WordPress is one of the most popular platforms out there for your website and with good reason. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it has thousands of themes and plugins that make it easy to create any type of website without hiring a developer or learning how to code.
It’s also backed by a strong community that provides hundreds of resources for new and existing WordPress users that not only help you create a beautiful website but also teach you how to do more with WordPress and truly master the platform.
In this post, I’ve rounded up the best WordPress resources geared for anyone that’s new to using it.
Best WordPress Blogs
If you search for anything WordPress related online, you’ll come across dozens of blogs related to WordPress. The blogs on this list have been around for quite some time and have tons of resources, tutorials, how-tos, and roundups that will help you get to grips with WordPress quickly.
wpbeginner is one of the oldest WordPress blogs tutorials and articles aimed at complete WordPress beginners. They are also the development team behind some of the popular plugins such as OptinMonster and MonsterInsights.
Torque Magazine is a great blog and website if you want to stay updated with WordPress news and learn a more advanced trick or two. While you can find tutorials aimed at beginners, experienced WordPress users can also benefit from this site when they need to go beyond the basics.
WPExplorer is another WordPress blog that’s been around for quite some time. Aside from WordPress tutorials, they also offer reviews and you’ll even find a few free themes to get you started.
My own site and Youtube channel have dozens of WordPress tutorials, plugin, and theme reviews as well as detailed how-tos and walkthroughs. You can learn not only how to set up your WordPress website but also how to set up your online store from scratch.
Best WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops
In this section, you’ll find some of the best theme and plugin shops when you’re ready to take the next step and invest in a professional, premium theme and plugins.
ElegantThemes is the parent company behind Divi, a premium WordPress theme that uses a drag and drop interface and makes it easy to create beautiful and professional websites. They also have a very popular blog filled with WordPress tips and tricks as well as other articles that will help you grow your business or website.
Envato Market is a huge marketplace that sells some of the most popular WordPress themes such as Massive Dynamic and Flatsome. But, aside from themes, they also have thousands of WordPress plugins to extend your site’s functionality.
Divi Den is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking for free Divi layouts. The layouts on this site are not just one-page layouts but full-featured websites with multiple pages and you can even shop around for individual pages or sections of the page. There are also several other sites with free Divi layouts that I’ve covered in a previous post.
Best WordPress Themes and Plugins
Below, you’ll find a selection of the best WordPress themes and plugins. I’ve included the best free and premium WordPress themes.
By now, you already know I am a big fan of the Divi theme. This theme makes it easy for anyone to build a beautiful website and you can even find free layouts to get you started. This theme is available as part of ElegantThemes membership that also gives you access to their plugins such as Monarch and Bloom so you can start building your list and encourage people to share your site and content on social media. If you want to see what all Divi has to offer, check out my post that outlines all the new features introduced in the latest Divi theme update.
The Flatsome theme is another premium theme that can be bought on Envato market. It’s a great theme for anyone looking to start an online store. Check out this tutorial to see the Flatsome theme in action and create your store.
The Massive Dynamic theme can be used to create any type of website. This is one of the best-rated themes on Envato Market and I highly recommend you check it out when you’re ready to invest in your site. You can see what this theme has to offer and why I recommend it in this review.
If you’re just getting started, the OceanWP theme is a great free theme to get you started. It’s a multipurpose theme so it can be used for any type of website, includes several demos to help you set up your site as quickly as possible, and it was also built to load fast.
Another free theme, the Astra theme is a stylish and fast-loading theme that integrates with WooCommerce which means you can use it for your website as well as to create an online store.
You’ve probably heard that the money is in the list which means you need to start building your email list from day one. Use the Bloom plugin from ElegantThemes to create attention-grabbing optin forms on your site. You can choose from several premade designs, customize them, and have complete control over the placement.
If, by chance, you don’t like any of the themes above and would like to design your site yourself, then give the Elementor plugin a try. This is a drag-and-drop page builder plugin that has a free and a paid version that has slightly more functionality. Check out the plugin review here.
The Yoast SEO plugin is a must-have for anyone who is serious about getting their site ranked better in search engines. The plugin is free but it does have a premium version which includes video SEO. You can see how to set it up in this tutorial so you can up your SEO game.
Best WordPress Resources
Lastly, here are a few more miscellaneous resources for WordPress that will help you become a WordPress pro.
The Tao of WordPress
The Tao of WordPress is a 300-page book that claims to be “the complete guide for anyone who wants to succeed with WordPress”. In this book, you’ll find tons of current techniques, practical advice, and real examples that will explain everything you need to know about WordPress.
WordPressTV offers plenty of video tutorials aimed at both beginner WordPress users and experienced users alike. The topics cover everything from the very basics of WordPress down to more advanced topics such as SEO optimization and advanced web design.
Lastly, the WordPress Codex is the official WordPress documentation that has in-depth guides and explanations covering WordPress functions, code snippets, theme and plugin development, and more.
As you can see, when it comes to WordPress there is no shortage of quality resources that will help you create a powerful WordPress website and teach you a few tips and tricks about the platform itself. Use this list as a starting point, go forth, and master WordPress. Happy learning!
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