If you are just starting to build sites in WordPress, or want to boost your techniques as a blogger or developer, there are plenty of online resources to help you do that. The great thing about this content management system is that it has an extensive community to rely on any time you need help and advice.
So chances are that any questions you have or issues you encounter have already been resolved by someone else. By doing a quick Web search, you can find a lot of articles on various WordPress themes, tutorials for beginners, and places to get plugins, themes, widgets or any other resource you might need. Here is a list of 10 to get you started.
1 Easy WP Guide
If you don’t want any coding information or anything else too advanced, but are looking for a basic tutorial to the interface and features of WordPress, this website is for you. It provides a free online guide and a downloadable version with topics such as feature image setup, inserting and editing links, adding tags and moderating comments. Easy WP Guide will teach you all the basics on widgets, plugins, WordPress features, as well as writing and publishing your content.
2 WPMU DEV Blog
This is a tips and tutorials blog of WPMU DEV, a premium service offering WordPress themes, plugins and support. The abbreviation stands for WordPress Multi-User, indicating the types of sites WPMU DEV mostly concentrates on. The how-to articles cover a wide variety of topics for different skill levels, but are generally well written and easy to follow for anyone. Here you can find tutorials on WordPress use, plugins and themes, multisite features and BuddyPress. The blog articles are free, but if you are interested in purchasing any products from WPMU DEV, a single theme or plugin will cost you $19 with one-month support or continuous subscription-based support for $19 a month. You can also get unlimited access to all themes, plugins, support, Q&A section and video guides for $39.60 a month.
If you prefer instructional videos over reading the manuals, WP101 promises to teach you how to use WordPress in under an hour. It has some free videos available, although the majority of its content is accessible on subscription basis. You can choose a monthly plan for $19, yearly for $39 or a lifetime membership for $79. WP101 videos come in several categories broken down by skill level. Quick Tips and a Q&A forum are also available. The website has already updated all of its guides to WordPress 3.8.
4 Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine provides tutorials on an extensive range of topics, from coding to mobile development to graphics and design. It does have a dedicated WordPress section as well with a multitude of useful resources. The articles you find here provide simple instructions supplemented with screenshots, making it easy for anyone to figure out the basics of the CMS. WordPress categories include Essentials for beginners, Techniques for users that are somewhat more advanced, as well as Plugins and Themes. The content on the site is free, but if you want to develop your skills even further, you can purchase individual instructional books through Smashing Magazine or sign up for its library to get access to more than 60 e-books for a total of $99. The site also has a job board for web developers, designers and writers. You can apply for free, but posting a job is a premium service.
WPBeginner is a free WordPress resource consisting of a blog with lots of useful how-to articles, a section with free videos and a glossary of terms. The Deals section provides coupons for hosting, themes, plugins and more. WPBeginner’s guides include topics on hosting service selection, recommended plugins to install, and self-hosted versus hosted WordPress comparison, among others. A free blog setup service is also offered.
You can find a large section dedicated to WordPress on Lynda.com, a popular video tutorials site. Topics include setting up your WordPress site, optimizing it for search engines, developing your own theme and blogging for business. The site has 33 WordPress courses and close to 900 video tutorials on the subject, so you can find pretty much any guide you need here. Some videos are available for free, but you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to be able to access the majority of the content. Basic membership costs $25 a month and $250 a year, giving you unlimited access to all videos. Premium membership offers the same benefits, plus downloadable project files and videos you can view offline on your mobile devices. It ranges from $37.50 per month to $375 per year.
WPKube is a blog for everything WordPress. It has beginner guides, theme and plugin lists, and a Coupons area with some great deals. The News section features the latest WordPress releases, giveaways, theme updates, brand new plugins and lots of other information. WPKube has articles on monetizing your blog, tightening your security, developing responsive sites and choosing a hosting service.
A site by Envato, Wptuts+ is dedicated to teaching users how make the most out of WordPress. It offers guides on building successful sites, developing widgets and plugins, and using WordPress for your freelance business. The tutorials include such topics as Creative Coding, Scaling & Caching, Theme Development and Security. The articles are broken down into categories like Lectures, Reviews, Tips and News. A lot of interactive content is available through quizzes, polls and competitions. Wptuts+ also has several video guides, although the majority of the content is delivered through articles.
WPRecipes applies the idea of quick but useful tips and hacks for WordPress users. The author states that a lot of his articles are written in response to user questions. The blog provides brief bits of code to get around various problems or configure minor functions in WordPress. It helps you optimize your blog without an SEO plugin, for example, redirect visitors to custom pages after registration, and display recently registered users, among other tips. WPRecipes also regularly holds theme giveaways for its readers.
10 Creative Bloq
While Creative Bloq’s content does not revolve exclusively around WordPress, it does cover a large amount of topics about this popular platform. It has a number of lists covering WordPress themes and plugins, as well as advice articles on customization, shortcodes, security, responsiveness and more.
(11 Learning By Doing)
Other great resources for WordPress include the actual WordPress codex – being able to search the Codex for examples is priceless. You will quickly learn how to use WordPress and program your own templates and plugins if you stop relying on external services for input. Start coding simply functions and you will soon be able to code entire plugins which is really easy. Then you can include external JQuery scripts and customize WordPress the way you want it to be.