Learn How To Use WordPress
With My “WordPress Training For Beginners” Course
What You’ll Get From This Course
Throughout this comprehensive course you’ll be able to learn WordPress, from installing it on your site, to learning how to navigate around WordPress, to setting it up, to creating content, to choosing a WordPress theme and everything else you need to know.
And once you’ve got the basics down, at the bottom of this page I’ve also provided some extra WordPress training in the form of individual tutorials. (More are being added all the time, so be sure to check back!)
But enough with the hype. Start going through the lessons and start learning how to use WordPress!
Click any of the blackboards below to skip ahead.
Step 1 – What Is WordPress?
What better way to start this course then by giving you a brief introduction to WordPress.
In this lesson I’ll explain exactly what WordPress is, how it works and I’ll also talk about the fact that WordPress isn’t perfect.
Learn How To Install WordPress
When you have a better understanding of what WordPress is, I’ll show you how to install it onto your website. (Don’t worry it’s really easy to do.) I’ll then show you how to login to the admin area of your site and how to make your way around WordPress.
Pick part 1a or part 1b below. (You don’t need to do both!)
Complete the remaining two lessons is step 2
Step 2 Outline
Pick part 1a or part 1b below. (You don’t need to do both!)
Step 2 Part 1a – Install WordPress With SiteGround – In this lesson I’ll show you the easiest way to install WordPress, which is to let SiteGround (affiliate link) do all of the work for you. This all takes about 5 minutes to do. (This will only work if you’re using SiteGround as your hosting provider!)
Step 2 Part 1b – Learn How To Install WordPress Manually – In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to install WordPress manually. This’ll take about 10-15 minutes to complete. (This is how you’ll install WordPress if you’re using a different hosting provider then SiteGround.)
Complete the remaining two lessons is step 2
Step 2 Part 2 – See How To Login To Your WordPress Site – This is a real quick lesson just showing you how to login to the admin area of your WordPress site.
Step 2 Part 3 – Learn How To Navigate Around WordPress – If you’re new to WordPress this lesson is the place to start, as I’ll be explaining what all the different sections of WordPress do and I’ll show you how to navigate around the admin area.
Learn How To Setup Your WordPress Site
When you first install WordPress you’ll want to change some of the default settings to suit your personal needs.
If you’re a first time user of WordPress I’ve actually created six separate lessons, which you’ll see below. These lessons go through and explain exactly what the settings do on your site, so you can go through them and then setup WordPress how you want it.
Or, if you want, I’ve actually put together a single lesson below, where I list all of the settings that I normally change when I start a new WordPress site, as these are what I think are the most important.
I’ve done this to save you time as I would say about 80% of the settings don’t need to be changed and rather then you learning about settings you wont use, you can just go through this lesson and setup WordPress how I normally set it up!
The choice is yours!!
Quick Setup Of WordPress Settings
Single lesson walking you through what I think are the most important settings in WordPress.Learn More
Step 3 Outline
Step 3 – Quick Setup Of WordPress Settings – In this lesson I’ve listed all of the settings that I normally change when I start a new WordPress site, as these are what I think are the most important.
Learn How To Create Content In WordPress
In this step I’ll show you how to create the content for your website. (When I say content, I mean the pages that will make up your site.)
In the first part of this step, I’ll explain the basics of creating content, including, how to create or edit pages or posts, what the difference is between them and how you can use categories and tags on your site.
In the second part of this step, I’ll show you exactly how to add text and media into your content. I’ll also show you how to insert embedable content, such as YouTube videos, etc.
Step 4 Outline
Step 4 Part 1a – Understand The Difference Between WordPress Posts And Pages – With WordPress, there are two different ways you can create content for your website, post or pages. In this lesson I’ll explain the difference between the two and when you should use each.
Step 4 Part 1b – Learn All About WordPress Posts – In this lesson I’ll show you all you need to know about WordPress posts.
Step 4 Part 1c – Learn All About WordPress Pages – In this lesson I’ll show you all you need to know about WordPress pages.
Step 4 Part 1d – Learn All About WordPress Categories And WordPress Tags – In this lessons you’ll learn what WordPress categories and tags are, how to add / edit / delete them, and how to use them on your site.
Note: You only really need to go through this lesson if you’re going to be using posts on your site.
Step 4 Part 2a – Learn How To Use The Visual Editor – Creating content in WordPress is similar to creating content in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You simply add your text into a page or post and then use a visual editor to make some of it bold, italic, underlined, lists, or links, etc.
In this lesson I’ll be walking you through exactly how to use this visual editor. (You’ll probably already know how to do 95% of what I’m about to show you. It’s that easy.)
Step 4 Part 2b – Learn How To Add Media To Your Content – In this lesson you’ll see how to add images, audio and video to your content. As with most things in WordPress, once you know how to do it, it’s pretty easy to do!
Step 4 Part 2c – Learn How To Embed YouTube Videos – In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to embed videos into your content and I’ll also explain why you should do this instead of inserting them directly into your content.
Learn All About WordPress Themes
Step 5 is all about installing and setting up your WordPress theme. (WordPress themes let you choose the design and layout of your site.)
