These WordPress tutorials will help you learn how to use WordPress.
I have been in your shoes.
As a beginner blogger, it was a big deal for me to finally set up my first blog on WordPress (back then it looked a lot different than it does today).
And then …..
It was like the air had left my balloon.
I actually felt deflated – because I really didn’t know what to do next.
I was staring at this “Hello world” post and a bunch of random comments on a bare bones, ugly site that looked nothing like all of the beautiful sites out there.
Through lots of trial and error, I have come a long way since that time.
But I haven’t forgotten that feeling of desolation, that feeling that perhaps I had gotten myself in way over my head.
The good news is that it gets easier because you will learn new things about WordPress every single day.
However, you need to work at it – which means you can’t give up.
To help you, I have put together some WordPress tutorials – you can see the list below.
Chances are, if you have a particular question – someone else has the same one too.
Basic WordPress Tutorials
There is never a question that is too basic.
Here are some clarifications to common sources of confusion when it comes to WordPress
- What is the Difference Between a Blog and a Website?
- What is the Difference Between a Post and a Page in WordPress?
Permalinks in WordPress
Permalinks are very important for SEO on your website.
A permalink is basically the URL that you see in the top bar when you navigate to a page on your website.
By default, some WordPress installations make it either a string of gibberish or the post date or some other info.
However, you want your URL to be set to show your post name as default.
This article explains how to change your permalinks in WordPress.
A word of caution – do NOT change your permalinks on an existing site. All your links from the search engines and social media will break.
That is not good.
If you must change your permalink structure on an existing site, get a professional tech person to make it happen. They should be able to redirect your old URL’s to your new ones in the process.
As you probably have seen, a fresh WordPress installation comes with a couple default themes.
One of the first things that you probably will want to do is change your WordPress clothes, so to speak.
It may be tempting to go with a free WordPress theme, but that is not what I would do.
I have learned that you get what you pay for.
When you buy a reputable WordPress theme, the developer should offer customer support and also update the theme to work with future versions of WordPress.
You want top notch.
The Genesis Framework is a Good Choice
For many years now, I have used the Genesis Framework on my blog.
It is owned by StudioPress – a trusted name in the industry and has a lot of good things under the hood.
This is why the Genesis Framework for WordPress is a great choice for your blog.
Keep in mind that Genesis is a “framework” – not a theme in the traditional sense.
This tutorial explains how to install Genesis for WordPress.
You Need a Child Theme that Works With Genesis
To make your blog look pretty, you need to install what is known as a “child theme” on top of the Genesis Framework (make sure that the child theme you choose is designed to work on Genesis).
The advantage is that you can change your child theme from time to time without losing your underlying data. You will still have to tweak things to make it look right – but it is easier than changing from one theme to another by a completely different developer.
For example, on this site right now, I use The Refined Theme by Restored316. It is a child theme that is designed to work on the Genesis Framework.
But, I used to sport the Brunch Pro child theme – also for Genesis.
One of the advantages to using self-hosted WordPress is the additional functionality that you get from using a variety of WordPress plugins.
Just like WordPress themes, some plugins you pay for and some are free.
I use a mix of both free and paid WordPress plugins on this site – and I will share my favorites with you in a future post.
In the meantime – this WordPress tutorial will show you how to install a WordPress plugin on your site.
Once you have installed your choice of WordPress Theme and your WordPress plugins – I have news for you …
Your blog still will not look the way that you want it to.
It’s a given.
You will want to tweak the look and the colors and the fonts – and generally waste lots of time. 😉
I wrote this WordPress tutorial on how I used a mood board to help me with my web design when I switched to The Refined Theme.
It was incredibly helpful and saved me lots of time.
This tutorial will help you decide what colors to use on your website.
I also have a shortcut for keeping my website colors handy at all times – you can snag your copy of my Website Colors Cheat Sheet here.
Other Things You Should Include
Always keep in mind that while your blog should be pleasing to look at – it also needs to be functional.
Both readers and search engines should be able to find your stuff.
Many bloggers forget to include this one simple element on their website (if I don’t see it on a website, I will often leave and find the info somewhere else).
What WordPress Tutorials Would You Like to See?
On this blog, I write WordPress tutorials based on the questions that I receive from my readers.
So if you don’t see the answer to your question above, please submit it to me using the following form.
If I know the answer, I will try and post a WordPress tutorial about it.
Please keep in mind that I cannot respond to individual requests for troubleshooting your WordPress site.
WordPress tech support is just not what I do (and honestly you will be able to find someone much more skilled than me to help you, trust me).