This week on WPblab we’ll be talking with Russell Aaron about the good and bad of building your WordPress website using only info you find from google searches.

https://russellenvy.com/google-built-my-website/

  • How to google for answers for WordPress questions
  • Googling will get you a lot of different answers, but the benefit is that you’ll learn many ways to accomplish a WordPress task or to answer a WP question
  • WordPress.tv – great resource for answers / tutorials
  • https://codex.wordpress.org/
  • Google Search Operators (for advanced searching)
  • Russell – “Most everything on my blog, I learned from Googling, so Google built my website.”
  • Oftentimes when you Google search a WordPress feature, the Codex will be your first result
  • WordPress TV YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJf6LGZ0a4n9Lj4aVt9spg
  • As developers, we sometimes forget that not everything is as easy as we think it is
  • When Google using error messages remove your domain and file directories from the error message for better results.
  • Bridget – “part of our problem is we can be impatient with the learning process”… sometimes we are tempted to think we can go to a single meetup and have all our problems solved
  • Russell – the reason I know about “changelogs” is because I googled it … because of all my google searching I’ve learned a lot about how to build my WordPress sites … I didn’t go to college for what I know
  • https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/getting-started/
  • Russell – if you want to learn, read!  Start with 1 new article a day, then 2, then 3 … never stop learning – by the end of a month you’ll know a whole lot more than what you started with
  • Searching for things and learning how to search for things is a necessary skill
  • Russell – good developers know how to ask (and Google!)
    • Being specific with your searches can help shorten the time it takes to solve your problem

 

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