In the first part of this step, we cover the basics of WordPress themes, which you can see in these four lessons,
Then we move on to the second part, setting up your theme. Now because there are 10,000+ different themes, all with different options, it’s impossible for me to show you how to set them all up.
However I can show you how to setup the following,
Step 5 Outline
Step 5 Part 1a – Understand The Basics Of WordPress Themes – In this lesson I’ll be going through the basics of WordPress themes, including, giving you an introduction to what themes are, talking about how choosing a theme effects how your site looks, and going through what to expect from themes and some of their limitations.
Step 5 Part 1b – How To Choose A WordPress Theme – A Buyers Guide! – If you’re new to WordPress, then finding the right WordPress theme can be tough. Especially when you consider there are over 10,000 themes to choose from.
So in this lesson, I thought it would be useful if I gave you some pointers on what you should be thinking about when choosing a theme for your site.
Step 5 Part 1c – Where To Search For WordPress Themes – Unfortunately there’s not one central place where all themes are listed, which means to find a theme that suits you, you might need to visit multiple places.
In this lesson I’ll show you 4 different places you can go to, to search for themes, including the places where I get my themes from!
Step 5 Part 1d – Learn How To Install, Switch Between Or Remove WordPress Themes – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy all of this is!
Step 5 Part 2a – Learn How To Customize Your WordPress Menu – In this lesson you’ll see how to include new links in your navigation menu, how to re-arrange the order of your links, how to create a drop down menu and more!
Step 5 Part 2b – WordPress Widgets Tutorial – With WordPress widgets you’re able to add special features or blocks of content to “widget areas” in your themes. These areas are usually sidebars and footers. (Although some themes offer extra widget areas.)
In this lesson, I’ll be teaching you the basics of widgets and how to use them on your site.
Learn All About WordPress Plugins
In the next part of this course I’ll show you how you can add extra features to your site, such as contact forms, email signup forms, slideshows, etc, by using WordPress plugins.
Step 6 – WordPress Plugins Tutorial – An introduction lesson to WordPress plugins!
See what they are, the things they can do and some of their limitations. See where you can go to find plugins, what you need to know about installing and setting up plugins. And finally, how to delete plugins you no longer want to use.
The Final WordPress Lessons
Because I want this to be a comprehensive course for beginners, I have five more lessons which I couldn’t fit into any of the steps above.
So in this step I’ll cover the remaining things you need to know about WordPress, such as how to manage comments on your site, how to add extra users, etc.
Extra WordPress Training Outline
Step 7 Part 1 – Learn All About WordPress Post Formats – This lesson is all about understanding the “Post Formats” feature in WordPress.
In this lesson I’ll explain in more detail what post formats are and how you might use them on your site. Then I’ll explain what each of the 10 post formats do and show you an example of them in action.
Step 7 Part 2 – Learn All About WordPress Comments – Built within WordPress is the ability to allow your visitors to leave comments at the end of your content.
Within this lesson I’ll be covering the basics of comments and also showing you how to approve, edit, delete, or reply to comments. (Or how to turn them off completely if you don’t want them on your site!)
Step 7 Part 3 – Learn All About WordPress Users – In this lesson I’ll be showing you how to view the current users you have on your site, how to add new users and how to set “roles” for these users. And I’ll show you how to delete users you no longer want.
Step 7 Part 4 – Learn All About The WordPress Media Library – Within WordPress is a “Media Library”. This library is where you can manage all the files you’ve upload to your site, such as your images, audio, videos, PDFs or Word documents.
In this lessons I’ll explain what all the options on the media library screen are, and I’ll explain how you might use them. I’ll also walk you through the edit media screen and I’ll show you how to add new media.
Step 7 Part 5 – Learn All About The WordPress “Tools” – Within WordPress is a section called “Tools”, which includes 4 extra tools that you might use to manage your site.
These aren’t tools that you’ll use all that often, in fact you may never use them. But in this lesson I’ll show you what they are and how to use them!
Some WordPress Tutorials You Might Find Useful
Finally, I’ve put together some extra individual tutorials which you can see below.
These aren’t required viewing, more optional extras, most of which may not be relevant for what you want to do with WordPress, so just pick and choose what tutorials you go through!
WordPress Tutorials Outline
How To Post To Your Blog Via Email – Within WordPress is the ability to post to your blog by sending an email. So you can send an email to say, firstname.lastname@example.org and the contents of that email will display as a blog post.
In this lesson I’ll show you the three steps you need to complete, to set this up.
How To Create An “Uploads” Folder And Make It “Writable” – If you manually installed WordPress, to be able to upload images and other media to your site you’ll need to create an “uploads” folder and make it “writable”.
If you don’t do this you’ll get an error message when you try and upload an image or any other media to your site.
This lesson will show you how to create an “uploads” folder and how to make it “writable”.
How To Add A .htaccess File To Your Site – In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to add a .htaccess file to your site.
This particular .htaccess file is for those people who manually installed WordPress, who when the try to save changes in their WordPress permalinks settings, they get a message saying, “You should update your .htaccess now.”
If you see that message, it means you’ll have to create a .htaccess file and upload it to your site. (Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple to do.)