If a lack of knowledge of website coding would prevent you from building a website from scratch, you’re in good company.
I stumbled on a blog post about the percentage of people who know website coding.
The percentage actually surprised me. It probably shouldn’t have. I don’t know coding enough to build a site from scratch. Then again, since I use WordPress, I don’t need to.
I do know a limited amount of HTML. I joke that I know just enough to be dangerous. That may or may not be entirely true, but I’ve never felt the temptation to find out for certain.
Many newbie bloggers seem to think you have to know a good deal of coding before you start a blog.
I can’t stress that enough. Whether you use WordPress, Blogger, Medium or some other blogging platform, if it’s a good one, you can get by without knowing any website coding.
So how many — or in this case, how few — people really know website coding? A 2014 survey by Internet Data Coding estimated there were 18.5 million developers. That figure included hobby developers who may be primarily employed to do something entirely different.
It sounds like a healthy number until you consider the world population. Data claimed there are more than 7.8 billion now. That means you’re looking at about 0.24% of the world’s population can code a website. (H/T: Weld)
I’m not one of them. I never felt the need to become one of them.
That’s the beauty of platforms like WordPress.
I chose WordPress to build this blog back in March 2007. When I made the switch, the blog was just three years old. I wanted a platform that would give me full control. (Or at least as much as I could get.)
With WordPress, between plugins and themes, you can find a way to do nearly anything you want to do on your website. Occasionally, I’ve employed a certain bit of manual HTML coding. Once in a while, I’ve gone into my website’s CSS — the stylesheet that sets the look and layout of the site — to make a minor adjustment here or there.
But it happens so rarely and the changes are so miniscule that you don’t need any formal knowledge. If you feel too afraid to try such an adjustment, there’s nothing wrong with that, either. You can easily find people who know more about the platform than you ever will who can suggest answers.
So if your fear that you don’t know enough about website coding is stopping you from launching your blog, it’s time to set that concern aside.
If I can run a blog for more than 17 years with the fraction of knowledge about coding that I have, you have nothing to worry about!