Websites are like cars. They can become old friends. You know their ins and their outs and how to keep them running with minimal maintenance. Gas it up and go. But lately, you feel like your website is missing the latest bells and whistles. Maybe your site is not mobile friendly, or the design looks dated. The only thing keeping you from creating a new site is the terrifying prospect of change: having to the big leap and learn a whole new website Content Management System.

Fear not. A good web professional will hold your hand and guide you through the process.

Recently, we’ve built websites for a few clients that were on do-it-yourself platforms. One client’s site was nearly 10 years old, and it looked it. Even though they could add the content they wanted, they were restricted by how they could design the pages and present their products and services. We proposed moving them to a WordPress Content Management System. We did a complete redesign and added their 500 products to the new site using a widely used eCommerce plugin called WooCommerce. We also used a template with an easy-to-learn and use page builder tool called Divi. The tool comes with a traditional dashboard editor as well as a “front side” editor. Another important benefit of using Divi is that it is very well supported. This means that Divi provides regular updates to the Divi template. This ensures that our client’s site stays up to date and secure for the foreseeable future. The combination of the Divi website template and WooCommerce catalog tool will give our client, after being trained, the ability to maintain much of the website content on their own.

Your web pro should offer hands-on training to show you the ropes of how to maintain the content on the your website. Depending on how complex your website is, the training process can take from 2 to 10 hours, sometimes even more. It all depends on how much of the site you would like to manage yourself.