I am looking to build a few blogs and e-commerce websites using Wordpress.org and Hostgator. I am not a programmer, but I know the basics of HTML, configuration of name server, setting up new email accounts with my domain using Google App, etc. I am wondering is it possible for me to set up new websites without hiring a programmer? Is there any kind of step by step instruction I can follow? I want do to this myself because I might need to change and tweak the sites from time to time, and I'd like to have the flexibility of doing all that myself. Thanks
I am wondering is it possible for me to set up new websites without hiring a programmer?
I really don't see why not. There are lots of ready-made Wordpress plugins/widgets that do a lot of things, there are lots of templates, free and paid out there.
What you need to do is focus on building content, and marketing your site, and you can definitely do that. Make sure you upgrade your Wordpress installations as new versions come out so that you don't keep your sites unnecessarily vulnerable to attacks, and regularly do backups of your databases (website files too).
Wordpress has quite detailed documentation on their site covering most of the common issues a user faces, and it's probably best to read a good bit of it, especially if you don't have experience working with content management systems.
with the amount of tutorials you can find on the internet, you definitely don't NEED to hire a programmer to do anything for you.
since you want to run wordpress, I'd recommend getting a host with installatron (or fantastico) which makes for easy installs and upgrades of any CMS installed through these softwares. They contain e-commerce softwares as well - definitely not hard.
And generally the CMS websites (such as wordpress) contain tutorials and step-by-step on what you should do to install the software manually if it comes down to that. That's how I learned years ago