The Best WordPress Tutorial Websites That Every WordPress User Should Know About

Posted on May 20, 2014 by in Resources | 60 comments

The Best WordPress Tutorial Websites That Every WordPress User Should Know About

The more you understand the WordPress platform, the easier it is to use WordPress to build the website you desire. Tutorial websites will help you tackle common WordPress problems and improve your overall knowledge of the WordPress platform.

Over the last month, I have spoke about where you can find WordPress help when you need it. I have also spoke about the power of the WordPress codex.

In today’s article, I would like to share with you some good WordPress related blogs and websites that publish useful WordPress tutorials. All tutorial websites listed in this article can be viewed free of charge πŸ™‚

WordPress Lessons

The WordPress Lessons area of the codex has many great tutorials on how to use WordPress. There are also articles on styling your WordPress theme and developing themes and plugins. Some of the articles are a little dated, however they remain relevant.

WordPress Lessons

WordPress Lessons is a good starting point to understand WordPress and WordPress themes a little better.

Tuts Plus

In addition to offering great courses and books, Tuts Plus has a great WordPress tutorial section that is updated every few days. The quality of articles are very high, with most tutorials being split into several sections due to their length.

I recommend Tuts Plus to anyone who wants to know more about developing WordPress themes and plugins.

Tuts Plus

Most Tuts Plus articles are geared towards intermediate and advanced WordPress users.

WP Beginner

If you have ever searched for a WordPress related problem, you will have come across an article by WP Beginner. Their blog tackles common WordPress problems on a daily basis. They also publish in-depth tutorials every week.

Their tutorials mostly function on practical solutions such as disabling the admin bar, configuring a particular plugin, or making your website more secure.

WP Beginner

WP Beginner has over a thousand useful tutorials.

Pippins Plugins

Pippin Williamson is well known for creating top plugins such as Better Recent Posts Pro and Easy Digital Downloads. He is also one of the few plugin developers who blogs regularly.

Each tutorial contains a detailed breakdown of how something works and how you can integrate the code into your website. Tutorials are categorized in a sensible way too. You can browse articles by beginner, intermediate, or advanced user level. There are also video tutorials and series of tutorials that tackle a common topic.

Pippins Plugins

Pippin’s tutorials are well structured and easy to follow.

WPMU Dev

WPMU Dev update their blog with useful tutorials twice a week. Tutorials tend to be geared more towards beginner and intermedia users, though they feature advanced tutorials from time to time.

WPMU Dev

WPMU Dev publish good tutorials every week.

WP Hub

WP Hub is a WordPress blog that publishes tutorials every month. The difficulty level of tutorials is usually beginner or intermediate, however technical subjects are covered from time to time.

WP Hub

WP Hub contains hundreds of tutorials.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular design websites online. They have released many great free WordPress themes over the years, such as Spectacular and Frank.

Intermedia and advanced WordPress tutorials are featured on the website; however tutorials are only published every month or two.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine publishes high quality tutorials.

iThemes WordPress Tutorials

iThemes has a huge archive of video tutorials. A lot of their videos focus on how to customize their own products, however there are also great tutorials on customizing WordPress and styling a website using CSS.

iThemes WordPress Tutorials

iThemes’s video tutorials are easy to follow.

LevelUp Tutorials

LevelUp is another website that offers great video tutorials. It currently offers thirty four WordPress related tutorials.

It also offers video tutorials on HTML5, CSS, Javascript, Drupal, Magnento, and many more.

LevelUp Tutorials

LevelUp offers hundreds of video tutorials on a variety of subjects.

WP Squared

WP Squared is a WordPress blog that is run by my friends Sam and Kevin. Their tutorials usually focus on configuring plugins and themes for your website. Their guides are always well written and easy to follow.

WP Squared

WP Squared publish practical guides for WordPress users.

ManageWP

Known for their dashboard service, ManageWP also have a blog that is updated regularly. Like WP Squared, the ManageWP blog does not offer any technical tutorials. They mainly focus on guides for plugins, themes, and services.

ManageWP

ManageWP publishes practical tutorials every month.

Justin Tadlock

I was initially hesitant to include Justin Tadlock’s blog in this list as he has not published a tutorial for several months. However, he has a large archive of tutorials that plugin and theme developers will find useful. He also continues to update his blog every month, therefore there is a chance he may publish more articles in the future.

Justin Tadlock

Plugin and theme developers will love Justin Tadlock’s technical tutorials.

I hope you have found this article useful. If I have missed out any good tutorial websites, please feel free to share them in the comment area below πŸ™‚

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60 Comments

  1. Definitely some great resources. I have most of these bookmarked but there are some here I have not yet used (yet). Looks like my bookmarked WP tuts list just got expanded. Thanks Kevin!

  2. Great list. There is something for everyone here. I personally like WPMU because the topics covered are just about right for my level of comfort with WordPress.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Thanks Adam. Yeah WPMU publish great articles πŸ™‚

  3. well i have to write another plugin for categories and pagination for custom post . your post will be the great help for me . tnx

  4. Surprised you didn’t mention lynda.com. WordPress tutorials as well as an extensive collection of almost every other programming paradigm.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      That looks like a premium website. This list focused on free tutorial websites.

  5. Great list. I have used many of them in my quest to learn more about WordPress design. For what it is worth, I was glad that you included Justin Tadlock’s site on your list. I have found some of his past posts to be very helpful especially with big picture design stuff.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Yeah I wanted to include his blog as his articles are always top notch. I was a bit surprised that he had not added a tutorial in such a long time.

      • I’ve been a bit busy as of late and not had time for my personal blog. I do have a laundry list of tutorials I want to get around to at some point though.

