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The Best WordPress Courses To Take Online

Posted on April 18, 2015 by in Resources | 25 comments

The Best WordPress Courses To Take Online

WordPress is extremely popular today and is used for business websites, all kinds of personal sites, and various types of blogs. The reason is partly because it is so easy to use.

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) and you will find it being used all over the internet. In fact, more than 400 million people use or view WordPress blogs and websites every month.

Some of the biggest brand names online, such as The New York Times, TED, TechCrunch, Mashable, and CNN to name a few, rely on WordPress.

It’s become so popular that, according to analysis done on Google Trends, it’s being used as much as Sharepoint, Drupal and Blogger, if not more.

How Can You Benefit From WordPress?

If you would love to use WordPress for your business or just to blog on the subject of your passion, but you have hesitated to do so as you do not know how to use it, then the good news is that anyone can learn WordPress. Learning and using the CMS actually pretty easy.

Below you will find the best WordPress courses online that you can start taking right away. You will find that some of these courses are basic and others are advanced. You can take your pick and find out which one(s) best suit your needs. You may even find that you take additional courses as you delve deeper into the world of WordPress development.

When you take any of these courses, you will learn right from scratch how to set up your WordPress website or blog and how to maintain and run it successfully.

Shawn Hesketh’s WP101

If you want to learn the very basics of setting up a WordPress blog or website, then this course is not for you. On the other hand, this is definitely a good choice for you if:

  • You have a working knowledge of WordPress and you want to turn that into an in-depth knowledge.
  • You have just started using WordPress and you are not too sure of how to go about things, so you’d like more detailed knowledge.
  • If you want to showcase your work using WordPress and you would like to understand how to get things done more professionally.
  • If you are a content creator or a blogger and you have been using another platform and you would now love to switch over to WordPress.

Though, this is a paid course, the big plus here is that it comes with free samples. There are videos in this course that will teach you all the fundamentals of WordPress. These videos are medium-paced, so you won’t find yourself at sea while you learn.

Another plus with this course is that there is a plugin that is available and there are also white label options. So if you are a developer, you might want to use the videos for your own clients and you can do so with the help of this plugin.

Another advantage to learning WordPress at this website is that there is an awesome forum. This is a Q&A Forum, so whenever you have any kind of questions, just put them up there and you’ll get answers.

Shawn Hesketh’s WP101

Bob Dunn’s BobWP

If you are the kind of person who just loves the DIY kind of stuff, then Bob Dunn is the man you’re looking for. With this fantastic WordPress course from Bob himself, you will learn how to set up your WordPress blog or website quickly and easily.

True, this is a paid course, but for DIY lovers who are in a hurry to learn how to setup a WordPress blog or website in a jiffy, this course is just what you need.

You’ll be happy to see that Bob Dunn is absolutely calm and very much at ease when he teaches. And his teaching method is slow, enabling you to grasp what he is saying and showing, as well as facilitating you to take whatever notes you might need as you go along.

You will discover that this is not a formalized training module and neither will you see modules or quizzes in sequences. This is actually a very casual way of getting started with learning WordPress by watching videos on specific topics that you need to learn or know, at the spur of the moment.

For instance, if you are using a certain theme and you would like to shift to another theme, you might want to check what would happen before shifting to the new theme. You’d just need to look at the video on this topic and you will get your answer.

Bob Dunn is not just an avid blogger, but he is also a top-notch WordPress expert. As a result of the vast knowledge that he has, he now has his WordPress training site that contains excellently written tutorials and videos on how to learn, set up, and run highly successful WordPress blogs or websites.

It’s important to note here that most of the tutorials and examples covered by Bob deal with Genesis or WooThemes. So, if you have problems setting up a WordPress blog or website using these systems, then you can be sure that the BobWP training will prove beneficial for you.

Bob Dunn’s BobWP

Automattic’s WordPress.tv

I probably should’ve listed this one first because it’s official and all, but here we go anyway. You won’t have to shell out anything here to learn WordPress as this course is free. On this site, you will get to see all the talks that’ve been posted from the oh-so-fantastic WordCamps.

