20 Essential WordPress Tutorials for the Rookies

June 13, 2017 9:52 am

Every ‘star’ WordPress blogger started out as a complete novice, and seeing as they are now ‘stars’, they were clearly able to get to the top. It might not happen overnight but with the right tools and practices, you can get to WordPress heaven (if there’s such a thing) soon enough. I have compiled a list of 20 WordPress tutorials to help you on your celestial journey.

WordPress tutorials

1. Learn WordPress in a week

This tutorial focuses on busy, full-time workers who have to juggle family and other commitments but still want to manage their own WordPress site. If you have two to three hours a day to spare, then this tutorial could be for you. It features a time-table to let you know what you’ll be learning each day, so check the page to see what topics are covered.

2. How to add an admin user to the WordPress database via MySQL

In the event of a hack, your account could be deleted from the database, leaving you locked out. If you understand how phpMyAdmin works and would like to learn how to create a new admin user via MySQL, then you’ll find this tutorial useful.

3. How to install Google Analytics in WordPress for beginners

You’ve just started your WordPress site and are now thinking of how to get loads of visitors and subscribers. Google Analytics helps you with data you can use to get ahead quickly by letting you know how your visitors find you, who they are, what they do when they are on your site when they visit, and how they interact with your content. Check out this tutorial and find out how to install the tool.

4. A beginner’s guide to creating a WordPress website

This guide is an awesome place for a total rookie to start, as it covers the essentials with just about enough detail. I wouldn’t leave out rather proficient WordPress users either. It’s got a table of contents to allow you to skip to whatever you’d like to read about.

5. How to display the last updated date of your posts in WordPress

This versatile plugin allows you to replace default WooCommerce selections with icons, custom images, and dynamic labels. It can be adapted to contain a wide range of product features and will indicate size, color, material, and other parameters.

6. Exploring the WordPress dashboard

As Aliesha Ellington, Marketing and Communications Executive at www.umbrellar.com, points out, WordPress is “a slightly more customizable option than using a website builder,” and do you know where you’ll find the tools for this customization? The dashboard. This simple tutorial helps a complete beginner make sense of the WordPress dashboard.

7. How to use broken link checker WordPress plugin

Broken links give those annoying 404 error messages that are bad for your search rankings. This tutorial shows you how to use a plugin to check for broken links.

8. WordPress posts vs pages

New WordPress users often get confused about posts and pages. This simple guide will help you understand the difference.

9. How to secure your WordPress blog

I advise that you not make the rookie mistake of not taking the necessary steps to protect your site. It doesn’t matter what your site is on a smaller scale, hackers don’t discriminate. Check this article to learn how to keep your blog protected.

10. WordPress cheat sheet for developers

This cheat sheet for developers is a resource I would gladly suggest to those who may want to edit a WordPress theme. It’s not just for beginners, developers already conversant with WordPress will find it useful too.

11. WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

If you haven’t yet decided between using WordPress.com or WordPress.org, check this tutorial to learn about the pros and cons of each.

12. How to customize the WordPress text editor to look and run like your front-end

WordPress has a preview tool in its text editor that lets you see what your final post would look like, but it can be a bit of a hassle if you’ll be writing long posts. Consider using this technique to learn how to customize the text editor.

13. Exploring WordPress settings

This is an in-depth tutorial a complete rookie will find quite valuable. It’s easy to follow and will help you to feel more at home with the WordPress Settings tab.

14. The ultimate WordPress guide for beginners

As a new WordPress user, I suggest you use this guide to help you get started on the essentials of starting a new blog.

15. The WordPress community offers advice to beginners

This one might be old but is still undeniably useful for new WordPress bloggers. Siobhan McKeown took the time to ask people from across the WordPress community for their advice for new bloggers.

16. How to create a WordPress posts timeline

Using a posts timeline is one of the creative ways you can make your WordPress site stand out. It’s an excellent tool for certain situations but may not make sense for other scenarios. Look through this tutorial to find out when and how you can create a posts timeline.

17. How to disable comments in WordPress

Maybe you’ll be blogging about controversial topics, or maybe not. Whatever the case, you may want to disable comments. Check here to learn how to do so, as well as the pros and cons of disabling them.

18. 3 ways to re-order WordPress blog posts

Normally, WordPress orders posts based on the date they were published, but you might be interested in a different way to reorder your content. This tutorial presents three ways you can do so.

19. 12 essential WordPress blog pages to have

This handy article highlights essential pages every blog should have. Have a look and you’ll certainly find a few ideas you could borrow to make your website unique.

20. Beginner’s guide: what’s WordPress maintenance and how to make it easy

Now, let’s wrap WordPress tutorials up with this guide that shows you easy-to-follow tools you can use for maintenance.

WordPress Tutorials Conclusion

There are many WordPress tutorials available on the net. There are also many WordPress plugins that may improve your site. What to learn and what to install usually depends on what you want to achieve with your blog. So, make sure you have a clear picture of your blog in your head before you start with development.