WordPress is one of the best platforms for blogging, but people who’ve just started blogging, or are using BlogSpot, may find it hard to use WordPress.
WordPress is bit technical, but if you can manage a Blogger blog, managing a WordPress blog will not be that much tougher.
When I started with WordPress, I never got a WordPress guide or a complete WordPress video tutorial to help me get started with WordPress.
But because I know how invaluable it would’ve been, I’m compiling some video tutorials for WordPress to help out anyone struggling to get started.
Learn WordPress Watching Video Tutorials:
If images speak a thousand words, videos speak… millions!
For a beginning WordPress user, words like interface, dashboard, plugins, themes, etc. all sound intimidating. For a newbie, learning how to install a plugin on WordPress can seem overwhelming. And even before you start installing plugins, how do you decide which plugins to install?
These videos will help you answer all of those questions (including which plugins are essential to have on your WordPress site).
You can also refer to my static WordPress guide and bookmark it for later use.
Note: These videos are going to be lengthy, and if you are reading this on mobile, I suggest you save the link and open it later on your computer for a better viewing experience.
Free WordPress Tutorial Videos for Beginners:
1. What is WordPress?
Let’s start with the classic “What is WordPress” video. If you are a first-timer and have never heard of WordPress, it’s a blogging platform which will let you create your own blog.
It comes in two variants: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
- Do you really know what WordPress is?
WordPress.com will let you create a free blog like yourname.WordPress.com, though having a custom domain name is also an option. On a self-hosted WordPress blog (aka WordPress.org), you need to install WordPress onto a server and manage it yourself.
This sounds a bit technical, but self-hosted WordPress sites have many advantages over free ones. We will look into that later (or you can read about it here).
Video coming soon…
2. Installing WordPress
In this video, you will learn how to install your WordPress blog onto the Bluehost server.
You can grab Bluehost hosting for a discounted price using this special promo link (checked Nov. 2016).
3. Essential Setup Guide
After installing WordPress, there are a few essential settings which you need to take care of. In this video, you will learn about a few things you need to do after the WordPress installation.
4. Installing New Plugins
The best things about WordPress are the plugins. They let you add new features and functionalities to your WordPress blog. In this video, you will learn the steps necessary for adding new plugins to your WordPress blog.
For more on plugins, check out:
5. How To Install New WP Theme
In this video, you will learn how to add a new theme to WordPress.
For more on finding themes, check out:
Video coming soon…
6. Generating WordPress Sitemap
XML sitemaps are an essential part of your blog. Learn how to generate a WordPress sitemap using the Google XML Sitemap plugin.
7. WordPress Feeds- Feedburner
Feedburner is the best free way to burn and optimize WordPress blog feeds. In this step by step guide, you will learn how to burn WordPress blog feeds using Feedburner.
8. Taking WordPress DB Backup
In this video, you will learn how to take a full backup of your blog’s database. This is an important step because backups will be very important during a moment of chaos.
9. Updating WordPress
From time to time, WordPress updates its platform to keep your site safe and secure. Watch this video to learn how to update the databse in the proper way.
10. Optimizing WP Database
WordPress uses a database to store data and to keep the blog healthy. You should optimize your blog’s database at regular intervals. In this video, you will learn how to optimize your WordPress database with a few clicks.
Watch these videos several times to make sure you have a good idea of the processes involved.
Over time, this stuff will become second nature. It seems daunting at first but becomes very easy with practice.
For now, if you want any specific video tutorial for WordPress, let me know via the comments.
You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for more such WordPress training videos.
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