cant figure out wordpress or joomla - am I just stupid?

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  1. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

    Jun 25, 2012
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    normally, when making a website, I just search for css templates, find something that I like. The way I know I want a template is: I imagine myself editing the template. I am like "I will replace that picture with my logo, I will replace that picture with the picture of a dog, in place of lorem ipsum, I will write my paragraph there" as soon as I see the template, I know whether or not I want it.

    everybody says wordpress and joomla are easy and more efficient. I have been playing with both on and off for the past month. every time, I get frustrated and give up, and then, the next day, I try again, get frustrated and give up.

    so here is what I do, what am I doing wrong?
    I look for templates, find something that I like. I install it, and the website looks nothing like the template demo. I have no idea what to do at this point. I know the answer is to add some widgets....and I have tried adding them, but I just can't make the site looks the way I want.

    and yes, I have watched countless youtube tutorials.

    so am I just stupid? the thing is, I know a lot of people who are more stupid than me and they have made excellent sites using wordpress. so I dont get it?
  2. somebodysomewhere

    somebodysomewhere Junior Member

    Feb 24, 2008
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    It's like anything, somethings work for others where others do not. I couldn't do the CSS stuff if I had to but I can coble together wordpress. If you like the templates/from scratch keep at it. I experience some of the same things you mention with wordpress too, I just work around it once I see how the template fits with widgets as you mention.
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  3. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

    Feb 8, 2012
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    I have the same trouble. It takes me hours and hours to do any minor thing on WordPress, and Joomla is impossible. One thing I have learned is that the more you do it, the more sense it makes. Another thing that is discouraging is that even if you get all the way to "barely adequate", you'll be competing against industry professionals that have been doing it all day long, every day, for years. Which to me is a real good argument for making the decision to contract all site development out, and not waste trying to learn any of it.
  4. erickishere

    erickishere Elite Member

    Nov 27, 2012
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    It honestly takes time and experimenting but once you get a certain thing right it literally makes your day lol