WordPress Help Resources

Great WordPress Resources

Posted on May 14, 2013

WordPress powers 50% of all new websites, and 20% of all sites on the web.  It’s very easy to get off the ground with a WordPress site; however, mastering the CMS’ power can take some learning.  I thought it would benefit the WordPress community if I assembled my favorite resources that have helped me with WordPress.  There’s an overwhelming amount of ‘Junk’ WordPress resources out there; so what’s listed here are what I feel to be the best.

WordPress Books

WordPress for Dummies 5th EditionWordPress for Dummies, by Lisa Sabin-Wilson (be sure to get the dummies book covering the latest version of WordPress). When the foreword is by Matt Mullenweg, you know it’s a good WordPress book.  This is the first book I purchased when I started with WordPress.  I highly recommend it if you’re a WordPress beginner or working with WordPress for the first time.
WordPress for Dummies All-in-oneWordPress All-in-One For Dummies, by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. This is an even more complete guide covering WordPress and other Internet related topics; a ‘must have’ reference book for WordPress users at all experience levels. If your budget is limited to this or Lisa’s other book, choose this one. However, if you have zero website experience, choose the other ‘Dummies’ book.

 

WordPress Online Resources

The Official WordPress Codex; also known as WordPress.org.  This is the official online manual for WordPress accompanied with a community support system, and a themes- and plugins- repository.

WordPress.tv.  This is the video nirvana of WordPress learning; WordPress’ answer to TED Talks.  This is also  the sister site of the WordPress Codex; both produced by the WordPress Foundation.

WP101.com.  The fasted and cheapest way to learn and get up to speed on WordPress.

WP Beginner.  A very popular blog for unofficial tutorials, free videos and deals.  The owner of this website, Syed Balkhi, also speaks at various WordCAmps.

WPMU.  This is another popular blog about themes and plugins; contributed by multiple authors.

Yoast. Great resource covering WordPress and SEO.  This site provides well-received plugins and tutorials.

WPEngine Blog.  This is an informative blog by Austin Gunter where he shares his WordPress knowledge and opinions.

WP Water Cooler.  This site contains many videos with roundtable discussion on WordPress.

 The Short Cutts.  A summary of almost all the Matt Cutts video.

 

Written by Peter La Fond

Having lived most of his life in Northern California, Peter consults for organizations of all sizes on Internet marketing engagement, strategy and execution. He regularly speaks on website design techniques and WordPress. Peter is a graduate from California State University, Sacramento, and practices the ancient art of eating sushi with nose-hair-curling wasabi.

About My Internet Scout

Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, My Internet Scout, LLC is an Internet Marketing firm for small- and medium- size businesses. We specialize in WordPress website design, marketing and related services that include e-commerce, event registration, maintenance, content creation and search engine optimization (SEO). We service a variety of clients across the United States.

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