I’m frequently asked where I learn how to make websites. First, let me say it took several years; it isn’t something you just pick up overnight, that isn’t realistic. Websites are not MS Word, even if WordPress looks deceptively easy. Just like hiring a plumber, web designers, developers, and user experience developers know which bolt to tighten to fix a leak, etc.
However, some things can help you beef up your own skill set and I’ll share those resources even if all you want is better looking posts and pages!
WordPress Learning and Resources
There are many resources but I’ll share the handy ones. Sometimes you need help with just one function, like "how do I make a link," etc. Often a quick Google search is a mixed bag of results and if you are like me, you prefer authoritative sources that won’t waste time!
- Easy WP Guide. This is a must have for your digital bookshelf. Anthony’s manual is easy stuff, no coding, just going over the different areas of the WordPress dashboard.
- WP101 Video Library (*aff link). Sometimes you need to see how it’s done. These short tutorials are perfect for refreshing your memory on how to do simple stuff on the dashboard, etc. FYI – that lifetime deal is a steal!
- Lynda.com. Although pricey for the long term, there are some great teachers there. WordPress changes a lot, so make sure the course is close to the latest version of WP.
WPBeginner has some videos but I’ve never tried them, at present it doesn’t have the depth that WP101 Video Library has.
For Those Making Websites
If you are in the biz, here are some of the places and learning resources I use!
- Code School. A paid service with a few no-cost entry courses. It’s code focused but has design courses as well. I like the course focus structure they use.
- Genesis Camp. StudioPress is a theme seller, but this live stream event was done independently and has a lot of great tracks for people in the business. Videos are available to watch online!
- Treehouse. They have short videos and got started with responsive design with these tutorials a few years ago. They have learning tracks to guide you.
- WordCamps! These volunteer-run events are dirt cheap, and feature guru speakers. They’re usually held on weekends. Find one near you.
- WordPress TV. Some of the WordCamp sessions have been "taped," check them out.
And of course Lynda.com, which I mentioned earlier. I do share a lot of tips on my blog as well so check that out!
What are your favorite learning resources for websites?
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