Learning how to use WordPress can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right tools in your toolbelt to help you along the way. You know how it goes — you’re working on your site and get hung up on a question. You Google it and resolve the issue, forgetting about it until another similar issue comes up and you have to address it again, only to realize that you’ve only skimmed the surface of WordPress’ potential. If you only knew a little more about this CMS, your site could be that much more powerful and dynamic (and secure!).
So, here is a roundup of our favorite ways to quickly learn WordPress while building a strong knowledge base that will serve you for years to come. Everyone is a beginner at some point – save yourself some time and headache by learning WordPress systematically and efficiently. Read on to learn how to get started…
Learn WordPress via Online Training Courses
By far the best, most optimal way to learn WordPress fast is through an accelerated online course. This way, you can learn at your own pace and pay only for as much time as you need to get through the curriculum. And in this day and age of the web, the landscape is pretty competitive for online courseware, so expect really great, helpful, informative content. Forget snoring through your local community college course on WordPress – these resources below allow you to hit the ground running and start working with WordPress immediately.
Founded by husband and wife team Shawn and Kay Hesketh, WP 101 is the leader in providing relevant, quick and easy-to-access information about WordPress, setting up your WordPress site, and how to get started integrating content. With several different pricing options, you can choose the best one for your needs. Your membership also includes access to the WP101 forums and an in-depth look at Yoast’s SEO plugin for WordPress. Learning WordPress has never been so easy!
Here’s a free video that explains the nuts and bolts of WordPress:
Lynda.com is a phenomenal resource for anyone who wants to learn WordPress – or any other media-related skill, for that matter. From software courses to photography techniques, Adobe Creative Cloud products and more, Lynda.com offers a complete series of video learning courses so you can become an expert immediately! There are over 60 WordPress courses to choose from and subjects include install, site backup, plugins, custom fields, customizing a theme, child themes, analytics, social media, content creation, and more. If you are looking for an all-in-one resource on all things web-related, Lynda.com is where to find it.
Here’s a snippet preview for you to enjoy:
Treehouse’s motto is to “revolutionize how people learn web design, web development, and iOS development.” Co-founded by Ryan Carson and Alan Johnson in 2011, Treehouse aims to educate users in new technologies while also providing them with the business, marketing and administration tools to go out into their field and find work. Treehouse allows users to learn how to build websites and apps, write PHP and HTML, and start a business, all from the comfort of their home. Check out their WordPress track for specific course series aimed at making you a WordPress expert!
If you are more technically-minded and already familiar with the web and blogging platforms or other content management systems, or if you already have a website running on WordPress but just need a refresher, the WordPress Codex is for you. Its handy search functions and internal linking allow you to go deep into one subject area like translation capabilities or working from a child theme.
WordPress Articles and Resource Sites
No roundup on learning WordPress would be complete without some honorable mentions of the best-of-the-best WordPress resource sites. While content is not typically as streamlined as the video courses which makes it a bit harder to learn WordPress on the quick, you can still find good information on them and relevant tips and tricks. So, feel free to check out these sites as well – and check out our article on WordPress resources for more!
Smashing Mag: WordPress Section
Smashing Mag has held the torch in the web dev arena for bringing readers the latest in news, guides, and tips and tricks on all things web-related. It’s WordPress section has much to offer if you are looking to step into the ring.
This is a category in the Tuts+ blog, part of the incredible Envato network of educational and resource websites on all things web/media-related. It’s worth keeping bookmarked, or if you use Digg or another RSS reader, subscribe to it for daily updates.
WPMU Dev Blog
An industry standard, the WPMU Dev blog is helpful if you are a developer or seasoned WordPress user. This blog covers industry news, how-to’s and tutorials, new themes, and more.
WP Beginner is a great resource for WordPress themes, coupons, and startup how-to guides, including some video tutorials. It was founded in 2009 by Syed Balkhi and has long been a go-to industry resource.