WordPress is a fantastic web publishing platform that is simple and easy to use. However if you’re new to WordPress sometimes you might need a little help to get started.
There are lots of helpful free resources for WordPress including the official WordPress manual and documentation where you’ll find information on everything from installing WordPress for the first time to creating your own themes and plugins. The Where to Start guide provides a step-by-step plan for getting started with WordPress. Also have a look at the WordPress Lessons.
There are also third party WordPress resource websites and commercial video training options available. The different tutorials and training services out there typically fall somewhere in the range between free (great, but sometimes limited in scope), and a few thousand dollars for live seminars, which can be extremely helpful but aren’t really an option for most users. Online, video-based WordPress training courses provide a good balance of depth at a reasonable price. Below is a round-up of a few of the leading choices available.
InfiniteSkills offers three up-to-date tutorial video courses on WordPress. Its 9-hour Building Websites with WordPress provides a complete guide to creating a blog or site, including a fully custom theme in Photoshop. It also has a 12-hour course on setting up eCommerce sites, highlighting most major plugins and carts, and a shorter tutorial on creating mobile sites with WordPress. The courses can be bought on DVD-ROM, as downloads, or viewed streaming on the company’s iOS app. All versions include work files.
WordPress 101 provides a multi-step beginner’s guide to WordPress similar to the offerings from WP Apprentice. It organizes its videos between three sections of Getting Started, WordPress Basics, and Next Steps, with a total of 17 lessons focusing on fundamentals. The entire course can be accessed online for a one-time purchase, or you have the option to subscribe annually for access to a Q&A forum and special features. The company also offers three “White-Label” options that let organizations host the course on their own networks, and has a full version of its course in Spanish.
OSTraining offers six short courses on WordPress topics, ranging from 39 minutes for a primer on important plugins, to more comprehensive beginner and intermediate WordPress classes in the 2-3 hour range. The company uses professional instructors, and also produces books and live classes on select topics. For its online training it offers 1-month, 6-month and 1-year subscriptions.
Lynda offers a wide range of short, focused streaming video courses on various aspects of WordPress and blogging. It has a WordPress Essential Training course that covers the basics of setup and self-publishing, and then provides an array of 1-3 hour courses in subjects like eCommerce, video blogs, theming, and working with Dreamweaver. More advanced topics such as MAMP and WAMP scripting also receive coverage. Lynda offers two levels of subscriptions per month and per year, depending on whether you want access to project files.
WP Apprentice bills itself as “WordPress training for Busy People,” and it provides a multi-part beginner’s video guide in eight different modules. The sections go through getting started, creating content, organizing content, working with media, site customization, site Management, and a features primer in broader web development topics such as HTML, CSS, DNS and FTP. Each online module is 1 hour, and all 8 hours are included in the purchase price.
WordPress: The Geekified Guide gives you a knowledgeable and patient WordPress geek that walks you, step-by-step, through everything you need to know to go from being a complete WordPress novice to someone who is capable of operating a WordPress-powered web site with ease. It has over 76 lectures and 3 hours of content.
Web Design from iThemes offers over 400 hours of professional WordPress video training exploring a wide range of topics for various skill levels from the very beginner to advanced. The foundation WordPress 101 course teaches you the ins and outs of WordPress, while they also have more advanced video training courses for WordPress developers focusing on topics such as theme development, plugin development, HTML and CSS, web design and web business. They also have a free WordPress Tutorials section.
TutorGrams is an online tutoring service for computer programs and programming languages. Tutoring lessons can be conducted via Skype, other messaging service or sharing your screen with a tutor so they can see exactly what you’re doing in WordPress and can guide you with step-by-step instructions. TutorGrams have WordPress tutors that can help you with anything you need to know or learn about WordPress. They can provide tutoring on leaning the basics of WordPress, installing and configuring WordPress, choosing themes, installing plugins, making design changes, adding content and multimedia, learning advanced functions or anything else. A one-hour WordPress tutorial costs $64. Get a WordPress Tutor here.