You might not be able to attend the talks held live at a WordCamp because either they are too far to go to or they overlap one another. So they are available online for your enjoyment instead.

Perhaps the best aspect of Automattic’s WordPress.tv is the fact that even though you might have missed out any live talk, you can see it here, any time you wish to.

Just one downside to this website is that it takes quite a long time for the videos to appear online after the event has been held.

Automattic’s WordPress.tv

Awesome Motive Inc’s WP Beginner

This is another WordPress course that is free of cost. And as the name says, it is for beginners. In fact it is for absolute beginners. So, if you have little to no knowledge of WordPress at all, then this is the place for you to learn all about it.

This website is a free resource that contains content in various forms, such as guides, videos and extremely well written articles. There is even a very useful glossary.

The website even has its own newsletter through which you will get more content of various types and very useful coupons.

Another good feature about this website is that it is very open to what is being used to run the site and they are made available for you to use, including quite a few well-known plugins.

Perhaps the only slight snag that you might find while trying to access the videos is that you first need to sign-up at the website, using your email. But if you’re willing to pass over your data, you’ll receive quality training in return.

In the members area, you can access extended material as well as the training videos. This includes teaching materials and video transcripts.

If you are a developer and you are in the course of building a WordPress blog or website for your client who has no idea of how to use WordPress, then you can score brownie points for yourself by sharing this website with them. They will understand how to use the WordPress website or blog you built for them in a hurry.

Awesome Motive Inc’s WP Beginner

WordPress Courses By Udemy

Udemy offers various WordPress courses, by a choice selection of authors. Udemy is a platform where you can get trained on an assortment of subjects and you will find paid courses as well as free courses, including WordPress.

Udemy provides an interface and the tools for people who want to host WordPress courses. Therefore, you will find that there are many people hosting many different kinds of classes, so you will have to take the time to find out which course you feel is most suitable to your needs.

You’ll also be able to access these WordPress courses from anywhere you choose to via the apps on your smartphone or tablet.

Another big advantage of taking a WordPress course on Udemy, is the user interface is very intuitive, making it easy to navigate. So, it will be very easy for you to take notes, sift through the WordPress course materials, and watch videos, as well as track the progress of the course you’re taking.

There’s a place to discuss the course with other students. It’s worth taking note that these WordPress courses on Udemy are all run on an “Open Platform.” This means independent authors handle the courses.

The downside to this is that there is no quality control. The only way of knowing how good a course is, is by looking at the ratings that have been given to the course by people who have taken it already.

Your best bet to get the best WordPress course on Udemy, would be to try out a few courses, until you find one that is best suited to your needs. And since it’s free, you can take as many as you like!

WordPress Courses By Udemy

Learn WordPress In 1 Week At WPMU DEV

At WPMU DEV, you can actually learn WordPress in one week flat and the best part is you won’t have to pay anything.

Each day of the week offers a specific section in which explicit things are taught about WordPress. For example, on Monday you will read about the Codex. Then on Tuesday, you will get to know about WordPress Themes. And in this way, you will learn a new thing each day about WordPress and then finally on the last day of the week, the course will be over and you will have learned a little bit of everything.

In this way you will be covering a special section on WordPress on each day of the week and you will be taught different elements of the CMS. Of course, you can easily read through older blog posts as well and pick it up faster. The tutorials are in-depth and act as excellent resources to refer back to as well. So it’s not really a “course” per say but it’s highly useful.

Some of the information that is present on WPMU DEV is beyond the level of a beginner. For example, there are marketing aspects that are also covered here, such as SEO. Alhough these are very useful, they are not at all absolutely essential for you to start your very own WordPress blog or website.

Learn WordPress In 1 Week At wpmudev

Get a WordPress Education at Elegant Themes Blog

Okay, shameless self-promotion I know. But our blog is actually a pretty handy resource to have on hand as well. Every day we’re dishing up new content and tutorials that walk you through how to do X,Y, or Z in WordPress. Keep reading each day and you’ll be a WordPress guru in no time. And that’s totally not blind hype–it’s the truth.

