WordPress is an awesome platform for blogging or running your websites. However I have found that often times WP users have queries and doubts for various aspects of WordPress. This is where WordPress Tutorials are needed.
Here you will find a list of tutorials and tools curated personally by me. The whole idea is to provide you a step-by-step WordPress Guide which covers everything from customizing your WordPress interface to adding useful tools to ensuring you have a WordPress site/blog which is optimized for usability and performance. This curated list on WordPress Tutorial is all you need for most of your queries and requirements.
Most of the WordPress Tutorials listed in here are best suited for 2017 eventhough some maybe older. The ones which are older are in no way outdated as those options and methods are relevant even today in 2017.
WordPress Tutorial 2017 – The only list you will ever need:
As mentioned earlier, I will simply point you to the best possible place to get the right WordPress Tutorial for a specific requirement of yours. So lets, get started…
1. WordPress Tutorial on Getting Started:
So at this stage, I assume you have already setup your blog or website using WordPress. If not, then simply refer to my guide on setting up your WordPress Blog in less than 5 minutes, over here.
So, Firstly lets look at tweaking the basic settings of WordPress such as the Blog Tagline, Title, the Date and Time settings, writing and reading settings etc.
Check WordPress Tutorial to Exploring and Understanding the WordPress Dashboard
Now Tweak the basic setting for WP:
Now, check How to Change your Password in WordPress
Editing Profiles in WordPress
2. What is a Page and a Post:
Know the Difference between posts and pages:
3. Create a Post in WordPress:
A similar Process is followed to Add a New Page to WordPress
4. How to insert Videos or Images in WordPress:
One of the important parts of writing lively and reader friendly article or a WordPress Blog post is to add images and videos to make it more user friendly.
Here’s ‘How to add Images to WordPress’ Tutorial:
Adding Videos to WordPress:
5. How to Use the Formatting Options in WordPress:
Formatting Your WordPress Posts is crucial not only for a good reader experience but also from SEO and aesthetic point of view. Using Options like Heading 1, 2, 3 etc to highlight important Headings and text in your post is a good SEO practice at the same time color and alignments do help boost the overall look of the post.
Here is a WordPress tutorial on Formatting Posts in WordPress:
6. How to insert tables in WordPress:
Inserting Tables in WordPress is Often a tricky thing as there is not direct option to do so. However there are ways to get it done through plugins. Now while there are always plugins with are one better than the other; I recommend TablePress by TobiasBg – Its a FREE plugins and is pretty awesome and easy.
Here’s how to get Tables in WordPress:
7. Installing a Theme in WordPress:
Theme – A very essential part of your website or blog. Before we get to the installation part of it, let me tell you one thing; It is crucial to know which theme to pick for you site or blog.
I recommend this guide to Picking the Right WordPress Theme, over here. Once you are set on which theme to install, head over to this WordPress Tutorial to installing theme below.
Installing Theme for WordPress:
8. Essential Plugins in WordPress:
Plugins are Addons or custom solutions to your requirements which you cannot find in WordPress out-of-the-box.
To Find a List of Essential WordPress Plugins, you can check our guide over here and go to section 3.3
9. How to Install Plugins in WordPress:
Here is the WordPress tutorial to show how to install a Plugin in WordPress:
One plugin that I would like to specifically mention over here is Jetpack.
Jetpack adds a lot of WP management features and custom tweaks to your WordPress to not only optimize it but to add a lot features like Social Shares, User Stats, Widget Customizations and lot more. It is a very important and ‘MUST HAVE’ plugin for your WordPress Installation.
Here’s how to get Jetpack for WordPress:
Another Recommended Plugin and how to install and Configure the same – Akismet:
Akismet comes pre-installed on WordPress, but you need to configure it to be able to use. It is awesome and must have to be safe from Spam on your WordPress Site.
10. How to setup Widgets in WordPress:
Widgets help add more functionality and utility to the WordPress site and adds a few features to it.
Here is a WordPress Tutorial, which explains the use and how to use widgets on your blog/site.
11. Customizing the WordPress Appearance and Themes:
12. How to add Social Badges in WordPress for Google, Facebook and Twitter:
How to Add the Facebook Page Like Plugin to your Sidebar:
Adding a Google Plus Badge to your WordPress Sidebar:
How to Add Twitter Feeds to your Sidebar:
13. How to add SEO optimization settings to WordPress:
– Setup Yoast SEO Plugin
SEO is the heart of your website and if you want your blog to grow and for you to eventually make money, SEO is something you just cannot ignore. But do you need to really sweat over the SEO settings of your website? Or simply rely on Theme developers’ word for your theme being SEO friendly? Well the answer is NO to both.
While themes are SEO friendly it doesn’t ensure how well your posts and pages are optimized for SEO and this where the challenge lies. In comes a SEO Plugin by Yoast, that is your all in one stop for SEO requirements.
