Simplicity

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Keeping your functions and task directions simple….

Must be complex?


This is my view of how WordPress features: “simplicity ” on their website platform.

Pie chart displaying 25%of the top 10,000,000 sites are powered by WordPress.


Kicking it off with a definition!

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  • (definition by Webster dictionary)

  • .FEA-TURE

  • 1.The structure, form or appearance

  • 2.a The makeup or appearance of the face

  • 3. A typical quality or an important part of something.


WordPress opened the doors with simplicity

iconI believe simplicity is a WordPress feature and an important one, it might not be as recognizable as a button feature, a data chart, or a too that performs a function. It is related to these aspects though because when WordPress made it possible for someone with little skill to manage complex tools and functions they presented a simplicity feature at the heart of all the functions.


Simplicity from the start

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I keep thinking about the dictionary definition, when they stated “the makeup or appearance of a face” I’m sure they were describing a person,” yet the image that comes to mind is the blue and white WordPress.

Screenshot of the WordPress My Site page w/WordPress logos across top and text about the screenshot.
Next time your looking at this screen doing whatever it is your doing try to take a couple minutes to not only look at whats on the screen, but also “look” at the screen and think about it. I think the work that went into making this page as simple as can be was some high complexity work.                                                          

 

Some honesty

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I actually only heard of WordPress at the start of this class and my first impression was like, “oh, this is cool and everything but it’s just a free website making site with templates to fill in, and I still don’t know why that was my assumption. Whats worse is Prof. Fellene clearly explained that WordPress was an open-source software and defined exactly what open-source software was all about ( I did don’t understand the dynamics of that information at that time). So with my head where it was I wasn’t thinking past anything but “OK”, I’ll get to filling these templates with content and get through this class. I guess maybe my thoughts were that it’s pointless to learn something you’re not going to do anything productive with? So WordPress, this is my apology, hopefully you can forgive me for not understanding your kind of big deal. A couple day’s into class I had already started jumping around, getting ahead of myself until I came to a point it was like waking up not knowing where you are or what you’re doing there. I realized my first impressions of WordPress were wrong. Unfortunately by this point I had created so much havoc on my class assignment that it’s been really tough getting it straightened out. What I learned from that is to slow down and think my projects through, plan my work on paper first before jumping in.


WordPress, “your kind of a big deal

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Sorry if it seems like I’m getting off track, don’t worry though, I know where I’m going with it. It’s obvious I am still very new to WordPress but I have gained an understanding of what exactly WordPress is and what it has to offer. I’m happy I was wrong and it’s not what I thought it was going to be at the start of this class. It’s exciting to know you can create on the same level as thousands of businesses operating their e-commerce stores, not to mention being alongside 25% of the top ten million websites running on WordPress.


My look at the simplicity feature on WordPress

iconSimplicity in using the WordPress platform can be found at the heart of what has attracted so many small business owners in need of a web presence. Many People, organizations, and businesses never thought that launching their own website onto the web could even be a reality for them.WordPress opened the doors for anyone needing anything from simple blogs and ideas , to a full function multi page website.

WordPress has injected as much simplicity into the website creating process of designing, adding content, images, other info, and then launching it to the web. That is the key that allowed anyone with the need or desire to go to WordPress.com, create an account, start publishing your first page, do your customizing (including choosing a theme) on the blue and white dash-board, then make it public and publish it.

When you really take a look at the My Site page that has all the customizing tools and options located on it, you can almost detect the effort made to feature simplicity in this space. Do you notice how even and well spaced out all the elements on this page are? There’s no distracting content, the tool icons are easy to understand , the whole space only consists of a couple different shades of blue and one green bar containing a “call to action.” Can you blame them though? One little offer trying to get you to upgrade is pretty conservative considering the opportunities WordPress makes available.


WordPress has paved the way

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WordPress started over a decade ago as a simple blogging platform and has become the largest content management system. I’m a firm believer that the types of simplicity such as being free, easy, and flexible are the dynamics that carried WordPress to where it is today. One piece of valuable information as far as designing and developing your own websites for you or customers is how effective giving a simplistic user experience can be. There’s not a lot of websites being created with the same general purpose of WordPress but it’s still obvious that people are attracted to websites with a simplistic vibe to them.
WordPress continues to expand and snowball, it is also continually getting more complex due to developers creating and adding thousands of themes & add-on’s to choose from. It is getting difficult to maintain the simplicity, as it grows the amount of work required to remain what it’s been gets harder. My personal opinion is unless WordPress restructures in the near future it is possible it will crash or gravitate towards a higher skill level of users.


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Jeremy layton resides in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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