|Like most things that involve computers, in theory WordPress should be easy to use and you should be able to pick it up as you go along. Maybe with the occasional search in somewhere like YouTube for some help.|
But does the theory match up with the real world?
Or are there some things that stay stubbornly hidden or difficult if you don't know precisely what to search for so that you can find out the answer?
The answer is that it's a bit of both.
The basics of learning how to use WordPress are relatively easy: give your site a name, choose a theme so that you can control its look and feel, start putting up content and pressing the "publish" button.
But the cliché that says "the devil is in the detail" comes true on a regular basis.
If you're self taught, you may work things out properly or you may find that some of the decisions you make are less than optimal and come back to haunt you.
For instance, when I started using WordPress in 2006 it was mainly a platform for hobbyists and there wasn't much in the way of training or help. That meant that I made some mistakes that I'd now consider elementary and that I had to find ways to get round once I knew better.
Those mistakes are still quite easy to make if you don't take the time to learn how to use WordPress efficiently.
Which is where it pays to take the time to do something you've probably not done with a computer for quite a few years: read the manual.
Or, more correctly, find someone who's read the manual and can turn it from geek speak into words you can understand and implement on your own website.
If you've got the budget, far and away the easiest way to do that is to pay a professional website creation company to do it for you.
The next best option is to employ someone to train you. This is quite affordable and usually involves attending a course for half a day or a day.
A WordPress training course can either be one that caters for a group of people - usually somewhere around 10 attendees - or it can be a course that comes to you and deals with your specific needs. On the surface, the second option appears more expensive as you're not sharing the cost of a trainer with around 9 other attendees but it can work out more cost effective as you're going at your pace rather than the pace of the group.
If you've got the discipline to follow and complete it then an online course can work. But if you're the type of person who allows them self to get distracted - for instance if your bookshelf is full of books that you've never finished but always meant to go back to "later" - then that could be a false economy. Only you will know whether or not that applies to you.