Have you decided to use WordPress to power your blog?
If so, you are in good company. From CNN to the National Football League to TechCrunch, many big name companies use WordPress, because of its flexibility, ease of use and availability of plugins.
It is one thing to install WordPress. It is another thing entirely to understand how it works and to know the steps that you can take to make it work in your favor.
Answer this question before you launch your blog: what process will you follow to learn WordPress?
If you don’t have any ideas in mind, you have come to the right place.
In this post, I am going to discuss 11 of the best ways to learn WordPress, after launching your blog. Of course, you can also use these resources before launch, ensuring that you are ready to hit the ground running.
Download a PDF version of these 11 best ways to learn WordPress before and after launching your blog.
With that in mind, it’s time to get started.
As the name suggests, WPBeginner is all about helping people who are new to WordPress. If you fit this mold, you’ll definitely want to read this guide from start to finish.
There are eight sections, each one targeting a different topic of importance. These include:
If you’ve set up your WordPress blog, you can skip over the first few sections. Jump right to the information on plugins and Google Analytics, as both of these two topics are important to your success.
There is a lot to like about this guide, but it’s beginner-oriented approach is the biggest benefit. For those who don’t know much about this content management system (CMS), you have found the guide that will point you in the right direction.
Coming from WordPress itself, you can trust that the information in this guide is 100 percent accurate. Furthermore, it is extremely helpful if you are interested in learning more about WordPress and how it works.
Since it’s a quick start guide, you’ll find everything you are looking for and nothing that you don’t need.
The “Create Content” section is among my favorites. This includes information on how to add content to your blog, broken down into five sections:
Some people may find this basic, but if you are new to WordPress, it’s this type of information that will put you on the right track.
If you make your way through this detailed guide, you’ll come out the other side with a clear understanding of WordPress and everything it has to offer.
Tip: keep this guide nearby, for future reference, as you never know when you’ll need a little bit of advice.
Once you’ve created a WordPress blog, it goes without saying that you’ll soon think about search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, you want to know what you can do to push your site to the top of page one for your primary keywords.
This guide by Yoast will give you the push you that need. It’s described as follows:
“The definitive guide to higher rankings for WordPress sites.”
If that’s what you want – and it should be – you have come to the right place.
In this guide, you’ll find information and advice within nine primary categories:
It’ll take you some time to make your way through this guide. You’ll probably have to revisit some sections as you build your blog.
If you want to do things right, read this guide before you get too far into the development of your blog. This gives you the opportunity to take the right approach, the first time around
I particularly enjoy the section titled, “ A site structure for high rankings.” This is something many people overlook, as they are so focused on creating high quality content and building links.
SEO for a WordPress blog is not the same as for a static website. Let this SEO tutorial teach you a thing or two.
Are you the type of person who learns best through video training?
If this sounds like you, it’s time to learn more about this Lynda video training course. Rather than work your way through a content guide, it allows you to learn more about WordPress by watching a variety of videos.
Created for beginners, it has 68,283 viewers, at the time that I’m publishing this post.
The Table of Contents gives a basic overview of what the course has to offer, but you can’t truly understand how advanced it is until you sit down and soak up a few of the videos.
Some of the many sections of the course include:
There is a lot of information to take in. The best part of this video training course is the in-depth approach. Each section is long enough to provide you with all of the knowledge that you require.
For example, there is more than 45 minutes of video on how to change the appearance of your site.
If you learn best via video, follow this training course from start to finish. You won’t disappointed.
Rather than attempt to explain what this tool has to offer, I’m going to share the introduction from the homepage:
“Who’s got time to read boring tech books? Our easy WordPress tutorial videos will teach you all the basics in about an hour! Continue learning with more advanced tutorials, plus get answers to your WordPress questions in our members-only forum.”
There’s only three sentences there, but it’s a lot to take in.
First off, notice that these tutorial videos will teach you the basics in approximately one hour. Talk about being efficient!
Second, WP101 doesn’t stop there. If you want to learn more, there are advanced tutorials to push you forward.
I like systems that have something to offer people of all experience levels, and that’s exactly what you get with this one. You can start out slow, build from there and soon realize that you are closing in on professional status.
Another guide from the official source, it does exactly what it says.
If you want to get the most from your WordPress blog, you need to follow this guide, word for word, from beginning to end.
