We tend to learn how to use WordPress through our own trials and errors. It's an adventure.
Now and then you need help with something in particular. Or, you want to improve on what you already know. Or, you want to take your WordPress site in another direction and make big changes. There are books in print, there are friends too. I usually find all the help I need online, on blogs and sites about WordPress and user forums.
Start by Spelling WordPress the Right Way
WordPress Themes I LikeFree WordPress Themes: Themes from Automattic: Coraline, Duster, and Pilcrow. WordPress.org: Twenty Eleven Right now most of my blogs are running on the Clear Line WordPress theme. It's a free theme with some flexibility for tweaking. Fairly easy to use and free to use. Premium WordPress Themes: Bavotasan (Free and premium) Catalyst Headway Thesis Genesis
How to Install a WordPress Theme
- How to install a new WordPress theme
- Free WordPress Themes
The WordPress Plugins I Like to Use
Clean Contact - A contact form for WordPress. You don't have to give away your email address but you can have the form direct any messages to your email account. Contextual Related Posts - This will show posts related (by content) to the current post your blog reader has read. This is a long time favourite plugin for me. Scheduled Posts - Any post you schedule for the future will be displayed in the admin of your blog, separate from the drafts or posts already on the blog. Link Library - Sort your links. It's like having your own web directory made from your blogroll. Time Machine - Show your old blog posts again. Works really nice for my old blog, takes me down memory lane every day. Where did they go from here? - An also viewed plugin. Shows your readers other posts people read after the current post. WPTouch - Make your blog available to mobile readers. I use the free version.
WordPress Development Geared to Beginners
- WordPress Lessons | WordPress Codex
- Getting Started with WordPress | WordPress Codex
- About Blogging