WordPress makes it very effortless to expand the capability of your blog or website using plug-ins. Before you try to find your way through the wacky world of WordPress plug-ins and go it alone, it may be time to examine what you are great at and what you can outsource, or else you may just drive yourself bonkers.

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Expanding WordPress via plug-ins: Some caveats and how to avoid them

Yippee! Open Source Software! We’re so happy!

Really? I’m not a tech genius nor do I play one on TV, but all the hoopla about how easy WordPress and other comparable stuff makes your life easy is overestimated, at best. My latest escapade into herding cats is trying to manage the countless plug-ins I have running on my site alone. Just shoot me, but delegating is for me.

The Wacky World of WordPress Plug-ins

I’ve created a website that has plug-ins, those small bolt on attachments all created by various authors and revised at different times, coming out of the wazoo!

I have plug-ins for…

  • affiliate ad postings
  • similar blog posts
  • social media buttons
  • shopping carts
  • search engine optimization
  • form generation
  • spam protection
  • popups
  • columns

That’s just to list a few. As you in the web development world poke at me now, you already know what this does to speed of my site. No worries! I can resolve that as well with…

ANOTHER D%^$ED PLUGIN

They all work in harmony and are as much on the same page as the PLO and the Israelis, fighting for domination on my site server! Hey web designers, check this…

GIVE US BACK FRONT PAGE!

Give me software that isn’t limitless in options and the chance for error and the gray hairs would have never figuratively shown up to begin with.

Hire What You Aren’t an Expert At

This whole ordeal made me figure out that my cat herding is a foolish activity. I’m good at helping companies with their sales, getting organic traffic to small business sites, at making cool videos for service firms, and generating LinkedIn profiles that create a buzz. I am a mess at web coding, design, and figuring out technology. And frankly, even the stuff I am fairly good at, like writing my own copy, can use work and takes me too dang long to do!

A cloud descends upon me as I divine the answer:

OUTSOURCE ALL THE STUFF I CAN NOT DO VERY, VERY WELL!

Have you come to this realization yet? Keep doing what you’re doing do it yourself DIY guy, and you will when you figure out the kid whose diapers you changed yesterday can kick your a&$ and take the car keys today, and you didn’t even notice that growth spurt.

Need help creatively marketing your business image on YouTube? Find somebody who knows the medium who can help with the video creation, editing and submission (Hey, I know one). Can’t ever find time to get those social media pages doing anything but occupying space? Find a gal or guy who is immersed in that stuff and get ‘er done. You get the picture.

So now, I am actively getting bids on copy writing, new web design using a custom WordPress theme that has all the stuff that I plug-in to it now (like little voodoo pins I tell ya), logo and ad design, and I ‘ll come up with a bunch more before it’s all said and done.

Now I just need to get back to rewiring my crawl space without any electrical training. It will save me money. I swear it.

SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CATS.

About the Author
Karl WalinskasWhy did Inc.com seek expert opinion from Karl Walinskas on the greatest use of Skype for Small Business? Because he provides first-class Video Marketing for small business owners using Skype Video Interviews. Karl also assists white collar professionals leverage LinkedIn for business and put business growth on legal PEDs via Virtual Mastermind groups. He owns Smart Company Growth and has been published on business growth and communications in magazines and top blogs for the past decade, and wrote Getting Connected Through Exceptional Leadership.

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