WordPress Training

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Free training, of course, for my favorite content management system; WordPress.

Not familiar with WordPress?  Well, you should be since it runs or manages a significant percentage of the web.  As of this writing, “significant” means about 25% of all websites.  Yeah.  That’s a lot.  And, there are a lot of reasons for that.  For one thing, it’s well supported and lots of developers work with it, so getting help and customization work done is relatively easy.  For another, it’s easily extended and added to via themes and plugins.  Also, it’s free.  But, most importantly, it’s easy to use, once you get the hang of it.
That’s where these links come in.

If you’re a small business owner who’s looking to get started with WordPress, this infographic at Search Engine Journal runs you through the basic decisions you need to make to launch.  It’s basically a guided check-list for setting up your site with WordPress from a business development perspective.  It’s pretty basic, but if you’re totally unfamiliar with WordPress, this isn’t a bad place to start.

If you want some more specific, detailed training, there are a lot of free videos that can help.
For starters, you can check out this ten-minute video that runs through a lot of the basics, once WordPress is already installed and running.  It’s on YouTube and free from FreeWordPressTrainingClasses.com.  I can’t vouch for their site, but the YouTube video isn’t bad and a good place to start for creating posts.
If you want to know about the rest of the WordPress experience, then check out the videos at WPBeginner.com.  You have to sign up for a free account, but doing so gives you access to 17 free training videos that cover all the basics of running a WordPress blog or website.  They really hit all the things that a regular user might need when it comes to having a self-hosted WordPress site.  None of them will make you a super guru or WordPress developer, but they will give you what you absolutely need to know.

So there you have it, basic training for WordPress.
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