Most Useful WordPress Beginner Tutorials – 2013

As you may already know, WordPress is the world's most frequented publishing platform. In fact, it's estimated that nearly 18 percent of all websites utilize WordPress for their publishing needs. It's easy to use, highly customizable, and last but not least, it's completely free.

As you may already know, WordPress is the world’s most frequented publishing platform. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 18 percent of all websites utilize WordPress for their publishing needs. It’s easy to use, highly customizable, and last but not least, it’s completely free.

As a result of the WordPress phenomenon, literally hundreds of thousands of themes and tutorials are available online to help beginners get a grasp on using the powerful platform. However, since there are so many resources available it can often get confusing to the unfamiliar.

In order to save you time we’ve selected the very best WordPress tutorials and ordered them in an easy to follow sequence. Here are the very best WordPress tutorials of 2013.

1. How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting?

Hosting

You can’t have a web site without a web host, so how do you go about picking the very best hosting option for you needs? This guide will help you along the way, break down the differences between the various types of WordPress hosting options, and help you pick the best option for your specific website needs.

2. How to Install WordPress – Complete WordPress Installation Tutorial

New WordPress users often don’t realize just how easy WordPress is to install and operate. Most web hosting companies offer a very simple user process for uploading and installing WordPress. This guide offers comprehensive details on the installation process for both beginners and advanced users.

3. Recommended WordPress Plugins

A nice list of plugins, tools, and services that come highly recommended by WPBeginner.

4. WordPress Tutorial – Getting Started

This short video-based WordPress tutorial covers all the basics to get you up and running using your new WordPress account. From managing themes and adding plugins to setting up pages and managing content, this tutorial has you covered.

5. Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Menus

Menus can be a little confusing to the beginner, but don’t fret, WordPress menus are actually very easy to configure and manage. This tutorial will help lessen any confusion and familiarize you with menu system basics.

6. How to Learn WordPress in One Week

Learn WordPress Week

A step-by-step guide intended for WordPress beginners which would like to become more knowledgeable with the publishing platform in their free time.

7. Mastering the WordPress Visual Editor

WordPress Visual Editor

A comprehensive guide for beginners to the WordPress Visual Editor.

8. Advice to WordPress Beginners

WordPress Community

A great resource for beginning WordPress users, this article was developed with the help of many active WordPress community members. From developers and desingers, to theme shops and security experts, this article highlights the very best advice from WordPress experts all around the globe.

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Alyona Galea
Alyona Galea
Alyona is a WordPress enthusiast, focused on sharing interesting things she comes across during her work with this great CMS. She loves exploring new destinations and maintains a travel blog at www.alyonatravels.com

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks Chase but you forgot one!

    WPUniversity just launched our Real-time, voice-guided WordPress tutorial plugin called Sidekick.(wordpress.org/plugins/sidekick) It puts a widget in your WP Dashboard that walks a user through completing a task in WordPress without leaving their dashboard. It’s 100% free until the end of December.

    Let me know what you think.

      1. Awesome, thank you. The more feedback we get, the better we can make this thing so let ‘er rip. Our goal is to make learning and supporting those that are learning WordPress a whole lot less painful (read: time consuming and costly).

  2. When I turn over the keys of a new WordPress site to clients, I send them to How To Get Started with wordpress by TenTonOnline http://www.tentononline.com/how-to-get-started-with-wordpress. It’s $35, but includes lifetime access. I like that key topics are presented in quick 2-3 min. vids, so people can learn what they need to know, when they need to know it. It has saved me countless hours of yet again explaining how to add an image to a blog post and float it to the left. 🙂

  3. Hi Chase, good post. The one thing that I would definitely recommend to any new wordpress users is to harden the security. WordPress is great for websites and blogging, but straight out of the box it is very easy for hackers to breach. Plugins such as Wordfence or Better WP Security will do the trick (both preferably). On installation, there are two things that you should do straight away: 1) Rename any sample pages or sample posts (including the URL) 2) Amend the standard footer links (the one that links back to wordpress.org). Hackers prey on sites that still have these ‘out of the box’ features still in place, primarily because it’s so easy to find them via Google. Here is a recent article I wrote on upgrading wordpress security: http://www.davidvidgen.co.uk/upgrading-wordpress-security/

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