We believe that educating our customers is one of the most important things we do. It empowers our clients, makes them smarter, and ultimately makes it so that we can focus more time on building our business and providing more value through our products and services. That’s why I decided to compile this list of the best places to learn WordPress online.
We’ve slowly been building a library of articles and tutorials ourselves, but these people already have massive libraries, interactive experiences, and extremely thorough step by step instructions ready for you to access, anytime day or night.
They vary in price (some are free) and experience level needed, but all of them will help you get a few steps closer to dominating WordPress and making it a tool in your arsenal, instead of a thorn in your side.
Beginner WordPress Training
We’ll call this the 101 level. You know how to get around WordPress a little bit, but installing or updating plugins petrifies you, and you have no clue what a permalink even is. If that sounds like you, here are some great resources to get you started.
BobWP Video Tutorials
Bob has gone to great lengths to put together a great library of videos walking you through every step of setting up your favorite StudioPress or WooTheme. He just launched and already has a nice library of content. He’s fluent in “non-geek” and couldn’t be more helpful in his approach through video and in real life.
Cost: $24 per month or $99 for a 6 month block.
WP101 is the a great set of professionally produced video tutorials to walk you through the true basics of using WordPress. Topics include everything from publishing your first post, to installing plugins and themes. These are the same videos that we offer to clients who sign up for any of our maintenance plans. They’re extremely well done, and the people who use them rave about them.
Cost: $19 a month, or $39 per year
Easy WP Guide
Easy WP Guide is your online user manual for WordPress. If you preferring reading or quick reference to video, it’s a great resource. The content is laid out in a very smart way that follows the navigation of WordPress. You can either download a .pdf copy to reference from your own desktop, or can use their web format to look things up quickly online.
Intermediate WordPress Training
These level of training is for those of you who feel pretty comfortable using the admin panel, and are ready to dive deeper. You crave code, and aren’t afraid of a syntax error or three. You’re the rebels.
Carrie Dils is an independent Genesis Developer who not only build themes and design great sites, but she also has a tremendous stockpile of articles guiding you through everything from making customizations to Genesis child themes, to learning how to troubleshoot and debug issues on your own. Her site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to develop their first Genesis child theme, or step into the world of freelancing on their own.
Cost: Free, until you hire Carrie to build your next WordPress project
Treehouse been one my favorite places to learn new things online. The majority of their courses would be considered beginner to intermediate, but they have a few fairly high level courses as well. Just a few months ago they launched a WordPress specific course, that teaches the core skills and concepts for everything from installing WordPress for the first time, to writing your first WordPress plugin. Their course material is all presented in an extremely fun and interactive way too.
Cost: Plans range from $25-49 per month
WP Tuts is part of the envato family of sites, know for properties like Themeforest and CodeCanyon. Now quick, before you close your browser window in disgust, know that all of the majority of the tutorials that I’ve found and followed there have been extremely high quality, and completely sound practice. Tom McFarlin is a pretty sharp guy and has the final say on everything that gets published over there, so it’s safe to say it’s a very solid resource.
Cost: Free, and a handful of in-depth courses are available for a small monthly fee at TutsPlus Premium.
Advanced WordPress Training
It’s getting to the point where you don’t remember the last time you looked at the WordPress UI. Half of your work on WordPress happens without an internet connection at all, and you’re ready to build your next theme or plugin, and have every intention of selling it.
Pippin Williamson may be the most well known plugin developer on the planet. Easy digital downloads (which we run on this site) is probably his most popular project, but he has a massive library of paid and free plugins as well. The reason I bring all that up, is because he has a ton of experience building useful plugins, and has courses designed to walk you step by step through the plugin development process, and breaking down plugins that have already been built so that you can reverse engineer, and ultimately understand how they work.
Cost: $6 per month
The WordPress codex is more or less the user manual for WordPress. Now I’ll admit, that it’s not always 100% complete or up to date, but if someone asked you to RTFM, you’d start with the codex. This resource is overlooked quite a bit unfortunately, when it should be a pretty crucial piece of our learning library if we plan on doing things “by the book.”
Cost: Free, but contribution is always appreciated!
WordPress.tv is one of those hidden gems that, even though quite a few people know about it, it seems like there are a whole lot more who don’t. WordPress.tv isn’t exclusively advanced development and engineering, but some of the greatest minds around the world who contribute to WordPress can be found there. The group of 30-60 presentations on a huge range of topics can development take your development skills to a whole new level.
Aside from everything listed above, Post Status published an excellent article yesterday on all of the places you can learn about WordPress and improve your skills. This list is aimed more toward developers than end users, but there are still some fantastic resources mentioned there.
Get a Free Blog to Start Experimenting
If you want to start a new blog, or just need a sandbox to try out all of the new things you’ll soon be learning, we can setup a free WordPress blog for you to use as your own personal publishing playground.