Interview with Mr Web Reviews: What’s the Best Way to Learn WordPress?
To really understand WordPress, you have to be ready to learn constantly and from many different resources. YouTube offers a variety of quality WP content and has been a go-to resource for learning about WordPress for a long time now. Finding one resource that offers well-structured and thoroughly researched information on WP-related issues is often a turning point on the road to getting to know and use WordPress like a professional. That’s what inspired us to talk to a renowned WordPress guru – David Garray aka Mr Web Reviews – who has been sharing his WP knowledge across a variety of channels and who is always on board with all the innovations this platform introduces.
How long have you been using WordPress?
I’ve been using WordPress since 2007. Prior to WordPress I was using Mambo CMS. And before that, it was pure HTML.
How and why did you decide to start making YT videos?
I’ve been in the web design / web development industry for about 20 years now, so there comes a time when you feel that it is time for you to share your knowledge and experience with others and pass it onto the next generation. It is very rewarding when one of my subscribers sends me a message saying that they’ve got their first client thanks to my tutorials.
Have you noticed some kind of trend in terms of WordPress development, is WordPress changing and in what direction?
Over the past few years the emphasis has been put by a lot of development companies around creating and integrating add-ons that work with today’s most popular page builders such as Elementor. It is becoming easier now to build stunning websites and to express your creativity thanks to these many add-ons. The possibilities are now endless… WordPress has truly become a platform that you can use to build ANY custom project.
Is there a universal, fastest way to learn WordPress?
Instead of watching Nexflix, binge watch WordPress tutorials. You’ll definitely make good use of your time this way. But nothing beats getting down to the nitty-gritty and doing it yourself. Once you’ve watched a tutorial, try to replicate the same results yourself. Make mistakes, get it wrong, ask yourself why this is not working, solve the issue, and you’ll be on your way to the top!
What do you think is the most important thing to be aware of when learning about WordPress?
Wordpress is a multi-faceted platform that will allow you to build any type of website, literally. Not just designing websites but also help you create custom-built projects from ecommerce to print-on-demand or whatever your clients require. Once you understand how powerful WordPress really is, you’ll most likely won’t have to learn anything else.
What did you miss the most while you were learning about WordPress?
Not much really, I enjoyed the full learning curve. Still learning everyday by the way…
Have you ever been prompted to review a product you don’t find worth the review?
Yes, quite a few times actually. When it does happen, I politely decline the offer, that’s all.
How much research do you usually have to do before you create an outline for a WP tutorial?
For most projects I simply put myself in the viewers’ shoes and then I think rationally as to what questions or stumbling blocks they might have / encounter. Then my job is to explain as clearly as possible any of the tools or features required to make it happen.
What phase of the process is the most satisfying for you – research, planning, making the video…?
Making the video is always the best part because I finally get to convey how cool, amazing, practical, unique or special some features or tools are. In the web development industry every day is a new day, you’re never bored. So sharing this with others is such an exciting part.
What do your users like the most about your content, what kind of feedback do you get?
Apparently the fact that I cover all the steps from start to finish seems to be well appreciated and that I go deep into the customization by explaining every feature and tools being utilized during the tutorial.
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such insightful answers, it’s been a pleasure to talk to you! We’ll surely keep on following your work.