View Full Version : Wordpress for beginers Parts 1 and 2

Harold Mansfield
01-06-2011, 05:17 PM
This is actually a pretty good set of articles for people who are looking for some beginners tips and instructions.
It covers the absolute beginning to writing content and additional tips for plug ins and SEO.
Not sure if it's going to be a series.

Part 1: Teaching WordPress to Absolute Beginners Part 1: The Build - WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org (http://wpmu.org/teaching-wordpress-to-absolute-beginners-part-1-the-build/)
Part 2 : Teaching WordPress the Absolute Beginners Pt 2: The Content - WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org (http://wpmu.org/teaching-wordpress-the-absolute-beginners-pt-2-the-content/)

01-06-2011, 05:32 PM
I scanned both posts and agree they're good for beginners. I actually do similar things when attempting to teach someone to use WordPress. Good reads for anyone new to WP and wanting to learn more.

I'll also recommend the WordPress codex (http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page). It's where I learned. The first section on getting started helped me understand what WordPress and blogging was all about.

01-07-2011, 02:08 AM
I wrote a WP FAQ on my blog as well, whether it's been helpful or not for some people, I can't say.

But if one wants to get involved the nuts and bolts behind the scenes (how WP themes and plugins work, etc.), then I'd recommend to them to try and understand the code behind it (HTML, CSS, PHP). Not saying become a master coder, just understand how the languages interact with WP.

01-07-2011, 12:34 PM
Good content especially for designers who want to move from static xhtml/css to WP.

In practice, these days we really have to spend time training our clients on a case-by-case basis. The more we use custom post types and custom taxonomies, the less 'stock' the WordPress experience becomes.

01-07-2011, 01:58 PM
True, but on the other hand with custom post types we can create menu options that make more sense to our clients and make it more easy for them to use WordPress. For example say we're developing a cooking site where recipes are common. I would think clients would sooner understand an option to add a new recipe than they would to add a new post or page, especially if we've developed that custom post type with fields for ingredients, preparation, and cooking instructions.

That doesn't change having to help clients through the basics or WordPress, but I think we have the ability now to make the learning curve much more shallow.