It’s overwhelming, the amount of help there is online for WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Here’s some places to get started:
- http://learn.wordpress.com/ is a series of how-to’s direct from WordPress.com It’s a Step 1 Step 2 sort of presentation, so if you would benefit from going from point to point, this is where you’ll want to start
- a very handy glossary that’s conveniently linked to the lessons on each entry at http://learn.wordpress.com/glossary/
- Another glossary, but watch, because some of the terms are strictly for self-hosted WordPress.org topics http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/
- http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/07/29/what-do-i-do-with-my-new-wordpresscom-blog/ Lorelle has grown from one woman to a full company. They offer instructive videos on many topics, including WordPress.com and WordPress.org
- http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/ This blogger has made a career out of helping people with WordPress.com. You’ll often see her answering questions on the WP forums as well.
- Oh, the forums? They’re here: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/
- Some youtube videos on our subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFo9GMfmezQ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu1WBbNQ01k, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2g99I_m-KQ
Sites focused on self-hosted web sites/ blogs using the WordPress program, but WordPress.com users will find much of the information useful as well:
- Here is a $39 online course on WordPress.org http://www.tentononline.com/how-to-get-started-with-wordpress/
Specific questions students have asked:
- Mapping an existing domain: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/#instructions-for-mapping-an-existing-domain
- switching from WordPress.com to WordPress.org: http://tinyurl.com/katessuggestion (= http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-properly-move-your-blog-from-wordpress-com-to-wordpress-org/)
- How to decide on a theme http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/choosing-my-theme/
- More on menus http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
- And how to create pages which pull up just a specific category of your blog posts: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages-to-your-menu and making a menu item which simply links to another site: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links
- another take on teaching menus: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
- Dealing with images: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-fix-common-image-issues-in-wordpress/ and http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/text-wont-wrap-around-images?replies=14
- If you don’t like something about the theme you have chosen, for example the fonts used, you may want to consider the “custom” option: http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
It’s very helpful to know at least some HTML. These links will help:
- http://www.w3schools.com/html/ lets you practice live with HTML and is as addictive as Candy Crush.
- What codes WordPress.com allows and what it doesn’t: http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/
- And some “sneaky” ways to do some complicated things: shortcodes! http://en.support.wordpress.com/category/shortcodes/
Please check the PDFs and notes for each class for many more links to help you in your exciting journey as you communicate online!