And I mean, you’re here reading so you must believe me! In all seriousness though, we cover everything about WordPress you’d ever want to know plus plenty of tidbits about marketing and general business operations to keep your knowledge base fresh.
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It Is Very Easy To Learn WordPress

As the old adage goes, where there is a will, there is a way. As you can see from above, there are various ways in which you can learn WordPress very easily if you want or need to.

If you think that learning WordPress is something that only people who have a technical mind can do, then this list of courses should prove you wrong. You just need to choose if you have a budget for a course and which way you prefer to learn – video tutorials or written content, timed slots or go at your own pace – you decide.

So get going and join the growing list of big names who blog or have a business or personal website using WordPress as their CMS.

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25 Comments

  1. Thanks for this. After two years of messing with WP I only knew about half these sources.

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    Love your blog it makes my day
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    Thanks for all!

    happy Trails To Where Ever They May Lead!!!

  3. perhaps I miss it, but would have been nice to include a link to the mentioned sources. jmo.

    • I almost missed the links too, Ken. The title of each section is actually the link. Not obvious unless you happen to drag the mouse over them 🙂

  4. Not one of the sites has a video that works

  5. What?!?!?? And where is Morten Rand-Hendriksen. Of all the WordPress teachers he has to rank way up there with the best of them. He has a few courses on Lynda.com and that is way ahead of Udemy by the way.

  6. These are really good Free resources. Although a premium option, one website I would like to add is Treehouse that has more than dozen courses entirely on WordPress. It might be good for all level of WordPress users if one can afford it.

  7. Don’t feel shame about promoting this blog. It is the best out there.

    You serve me a new topic every day and it saves me having to look for info as you have covered it.

  8. Are there any recommended courses on Woocommerce? I’m getting into more ecommerce sites and would like to get more in depth. Any help is appreciated.

  9. This is great! The Elegant Themes blog has been a really valuable resource for me. I’ve learned so much in a short amount of time. Also, I love DIVI!!! The Divi theme has changed my life! Thank you, Elegant Themes!

  10. Thank you for listing those resources. There are few other sources worth to mention as well like TreeHouse, WPApprentice and Labinator’s WordPress course.

    When it comes to free resources, i think the (ElegantThemes) blog is doing a great job. All your tutorials are easy to read and designed perfectly for beginners.

    Hope to read more of your future tutorials and reviews.

  11. I think Udemy courses are best.
    About 6 months ago i did course on java from there now thinking to do wordpress course from udemy too .

  12. Thank Brenda for this Blog. This will help a lot to improve on WordPress.

  13. Thanks for this, but it’s bizarre that you didn’t include links.

    • Each of the titles is a link to the relevant service.

  14. Thanks for the great list of resources. I work with a lot of clients who are totally new to WordPress. They don’t need to figure out how to put up a site, because that’s what I do. What they DO need, is tutorials on how to create their own posts, pages and add plug-ins and widgets.

    There is some really solid and easy to use information here, I can point them too.

  15. There are a number of great resources on YouTube too… LevelUpTuts have some good tutorials. Thanks for the article Brenda! 🙂

  16. This blog is an awesome resource. Even if you never use an elegant themes theme you should be willing to pay to read the blog.

    Thank you Nick for the resource and thank you for Elegant Themes. They rock and they’re also rock solid.

  17. Another terrific resource to learn about how to build WordPress websites is Rick Anderson’s “Build Your Own Business Website – BYOB” – http://www.byobwebsite.com. Membership on the site offers training videos, a forum, and weekly live Q&A sessions. Rick’s way of teaching is easy to follow.

  18. WordPress is my favorite in managing a website or blog.
    especially supported by elegant themes are nice and supportive to the speed internet access in my country Indonesia.

  19. Good post! For one that went from WP101 straight to WPMU.dev I have to say your spot on.

    Don’t get me wrong I love WPMU and I’m an active member till now. But they could use a tutorial themselves about the ins and outs of WordPress for their members that join.

    However, can’t stop saying great things about them. For helping you get to the pro level I think its worth joining their community.

  20. Thanks a lot for this list. I personally love wordpress but i am still a beginner, this will help me enhance my knowledge

  21. Thanks a lot….It help me a lot to work on wordpress …

  22. this is awesome thanks for this

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