How do I learn Wordpress?

by Jeremy James 45 replies
Hey guys,

I have a website that I am trying to set up with Wordpress. Problem is, I have no idea what to do.

I bought this website through Godaddy, and, I have set it up through my hosting package that I have with them.

So, what do I do next? How can I learn Wordpress?

Jeremy
#main internet marketing discussion forum #learn #wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
    Wordpress is pretty easy - I learnt a lot through trial and error

    But check this site for some tips

    How to Teach Yourself WordPress Plugin Programming Very Quickly | Website In A Weekend
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  • Profile picture of the author 6secrets
    Eric's Tips goes over this here - LESSON #33: Getting Started with WordPress | Eric's Tips.
    The first bit of this video explains what Wordpress is, so you can skip to about 6 minutes through if you already know.
    I haven't gone through all of this particular free tutorial, as I learned from somewhere else, so just give this thread a holler if you get stuck.
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  • Profile picture of the author EA
    You can go to Youtube.com and type in there how to learn Wordpress or how to setup Wordpress. You can also use Cpanel which comes with your hosting, inside there you can use Fantastico De Luxe. And once again if you are still lost. You can type in What is Cpanel into Google.

    - Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author xxdksxx
      I created my site through wordpress as well I wouldn't have chosen anything else to do my site with. Youtube is by far the best way to go when setting a WP site as its easier to navigate the junk from good stuff. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author mario3
    Hi Jeremy,

    What do you want to do? Installing a templates or plugins? If it's something more advanced like "creating your own templates", you should have knowledge in HTML and PHP.

    Cheers,
    Mario
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  • Profile picture of the author tracy821
    Lot's of good advice here. I just want to add that don't be afraid to jump in and get going with it. It's very easy and you can always undo what you did if you don't like it. I wish I would have found Wordpress the first time out. It would have saved me a lot of money. Best wishes for your endeavors.
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  • Profile picture of the author evanlambda
    If you have any programming experience and want to get started with plugins or templates then I would recommend studying existing plugins. You can get an idea of how hooks are used and the "flow" of events that happens behind the scenes, such as after a post is made, a comment is made, etc.

    It really is a very elegant system for what it does.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceKay
    I was having the same question Jeremy when i first installed wordpress through fantastico (cpanel). But its not that hard, there are many tutorial videos on the web to hep you out. Remember that whenever you add a plugin or a theme you must upload it through your host client to wp-content/themes or wp-content/plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Jeremy,

    This is the Warrior you need to get in touch with: View Profile: Leslie B

    She's the WP Queen! And she's nice. Unheard of in royalty, I know.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy James
      I appreciate all of the suggestions and input.

      I have purchased the site through Godaddy. The wordpress that I can install on it, I believe, is Wordpress 3.0, and, the majority of the videos on Youtube are 2.something.

      Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author JeannieAnderson
    There are a ton of free Wordpress tutorials out there. Just make sure the tutorials are for the correct version. Lots of changes in 3.0.

    Jeannie
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  • Profile picture of the author unbrokenspirit
    check official wordpress out (wordpress.org) you will find plethora there
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2k
    I think you should first use wordpress.com to get the feel of it. Then after that you can move to your own hosted wordpress installation.

    To learn wordpress you can use official site : Learn WordPress.com

    This guide teaches you how to use wordpress for blogging step by step.
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  • Profile picture of the author AllanandDawn
    Or go to BloggingWizardry.com - there is a step by step guide for beginners setting up a WordPress blog
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    I am so techie challenged it is not even funny, the way I learned is by playing with it. Used my Cpanel account on my host to install it. Does Godaddy hosting have Cpanel? If not may I suggest a dedicated hosting company. I use bluehost many other here love Hostagator.

    Once it is up and you log into the Dashboard play around make posts ad Images etc..
    Then you will have more specific questions. I found trying to get a learn Wordpress book or video either It was way over my head or everything I already knew. Now I can get specific training modules I really need.

    Also most premium themes have a how to guide for the specific theme that has also helped me a great deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author mavericace
    Originally Posted by Jeremy James View Post

    Hey guys,

    I have a website that I am trying to set up with Wordpress. Problem is, I have no idea what to do.

    I bought this website through Godaddy, and, I have set it up through my hosting package that I have with them.

    So, what do I do next? How can I learn Wordpress?

    Jeremy
    I think wordpress has his own documentation regarding how to implement and use wordpress.

    Here is the link:
    HTML Code:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Wolfe
    I've got about 15 free video tutorials about how to get Wordpress set up and running real quick... Just check my sig

    Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    It depends on what you want to do.

    I'd only learn it if I had to. Meaning if you've got spare dosh then don't bother learning it and just get yourself someone else who knows how to do it and ask them to do it all for you.

