Last updated December 13, 2016
My friend Nick DeNardis messaged me this morning:
You around? I’m looking for some good WordPress ‘tutorials’ on how to use the interface. I thought you would have some bookmarks that you like that is more comprehensive than me just Googling for them.
As a leader of the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group, I get this question frequently.
And my first response is usually How do you, or the person wanting the tutorials, best learn?
Some people learn best from classes, others from video, others by one-on-one training, and others from reading how-to guides.
If you’re someone who learns best from online videos or reading documentation, here are a few of my favorite WordPress learning resources:
- WordPress Lessons: Where else to start but the site that actually creates WordPress? The WordPress Codex has extensive documentation for learning how to use WordPress. The WordPress Beginners section covers the basics and provides a session on learning the WordPress jargon (really useful!).
- Easy WP Guide by my friend Anthony Hortin. Anthony’s detailed guide (over 100 pages) covers the basics of editing and updating your WordPress content, and is filled with images and all kinds of useful tips. Did I mention it’s free? The guide is available in PDF, eBook or (brandable) Word format.
- WP Beginner videos will get you started with WordPress in no time. The WP Beginner site is well respected for its helpful and informative posts.
Their free videos include a wider range of topics than Anthony’s guide, covering editing content, as well as administrative functions.
As of December 2016, there are over 450 videos on the WP Beginner YouTube channel (I believe all videos are captioned).
- WP 101 Videos: With over 60 videos (three free videos), WP 101 offers basic, intermediate and advanced tutorials for learning WordPress.
Depending on which subscription model chosen ($19/month to $69/lifetime membership), you get unlimited access to their different levels of videos as well as their Q&A forum.
- Lynda.com: One of the best known training sites, Lynda.com offers a five-hour WordPress Essential Training video course taught by my WordPress colleague Morten Rand-Hendricksen.
You can start a free trial to see if the course will work for you, or pay $29.99/month membership or as much as $375 for a premium membership to take the full course and have access to all of Lynda.com online training courses.
Note: you may be able to take Lynda.com courses for free through your local library.
There are many online resources for learning WordPress, these just happen to be the ones I’ve used and found really helpful over the years.
Nick was happy:
Thank you so much! We have students who are looking for training on our blogs.wayne editor (WordPress) and I know there is a ton of resources out there.
You’re welcome Nick; glad to help out.
What are your favorite online resources for learning WordPress?