In this adventure, I learned how to update a WordPress site. This was one of the most interesting things I’ve done at Boxcar to date. I loved being able to figure out how WordPress works, and it was great to be able to do some work as part of a team.
The site we were working on has these nifty banners that scroll different images across the screen. My task was to make sure that all the right images were present in these banners and that none of them were the wrong size. I was super worried that Mollie had thrown me into the deep-end with this task and that I was about to fail miserably. These banners looked so amazing; I just knew that I was going to mess them up! I’m always up for a challenge, though, so I asked for a little bit of guidance and jumped right in.
Luckily, WordPress is incredibly simple. I had tried teaching myself how to use it on my own time, but since I didn’t have access to a WordPress site, it was difficult to actually get a feel for it. Because of my complete lack of knowledge, I was a bit intimidated the first time I logged in. Mollie and Brian gave me a crash course, however, and it was pretty painless moving forward. Everything in WordPress is well organized and clearly marked. The pages all have descriptive titles, and each section of a page is also given its own title. This makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. One of my biggest fears was that I would waste a ton of time going back and forth trying to find where these banners were located, but that wasn’t a problem at all.
Updating this WordPress site was a valuable experience, especially when you take into consideration the fact that 26% of the Internet is powered by WordPress. Big names such as The New York Times, People Magazine, and National Geographic are all WordPress sites, so clearly proficiency in WordPress is a beneficial skill. Because it has such a large presence, the hands-on experience I gained through updating this particular site is even more valuable than I initially realized. Even though I was hesitant at first to work with WordPress, I genuinely enjoyed learning how to use it, and I’m excited to continue learning more about it in the future.