One thing that I’m an advocate for is to do things in a simple way. I don’t understand why people feel the need to make things complicated – it doesn’t make them look impressive and it only confuses their audience.
Making things simple means eliminating everything that creates complications, takes up too much time and is not easily, if at all, understood. Using ordinary words rather than jargon does not reduce your expertise, in fact this is enhanced if you are able to explain a complex subject using simple, everyday language.
Why I believe in simple
I have strived to understand WordPress and blogging through my own experience. My methods may be unorthodox, simplistic and unprofessional, but this is a result of self-learning, which means I can relate to how others strive to understand, struggle to learn and are bamboozled by the technical language involved. I still come across new terms that leave me bewildered, but I take the time to try and fathom them out so I can explain them to others in a simple way.
I also look for simple methods to make my life easier, and therefore less expensive for my clients because of the amount of time saved. Using hosting accounts that provide a one-click-installation system like Fantastico reduces a 2 day struggle to just five minutes! Plugins that likewise provide a one-click action rather than battling with configuration or adding code are more preferable. My CMS theme that allows me to create whatever I want using a drag and drop operation allows me to produce excellent results.
How others aren’t making things simple
Many who have mastered a difficult or complex subject don’t usually stop and take stock to analyse their knowledge in a simple way. They become so involved in what they do, to reduce their understanding and take it back to basics is sometimes such an anathema to them it becomes almost impossible.
The other day I read a post that claimed to unravel the mysteries of a particular WordPress subject. Luckily I already knew about it, and this particular author obviously knew a lot more, especially regarding the inclusion of code into certain areas, but I felt the result was only adding to the mysteries rather than producing a simple explanation.
How simple should overrule complex
I find that a lot of experienced web developers who have spent a lifetime learning, practising and writing code and other techie stuff find WordPress a bit simplistic. But that is why I love it! It’s designed to be simple, easy to use and very understandable. It is tuned into how women think (since a large proportion of its designers are apparently female), making it very intuitive.
But I also believe in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, so why do some web-developers feel the need to enter WordPress via the back door in order to ‘improve’ it? This results in any access via the admin area to become more confusing, complex and in some cases practically impossible.
You shouldn’t be afraid of simple
I, on the other hand, strive to create my WordPress websites through the ‘front door’ or admin access, because that is how the user will enter it too. If the website’s owner isn’t able to understand their website through the normal admin access, then they’re not going to be able to use it to the fullest extent or the best of their capabilities. And an unused website is no more than an ornament on the virtual shelf, gathering cyber dust as it slowly and painfully becomes out of date and obsolete.
Thinking in simple terms and adapting that into my methodology helps subsequent users to understand their websites in a simple, easy way. That can only be a good thing, as surely complexity is not helping anyone to succeed and move forward?