The learning curve of WordPress

22 Oct 2021


Every new thing involves a learning curve.
Learning to swim, for example, involves a learning curve, as does studying a foreign language or the ability to drive a car.

Those who work in IT are forced to have mental elasticity, to be receptive to learning new and constantly evolving technologies. Other professions are also constantly updating, but not all professions involve this need.

Now, let’s imagine a person who doesn’t work in IT and has a job that doesn’t require constant updates.

We are talking about an average user, who from an IT point of view has only the basic knowledge to interact with social networks, to manage email and to record in an excel sheet his household expenses.

If this person decides to start a blog for any reason, his primary need is to have the ability to write a text and possibly include an image.

The market offers many technical solutions to allow our user to manage and publish his blog.

Many of these solutions are really easy to use, especially if we think about the computer knowledge of our average user. WordPress is not among them.

The learning curve of WordPress

The learning curve of WordPress is high for the average user. If we consider instead a user with computer knowledge the same curve appears medium-high.

I’ve seen colleagues who had difficulty managing WordPress, often wondering in which menu item to find a particular feature or having difficulty writing a post with two different editors available such as Gutemberg and the code editor.

I’ve created and manage several sites in WordPress, and over the years a few clients have asked me to enable them to independently publish a post to their blog.

Some times I personally showed the steps to publish the post, other times I indicated various tutorials on Youtube but in all cases after some time the customer came back on his decision asking me to publish the post on his behalf.

The difficulties encountered by customers were always the same: dashboard not very intuitive, unfriendly editor, visual impact of the dashboard repelling. There are also some concepts that are difficult for an average user, such as the difference between posts and pages, the concept and configuration of plugins, the concept and configuration of themes.

One user wanted to insert a pdf file into a post. He gave up when he realized he had to install and configure a dedicated plugin.

Final considerations

I think the right definition of the WordPress platform, as well as some of its competitors, is Content Managed System, where by Managed I mean that the content of the blog is managed by others.

The advantages of using WordPress are always greater than other solutions that are more rigid and faster in the learning curve, but I think that the majority of WordPress sites are not managed by the author of the blog, but by companies and webmasters.