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Jul 24, 2019 07:49:08

Where are the Wordpress tutorials?

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A few days ago, I wrote about helping a friend with a website he was making, adding a Wordpress blog, but using his HTML template.

The deed has been done and I managed to use his HTML as a basis for the blog, adding additional CSS to make everything tie together and look the same.

My friend is not a Wordpress guy and almost refuses to use it. He would pick it up very quickly i'm sure, but seems resistant to learning it for some reason.

Because he was feeling confused about using Wordpress, I agreed that I would find a YouTube video or 2 for him to watch that would describe the basics. But there are no (recent) videos there that are not just created to make money from people wanting to start a Wordpress site.

70% of the videos I found take people through setting up their web hosting through the video creators affiliate link, buying Wordpress themes you don't need (through the affiliate link again) and then a short part of setting up Wordpress.

Such a simple overview video like "This is what Wordpress is and what it does, or can do - oh, and don't forget about this, this and this" does not seem to exist.

I even started to look for blog posts that might help him, but again, nothing seems to exist in a concise format., or it was wildly out of date The closest I found was the Wordpress Lessons pages, but even that seems confusing to me and a little scant on proper information.

So, I will probably have to sit with him for an hour and go through the basics. Teaching him the difference between posts and pages and how themes and plugins work.

But it did make me wonder if there is a gap in the market for this sort of training?

Could I turn this situation to my advantage and create a course or video for people that just want Wordpress information about how it works and what it can and can't do?  

I have started writing some things down in a draft post here at 200WaD (already nearly 1k words in!) and will publish it at some point as a long form piece of content. It's actually a bigger subject than you realise, once you start digging and working out what information needs to be passed on.

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    @twizzle mmmmm wp101 and wpbeginner this 2 pop in my mind when talking about a beginner tutorials

    Knight avatar Knight | Jul 25, 2019 06:36:26
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      @knight I had not heard of wp101 before, looks quite good and relatively cheap too. Wpbeginner is probably a little advanced for the type of guide I was looking for, but thanks.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 25, 2019 07:23:44
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    @twizzle Super interesting! When you know Wordpress powers most of the websites on the Internet, you can't help but think it's a huge market opportunity. Not sure it will last though.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 24, 2019 10:44:27
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      @basilesamel I just need to remember that there is probably a reason why this sort of "guide" does not exist!

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 24, 2019 15:32:27
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    @twizzle Do it !! .. I would say for many Wordpress experts is really hard to put down the basics ... cuz what is super clear for them it's not clear for beginners ..I feel like advanced in Wordpress but couldn't make it either. I wouldn't be patient to explain everything haha

    Efran avatar Efran | Jul 24, 2019 09:08:33
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      @efran My idea would be a way to describe how Wordpress works to a newbie who has come from a pure HTML/CSS background. A few people I know have looked at Wordpress and just been overwhelmed by the dashboard and options. And once you start looking at themes and plugins, all hell breaks loose. You almost have to relearn how things work when you install some themes, they are so complex.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 24, 2019 15:33:49
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      @twizzle Actually I do not know much how WordPress works, just go with the flow :D ... always try to use easily editable themes ...

      Efran avatar Efran | Jul 24, 2019 18:25:42
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