One of the great things about WordPress is the ever-growing community of people that surrounds it. People who are not only willing to extend the software itself, but also share their knowledge and experience with everyone else via some brilliant WordPress tutorials.
So today, we want to take a minute to shed light on the work of all those people and point you towards some awesome pieces of how-to WordPress advice.
But hold on! There’s more to the story here. Instead of it being just us compiling the list, we want to invite you to take part as well!
Here’s a quick survey – just 2 questions: What is your favorite WordPress tutorial? And why?
We’ll browse through your entires, pick the best ones, and include them below. The end goal? Have a list of 50 or even 100 truly brilliant, highest quality WordPress tutorials that received the most votes from the community.
To get the ball rolling, what follows is our initial list of what we think are 20+ brilliant WordPress tutorials. The only rule when compiling the list was to focus on the stuff that reveals something truly interesting about the platform – tutorials that go deep into certain aspects of WordPress and explain them in an easy to digest way.
We have both beginner-level information, as well as some more advanced concepts and things you can do with WordPress. There’s something for everyone!
If you enjoy any of these tutorials, by the way, don’t forget to give the authors some social media love!
In no particular order:
20+ Brilliant WordPress Tutorials
The fact that there are basically two separate – and fundamentally different – products that are both called “WordPress” is rather confusing for the regular user. This tutorial explains how to move your site from .com to .org, step by step.Level: Beginner # website setup
There are plenty of articles on the basics of creating a WordPress child theme, but this tutorial from Smashing Magazine goes incredibly in-depth and shows you how to override parent theme styles and much more.Level: Intermediate # website setup # themes
Custom image sizes can save you a ton of time if you’re working with lots of images. This tutorial shows you how to create them, and explains all the nuts and bolts like “soft crops” and “hard crops.”Level: Intermediate # website management # images
Ever wished that your posts looked the same in the WordPress Editor as they do on your front-end site? This tutorial shows you how to make that a reality by adding custom styles to the WordPress editor.Level: Intermediate # website management # wp-admin
The Jetpack plugin is probably the one plugin that most – if not all – website can benefit from having. It packs a ton of features, but it’s also kind of difficult to explain to people what it actually does. “Um… everything, I guess.” This tutorial can be helpful whenever someone asks you about Jetpack.Level: Beginner # plugins
WordPress custom post types and taxonomies are what take WordPress from a “blog platform” to a versatile “CMS platform.” This tutorial shows you how to create and showcase them from start to finish.Level: Intermediate # custom post types
For some situations, a custom plugin is a superior alternative to adding code snippets to your theme’s functions.php file. This tutorial tells you when those situations are and how you can do it.Level: Intermediate # plugins
Divi, Avada, and X are the three main brands in the “mega themes” market. And all three are incredibly interesting, very powerful, and overall impressive. However, at the same time, they are also meant to resonate with a slightly different type of user. This tutorial helps you decide which of them is going to be best for you.Level: Beginner # themes
Tracking conversions helps you know how effective your marketing efforts are. This detailed guide shows you how to track all types of conversions on WordPress: Google Analytics Goals, Facebook Pixel, and more.Level: Beginner # marketing # analytics
This monster guide from SEO wizards, Moz, tells you everything you need to know about using the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress SEO.Level: Beginner # SEO # plugins
Speaking of Yoast, this is the official SEO guide by the Yoast SEO developers themselves. This is a 6,000 word-long resource that covers everything there is to know about setting up your WordPress site’s SEO parameters properly.Level: Beginner # SEO # plugins
Setting up a basic pull CDN is easy, but setting it up to work with custom CNAME records can quickly get complicated. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do everything – both the easy stuff and the hard stuff. (Don’t know which CDN to choose?)Level: Beginner # website setup # performance
Facebook Instant Articles can be tricky to set up for WordPress – this WPBeginner tutorial shows you every step you need to get them up and running.Level: Beginner # website management # social media
Traditionally speaking, archives pages haven’t been the most attractive nor useful pages in WordPress. In their default form, they are just automatically generated post listings that don’t really help guide the reader towards anything interesting. This tutorial shows you how to build a completely original archives page with the help of custom page templates.Level: Intermediate # website setup # themes
Whether we are ready to admit it or not, WordPress is not entirely easy to grasp for a brand new user. There’s a lot going on in the dashboard once you log in, and the default “Welcome” section doesn’t really answer all the questions. This is where a custom dashboard homepage comes into the picture. Here’s how to create one to make life easier for your clients.Level: Beginner # website setup # plugins
If you need to manage tons of WordPress posts, the Quick Edit option is a lifesaver. This tutorial shows you how to make it even more helpful.Level: Intermediate # website management
Drag-and-drop page builders can be fun, sure … provided that you’ve invested a while into learning how to use your specific builder of choice. This tutorial shows you step by step through the process of creating a landing page with one of the popular drag-and-drop builders.Level: Beginner # website management # plugins
This official WordPress Codex entry is one of the best guides to WordPress security that I’ve ever come across. It covers everything – big and small.Level: Intermediate # website management # security
If you want to start your adventure with WordPress development, the first thing you’ll have to take care of is setting up your development environment. This is not only about the tool you use to write code with, but also additional side tools that will streamline your work and make things much more pleasant in general. Here’s everything from top to bottom.Level: Intermediate # development
Hosting is one of those elements that can have significant impact on our sites’ successes or failures. Pick a good host, and it becomes pretty much a set it and forget it kind of thing. Pick a bad one, and you’re entering a never-ending stream of frustrations and downtime. Here are the most popular WordPress hosting options compared, performance-tested and analyzed.Level: Beginner # website setup # hosting
W3 Total Cache is a useful plugin, that’s for sure. However, it’s also a very intimidating one. The plugin itself has multiple menus, tabs, and settings panels overall, and not all of them are easy to grasp. Here’s a tutorial that helps you understand what’s going on inside the plugin and how to set it up properly.Level: Beginner # website setup # performance # plugins
This sums up our list! Again, we’re really excited to see your input so that we can expand this list to 50 or even 100 of the most brilliant WordPress tutorials that have ever been published!
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