So you want to build your own website? Nowadays, there are tons of options to build the perfect website with ease. Knowing that WordPress powers nearly 30 percent of the internet, it’s a pretty strong candidate for where you might want to build your website. Even the least tech-savvy person can learn how to navigate WordPress and build a website. Here are a handful of the best online resources for doing just that:
Made by WordPress.org, this site offers tutorial articles on every small and large aspect of WordPress, from understanding pages and posts to installing WordPress for beginners. This is basically the WordPress user manual. Anything you need, this site most likely has! For beginners and WordPress pros alike, the Codex is a common space for getting your questions answered.
WP101 is a great resource for video tutorial content. It’s designed for beginners to learn WordPress faster (even in as little as an hour). Each video is less than five minutes in length, so they’re easily digestible. In order to access all of the tutorial videos, there is a yearly membership cost. They also offer tutorials on the most popular WordPress plugins like Yoast SEO, Event Calendar, and more.
Lynda offers professional online video courses on a wide variety of subjects. You want to learn 2D animation or how to write a song? Lynda has a course for that. There are also a handful of WordPress training courses ranging from beginner to advanced. If you have many new things you’d like to learn, Lynda may be a good choice for you. Their subscription plans give you access to their entire course library. The possibilities for learning are endless!
WPBeginner offers hundreds of blogs and guides to get you started on WordPress. The best part is everything is free! They have step-by-step guides to building your own website and tons of blogs that answer any question you could have about WordPress. WPBeginner also offers free tutorial videos when you create an account.
Udemy is similar to Lynda in that there is a wide variety of online course subjects. Where it’s different from Lynda is it’s more of a marketplace environment, where any teacher can create a course and sell it on Udemy. You pay for individual courses just once and have lifetime access to them. On Udemy, it’s important to look at reviews and exactly what you’re going to be learning to make sure it’s a quality course that offers exactly what you’re looking for. Often, the course will come with videos, transcripts, and added resources to supplement your learning.
WP Apprentice is similar to WP101. It’s a video subscription service that covers WordPress basics and promises fast learning. You can choose your starting point where you want to learn: free quick start, WordPress essentials, and website blueprint. If you’re a total beginner, you’ll probably go through all three of these levels. For each course, you pay one price and can access all tutorials forever!
Depending on how you learn, you might find one resource more helpful than another. We recommend trying the free resources first and if they don’t offer enough of a visual or individualized approach, then move on to a video course! The best part about WordPress is its popularity. There are tons of online forums and helpful blogs for getting even the most nit-picky questions answered. Good luck with building your own website, and keep in mind if you have any questions, we’re here to help!