So... I'm not going to tell the entire story of how I got to this point, because I think it would end up being a novel of its own, but I've realized that it is just not enough to know the user's side in order to run WP sites. Everybody has their own opinion on this, but IMHO, it just isn't enough to know everything on the WP beginner's pages, everything in *Wordpress: The Missing Manual", everything about posts/links/galleries/video embeds/installing plugins/moderating comments etc etc etc; I think you can all see what I mean... the user's side is not enough. I ended up running three sites because nobody with more tech knowledge is going to do any of it, and I know the user's side very well, but it is NOT going to cut it in order to run three sites. That kind of knowledge is great until you run into a real problem, and then a local developer is telling you that it might take up to 10 hours at $75 an hour to fix it.
So here's the question. HOW do people take that step to bridge the gap? It just seems that there's such a gulf between info on the user's side and info on the back-end, admin, behind the scenes side. My ideal would be a site/course/ebook/actual book/who knows what called:
"What To Do When You Realize That You Need to Know More Than Superficial Information About Wordpress."
Here's really the key: This source would assume that you already know how to do a 5 minute install, how to change appearance, how to install plugins, how to change settings, widgets, themes, header/background, etc etc etc, everything that is immediately obvious and front-end. That would not be gone over again. But it also wouldn't assume that you already know the admin/back end aspects, but that you are there to LEARN them.
There has to be a way to do this. I'm NOT giving up!! Can anyone give advice or directions?