As a WordPress developer, I’d like to contribute this post to show my appreciation to WordPress.org – one of the biggest website builders in the world.
I started using WordPress for a simple reason: I wanted to establish my online presence by having a blog.
I was an absolute beginner at that time. I didn’t know HTML or CSS or was familiar with how WordPress worked. All I knew was it was free to set up and everybody seems to use it, or at least get started with it.
It wasn’t an easy path of navigating around this space. Lots of learning curves. I had to learn about hosting, domain name setting, SSL certificate, theme customization, widgets, plugins, showing-this-but-hiding-that feature, integrating with other tools, and more. The most challenging part was, I didn’t know the limitation of the free theme that I used. Many times, I found myself frustrated about why I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. As a baby in the tech field, I wasn’t a good problem solver. I didn’t know how to research, who to ask, where to go for knowledge or solutions. I stopped using it for a while.
When I went back on it again with a grown-up perspective, things got easier. I face the same problems, but I had a better approach. I was so thankful that this large WordPress community has been, in fact, the most generous web development community existing.
WordPress resources are tremendous on the internet with all the solutions I need for my problems — only if I learn how to search for it. Whether a support section on the website, blogs about how to do specific things, tons of tutorials on Youtube, meetups throughout the year, conferences, and a lot more.
WordPress has helped me grow so much in the past years. It trains me to be a resourceful developer, a better problem solver, and a more knowledgeable person in this field. So, I want to say thank you to WordPress.org and the community for this wonderful experience.
This is day#23 post and a part of my commitment to spend 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight to write about software development tools that I love. My goal is to build my daily writing habit and connect to more people. This project is inspired by @dickiebush ’s “Ship 30 for 30” Atomic Essays.