The answer to the question is no – you do not need to know anything about HTML or CSS to use WordPress.
Ask Yourself These Questions
- Do you describe yourself as a casual publisher of content or are you a builder of web properties?
- Do you care about on-page SEO or will you build traffic without the help of search engines?
- Are you an affiliate marketer who needs to think outside the box and get clever sometimes with how your pages look and how your links perform, or does the idea of passively earning a living from a website not make lights go off in your head?
- Are you a fan of the Kevin Costner movie Build It And They Will Come? Or did you forget it was just make-believe?
- Does the idea of crafting an engine that will work hard on your behalf seem like a magical prospect? Or do you think it should all be done with a button?
If a light has gone on in your head, you can’t afford to miss out on the benefits of knowing the basics of HTML and CSS. Without these skills you’ll always be running at a disadvantage or find yourself in the position of being hugely reliant on other people for tiny things. You can of course maintain that reliance if you have your own team of skilled workers in place, or you have the funds to buy in what you need.
But if you’re working alone with no big investment behind you, you’ll need to be able to think on your feet and do simple things on your web pages without needing yet another some easy to use plugin or an outsourcer every 5 minutes.
Of course you’ll need outside help once in a while. But we think you’ll be in a much better position to explain what you need and qualify any outsourcers that you do use once you have a bit of expertise yourself.
There Are Fringe Benefits
I think it’s important to get a grounding in HTML and CSS. Not just because it will help you create and maintain your sites now, but also it’ll help you make sense of everything else that happens on the web. Once you start becoming more self-reliant you start having better business ideas.
The approach we take on the Genesis Club Apprentice WordPress course, is not to try and create our own WordPress themes. What we do is start with the best Genesis child theme for the job, and then learn to tweak it very slightly to fit. It’s all very possible and our members do it all the time.
Ours in the path of least resistance, it tries to use each Genesis theme to the max without causing you too many headaches nor too much of a learning curve. Don’t get me wrong there is a learning curve, but you should find this a particularly enjoyable and empowering learning curve.