If the folks over at WordPress are to be believed (and they seem suitably trustworthy sorts), it now ‘powers’ over a fifth of the internet.
It’s easy to see why: on WordPress.com, you can rapidly create a new blog entirely for free, with a reasonable amount of customisation. Alternatively, most web hosts provide WordPress as a free single-click install, and more information on what’s possible there can be found at WordPress.org.
Newcomers might find WordPress a touch bewildering initially, but it’s the best free option for anyone wanting a great mix of power, customisation and usability. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best WordPress tutorials.
Tutorials for beginners
How to install WordPress
Perhaps the most frightening part of getting started with WordPress is the business of actually installing it. Thankfully this comprehensive WordPress tutorial from WPBeginner covers all the bases, with detailed instructions to help you get up and running with ease.
A beginner’s guide to creating a WordPress website
This complete guide to creating your first WordPress site is a great place to start if you’re a total beginner, or someone with a bit of experience looking to fill holes in their knowledge. There are sections on everything from domain names, to how to choose a theme, and tips for keeping your WordPress site secure.
WordPress cheat sheet
Cheat sheets are ideal when you’re starting out, and can still prove useful to refer back to when you’re more experienced. This one lays it all out for you and provides a brilliant go-to for any WordPress woes.
How to learn WordPress in one week (for free!)
This step-by-step WordPress tutorial is aimed at beginners who are trying to become competent with the platform in their spare time. It assumes some familiarity with the WordPress, as well as a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP. If you have all that, and 2-3 hours free each day, this course will turn you into a WordPress whizz in just a week.
How to make the WordPress editor look like your website
Using the Preview button is OK, but it’s much better to be able to write your posts and see how they’re going to look on the site without having to switch back and forth between view modes. This great tutorial shows you how to do just that.
How to use FTP to upload files to WordPress for Beginners
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a fast and simple way to upload files from your computer to your WordPress website. This six-minute video from WPBeginner walks you through three popular ways to do so. If you don’t want to watch the video, there’s a text-based explanation too.
How to Center Align a Video in WordPress
If you post video on your WordPress site with a width that’s less than your article area, it will automatically be aligned it to the left, leaving extra white space on the right-hand side. There are many reasons, though, why you might prefer it to be centred on the page, so this quick and easy tutorial walks you through how to do it.
How to Properly Add Google AdSense to Your WordPress Site
If you want to monetise your website without the effort of chasing individual sponsors directly, Google AdSense is a great way to earn money through programmatic ads. This tutorial walks you through the simple steps that allow you to add Google AdSense in WordPress, along with some best practices and tips to increase your income.
How to Create a Private Post in WordPress
Normally, anything you post on WordPress is public, but it is actually possible to create private posts, which are only visible to logged-in users. This quick and easy tutorial walks you through the process of creating them.
How to Appear in Google Answer Boxes with Your WP Site
In recent years, Google has been trying to answer questions typed into its search box directly on the search results page, through what it calls answer boxes. These feature a relevant extract from a website that deals with people’s queries without them having to click through to the site. If you want the articles on your WordPress website to appear in an answer boxes, this tutorial explains how to make it so.
How to Create a Landing Page Template for Your Theme
A landing page is a special page on your site that’s designed to encourage a certain type of visitor – for example, someone wanting to buy something. This simple tutorial explains how to create a page template file for your theme, so you can create your own landing pages quickly and easy.
Your Startup Guide to SEO
If you want people to find your WordPress site through Google, you need to understand search engine optimisation (SEO). This tutorial explains what it is, and how construct a solid SEO strategy for your site.