them.
Part of the stress of working with something you don’t know that well is that you have a limited amount of time to figure it out. By scheduling out tasks ahead of time, you know that during the 2nd week of the month, you’ll need to update your homepage slider, and you can schedule time to focus on that.
Hire someone to create custom instructions for you.
If time is seriously limited, or the above suggestions still make you want to pull your hair out, then let an expert help you.
I’m not talking about hiring someone every time you need to do something, but rather someone who can provide an arsenal, knowledge-base, library, etc., of videos and written instructions – built specifically for your site – that you can access whenever you need it. Day or night, bra on or bra off, you can open up your instructions and easily fix the thing you need to fix by following ste-by-step instructions written just for you.
If the last option is EXACTLY what you need, you’re in the right place. I’ve created the WordPress Help Package for small business owners who want to independently manage their site with ease. Click the button below to learn more:
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