Should you learn WordPress?
If you’re asking me, the answer is absolutely.
(That’s why we’re hosting an entire webinar summit all about WordPress development!)
But it might not be for the reasons you’d think.
If you’ve been tinkering with getting into tech, you’ve probably heard a little about WordPress already:
- it has a low barrier to entry,
- it allows you to build highly functional sites without a lot of experience, and
- it’s the largest, most popular content management system in the world.
Almost 20% of new websites are built using WordPress!
Fancy! But none of those perks convinced me to get started.
The real reason I think you should learn WordPress?
It’s pretty simple: The clients want it.
When I started learning to code a few years ago, my first few paying projects were simple sites built with HTML & CSS.
They looked nice and my clients were happy, but before long, I started to hear the same questions from clients over and over:
Will I be able to edit this later? Can I add a blog in a few months? What if I want to sell products? Can I do that? Can I have a template for making sales pages?
Even now, the thought of building a blog from scratch, or creating a template a client could actually use? It’s enough to make my head spin.
And that’s actually what makes WordPress SO amazing.
Before WordPress, if you wanted to build a site with a blog or a sales page, you’d have to start from scratch and customize every. little. thing. As a beginner, that would be pretty intimidating.
But WordPress is a fully functional web application out-of-the-box. You don’t have to build the blog—you can just start using it! It’s like having an entire team of developers at your fingertips, ready to do your bidding.
And here’s the thing.
Because WordPress allows you to build sites with so much functionality—think custom menus, fancy effects, online stores, etc.—it is incredibly valuable to clients. You can charge much higher rates even when you’re just starting out, because WordPress helps you build sites with all the bells and whistles.
Shucks, you missed it! This webinar summit happened July 28, 2016! But that’s okay! You can watch ALL the full replays for free by clicking the link below. And trust me, you don’t want to miss these! We’re showing you exactly how to get started with WordPress and start making money right out of the gate.
WEBINAR SUMMIT SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 28th
12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT
Why WordPress is the #1 Tech Skill You Should Learn if You Want to Make Money Fast
Adda Birnir, CEO & Founder of Skillcrush
Adda is the founder and CEO of Skillcrush and a self-taught developer. She’s going to share the story of how she used WordPress to build Skillcrush, and exactly why she recommends that beginners in tech learn WordPress (hint: it’s where the clients are).
I’ll talk about just what makes WordPress such an in-demand skill, and how I recommend YOU start using WordPress to break into tech and start earning money. Plus, I’ll be taking you behind the scenes of our Freelance WordPress Developer Blueprint.
1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT
How a Marketer + Social Media Addict Runs a Thriving WordPress Side Hustle
Sarah Eggers, Freelance WordPress Developer & Skillcrush Alum
Sarah Eggers is a web designer and WordPress developer who helps creative bloggers realize their small business dreams. A 2-time Skillcrush alum, Sarah merges her WordPress knowhow with her design background and passion for social media to run a side business that is 100% her own. She’ll share why she chooses to side hustle (and work as a marketing technologist 9–5), plus give you her best advice for making money with your new WordPress skills.
3:00pm ET / 12:00 pm PT
How to Find Your Niche and Build a Network as a Freelance WordPress Developer
Caro Griffin, Skillcrush Class Manager & Freelance WordPress Developer
Caro Griffin is a freelance WordPress developer who spends most of her time in the classroom (she manages our team of instructors here at Skillcrush!).
She’s going to talk about an issue that is SO important to your success if you’re ready to start coding: finding a supportive community. She’ll explain why community is absolutely crucial to learning to code and finding clients, plus share her best tips for finding (or building!) a community when you feel like you don’t know anyone.
4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT
How One Designer Used WordPress to Upgrade Her Design Business and Earn More
Beth Alessi, Freelance Web Developer & Skillcrush Alum
Beth is a graphic designer who discovered a love for web development. Now she specializes in creating custom, from-scratch WordPress sites for creative small businesses and collaborating with other designers who need their projects transformed into code. Beth is going to share how she made the transition from “just learning” to getting paying clients (and how you can too), and how learning to code can upgrade your career.
6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT
How I Turned My Freelancing Side Gig into a Thriving WordPress Business
Shannon Mattern, Founder of WP+BFF
A few years ago, Shannon found herself in a 9-to-5 life that made her miserable, tinkering with WordPress on the side. Now she is a freelance WordPress developer and the founder of WP+BFF, a site devoted to helping beginners get unstuck and conquer WordPress. She’ll share how to overcome crippling self-doubt, make the jump into freelancing, and build websites that make more money in a week than you make in a month at your desk job.