Untangling some blogging knots

Blog designIn the past I used to get nervous when presented with a problem, but in my old age I have learned to step back, review the situation and take it one step at a time. It’s even worth going away from it for a while to give the subconscious a chance to work it out for you.

It pains me when I view blogs that have got themselves into a pickle, especially when there really has been no reason for it. This usually arises from people attempting to set up a WordPress blog without truly understanding how it works, a web developer getting too big for his boots and making it too complicated, or, as with my latest example, using a template that is full of custom facilities that is unnecessary, usually because its designer doesn’t want to use the simplicity of WordPress’s CMS.

One of the reasons Fairy Blog Mother was set up was to show how simple WordPress really is, how easy it is to use, and to educate people how to use it properly. Now businesses come to me with their blogsites with a request to see how I could make it better, more efficient or effective. This is when I get a chance to take a proper look at what is going on, and sometimes the results astound me!

In an ideal world I would love to have time to work out what is wrong, find a solution, and offer my services to sort out the mess, but usually the blogsite owner has no idea that there is anything wrong. Even when I point out the errors or try to explain what I have found, I’m met with incomprehension or disbelief.

My aim is to create WordPress blogs using the simplest methods available and to achieve the best results possible that is understandable to the blog’s owner and makes their life easier. I always strive to use the front end (via admin access) as much as I can as that is where the user enters. And it’s important to use the same facilities and language to make comprehension easier and clean up the full use capabilities WordPress has to offer.

And once everything inside has been put into order, then it’s easier to put into practice techniques and applications to make the blog more efficient and attractive to both readers and search engines. It’s like a ripe tomato, as long as the insides are firm and tasty, then the red flesh will look attractive and it is more likely to be eaten.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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