Why Your WordPress Website Only Shows Jumbled Code

I get it. I really do. There’s a certain excitement that comes with throwing a website (or blog) together with a few friends and family members. It’s a labor of love, and you might just want to show everyone what you’ve made. But then, once it’s launched, you have this nagging feeling. What was supposed to be a quick, easy way to showcase your creative talents turns into a bit of a chore. It’s not that the site doesn’t appear as it should. It does. It appears fine. It’s that when you actually need to make a change, the code behind the scenes is this jumbled mess that makes you question whether or not you actually put in the effort to make it look the way it does on the surface.

The Hassle Of Web Development

You see, when you’re first getting started with HTML and CSS, there’s this incredible ease to putting a basic website together. You don’t need to worry about how to make it look good or how to make it load fast. Sure, once you have something resembling a decent-sized website, you might need to give it a bit of an upgrade to make it mobile-friendly or to fix some of its major visual problems. But other than that, it pretty much serves its purpose. You can take it for a spin, show it to a few friends, and then forget about it. As long as it works, you don’t need to do anything else. You can’t really blame a fresh HTML and CSS user for being excited about all the possibilities that a clean slate presents, but then being a little disheartened once you realize that there’s a lot more work to do than just putting a website together.

Web development isn’t easy. Sure, there are plenty of tools out there to make the process a bit more streamlined if you’re doing it for fun, or even if you’ve got a small one-man band behind the scenes. But if you’re aiming for something more serious, then the sheer amount of work that goes into even a small website can really start to pile up. Especially if you want it to look decent.

The Perils Of Publishing Your Website

Even if you intend on keeping your website private, eventually you’re going to want to get it off the ground and start showing it to the world. And when you do, you’re immediately faced with this decision: Do you go the extra mile and fix up the code so that it looks presentable or do you just go with whatever you’ve got?

If you go the extra mile and take the time to fix up the code, not only do you end up having to do a lot more work than you initially anticipated. But what if you do end up with something that looks better than what you have now? You go through all of that work only to see that your site isn’t ready for public viewing. You’ve launched a product and are now faced with a choice: Do you continue to work on it and try to get it to a state that’s presentable or do you just call it quits?

Even if you go the extra mile and publish your website, you’ve still got this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you haven’t fully completed the task at hand. Maybe you’ll get lucky and someone will find the time to give it a bit of an upgrade. But more often than not, you’re going to have to live with the jumbled code that you’ve got for the time being.

The Importance Of Documentation

If you’re working with a team of individuals, or if you’ve got a lot of content to move around, then documentation is extremely important. You need to have clear instructions to follow so that everyone knows what’s going on. But even when you’re doing something simple, like just adding a feature to your website, you want to make sure that everyone who comes along for the ride understands what’s happening. And why is it happening. So that even if they don’t end up using it, or even if it turns out to be a bad idea and you have to take it out, they still remember what they were supposed to do and how they were supposed to do it.

Taking Your Time

You see, a lot of people, when faced with this decision: Do I keep tweaking this code or do I call it quits and move on to something else? They immediately think about the amount of time that it’s going to take to fix up the code. On the surface, it would seem like it would be a simple matter of just adding a bit here and there to get the layout right. But once you start digging into it, you’re going to discover that there’s a lot more to it than that. Especially if you want your website to look decent. And who wants a sloppy-looking site these days, especially when there are so many good-looking, professional-looking sites out there that you can copy.

What About Short-Lived Trends?

If you’re running a business or even if you’re just doing this as a hobby, you have to be on the look-out for short-lived trends and fad diets. Some of these may even be helpful to you or your business in the short term, but in the long term, they can be a pain in the ass. Changing the theme of your website to take advantage of a certain trend can be a quick and easy way to bring in a ton of new traffic, but if that traffic doesn’t stay, then what’s the point? You’ve essentially hacked your site’s appearance in order to fit some trendy whim. The better plan is to find a solution that will serve your needs for years to come.