  6. Brilliant tuts again. Can’t wait. But what I’m most looking forward to is divi. But keeping in the subject thanks for your brilliant blog posts.
    http://www.jwpictures.co.uk

  7. Nice article and great collection. Regularly follow all of this sites. They share complete and beautiful articles like you Kevin. Pippin plugins is new for me, so thanks for share.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Yeah Pippin publishes some fantastic tutorials. Recommended πŸ™‚

  8. WP Squared is now added to my fav’s!

    You should do a spinoff of this post: ‘The Best WordPress Tutorial YouTube Channels That Every WordPress User Should Know About’

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I’m not sure if there are many WordPress YouTube channels out there. I assume there are, but it is not something I have seen.

  9. Can you recommend something in Spanish?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I don’t know of many Spanish only WordPress tutorial websites. Do you know of many yourself?

  10. I am a print designer who has been trying to learn WordPress for over a year and never could find a tutorial site which really suited me. I have a Lynda.com account but the WordPress tutorials are not that great (but the rest of their tuts are really good!) that being said I found a site called OStraining.com that I really like, it deals with not only WordPress but Drupal, Joomla and the dreaded CSS which every designer really has to have knowledge of to make the jump as I did. The thing I like about OSTraining.com is that they are in really in depth and best of all (maybe not for everyone) you are tested before moving on, so it really makes you tune in to learn. I’d like to know if anyone else is using OSTraining.com or has used them and what their thought are.

    • Ostraining is really in depth. I use it for my wordpress and joomla learning.

  11. Good stuff. Thanks for including websites of other theme providers too. Bravo.

  12. A worthy mention (IMO) is Tyler Moore, (YouTube channel) although not as dressed up as the above, he is who inspired me to have a go. Your list will help me to move towards the next level πŸ™‚ .. oh, and not to forget ET!
    Thanks You Kev.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Glad you enjoyed the post Chook πŸ™‚

  13. Thank you so much for this list!

  14. Much appreciated. Had a great functional site designed – but no assistance past “publish”. Pedaling as fast as I can to learn WordPress – however tutorials are vital – the more resources the better! So timely!

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Glad you found it useful Freyja πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks Kevin, while these are your best tutorial sites, only few of them ranked Google first 10 when searching for WordPress tweak. The ones I see frequently are WordPress forum, WPMU and WPbeginner. I’m pleased that we have many more.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      WPMU and WPBeginner are listed. The WordPress forum is not a tutorial website πŸ™‚

  16. Nice round up!

    Just a correction – we post to the WPMU DEV Blog everyday, including weekends (when we post Weekend WordPress Projects!).

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Rae,

      I wasn’t talking about the blog itself. I was referring to how often you publish tutorials πŸ™‚

      Kevin

  17. Awesome! I love all of them. WPBeginner, WPMU, SmashMag, iThemes … all are making internet an easier and better place. That for the collection, as some names were so new to me.

      • Made a typo at the end! All I wanted to say, “Thanks for the collection, as some names were so new to me.”

  18. Kevin
    Once again a very useful directory of where to find further information, but what of those that need a simple resource on how to add posts and pages, given that most of us reading your article are developers we are providing services to clients who we do not want to be messing with the templates or plugins we need somewhere for them to learn how to add a page, add a post and add an image, simple stuff??

    Could be a sugestion for a future post? After all we dont all need to write our own version the web is suposed to be about linking to useful information.

    Ray

  19. Hi Kevin,
    A great list you have here.
    From this list, I only follow WPbeginner. As whenever I would google about any wordpress related problems, it is the site that is shown.
    Will have a look at other!

  20. I personally loves the WP Beginner and their awesome and easy to use guides. Thanks for the rest ones.

  21. Most of the above mentioned sources are regularly followed by me. They continuously keeps me updated with latest tuts and tips.

  22. Grazie! My Feedly has done refueling

  23. Hi Kevin Muldoon in my opinion wp beginner is really important website for word press beginners .

  24. Thank you very much for mentioning the our blog Kevin.

    I’d like to add http://managewp.org as a community site where all these new tutorials end up on πŸ™‚

  25. And about divi 2 ?
    is the 21 mai living for another day like 007 ?

  26. Thank you not only for the blog post but thanks to those who recommended other WordPress Tutorial sites in their comments.

    It is a great time saver to be able to recommend preexisting tutorials to clients and those I mentor. They widen the scope of help I can give.

  27. Nice article and definitely a great list

  28. using wordpress is very easy to understand, friendly to search engines. But we need to be extra careful in keeping the website in a hacker attack.

    Greetings,
    article is very interesting and useful mister
    continue on …

    thank you

  29. When some of my clients want to learn how to do x in WordPress I point them to sites that you mentioned in this article.

    But when they really want to learn WordPress from scratch then the advice is to learn basic HTML, CSS and Php at Codeacademy. After that they can start getting into WordPress.

    Without basic CSS/HTML/Php most can only install and configure stuff in WordPress.

  30. I Love WordPress. Its a Magical CMS.

  31. Great list. Everyone even a begginer will find his ovn sollution. We did with our Avada. Looking for the new ones.

  32. Thanks for your useful list. This seems to be a great WP list.

  33. Thank you Kevin fot this useful list .

  34. I have most of these bookmarked but there are some here I have not yet used (yet). Looks like my bookmarked WP tuts list just got expanded. Thanks kevin πŸ™‚

  35. Nice wp tutorial websites, i love WpMu dev and WP Beginner it one of the best for amount all.

  36. Among all WP tutorial websites, mine personal favorite is WP Beginner. Tuts Plus is also good.

  37. Thanks for sharing the tutorial of word press. This helped me a lot when I was in the beginning. This article helped me alot in every thing regarding wordpress.
    Thank you very much and is the best article for the beginners

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