This isn’t a guide for people who have been using WordPress for years. It’s more for those who are looking to better understand the finer nuances, such as how this CMS works and the ways it can benefit them.
My favorite part of this guide is the “Get Lingo” section. This glossary of WordPress terms will help you better understand what you are seeing when you log into your dashboard.
Even the most experienced WordPress users run into issues every now and again. Sometimes, all it takes is the understanding of a particular term in order to continue forward.
If you can’t trust WordPress.com to provide you with guidance, who can you trust?
Another video tutorial, this one is tops on the Udemy platform. With more than 7,800 enrolled students, you won’t be alone if you decide to turn here for WordPress assistance.
There is a lot to like about this course, but here are some of the primary points of interest:
I don’t want to bog you down by listing each of the 74 lectures, so I’ll share a few of my favorites:
Maybe some of these sections hit home. Maybe they don’t. With this course, you can pick and choose what you watch, although I suggest you start at the beginning and take in every minute of video that is available.
Some people use WordPress to build a static website or blog. Others use it for something much more powerful, such as the structure for an ecommerce website.
If you want to sell products online, it doesn’t mean you can’t use WordPress. With the right approach, you can use WordPress to meet all of your eCommerce needs.
Since this is easier said than done, you may want to join the approximately 10,000 students who are already enrolled in this course.
With a near perfect rating, you can take on this video course with confidence. Add in the fact that it’s offered through Udemy, so you know that you’ll be presented with an enjoyable and efficient experience.
There are 80 lectures that make up approximately seven hours of video. Yes, this is a long course. And yes, it’ll probably take you longer than 7 hours to complete, since you’ll stop to take notes. Even so, it’s worth your time.
My favorite section is “Get your hands DIRTY!” This is when you leave the learning and get down to business. In other words, it’s time to take action.
There are many ways to build an eCommerce website, but you should always consider the benefits of WordPress.
Continuing with the video training approach, WP Apprentice is another option. For those who need help managing their WordPress website, this tutorial is as good an answer as you’ll find. And here’s why:
WordPress is so easy to use that anyone can create a website and add some content. What some people don’t realize, especially as they are getting started, is that managing this type of site can be confusing and time consuming as it grows.
WP Apprentice helps remove all of the confusion by providing video tutorials for every type of person.
For instance, the Website Blueprintcourse is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs. This particular course covers the following:
As you can see, no matter what comes up as you launch your WordPress site, WP Apprentice will have you covered.
The name says it all: with this guide, you’ll learn how to use WordPress.
Even though this sounds basic, it goes well beyond the nuts and bolts. The details of the guide are refreshing, as it never leaves you hanging and searching for more guidance.
While the guide itself is full of useful information, there is one thing that allows it to stand out in the crowd: the demo videos.
As you make your way through the content, each section has its own “quick demo.” This allows you to visualize what you are reading.
Better yet, the videos are more in-depth than you may expect from something that’s only a minute or two in length.
This is the type of guide that you want to keep by your side as you continue to use WordPress. You’ll find yourself seeking advice and watching the videos often.
Tip: read the other chapters of the guide, such as, “Creating blog content,” as these will teach you how to achieve greater success.
There are a lot of people out there who think creating a website is all that they need to in order to reach their audience.
I also speak with many people who believe that managing a website is a piece of cake. They don’t truly realize what goes into keeping their blog updated and running smoothly.
This guide, from WPMU DEV, provides some of the best practices for managing a WordPress website. It focuses on five key areas, including:
This isn’t one of those “thin” guides that provide basic advice and then hopes that you figure out the rest. It’s in-depth, full of professional guidance and meant to teach you exactly what you are looking for.
A great example of this is the section on optimizing your site’s speed. Most people don’t even think about this as they are starting a blog. They are simply happy to have something live and visible to the world.
But, if you want to manage your site with success and reach all of your goals, you can’t afford to overlook these finer details.
WPMU DEV has more than 400,000 members, many of whom got their start by reading this guide. If you need help with any aspect of managing a WordPress site, you don’t have to continue your search. You can stop here and dig in.
The nice thing about relying on WordPress is that there is always help to be had. In addition to the learning resources above, there are tools that you can implement to boost traffic and plugins that are designed to help you create high quality content.
If you want to make the most of your WordPress blog, now’s the time to increase your knowledge base. Even if you only use one of the techniques above, you’ll find yourself in a better place.