Are you new to using WordPress? If so, then you're in the right place! This guide will take you through the full process, from the basics of creating posts and pages right through to installing and customising your first WordPress theme and setting up plugins for security and performance.
This Learning Guide will help you:
- Learn what WordPress is all about.
- Install WordPress and create content using posts and pages.
- Customise your WordPress setup.
- Install and customise WordPress themes.
- Find and set up the best WordPress plugins.
1. What Is WordPress?
WordPress is software for the web that you can use to build websites or blogs. It's an open-source content management system (CMS) that can be used to quickly set up anything from a simple blog to a complex eCommerce site.
More than 25% of all websites globally use WordPress, making it easily the most popular CMS on the web. There are two main ways that WordPress is used:
- WordPress.com: If you want to keep things really simple, you can get a hosted version of WordPress using WordPress.com, which means you don't have to download anything or install anything on your server.
- WordPress.org: If you want a flexible setup that you can customise completely, you can manually download WordPress and install it on your server from WordPress.org.
2. Learn How to Use WordPress
The absolute best way to learn WordPress is by taking our free course, which has helped more than 50,000 people learn to use WordPress.
Once your site is up and running, you can learn the best way to fit your content into the WordPress content management system in our course on Posts and Pages.
3. WordPress Basics
If you want to get up to speed really quickly or solve a particular problem, you should check out our WordPress Basics series of Coffee Break Courses, each just 10 minutes long.
- WordPressWordPress Basics: How to Install and Customize a ThemeRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: Create a Navigation MenuRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: A Guide to Site SettingsRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: Add Widgets to Your SiteRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: Switching to a Self-Hosted SiteRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: Customize Your Front Page With a TemplateRachel McCollin
- WordPressWordPress Basics: Managing UsersRachel McCollin
- WordPressAdd MailChimp Signup to Your WordPress SiteRachel McCollin
4. WordPress Plugins
One of the great things about using WordPress is the vibrant plugin ecosystem. There are many thousands of different plugins that promise to improve every aspect of your site. With the right plugins, your WordPress site will run more smoothly, get more visitors, and be less likely to face problems.
In this course, you'll learn how to install and configure free plugins for backup, security, caching, and SEO.
Dig deeper and set up your WordPress sites in a way that will enhance their security, give them a strong SEO foundation, and optimise their speed in our course on WordPress security.
If you want to start selling online, then you'll need to get an eCommerce platform set up!
There are several easy options that work well with WordPress, but WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform for WordPress, powering more than 500,000 sites across the web.
Learn how to create your own online store with WordPress and WooCommerce in our Beginner's Guide. You’ll learn how to install and configure WooCommerce, add products to your store, and get the whole thing set up.
6. Learn How to Use WordPress
This Learning Guide will continue to be updated with all the latest and greatest WordPress tutorials and courses to help you learn WordPress and stay up to date.
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