10 Signs You Need Help With WordPress
Do you need help with WordPress?
WordPress sites have been taking over the internet; In February of 2022, over 43% of all websites use WordPress.* And amongst websites with a "content management system," WordPress dominates with 65.3% of the share. With so much flexibility with design and functionality, it's no surprise WordPress is the top choice for bloggers and business owners alike. Although WordPress at the ground level is easy and inexpensive to get started with, here are some indications it might be time to ask for help.
You have no idea what to do with the settings.
Your basic WordPress settings have a significant impact on your website. If you are unsure how changing a setting will affect your site, do not change it before you do. Most settings are pretty self-explanatory, but some settings can cause problems if you are not careful, i.e., changing your 'permalink settings' on an established website could break all your internal and external links.
You have no idea what to do with plugins.
The best thing about WordPress is easily installing plugins to expand your website's functionality or design. This can also be a source of aggregation when managing your WordPress site. The first troubleshooting step for almost any WordPress problem is to "disable every plugin and re-activate one by one to find the plugin causing your "conflict." Although 'plugins' make great shortcuts, our philosophy is first to achieve the functionality or design without a plugin. And if you do need to install a plugin, be sure to perform due diligence on any WordPress plugin before installing it on your website.
You have no idea what to do with themes.
Themes like Plugins are created by independent developers or companies. The only 'official' themes are the ones that come "out of the box" with a WordPress install. Proper due diligence should be done when choosing a theme as well. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes. Find one that is well documented and frequently updated. Some themes come 'packed' with a bunch of plugins and files that can be used to spin up a demo site but may not have much value to your business. Also, a theme with a lot of 'bloat' can severely slow down your website.
You have no idea what to do with widgets.
Widgets provide a convenient means of adding content and features to a website and require no coding experience. You can add content and features to certain areas of your WordPress website. The most common widget area is the blog sidebar. Your active theme will determine placement, and some plugins have extended widget options.
You have no idea what to do with the admin panel.
Navigating your admin dashboard can be cumbersome and intimidating. However, there is no harm in exploring the menu options to learn where the options and settings for your WordPress website are. The more plugins you have installed, the more items you will have in your dashboard.
You can't figure out how to make your blog responsive.
Responsive websites have been an essential factor for user experience. Having your website display as expected on any device is imperative. Many themes will have responsive 'break points' and depending on your content the predetermined pixel width may not display your content in a desirable way.
You need to scale up the functionality of your site, i.e., begin selling products.
Incorporating even a minor change in functionality can have a ripple effect across your entire site if you are not careful. Adding 'Woo-commerce' to add e-commerce functionality to your WordPress site or adding a booking plugin could make a significant impact on your online business; having some professional backup when making these updates will ensure it's done correctly.
You are making a major change, such as redesigning or changing hosts.
Any significant redesign changes should never be done on a live site. Having a proper staging environment for your WordPress site will prevent a lot of headaches and take the pressure off when the redesign process isn't going exactly how you intended. If you are migrating hosts for any reason, you will need some help. We recommend paying close attention to any page errors for at least a month after many changes. Any indexing errors from a redesign or a migration can be monitored in the Google Search console.
Your website is behaving in an unexpected or unintentional way.
Seeing errors on the front or backend of your website, are you getting the 'white screen of death when your website loads? Or perhaps the problem is a little more subtle, like an image or text box displaying incorrectly. Sometimes these issues are simple fixes but can still take significant time to solve. Getting help from a WordPress professional will drastically reduce the amount of time spent troubleshooting your website problems.
You are changing your site to WordPress from another platform i.e., Shopify or Wix.
If you decide you need the flexibility that comes with Woo-commerce (the e-commerce extension for WordPress) or if you have outgrown your Shopify or Wix website for any reason, you may want to get a professional in WordPress to help you make the switch. However, you should be able to download your Shopify info and import it into Woo-commerce easily. It would be good to have professional assistance to ensure you don't lose any data and the migration goes smoothly, avoiding any other pitfalls lurking in the shadows. Be sure to reconnect all your offsite business assets as well like Google analytics.
Getting WordPress Help
Everyone needs help with WordPress once in a while, even experienced developers. If you had any of the issues mentioned above or know you need help with WordPress in another way, reach out to us, if we can't help you we can always point you in the right direction.
Here are a few tips/resources you may find the WordPress help you are looking for:
Share information about WordPress themes, Plugins, and WordPress Seo.
Stack Exchange: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/
WordPress Development Stack Exchange is a question-and-answer site for WordPress developers and administrators.
The official WordPress Website. Here you can download the latest version of WordPress, Browse Themes and Plugins, Free Page templates, images under the Creative Commons Licensing and Support forms. The number one resource for reliable WordPress information.
Facebook group(s) There are lots of Facebook groups for WordPress. Here is a couple we are frequently on providing help where we can.
This is a safe space for all WordPress and WooCommerce users who want a quick fix for an annoying WordPress issue from a brother in spirit and love. :-)
The official WooCommerce Facebook Group is a place for store owners/managers, WordPress developers, and WooCommerce enthusiasts to connect, share ideas and inspiration, provide each other with support, and empower members to build successful businesses on WooCommerce.
IRC ("CHAT ROOM") Internet Relay Chat, or the WordPress chat room.
You can read more about the IRC here: https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/appendix/other-support-locations/introduction-to-irc/