    However if it's a career like move then the first step is to install a copy. Then to start fiddling and keep on fiddling until eventually you'll know the insides and outs of it all.

    If you already know code (HTML/CSS) and are a quick learner then you will learn WP pretty quickly.

    Whichever way you go. Only learn it if you have to. If you know another way to avoid learning something so complicated then do that instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author manishrawat
    Originally Posted by Jeremy James View Post

    Hey guys,

    I have a website that I am trying to set up with Wordpress. Problem is, I have no idea what to do.

    I bought this website through Godaddy, and, I have set it up through my hosting package that I have with them.

    So, what do I do next? How can I learn Wordpress?

    Jeremy

    Wordpress is popular for its user friendliness. You will find numbers of online tutorials and videos to get help from. it is based on 'what you see is what you get' so that you dont have any problem in conceptualizing your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimGross
    It's interesting how different the posts are from various people in this thread based on their own level of intuitiveness with new software, etc.
    • "It's pretty easy, just install and experiment with it"
    • "Read the official documentation, it's all explained"
    • "Read a book"
    • "Watch some step by step video"
    It just goes to show the different and varied ways that different people learn. Yeah... put me in the "show me some step by step video" category. :-) Reading product documentation usually makes my eyes glaze over.

    I just created about 20 step by step training videos for Wordpress 3, there's no opt-in required, you can view them here:
    Internet Wordpress 3 Video Training: Step-by-step tutorials

    Hope you get over that initial learning curve, and best of luck to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author valen42
      Originally Posted by TimGross View Post

      It's interesting how different the posts are from various people in this thread based on their own level of intuitiveness with new software, etc.
      • "It's pretty easy, just install and experiment with it"
      • "Read the official documentation, it's all explained"
      • "Read a book"
      • "Watch some step by step video"
      It just goes to show the different and varied ways that different people learn. Yeah... put me in the "show me some step by step video" category. :-) Reading product documentation usually makes my eyes glaze over.

      I just created about 20 step by step training videos for Wordpress 3, there's no opt-in required, you can view them here:
      Internet Wordpress 3 Video Training: Step-by-step tutorials

      Hope you get over that initial learning curve, and best of luck to you.
      Thanks for this Tim, I will be downloading. I have been trying to figure out how to use Word Press for ages.
      Lawrence
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy James
      Originally Posted by TimGross View Post

      It's interesting how different the posts are from various people in this thread based on their own level of intuitiveness with new software, etc.
      • "It's pretty easy, just install and experiment with it"
      • "Read the official documentation, it's all explained"
      • "Read a book"
      • "Watch some step by step video"
      It just goes to show the different and varied ways that different people learn. Yeah... put me in the "show me some step by step video" category. :-) Reading product documentation usually makes my eyes glaze over.

      I just created about 20 step by step training videos for Wordpress 3, there's no opt-in required, you can view them here:
      Internet Wordpress 3 Video Training: Step-by-step tutorials

      Hope you get over that initial learning curve, and best of luck to you.
      Sir..

      I am very pleased, and feel very much smarter after watching your videos. I wasn't able to finish - phone rang, son and wife came home - but will finish Sunday or Monday. Going out of town this weekend.

      But, your stuff is very easy to understand! Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author zulfnore
    Set up a secondary blog on your server/domain and mess about with that and learn from the mistakes

    So if your main blog is at http://my-blog. com set up a 2nd one at http://myblog. com/learn-wp and play with it to your hearts content while learing. At the same time use wordpress.org to find answers to problems and read wordpress related blogs (check out Free Technology Tutorials - By Figaro, one of the experts on wordpress.org forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author TSDMike
    Kim Castleberry's blog, just-ask-kim.com has a lot of current Wordpress tutorials and the like.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinm777
    I find youtube great for learning
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  • Profile picture of the author mavericace
    you can find good tutorial on lynda.c0m
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  • Profile picture of the author diyakapoor
    you can read some online tutorials of wordpress. It can help you
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalpana Iyer
    I was confused as hell at first too on how to set up my own wordpress site. I totally totally recommend Craig's free Wordpress tutorial (an ebook) at idiotproofblogging.com. Screenshots are available which makes it easier for you. You will have to subscribe first to get the ebook. Read it - it's free and a great resource for newbies!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nauman K
    well sending you some links which are useful for bargainer try these video tutorials? vandelaydesign.com/blog/wordpress/tutorials-for-developing-wordpress-themes/ Or the WordPress ones? codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons hope this will help
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  • Profile picture of the author valen42
    If Wordpress is so difficult to grasp, something must be wrong? Why isn't it easy to use like any good software product? Why so confusing...it just doesn't make sense?
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  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    Go through a book like "Wordpress for Dummies", or "The Wordpress Bible"

    Both are pretty decent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Whisper01Barry
    Thank you for this thread, great ideas--very helpful!

    Barry
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