Are you thinking of taking the leap and creating your own website or blog but you need to learn WordPress to definitely dare?
There are many doubts that assail us for the first time when we start to manage our own WordPress without having knowledge about this CMS, something that can lead us to despair, lose time and money, or worse, abandon the idea at the beginning or already started the project.
Throughout this post I want to give you some indications and tips with which you can better trace that self-learning path thanks to which WordPress will stop having secrets for you in your day.
No, this post is not about tricks, secrets, masterful definitive guides (distrust any post that includes definitive in its title) but rather to tell you about those sources and resources that you can turn to.
But, first of all, I want to pay attention to the mistakes that we can make when considering learning WordPress, I assure you that I have also made some, that is why with my experience of a few years already using this CMS I dare to tell you some ways to avoid them below.
- 1 Mistakes to avoid if you want to learn WordPress
- 2 The main ways to learn WordPress
- 3 Conclusions.
Mistakes to avoid if you want to learn WordPress
Receive an excess of information
It is as disastrous to receive too little information as too much. Infoxication unfortunately is something that is the order of the day, avoid it.
As you will see a little later in this post, there are many sources that you can have when deciding how to learn WordPress, does this mean that all the ones that I am going to mention you should use them? Of course not.
Do not select those contents and themes that adapt to what we need
Linking with the first point or mistake that you can make, you should make a selection of those sources that are offering content that is interesting to you.
Maybe you think that if you are just starting out with your blog, an advanced WordPress webinar on how to create hooks for your WordPress is very interesting. It is all a mistake for several reasons.
It is something that at first you will not need, it is possible that part of what is commented does not sound like anything to you, also you will waste your time instead of dedicating it to something more productive and necessary. Or worse yet, you can become demoralized if it’s too advanced for you.
Therefore, at each stage of your learning in WordPress you should try to train yourself with a series of content adapted to your level and what you require at that time for your blog or website.
For example, if you are creating your blog, you should surely concentrate all your efforts at this stage on knowing how to choose a hosting, a domain or a theme. By no means in this phase you need to know how to write in a SEO-optimized way for Google, you will already reach that phase.
In short, learn step by step.
Do not try or experiment for yourself
You must practice over and over again, do tests in your WordPress that will help you better assimilate your knowledge as well as many others that you can discover for yourself.
It is the second time that I am going to emphasize this, but do not follow exactly what I am going to recommend here.
Start your critical and curious spirit, do not just do what you read, see or tell you, try for yourself and dare.
Not being aware of the risks and mistakes you can have
If before I encouraged you to try, now I tell you to be aware of the risks you run when doing tests or certain actions on your website.
I am the first to learn the trial and error technique and it can be very frustrating when you do not measure the risks well and the mistakes made are infinitely greater than the knowledge you get.
These errors can include serious cases such as deleting certain content.
However, some not-so-serious mistakes can be even worse, for example taking a lot of time and adding a lot of headaches.
Focus on testing what you are clear about will be useful, have backup copies on hand and additional helpful resources to turn to.
Don’t keep learning WordPress
Tools and procedures in the digital world evolve and change at an enormous, ever-increasing rate, so one of the worst mistakes you can make is believing that you have already learned everything.
You must be constant and continue to maintain that curiosity that I was talking about before to continually update yourself too.
The main ways to learn WordPress
Now, I am going to list you some of the best ways and sources that will help you in that constant learning process. We start with the list.
Blogs and websites
There are a huge number of blogs and specialized websites that deal with WordPress themes.
Usually in them you will find publications with eminently practical content such as guides and tutorials as well as news related to WordPress.
You have an example in this post that I wrote with a list of 17 basic settings to optimize your WordPress.
In most cases they are very useful blogs because the posts can be written by other bloggers like us, who have surely gone through the same situation as us and therefore their experience will be very valuable and close to us.
It can also be corporate blogs of companies such as the sale of themes, hostings, digital marketing agencies, etc. In them you will also find very good content.
These blogs or websites can be sites specialized in this CMS or other more general ones.
My recommendation is that you get a list, not very extensive, but very select, of blogs or websites that may be useful to you at that stage of training in which you find yourself at all times.
I especially like to manage the reading of blogs or websites in Feedly.
Below I share with you some of the ones that I read and learn about WordPress regularly:
Arturo Garcia: blog of this advertiser converted to a web developer in WordPress.
Host Fusion: in this list of course you could not miss this great blog in which you are reading this post. Concise and direct posts to solve problems, apply advice or find out the news. You will always learn something.
