Lookback: How Did You Begin Your Story With WordPress?

I’ve been sitting in my personal workplace corner and thinking: What am I going to write about WordPress and WooCommerce?

We’ve been crafting quite a lot of “technical” stuff in the WooRockets blog like WooCommerce tutorials, tips and tricks, news and updates, etc. And I’m glad that many of the WooRockets articles there have helped you guys learn more about WooCommerce and WordPress as well as its community.

As I let my mind wander, thinking “what’s next” for this blog, I found myself back to the time I first started with WordPress. It was 5 years ago – my relationship with WordPress is quite a lot shorter in comparison to that of the major WordPress users out there.

So, let today be Lookback Monday and let’s share our stories of WordPress.

WordPress is love. WordPress is life.

Lookback: How Did You Begin Your Story With WordPress?

In 2010, when I was a freshman in university, the most popular blogging platform in my country – which was the Yahoo 360 blog – was shut down and there was the emergence of Facebook. Bloggers like me were so familiar with the Yahoo 360 blog platform that Facebook Notes wasn’t something we could love. And Facebook Notes was too simple – no post editor with the options we needed, no theme customizer, no category or tag system, nothing.

So I decided to look for another platform to satisfy my blogging desire – that’s when I found WordPress. The first blog post published on WordPress that day was the start of my story with WordPress. And I’ve been hooked since then.

I’m not the only one who got captured by the easiness and elegant simplicity of WordPress.

Kaz Wyatt shared that he “grew up wanting to be in the music industry” and he ran a record label. He did some research and after “trying out over 20 CMSs”, he got hooked on WordPress. His passion for WordPress was so deep that the guy switched his life goal to being a programmer and went from building blogs to applications for WordPress.

Going for WordPress for the same reason, Don Miller – the Head Web Guy at Don Miller Design, chose it as his “primary solution for clients who wanted simple websites but wanted to be able to edit the page content themselves without having to have any real knowledge of HTML”.

Miller also found WordPress to be very scalable, so he helps his clients with the basic things, then moves to additional features at their pace. It’s time saving and effective for both Miller and his clients.

Lookback: How Did You Begin Your Story With WordPress?

As WordPress grows better, with many improvements, there are more and more people who love using WordPress.

Sam Britton who is a web developer at WebfactoryUK, started his journey with Joomla but found its UI difficult and “wore my mouse out clicking around so much”. Sam decided to have a go with WordPress and he’s so glad that he made the right choice.

For Taylor Clark, a designer and developer based in Washington, “WordPress later became the most attractive choice after gaining a snowballing growth of functionality and versatility”. He also switched from using “the original open source weblogging software” Greymatter to WordPress.

One more reason to love WordPress is its warm-hearted and dynamic community. Thanks to the power of every WordPress individual in the community, WordPress has come this far and become the most preferred CMS, with 23% market share.

Attracted by the WordPress community and then chose to stay with WordPress – that’s the case of Justine Pretorious – developer, designer and SEO expert. Her story began when she was working to create a WordPress website. It led her to the first WordCamp in her life – Reno Tahoe WordCamp in 2011 and “it was inspiring”. Justine shared:

“I continued working at my day job and outside of work I learned about WordPress in my spare time. This led me to building a website for one of the local businesses and the next thing I knew I was quitting my day job and building websites for small businesses and non-profits. I love the power of WordPress and the community! Since 2011 I have attended and volunteered at the Reno Tahoe WordCamp.

This year [2014] I was able to go to Seattle WordCamp & San Francisco WordCamp. Both have inspired me to find how I can help the WordPress community. Still working on that so stay tuned. In the mean time I am still building WordPress websites for small businesses and non profits”.

I couldn’t agree more with her experience. I also attended the Hanoi WordCamp 2014 last year and it was totally a milestone for me in my relationship with WordPress. I agree that being at such an event and diving into WordPress with other evangelists is the best way to learn and be inspired with WordPress!

If you haven’t joined any WordPress/WooCommerce groups yet or never taken part in a community event before, make sure from now, you will! Take a look at “Top Places To Dive into WordPress And WooCommerce Communities You Shouldn’t Miss” and get ready!

Why did you choose WordPress?

Through my own story and other WordPress fellows, I’m even more confident to say that there are many reasons to choose WordPress over other CMSs. It also explains why WordPress stands tall among us today.

What made you decide to use WordPress and never look back? Curiosity? Fate? OR just because WordPress is easy for you? Share with me your story here. All hail WordPress!

This blog was written by me and published on WooRockets. Image’s credit: WooRockets

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