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15 Best WordPress Tutorials for Beginners

WordPress is a relatively easy to use CMS (Content Management System) but when you are a beginner, every task looks daunting. To help you deal with the challenge, here is a list of 15 great WordPress tutorials for beginners. The first 10 tutorials are general WordPress tutorials that either cover everything around it, or a particular common task, such as configuration after installation, or how to create a simple WordPress plugin and a simple WordPress theme. There are also some video tutorials for those of you who prefer watching to reading.

1. WordPress Lessons from WordPress.org Itself

The first tutorial that deserves to be checked (and read) is from the creators of WordPress themselves. It is a very comprehensive tutorial that covers everything around WordPress – from beginner to advanced stuff. The beginners’ sections are written in a relatively easy to understand language, so even if you have no WordPress idea whatsoever, you will still be able to understand the tutorial. If you plan to read it all, it might take you weeks but for a quick familiarization, a day or less will do.

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2. WordPress Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheets are very popular among programmers and designers because they show at a glance the most important concepts in a language or technology. The same principle applies here – the most important PHP snippets for templates, navigation, loops, etc. are shown on one page and are very handy for a quick check.

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3. WordPress for Designers

Even though this is a video tutorial, I listed it here because of its special purpose – WordPress for designers. Each video in the series explains a separate part of WordPress. The videos are meant to be one a day but if you have the time, you can watch them all in just a couple of hours. If you have absolutely no idea of WordPress, the learning curve might be a steep one but if you are not a complete stranger, then this is an easy movie to watch.

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4. Learning WordPress: Most Useful Tips and Tutorials

This article from Smashing Magazine lists many WordPress tutorials, not all of which are beginner stuff but since they are all useful at one point or another in your encounters with WordPress, it makes sense to check them. There are many hacks you might not understand right now but when you master WordPress you will certainly appreciate them.

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5. A Complete WordPress Tutorial

Here is one more complete WordPress tutorial for beginners. Unlike the others, it’s written in the form of how-tos. This means that if you are stuck with a particular task, such as how to install a theme, or how to backup your WordPress installation, you can jump right to it instead of having to browse through chapters and sections to find it. The site also offers a video course you might want to check.

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6. A WordPress eBook

Video tutorials are cute and so are comprehensive online tutorials. However, if you want to download and read a tutorial offline, then an eBook in pdf format is a much better option. The tutorial in the link is exactly this – a pdf ebook you can read offline.

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7. How To Configure WordPress After Installation

WordPress is famous for its quick and easy installation, so if you have already installed WordPress without a problem, now your task is to configure it. This tutorial shows in great depth what you need to do after you are done with the installation. WordPress settings are explained really well, so even if a setting isn’t self-explanatory, this tutorial will tell you what your options in configuring it are.

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8. A Free Guide on How to Make a Website with WordPress

This guide is one more tutorial that covers the beginner’s steps with WordPress. What is more, it starts before you install WordPress – it also explains how to find and register a domain name and how to set your host for the WordPress installation.

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9. How to Create Your Very First WordPress Plugin

Modularity is a key concept in WordPress. When you install WordPress, you get the basic functionality you later extend with plugins. While there are thousands of free plugins available, if you can’t find a plugin that does exactly what you want, you still might need to write it yourself. Writing WordPress plugins is not an easy task but if you want something really simple, then even if you are not a programmer, you can do it. This tutorial explains more on this.

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10. How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

With so many great and free WordPress themes, not to mention the paid ones, you might be wondering why you want to create a WordPress theme on your own. Well, after you spend days searching in vain for a free or paid theme that does what you want, probably you won’t be asking this question. Creating a simple WordPress theme isn’t very hard and this tutorial, though a bit old, is one of the best resources about how to create your simple WordPress theme from scratch.

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11. How to Create a WordPress Website from Scratch

This is one more tutorial about how to create a website with WordPress from scratch but this time it’s a video tutorial. It’s a very comprehensive and very long tutorial (more than an hour and a half) but if you prefer learning from videos than from reading tutorials, this one might be just for you.

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12. Build a Business Website in One Hour (on WordPress)

Here is one more video tutorial that explains in easy terms how to quickly build a WordPress website. The tutorial is aimed at building a business website because probably this is what most users are interested in but the tips it offers are valid for any website, not only a business one.

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13. How To Create A Website – Make A Website In 15 Minutes

For anybody, who wants a fast way to build a decent WordPress site, this tutorial is just great. The site you will be building won’t be a fancy one but it’s more than good. One of the things I like about this video is that they also offer it as an eBook download, which in my opinion is much better, if you want to check just something rather than watch it from start to finish.

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14. Responsive WordPress Theme Tutorial

This is hardly the easiest WordPress tutorial you can find but since responsive themes are much better than other themes, I decided to include it. This is not a single tutorial but a multipart series (like 25 series or more!), so it might take a day or more to watch everything but if you are serious about responsive themes, this is one of the best sources.

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15. Create An Ecommerce WordPress Website In 3 Hours!

Finally, here is one more video tutorial for those of you, who want to use WordPress to build an ecommerce site. It’s true there are many ecommerce platforms that might be easier to use than to make an ecommerce site on WordPress, but if you are already familiar with WordPress itself, or if you want to add an ecommerce section to your WordPress site, then the choice of WordPress as an ecommerce platform is OK. Watch the video to see what to do.

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These WordPress tutorials are with varying difficulty – some of them are easy-peasy, while others require more effort (and some pre-existing skills) but if you are serious about mastering WordPress, they are just a tiny drop of what you must know. Still, don’t get discouraged by the fact that you will always have more to learn – this is how life goes when you are in Web design or Web development! Check out our other articles and tutorials on WordPress.

About the author

Ada Ivanova is a fulltime freelancer. She finally managed to find the perfect job that allows her to combine writing, design, (some) coding, and entrepreneurship skills under one umbrella.

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  1. Emil

    Thanks for this great post.
    I checked a few, not as easy as described (YT videos in particular are not that helpful).
    I also found buildyourownblog.net that helped a lot with configuration, you might wanna add it to the list
    Thanks again

  2. Mike Wallagher

    Thanks for sharing my WordPress cheat sheet. Means a lot to me.

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