Elegant themes: Although this English could not be missing from this list. Large number of publications and a variety of topics and tips to put into practice.
WP Beginner: another blog in English that I recommend you follow and in which they cover practically any subject related to this CMS.
The blogs and websites that I mentioned earlier also have profiles on social networks from which to follow and interact with them.
There are also many professionals and specialists in WordPress with a presence in social networks.
I recommend several actions to take into account:
- Usa Slack, it is the social network – official communication platform of WordPress Spain in which everything related to Translations, Core, WordCamps and Meetups among others is communicated (in no case support). You can join the official WordPress Spain slack by following these instructions.
- Follow and identify those specialists and blogs / websites that have a profile on twitter and include them all in a list to be able to do a follow-up.
- Participate and be part of the many groups that are dedicated to WordPress on Facebook. I recommend one of them that I am part of, it is the group WordPress España, it is private so you need to request an invitation.
- And to stay up-to-date on WordPress security, the Facebook group, WordPress security.
Forums are also great channels to learn WordPress, you will find information and interactions similar to those of Facebook groups, although it is true that in certain forums you can find more concrete and quick answers.
I suggest you the support forum of WordPress España.
The forums of some hostings, plugins or themes can also be very useful. In fact, a good forum of a well-known theme or plugin will provide you with a good part of the answers about these, either by their own users or professionals of the same service or tool.
Training courses with which to learn WordPress
As for training courses there are all kinds, and the offer is very wide.
You must choose if you want it online or in person, this is an aspect that will depend on your possibilities, but that will not condition the quality of your learning.
Three questions you should ask yourself when selecting a course:
Does it suit my needs?
Remember, are you at that stage of your training?
Is it a professional course and at the level of what it promises?
To do this, ask for references, make sure the speaker has experience with WordPress. That is not a smoke seller.
Is it worth what it really costs you?
This is perhaps the most difficult to discern. There are free courses to others that cost a salary and not for a higher price you can assure that one is better than another.
Evaluate the number of hours, the dedication of the speaker / professor to answer questions and doubts. Also that all the content of the course is updated, you would be surprised by the number of courses that are offered with content from not months, years ago.
Events and congresses
In online events and congresses you will find great presentations from professionals who usually come to tell about their experience with WordPress.
It is at these events or congresses where you have the chance to meet professionals first-hand, from whom you can learn and also network.
If we talk about events and conferences related to WordPress, I must recommend the WordCamps of Spain. The next WordCamp is on January 14 and 15 in Zaragoza.
Meetup is a great platform for all kinds of meet-ups and WordPress Spain works with it for its official meet-ups throughout all of Spain.
I participate in this Murcia Meetup And the experiences and learnings that I take from each one are many, oh, and in the end there are always free beers for all of us who attend.
The operation is quite simple, you register on the platform (via mobile or desktop), search for WordPress and surely one that you have close to home will appear.
If you access the Meetup itself, you will see information about the topic to be discussed, time, place, comments, etc. It is advisable that you confirm your attendance.
Official Meetups have a series of rules, among the most prominent: that entry cannot be charged.
In them, a topic is usually addressed with a talk or sharing of the attendees, although they have a fairly open format, if you also dare to share your knowledge you can always be a speaker, as in my case with this talk on SEO On Page that I taught a few months ago.
Learning about WordPress through videos is one of the ways that are gaining more and more weight, and if we talk about videos of course we have to refer to YouTube.
On YouTube you will have access to videos that will solve almost any doubt you have, whether in video tutorial, webinar or other formats.
But be careful also to the push that Facebook and its live shows are having, a clear example of this are the programs that Hoy Streaming has been doing together with Host Fusion. Here is an example.
When we acquire a hosting, a theme or a plugin, one of the key aspects that we must assess is always its technical support.
This is something that is not always taken into account but when any problem happens to us (I assure you that you will have it) it is great to have that help from those who have sold you a service or tool.
In general, the ticket system is used, although they can also offer you support via chat, phone or email.
This help that you are going to receive will also help you to acquire knowledge.
“You always learn from mistakes”
If you want to progress and learn about WordPress as you have seen throughout the post, it is easier and more accessible than ever, yes, you will need to dedicate time, commitment, patience and a lot of desire.
Luckily, the learning curve of this CMS is getting shorter and shorter and although it is true that there are advanced and complex levels, any user with a few notions can develop practically from the beginning on the platform. Maybe that’s the success of WordPress.
And now it’s up to you to tell me if you know of any other way to learn WordPress that I haven’t mentioned in this post.
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