Here is a WordPress Tutorial on How to Install and Setup Yoast for optimum SEO settings:
14. Some of the Best Email-List Builders:
Email List is a BIG tool even today to build traffic and have a good touch-point with you audience. It is absolutely vital and important to have an email list to ensure you can interact and reach out with your audience.
You can find a list of Suggested Plugins which help you build your email list quickly and easily, over here. Go to Section 4.2 – #11 to get the details.
15. How to Backup your WordPress site:
While you have build your WordPress site with lot of love and efforts, it is very important to have a backup of your own. If you have taken web hosting from SiteGround, which I highly recommend; then you can be assured of the backups as they take care of it.
However I always suggest everyone that keep a backup of your website on any of the cloud services like Dropbox etc, so that you can have instant – anytime access to it, should anything go wrong. I recommend using BackWpUp plugin for the same.
WordPress Tutorial to Back Up your WP site using BackWpUp:
16. Optimize WordPress Performance with Caching:
Caching is an essential requirement if you want your site to load faster on your user’s browsers and more so for you to be able to fix the issue of you own websites not ‘refreshing’ the content fast enough.
I recommend WP Super Cache for the same and here is a WordPress Tutorial Explaining how to Set it up:
17. How to Monitor your WP Sites:
I run multiple websites and each of them are high traffic ones. This means that I cannot afford any downtime, slowdown or some server issues; as any of it means lower traffic and which in turn affects my revenues, which I can’t let happen. This is why I use a few Uptime Monitoring tools.
Here is a WordPress Tutorial on Monitoring Website Uptimes for FREE:
Apart from that Checking the Load Speeds and performance of my websites also matters a lot, for that I use Pingdom Tools and GTMetrix, here’s how:
18. How to Update plugins and WordPress:
Every now and then you will come across some plugin or tool requiring an update. The plugins need to be updated as there are generally some security and performance fixes that take place and you certainly should have everything updated. Same goes for WordPress itself. WordPress is constantly evolving and keeps evolving which means updates are inevitable.
Here is quick tutorial for updating WordPress Plugins, Themes and WordPress itself:
19. Adding Relevant Search Results to WordPress:
Well you will soon realize (if not already) that while WordPress is awesome on its own, its search… well not that much. Thankfully there is a good way to fix it up with a plugin called Relevanssi. Here is how you can set it up:
20. Logos for your WordPress Blog and Site:
Creating logos for your site maybe a dreaded thought or an added expense if you are not a designer. But what if I told you there are FREE tools that allow anyone to be a designer or atleast create some amazing logos for your site.
Here are two tutorials on 2 such cool tools – Deisgnmantic and PicMonkey:
21. Creating Images for WP:
Using image not only enhances your reader’s experience while consuming content on your blog/website; it also adds to the overall aesthetics of your site and often results in higher click through rate or CTR on social media.
You need not be a great designer to make some Awesome images for your Site. You don’t even need to pay anything to anyone. Yep, there two tools I suggest guys to use:
Canva and PiktoChart to make some great images, infographics and presentation templates. Here are the tutorials for the same:
22. Installing Google Analytics for your Site:
Installing Google Analytics is important for site owners and bloggers to not only see how much traffic they are getting but also to decide from where and how is the flow of traffic, what is working what is not and other details that would be impossible to track otherwise.
Here is a WordPress Tutorial to Setup Google Analytics on your WordPress Site:
23. Setting up WordPress User Profiles:
There might be times when you need to give access of your blog to someone else. It could be your web host’s tech support, some friend or your blog has grown and you need writers to contribute to it. It can be cumbersome to keep giving your own login and changing passwords all the time… which by the way is not at all advisable, in any case.
So! What do you do? Well, WordPress gives you an option to create User Profile and give individual access with different levels of access rights to each, namely:
Administrators – You would be one, and have all access. You can even add more admins
Editors- Will have rights to make edits and deal with all things related to posts and pages, categories and tags and stuff. They would not have admin access however and would not be able to make any major changes to WP settings.
Authors – will have rights to basic WP settings and access to create posts and pages
Subscriber – can be more like guests, they can have a look around stay back for a while but have not rights to tweak anything major.
Here is quick tutorial explaining how to set up different users for your WordPress Blog:
24. Managing WordPress Pingbacks and Comments:
You will come across Comments and the terms Piungbacks whie using WordPress. Here are two quick guides to managing them all with breaking a sweat.
So there you have it…. a list of curated WordPress Tutorials that will definitely solve all your most common WordPress queries and save a lot of time and effort of hunting down and breaking the internet 🙂
I have taken a lot of effort to build this list. In case you have anything to say about it, do leave it in the comments below, I will be more than happy to have a discussion.
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