We have assembled a helpful list of WordPress resources for anyone using WordPress for any reason. Whether you’re new to WordPress or an established pro, having resources in one place is a helpful thing. We at Sentree like to think of ourselves as a helpful team, not only in safeguarding the websites we host, but in providing valuable resources for businesses, freelancers, and bloggers.
We hope this list provides you with somewhere to turn if you have WordPress questions. And remember, we’re here for all of your hosting needs and happy to answer questions about our services at any time.
One of the best resources for getting started and getting answers about using WordPress is through Syed Balkhi’s site, WPBeginner.com. This site breaks down WordPress steps into consumable pieces that don’t overwhelm, including the very basic “how do I start a blog” to the more involved processes of setting up e-commerce. (And there’s a robust list of deals, there, too!)
WordPress meetups are amazing. You get a group of WordPress users into a room (IRL or virtual) and watch the magic happen. And by magic, we mean community building, answering questions, helping one another, learning new things, and general support. Many meetups have coworking. Others have “helpdesk” events. To learn more about WordPress meetups, or to find a meetup near you, visit https://www.meetup.com/topics/wordpress/.
There are more Facebook groups centered around WordPress than we can count. Whether you’re looking for beginner-level, developer, theme- or plugin-specific, or other help, you’ll find a group on Facebook that covers it.
Here are a few to get you started:
If you need other types of WordPress support, just search WordPress + the topic in the Facebook search tool, and you’re sure to find a group to meet your needs.
Slack is a great way to interact with people in an asynchronous way. Start with https://make.wordpress.org/chat/, where you can meet people all over the world who are using WordPress and even contributing in one of the many ways possible.
A lot of local meetups have Slack groups, too. When in doubt, you can always search in your browser for Slack groups for your particular needs, or ask those who may already be in some groups for advice.
WordCamps are WordPress conferences in regions all over the world. (Currently, in 2020, most have become online events in light of the pandemic, but most plan to return to in-person events as soon as possible.) At WordCamps, you will meet many people for networking, help, and even possible employment.
WordCamp speaker sessions will introduce you to a great spectrum of topics from community involvement to beginner ideas, marketing, and developer-level talks. Whether you attend online or in person, WordCamps are a great way to learn more about WordPress. (And the Happiness Bar – basically a volunteer-staffed helpdesk – is always a plus for getting help on your site!)
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of online courses to learn WordPress. Any of them would be advantageous, we’re sure, however we highly recommend LinkedIn Learning’s courses on WordPress. Highly vetted, used, and recommended, the courses on LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com) are a great place to learn more about WordPress, e-commerce, site security, and more.
To learn more about this course series, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/topics/wordpress
If you’re looking around for answers, then searching through YouTube is another place to find great tutorials. Many theme and plugin developers post tutorials for their products there. You’ll also find other free classes there for the taking.
Podcasts are a great way to absorb information about WordPress while on the go, working, or when you have a few minutes to fill. There are WordPress podcasts dedicated to keeping up on the most recent WordPress news, meeting community members, and learning how to do different things like e-commerce, building sites, and more.
GoDaddy put together a handy list of WordPress podcasts for you here: https://www.godaddy.com/garage/best-wordpress-podcasts/
The Codex, found here, https://codex.wordpress.org/, is the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation. A quick search through there can often find an answer or solution to what you need. It sometimes comes across a bit technical, but it’s a great resource on all things WordPress.
The WordPress Support Forum is a great place to post questions and find solutions. Every free plugin and theme that are in the directory will have a forum there, where you can get answers to questions from the developers and other users.
Twitter is a great place to learn more about what’s going on in WordPress. A quick search for any plugin, theme, or WordPress in general, will turn up conversations, questions, and even sometimes controversy. Want to learn more about what’s happening in WordPress in real time? Search Twitter and use #WordPress.
There are many blogs about WordPress. A simple browser search for WordPress help or WordPress blogs will turn up many. Or search for more specific terms and you will still find help.
Need to troubleshoot your website? Our friends at GiveWP have you covered! https://givewp.com/documentation/resources/how-to-troubleshoot-your-website-like-a-wordpress-support-engineer/
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