WordPress Tutorial Library

Welcome to the WordPress Tutorials!

If you are going to build a self hosted WordPress website or blog, but you have no idea where to begin, you are in the right place here.

This tutorial series is designed to be a step by step, fast track introduction to the process of setting up your first self installed WordPress website.

Once you have WordPress installed, the rest of the tutorials will introduce you to the fundamental basics of the platform.

Follow the tutorials in order. They build on each other.

What is a Website?

Websites are everywhere, and we see them all the time.  But when the time comes for you to build one, you need to know some basics about their working parts.

This tutorial module walks you through the basics of what websites are, and how they work.

What is Web Hosting?

Now that you know what domain names are, it's time to learn about where websites are stored.

This tutorial module explains what web hosting is, and how it works.

What is a Domain Name?

Now that you know what how some of the fundamental parts of websites work together, it's time to dive a little deeper.

This tutorial module explains what domain names are, and how they work.

How to Set Up Your Web Hosting, Email, and Domain Name

Now that you know what basic components make up a website, it's time to start setting them up.

This tutorial module walks you through the process of setting up your web hosting and domain name.

Account Dashboard and Initial Setup

Now that you have your domain name and hosting set up, it's time to take a tour of the accounts that manage them.

This module walks you through some account intros as well as some initial setup steps.

What is WordPress?

Now that you have the first two pieces of the puzzle in place with your web hosting account and domain name, it's time to start diving into the good stuff.

This tutorial module gives you an intro explanation of WordPress.

How to Install WordPress

It's time to install WordPress!

This tutorial module walks you through the process of installing WordPress.

Intro to the WordPress Dashboard

Now that you have WordPress installed, it's time to dive in and start learning how to use it.

This tutorial module gives you a quick guided tour of the WordPress Dashboard.

WordPress Themes

In WordPress, themes are the major component that determines the look, feel and layout of your site.

This tutorial module walks you through an intro tour of WordPress Themes and how to install them.

WordPress Media Library

In order to add pictures, videos, or other media to your website, they need to be uploaded and stored.

This tutorial module walks you through an intro tour of the WordPress Media Library.

WordPress Posts and Pages

The real power of WordPress is how quickly and easily it allows you to create, manage, and organize content.

This module walks you through how to create posts and pages with WordPress.

WordPress Widgets

Widgets let you quickly and easily add and manage powerful functionality to your website.

This tutorial walks you through the basics of WordPress Widgets.

WordPress Menus

WordPress makes the process of creating and organizing navigation menus incredible simple.

This tutorial walks you through the basics of WordPress Menus.

WordPress Headers

The header of your website is the first thing people usually see when they visit it.

This tutorial module walks you through the basics of WordPress Headers.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins make it easy to add nearly unlimited functionality to your website.

This tutorial module walks you through the basics of WordPress Plugins.

Watch me Learn New WordPress Themes

Themes are the face of your website or blog...  But they can also be a handful to learn at first.

This tutorial module walks you through a simple process of learning some new themes so you can duplicate the process with any theme you encounter.

Watch me Build a Simple WordPress Blog

Now that you have learned how the individual pieces work, it's time to see them come together.

This tutorial module walks you through setting up a simple blog from start to finish so you can see the entire process.

Watch me Build a Simple WordPress Website

Now that you have learned how the individual pieces work, it's time to see them come together.

This tutorial module walks you through setting up a simple website from start to finish so you can see the entire process.

WordPress Backups

Backing up your website is crucial to making sure all of your hard work doesn't disappear.

This tutorial module walks you through a quick introduction to backups with WordPress.

 

WordPress Security

Security is crucial to making sure it's as difficult as possible for intruders to attempt to access your website.

This tutorial module walks you through some steps to securing your website.

 

WordPress Spam Blocker

Blocking spam comments on your blog or website by hand, one by one can become a full time job if you aren't careful.

This tutorial module walks you through installing and setting up a simple plugin that helps keep spam comments blocked.

WordPress Broken Link Checker

A website or blog full of broken links can ruin your visitors experience and make them not want to come back.

This tutorial module walks you through installing and setting up a simple plugin checks your site for broken links.

WordPress Revision Control

Each time you make changes to your content, a revision is stored.  Enough of these can make you site database become huge and slow.

This tutorial module walks you through installing and setting up a simple plugin that limits the number of revisions your database saves.

WordPress Analytics

Now it's time to get scientific about knowing where your traffic comes from, and where it goes.

This tutorial module walks you through setting up an account and plugin that add analytics to your site quickly and easily.