Posted on 30 September, 2009 By 30 Comments

8 Online Resources for WordPress Beginners


absolute beginner (by [auro])

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the questions people ask me about WordPress. There has never really been a comprehensive guide for WordPress beginners online. Many of us learned through trial and error and muddling along.

So, I’ve located the 8 best WordPress resources and tutorials for beginners and listed them in one location.

If you know of others, please let me know in the comments.


  1. Getting Started With WordPress – The best place for any WordPress information is the Codex. I know we complain about locating information there and that some of it is hard to understand, but for free software WordPress has some of the best user-generated documentation available. This link goes to the getting started guide and includes topics such as Installing WordPress, Changing File Permissions, Using WordPress Themes, and Creating Individual Pages.
  2. The Beginner’s Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog – Lifehacker has posted a beginner’s guide to using WordPress. The article was written by Gina Trapani, Lifehacker’s former editor. Topics covered include Initial Configuration, Must Have Plugins, and Sidebars and Widgets. Lifehacker is not powered by WordPress. ;-)
  3. WordPress For Beginners – Weblogtools Collection has a series of articles for beginners. I have linked to their WordPress for beginners category. There are a number of topics covering issues such as, Understanding User Roles (I always have to look that up for anything other than Admin), Exploring the Admin Dashboard, and Optimizing WordPress Settings.
  4. BlogHer Geek Lab: WordPress for Beginners – Resources – Skinny Minny Media has linked to a number of resources for WordPress beginners. Articles include Moving from to Self Hosted WordPress, Adding Google Analytics and What are WordPress Widgets.
  5. Beginners Guide from WPBeginner – WPBeginner has a series of tutorials in their beginners guide category. Articles of interest are How to Add a New Post in WordPress and Utilize All of the Features and How to Add Categories and Subcategories to WordPress.
  6. Top 10 Video Tutorials for WordPress Beginners – A list of video tutorials tailored for WordPress beginners.
  7. WordPress Video Tutorials on YouTube – A list of video tutorials on YouTube. Some are for beginners and most of them are useful.
  8. How to on WordPress TV – WordPress video tutorials on the How To Category. This is a great resource for all WordPress users, not just beginners.

If you know of other great resources for WordPress beginners, please let me know in the comments.

This is my 300th post. Yay me!

photo credit: [auro]

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