What is the best way to learn WordPress quickly?
I volunteer for a non profit that has an existing WordPress website that was set up a few years ago. We are looking to train additional volunteers to maintain and enhance the site. The website currently has several pages with an event calendar with links to EventBrite, general announcements, member contacts & emails, job postings, slide presentations, and links to Twitter and LinkedIn. We're all volunteers with busy schedules, so the goal is to learn what is needed with a minimal investment of time (starting from beginner level). What is the best way to do this? Online tutorials? Online or in-person classes? Other recommendations?
In my experience the online options have been great!
udemy.com is a great source of information. They offer 162 courses on WordPress of which 35 are free. https://www.udemy.com
iThemes is also very helpful. They offer 24 "WordPress 101" introductory videos for free. https://ithemes.com/tutorials/
lynda.com offers a $25 per month subscription. Their library includes 64 courses on WordPress and a whole lot more. http://lynda.com
Also consider the Successful Web Designer Training Package from Learn Web Development for $197. They also have an eight week WordPress Bootcamp for $397 which I took and recommend to family. You can go at your own pace, or follow the eight week path. See: http://www.learnwebdevelopment.com/wordpress-bootcamp/
The other route is to attend high school, community college or university classes. These you would have to investigate locally.
Dive in. The water is fine. :-) Typically, a simple website can be created after a few hours of instruction. The fine points take time.
Best wishes for success. Please let us know what you do and how it works out. - The Pragmatic Web Designer
I am sure different people have their own preferences on how they like to learn. I am in the same boat where I am learning about wordpress. In the past I have tried to learn subjects by attending classes or seminars and tried to learn things buy buying a book or two on the subject. These days I find YouTube videos the fastest and easiest way to learn and I doubt I would ever go back to seminars, classes or books. There are some really good tutorials that will have you up and running in no time. The search that has worked the best for me has been along the lines of "create a business web site with Wordpress"
The way I learned Wordpress was to make my site. Maybe you should try to create a site for yourself from scratch to learn it from beginning to end. It's quite easy to learn. I had no problems but if you do, you can look up answers on their FAQ pages. This will help you edit an already created site. It's hard to come into an already functioning site to edit without any knowledge on how the site was built. So maybe by building your own site, you'll understand how the non profit's page works and you will be able to edit it better. Hope this helps! Wordpress is a very straight forward editor so you should be able to create your own site in a few hours. Also, when you create your own site, use the same Wordpress site theme so you will be able to see the changes as if you were working on the already create site. Good luck!
Online tutorials are great, but if you can arrange schedules where you meet together—work on the website together. Have them observe you, then have them take over a bit. Being on the spot and able to ask "hey, how do you do that? or this?" and work it out together, you'll establish a knowledgeable team faster.
In the meantime, if you run into questions, feel free to email me.
I'm going to concantenate a couple of folks suggestions and then add just a bit.
I'm going to suggest following Ray's and Joseph's direction of using YouTube right at the outset to get some base information without too much time investment.
Prior to touching the existing site though, I would strongly support the direction from Liz of creating a net new WP site and just going in and doing stuff. In professional IT, where I've spent almost 2 decades, we call it a "sandbox" environment. And a great way to do this is to go to either Microsoft's 'cloud', called Azure, or Amazon's 'cloud', called AWS and get your WP sandboxes created there. This can be done anywhere from almost free to quite low/manageable cost. Otherwise you need to have hardware and licensed operating system software to create the environment for your sandboxes.
I started with http://codex.wordpress.org and learned from there over time and through other wordpress users in forums.
Many that I know have learned via Udemy.com with some success...However, as you get use to it you will start venturing beyond the basics and playing around.
Venture over to http://stackoverflow.com and ask questions - many there willing to answer simple to complex queries within minutes.
If you can search in Google there will be lot of tutorials about WordPress development. Once you just completed your Photoshop PSD you can just convert the psd design by referring the WordPress tutorials posted below,
Hi, Wordpress is very easy to learn from a user perspective, installing plugins is very straight forward and the online documentation is exhaustive also the user and developer community is very open and accessible. I dont think you will have any issues in getting help with specific issues/tasks(ask me for instances). But Wordpress is a universe on its own, there are many sides to it from design to programming in PHP/MySql and that side can take a while to grasp if anyone fancies programming new functionalities and bespoke frameworks.
I would use the community documentation for troubleshooting and find answers. Also reach out for experient Wordpress users/developers, I am sure the non-profit spirit will gather some enthusiasm around your website.
I best learn by practically experimenting with wordpress after going through tutorials and user guide. You might come across several ways of performing a particular task and its fun learning new techniques.
As others stated, books and online resources are aplenty, but I think one problem that an organization could run into is ensuring all employees are learning the basics. A few YouTube videos won't do that. An in-person class is a good idea because it would allow all volunteers tasked with learning to help one another in a group setting. But this doesn't mean that you need to go and hire an outside person to teach you, or for you to find a WordPress class and trek there.
I'd suggest setting aside time for a once- or twice-a-week meeting in a room with either a projector or a few computers and to see if your local library has a subscription to lynda.com -- many libraries across the country do. You would log in with your library card and voila, off you go, in a supportive environment where everyone learns together.
My first suggestion is to use the wordpress.org support forums and support documentation for your specific questions. If you want general training then youtube videos or lynda.com. Another approach that might make the best sense is to hire someone to provide a tailored/specific training, online or in-person, for the things you need to learn to maintain the site, and to provide a PowerPoint documentation of this training so that you can share it with others who cannot attend the online or in-person training.
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If you install a local server like WAMP http://www.wampserver.com/en/ this will allow you to install a local version of wordpress which won't take any space on your server, and allow you to have a place to test and break (if need be) without disrupting your online service.
If you decided you like the work and you want to transfer it to a live server it will be easy to swap it over. Just follow the instructions on the wordpress.org page.
For the learning process I would also recommend the wordpress.codex page http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons
There are also a ton of WP tutorials and resources online if you just google them such as: http://www.wptuts.com/ or http://www.wpbeginner.com/
the best thing to do is install a local version and just play with it try and accomplish some goals, and in no time you'll feel comfortable in the dashboard and modifying sites.
I really like this theme/framework for modifying and creating custom sites: https://ultimatumtheme.com/ there are many http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Frameworks
but to start modifying the base theme and learning how to customize that will be a good challenge and teach your about theme customization, site setup, and plugins etc.
You need to identify what you want your volunteers to know about Wordpress. How to blog, how to set up a page, SEO, etc...?
Once you've identified the subject matter, then go to Youtube and find the videos that cover those specific topics.
Put together a simple training manual that lists these videos.
Whenever a new topic comes up, find a video and then just add it the manual.
If you all are volunteers, I'm sure you don't want to spend the time going through an entire Wordpress course or series of classes.
Remember, you don't have to be a Wordpress expert in order to use Wordpress - it's just not necessary.
There's only a few key concepts you really need to know.
I recommend the volunteers try Google Helpouts...at least through April 30th. After that, the company is shutting down these tutorials. Another option is Treehouse -> http://teamtreehouse.com/tracks/learn-wordpress.