Sunday morning, I’m up early drinking some tea and wondering why the hell my feet are hurting. Yesterday was a long day, I had work from 7 am, finished at 12:30 pm, flew to Websource to collect my client’s products (Droid Island Business), got home around 2 pm and then hit the road at 3 pm to get ready for my workshop at 5 pm. Honestly, yesterday’s workshop had some technical issues but good technical issues and I am happy that we got another WordPress workshop complete.
This workshop was part 2 of our WordPress series. At the end of this workshop, we achieved 3 key things. Everybody now has their domain name, hosting and WordPress theme of their choice installed. As it currently stands, everybody has a fully functioning website up and running.
The next step is in the customization of the website.
So I will keep 100% with you. I didn’t fully get to accomplish the goals I had set for the workshop because we ran into some technical difficulties. Not everybody had their domain and hosting set up before the workshop, some didn’t settle on their themes as yet prior too, so it kind of slowed things down and then the internet decided it didn’t want to fully cooperate and at one point blocking our IP address from accessing the backend for the hosting platform lol.
Despite some of the issues we got everything and everybody sorted out and it led to one of my favourite moments of the workshop. When one of the attendees said, “my goodness…I now see why everybody charges so much money to build a website!”…People finally got to see the struggle lol.
“…my goodness…I now see why everybody charges so much money to build a website!”
At that point, all I could do was laugh lol. I don’t ever fight anybody down on their prices for what they charge to build a website. I know the amount of work that goes into it. I just want to ensure that whatever I am going to pay, the result is what I want and more…that’s usually where the problem lies.
I stress to everyone…building your website, is not a 1-day event. It is a journey.
The easiest part is to get your website online…then we get into the customization of it…putting content on your website…then driving traffic and sales is a day to day exercise.
I believe each attendee felt great knowing that there is a group of people going through the process with them. It’s not just them trying to take their business to the next level. They got a group who is going through the challenges with them and some supportive guys helping them during the process.
DIY’ing your website most definitely takes time and patience. While you might be saving thousands and thousands of dollars, if you have no clue what you are doing…it can lead to you just abandoning the project altogether.
There will be bumps in the road but in the long run, you will be better off learning all of the basics, so that you can sort yourself out on a day to day basis and work with a developer, only when you are really stuck.
All in all…This was a fun event…and even though I didn’t get to achieve all the goals I had wanted to…the most important thing is that everybody left further ahead in their journey than when they came into the workshop.
And for that I am grateful.