How many Internet tutorials state that you can build a word press website in 10 minutes? This is completely false misrepresentation of facts and frankly, who would even bother to look at the website that was built in 10 minutes?
Here is an example:
So here’s why this is wrong.
Technical website parts
First of all, the installation part takes approximately 5 minutes to accomplish and for experienced user it would take 3 minutes.
Then there is the configuration part. Basically setting up the pages or categories, which is preferable, will take you approximately 20 to 30 minutes because you need to decide their names and order. You need to decide where they will be located and you need to create menus and it takes a little bit more time.
Then you need to install plugins and there are plenty of those! All of this must be covered, not to mention, configured!
There is a plug in for social media coma and there’s a plugin for managing your comments. There is a plugin for custom CSS and I can continue this forever! We haven’t even touched the biggest part of setting up a site, which is, matching the theme and its design to the website subject – this might take hours!
Design your new website visually
You need to match the website template to plugins that you have installed previously and change them if they don’t fit (or modify them if you are tech savvy).
Changing the site colors might take you half an hour or even more if your WP template does not support color modifications or has a poor documentation of features in the styles.css file.
Designing logo is a pain in a butt! It will take hours to figure out the way you need it and you need in several formats and sizes which determined by your theme.
Widgets are important part of any website – the social icons theme is should be considered and it got styles too, the categories or tag clouds can be in different places too and the point is testing everything before selling on something specific
Content and social accounts
Even in you have content somewhere on a side, waiting to be published, it still requires formatting within your theme boundaries. If your site requires content that actually isn’t ready. It will take you weeks to get it all in place.
Social accounts are also a part of your site, the need to compliment it so if your reader comes to you from one of the profiles or goes to them from your site, they should not wonder that is the relation between the two. Setting them up is important and they do require design and writing. G+, Facebook and twitter require different formats of profile pics and backgrounds all of which requires work.
So why we get those claims?
Those articles and YouTube videos (link to search) are really showing you only a fraction of the process and portrait the website only as a setup function. They usually show how to register an account, install WordPress and change a theme. Someone might even throw a plugin or two. But all of this is mechanics, they already decided what they want and how it should look like. It was already tested by them in the past and all you get is a replica – no decision points.
I can re-create this site in 2 hours but it took 16 hours to produce and it is not even done yet.
If you look to create a web site fast, it would be non-unique product that wouldn’t satisfy anyone.
If you will come to web site building with a project state of mind you will enjoy the process more because you will not compare yourself to those polished instruction videos.
Do you think I missed a spot? Feel free to tell me so, I will be happy to answer any question.
This post was written with the help of Text to Speech on Samsung Galaxy S4 as a part of this experiment.