It doesn’t matter if you are just getting started with WordPress or you know your way around, there is always something new to learn when using this CMS.
I can promise you this – no-one out there knows everything about WordPress…no-one.
There are simply too many niches, nuances and areas of expertise that make it such a huge platform.
But this an opportunity to focus on specific areas that you want to focus on.
It is also a chance for you learn how to how to use WordPress to the level that you are comfortable with, whether it’s just to get past the beginner stage or that you want to be an expert in a specific area, e.g. plugin development, accessibility, theme designer, etc.
Combined with learning by yourself and experimenting with the CMS, we would not be able to get very far without acquiring the help from other experts out there.
And that’s why you should always think about using the resources out there if you are looking for some WordPress help.
The Top WordPress Tutorial & Training Sites
Below are some of the best sites out there which could help you to learn WordPress step by step, regardless of what you want to learn about and your level of expertise. This will include both the free and paid resources.
Disclaimer: unless there is an asterisk beside the name, I personally have not used the resources myself. But the recommendations are based on their popularity, reviews, reputation and community feedback.
Where relevant, you should read the reviews and comments left by other people who have used the courses and followed the tutorials.
Created by Shawn Hesketh, WP 101 is definitely one of the best resources out there, especially for beginners, as they provide a huge number of up-to-date resources through their easy-to-understand WordPress tutorial videos.
In fact, they have helped more than a million beginners learn how to use WordPress.
Not only are they brilliant by staying up-to-date with the latest tips, but they are continuously adding new video courses to their collection.
In fact, they even have a dedicated page about what courses are in production, planned for production, being considered and a place for you to make your suggestions.
And they are also very reasonably priced, particularly as it’s a one-off payment and not a monthly subscription. The largest package will include all future courses at no extra cost.
Potentially the largest WordPress tutorial site for beginners, WPBeginner was originally started by Syed Balkhi back in 2009 to help everyone understand how to use WordPress.
Today, there are thousands of pages on the site and you will most likely see it appear on Google if you search for anything related to a question, or solution to a WordPress problem.
They even have a popular YouTube page, which was created to answer any questions that you may have about WordPress in a step-by-step video format.
This option is slightly more unique as you will learn new skills directly from seasoned and well-known WordPress experts.
Each of the individual video courses are relatively cheap, with most of them being around $19 and small handful of them are free.
But you can also save money and have access to all of the videos (over 84 hours) for $299 as well as other benefits. This option is particularly beneficial for those who are committed and want to level-up their knowledge about WordPress.
This is a website I use and am a fan of.
After every single WordCamp, all talks are uploaded on WordPress.tv so that they are accessible to everyone for free and at anytime. So if you have wanted to attend WordCamp but you couldn’t, you can be assured it will (eventually) appear on WordPress.tv.
The other added benefit is that you can also browse by languages. Even though English will be the most popular, you will still find dozens of other languages available too.
Udemy is a tricky one because it brings up mixed results for the users. This is where you will have to use your best judgement based on the descriptions as well as the reviews and ratings.
But there’s no denying its popularity for being one of the leading online course providers.
You may find that not all of the videos are of a professional standard, but the content could still be relevant and interesting for you.
Although similar to Udemy, Skillshare is another popular online video course platform, which has an abundance of different topics to choose from.
You will need to register in order to see the video courses available, but at the time of writing, searching for WordPress brings up 569 results.
Skillshare is another favourite of mine because of the quality of the courses and the community-based workshops and tasks that you get assigned with. And if you want to, you can then share your homework with other “students” so that you can compare and contrast.
Prices: $12/monthly, $8/annually
Lynda is known for creating high-quality tutorial videos on just about any business and technology related topic, so it’s not a surprise that LinkedIn bought the company for a cool $1.5 billion back in 2015.
It’s also not a surprise to see that it also hosts a huge number of WordPress-related online courses (90 of them) and video tutorials (2,310 of them), with many of them run by seasoned experts in the WordPress field. And the courses range from the technical to the more niche areas like building your own WordPress membership site.
Prices: £12.95/£18.85 per month (after a 30-day free trial)
The Team Treehouse company have a number of courses around building websites, learning to code and also WordPress development courses.
It doesn’t have the most extensive list of courses, but Team Treehouse is very well known for their high quality video courses, particularly for those who want to get into web development (or in this case, WordPress development).
And despite what the screenshot above illustrates, there are not just beginner’s courses but also intermediate and advanced courses too.
Prices: £20/£40 per month
The 2nd largest search engine in the world is a not just an obvious choice, and also a free option for you.
At the time of writing, searching for “WordPress” on YouTube brings up 5.7 million results. So you are bound to find something there that suits your level.
But this is where you need to be specific with your searches and start experimenting with your keywords. Searching for “WordPress” is much too broad.
For example, the search result for “WordPress plugin tutorial” and “WordPress plugin for beginners” brings up very different results.
So it’s up to you to make sure that you experiment with the way you phrase your search queries.
You don’t have to be a beginner to use these tutorials. Like I said, there is always something new to learn in the world of WordPress and it’s impossible to cover everything.
It is no surprise that there are so many places to choose from if you want to learn about WordPress online…especially if you consider that I haven’t even mentioned blogs, podcasts and news sites.
But you are definitely spoilt for choices when it comes to finding WordPress tutorials for your specific needs.
Have you got any other suggestions? Have I missed any other resources? Or maybe you have tried one of them yourself?
Do comment below and let me know what you think.
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