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10 Free Tutorials to Help You Learn WordPress

Why not learn WordPress from start to finish by trying one of these in-depth courses or tutorials? Like WordPress itself, these resources are all completely free, so you've got nothing to lose!

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Posted 31 Aug 2020

There's a good reason why more than a third of all websites are powered by WordPress. It's the easiest way to create a beautiful website that you can update as often as you want.

So why not learn WordPress from start to finish by trying one of these in-depth courses or tutorials? Like WordPress itself, these resources are all completely free, so you've got nothing to lose!

Let's start at the beginning. With this free two-hour video course, you can learn WordPress from the ground up. You'll discover how to install WordPress and then use it to build and customize your site and create various types of content. Give it a try!

Beginner's guide to WordPress course

If you don't have time to watch two hours of video, then try this quick-start written guide instead. Rachel McCollin takes you through the process of creating a WordPress site, including choosing a web host, setting up the site, choosing and customizing a theme, and using plugins.

Looking for something a bit more advanced? Try this free WordPress course on plugin development. It's a comprehensive guide to creating your own custom plugins from scratch!

WordPress plugin development

If you want to convert visitors into customers, you'll need a landing page: a special, highly focused page that's designed to persuade visitors to take a particular action, like buying something or signing up to your mailing list. Learn how to create one from scratch, using custom code. (Or check out How to Create a Landing Page in WordPress Quickly for a code-free alternative.)

WordPress landing page

Speaking of code, this free course teaches you all about PHP, the programming language behind WordPress. If you want to go beyond simple customizations and make major changes to your sites by tinkering with the code, you'll need to master PHP, and this course is the perfect way to do that.

Behind the scenes, WordPress is powered by a complex database that links together all your posts, pages, comments, users, and more. You can use WordPress at a basic level without touching the database, but if you want to learn WordPress in more detail, it pays to get acquainted with ugly diagrams like this one.

WordPress offers thousands of plugins to accomplish all kinds of things, but not many of them could really be classified as "essential." This free course lays out those few essential plugins that you really can't do without. Watch it and see which plugins you need.

WordPress plugin course

When you shuffle things around on your WordPress site, you don't want to lose visitors. When people click on an old link and get an error message, you'll probably never see them again. So read this tutorial to learn how to redirect pages in WordPress and never lose another visitor to that dreaded "not found" error page.

How to Redirect a Page or URL in WordPress

It's not just artists who need portfolios. No matter what line of work you're in, a stylish portfolio website showing off your work in a visually compelling way can help you sell yourself and land the next great gig. Learn how to get a WordPress portfolio site set up in just one hour in this free course with Adi Purdila.

Build a WordPress Portfolio Site in 1 Hour

After all these in-depth courses, let's finish with a quick tip. Let's say you need to take your WordPress site offline for a while, without actually deleting it. How do you go about doing that? Read this free tutorial (or watch the accompanying video) to find out.

Unpublish a WordPress site

I hope you've enjoyed this roundup of ten free courses and tutorials to help you learn WordPress. If you want to delve deeper into the full Envato Tuts+ library of more than 1,250 courses and 28,000 tutorials, though, you'll find loads more free WordPress tutorials and courses.

Here are some of the best WordPress tutorials and courses from previous months.

Moving a WordPress site from one hosting provider to another can be tricky. In this useful tutorial, you'll learn exactly how to do it correctly, so that all your data gets safely transferred and the site appears in all its glory in the new location.

Siteground migrator

How do you get your website to start with "https" instead of "http"? Security is very important these days, and even if you don't handle customer data, an SSL certificate is a good thing to have because search engines and web browsers increasingly expect it and reward sites that have it. See how to get and install an SSL certificate in this post.

If you have a site with complex navigation, a simple one-line menu just isn't enough. Enter the "mega menu", a useful solution that lets your visitors find their way around all your categories and sub-categories quickly and easily. You can buy mega menu plugins, but this free mega menu tutorial shows you how to do it yourself. Or this one helps you do it with a free WordPress plugin.

WordPress mega menu

We've all seen them, haven't we? Those "pay walls" that appear to section off particularly valuable content on a website and make you pay to access it. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a paid section in your own site, using a free WordPress membership plugin. Find out how.

Paid section in WordPress

Let's get back to WordPress basics again with the simple tutorial that teaches you how to make a contact form using a free WordPress plugin. You'll see how to set up the options you need and then display your form on your site. And you'll also get recommendations for more advanced plugins if you need something specialized. Read the free tutorial.

WordPress contact form example

WordPress has its own default media player these days, so why bother with a music player plugin? What do they give you that the standard WordPress option doesn't? And what about directly embedding audio players from other sites? This article runs you through all the options, clearly explaining the pros and cons of each. Find out more.

WordPress music player

And There's More...

Want to learn about something other than WordPress? With Tuts+, you can learn how to use Photoshop, master photography, beef up your video and graphic design skills, and much more. Search the full Tuts+ library to find exactly what you need.