Does anyone ever just get tired when a new project starts? Excited for the project, but “tired” from the reality of installing “whatever you will need”.
For me, excited to start on a network of blogs with some friends. Not so thrilled anymore that I need to install wordpress, customize the theme, do some css work, hunt down for good plugins. In my younger days, I used to be excited to do all the custom work, but it just takes so much energy, by the time I want to do something “creative” for me, I am done at night.
Yes, I know what I am saying…probably defying the requirements for being a “power user”. Sounds treasonous almost. Anyone ever go through the same thing?
- side note - I thought about outsourcing this time around all the Wordpress stuff to someone on Upwork. I was getting quotes of 20 hours required for the theme customization job, and most wordpress developers start off at around $60/hour. But then the thought, I could save the money and just do it myself.
On the WordPress front, have you considered just putting people on Micro.Blog? It’s basic, but secure - and very useful in limiting what can be changed which makes it much less work
I get what you mean, it’s hard getting these new projects which are super fun, but the minutiae can definitely bog one down!
I’m curious about about what you are getting for 20 hours of work.
- Server setup such as CloudWays 20 minutes
- Basic theme selection plugins and planning/imagining what’s it supposed to accomplish 3 hours
- Basic WP & theme install 10 min
- Name header and favicons 1 hour
- Theme modification using built in setting (StudioPress Genesis and Child) theme, 1 hour
- Basic plugins such as Akismet and Jet Pack, 30 minutes
- Advanced Plugins such as email subscribers and and, 2 hours
- Basic pages setup such as about page and contact page, 1hour
- Another 2 hours for — “Oh that what they meant!”
11 hours for someone that used WP in the not to distant past. Or a beginner with simple ideas and a theme that mostly works out of the box.
I can easily imagine much less of a time investment for a rank amateur.
Of course this whole post is fantasy.
I am also curious and still waiting for a response from the potential candidates. I have outlined the following for them.
I already took care the following (based on your list)
- server setup on Cloudways (love this company btw)
- Selected a theme, already sketched out all the pages, placements, and what not
- did the basic WP install (2019 default theme for now)
- did a basic page setup for the main site
- did a basic WP multisite install on the second site and all the above listed
Literally, just need…
- theme modification (child themes)
- basic and advanced plugins (I can probably do this myself)
Best line from a candidate that I received earlier this week.
“I know you installed WP already, but I will probably need to re-install again it to make sure it was done correctly, because this can be a complex procedure”
That certainly is a line.
I’ve done a few sites some with a deal of fancy graphics or lay out. To answer the tired query part of your post. I did my last personal bog using a theme a simple theme executed in a barebones style. No fuss with lots of control.
I don’t think getting tired of doing the tedious up front work is against being a power user, just the opposite in fact.
For me, I used to enjoy fiddling around with custom built PCs and Windows, but I think that was largely the joy of learning.
Now, I want my tools to be set up and just work, so I can use them to good effect.
Most carpenters would not rebuild their workshop from scratch each job, they’d just hone their tools and use their skills.
I guess it depends on you goals or intention. I used to enjoy fiddling with computers, building PCs, running Linux, setting up Apache, ruby and rails, etc.
Now my goals are different. Computers are a tool that need to just work. That’s why I use Apple products.
Similarly, when I was a teenager, the goal was a car; I put mag wheels on my mom’s Chevette. Now the car is a tool, and where I’m going matters more.
This perspective is interesting; I haven’t thought about it like that. Years ago, I used to enjoy tinkering with and building PCs too. Then, after a number of IT jobs (and friends/family tech support), I lost interested.
Part of the reason why I went into the Apple ecosystem is, I just want things to work. Even now, there are days where I wish I had an IT person so that I don’t have to fix things myself…