Content is king. Without quality content, you simply cannot grow your blog. This is obvious and we all know that.
But quality content is not enough. You can have kick-ass content, but a terrible blog design and people will bounce from your site without reading a single line.
If you are using WordPress as your CMS (which you should), the sky is the limit when it comes to customization options.
WordPress may be hard to learn for some beginners, but fortunately, there are so many great resources for learning WordPress that everyone can learn how to start a WordPress blog.
In this article, you will learn about the top 3 resources for learning WordPress online.
Do I need to learn how to code?
A lot of beginner bloggers think that learning WordPress means learning how to code. Even though knowledge of Html and CSS can help you customize your website, it’s not a requirement.
How much you can customize your WordPress blog without any coding depends on you what theme you choose to use. If you choose a powerful theme, then you will not feel limited by a lack of coding knowledge.
If you want to learn the basics of Html and CSS, I recommend free courses on Codecademy.
Udemy is one of the largest online learning platforms. The platform has courses across hundreds of different categories including WordPress.
Not that many people know that there are quite a lot of free WordPress courses. Not all of them are of the highest quality, but you can find some quality free courses which cover all the important things to get you started.
Some free courses also not only cover using WordPress but also the most popular page builder Elementor. If you want to use Elementor, Udemy free courses are the only resource you need.
Lynda is another great platform for learning many skills including WordPress. Unlike Udemy, all courses are taught by industry experts, so they all meet high standards.
Lynda has over 50 courses and 1000 video tutorials dedicated to WordPress. What’s nice about Lynda is that it offers both beginners and advanced courses so if you find yourself enjoying learning WordPress, you don’t have to stop with learning just the essentials.
What I also like about Lynda is that you don’t pay for an individual course like you do on Udemy. Lynda is a subscription website that costs around $30/month. As a subscriber, you get access to more than 15,000 Lynda’s courses so you can enroll in as many as you want.
Lynda has a 1-month free trial so you can register, watch as many WordPress courses as possible and then cancel your account if $30/month is too much for you.
YouTube is not only a great source of entertainment but also a great source of knowledge. You can learn pretty much anything on YouTube including WordPress.
Type ‘how to start a WordPress website‘ into YouTube and you will see many detailed tutorials which will show you the basics of setting up your website.
These videos are great if you want to launch your WordPress website fast as you will quickly learn the essentials. However, the disadvantage is that these videos are focused solely on starting the website and they don’t teach how to use WordPress as a whole.
For instance, if you have never used WordPress then you most likely don’t how what widgets are and what are they good for. YouTubers don’t cover this information in their ‘how to start website’ so you have to find this information elsewhere.
Everything can be found on YouTube, but you need to know what to look for which is obviously impossible if you are just starting out with WordPress and don’t know what all there is to know about WordPress.
Therefore, my recommendation is to start with some free or paid course first as a good course should cover all the essentials. Once you understand the basics, YouTube will be your best friend for acquiring new knowledge as you will already know what to look for.
Let’s say that in Udemy course you learn how to set up a contact form using plugin ‘’Contact form 7’’. The course will teach you how to set it up, but probably it will not teach you how to customize it. You will go on YouTube, type ‘Contact form 7 customization’ and you will find the information you need.
Conclusion: Take Action
There are obviously many more websites on which you can learn WordPress than the 3 resources mentioned in this article. The important thing is to not get overwhelmed and that’s also why I decided to keep the list short.
You don’t need to go over a bunch of courses and read hundreds of articles before building your site. Enroll in one course and start building and experimenting while you are going through the lessons.
You only learn by doing, not by watching videos and reading articles.
You will run into problems when building your first WordPress websites. When that happens, don’t get discouraged and go on YouTube or Google and look for solutions.
WordPress is the most popular CMS platform, so it is almost guaranteed that many people faced the same problem before you and that it was already discussed in some articles or videos.
Learn the basics first, take action and fix problems as they occur/learn along the way. That’s the best way to get started with WordPress.