8 Quick and Easy Resources For Building Your First WordPress Site

WordPress is arguably the best blogging platform out there. With its customizable themes, user-friendliness and SEO rewards, you’ll benefit greatly from learning the skills to work with WordPress. Through building your first site, you’ll learn about theme design and blog layout, and in the long run enjoy easy maintenance and management. Below is a list of the top resources to help you to become a successful WordPress designer.

1. WordPress Guide

This is an interactive, step-by-step guide to building your WordPress site from the ground up. It’s extremely helpful if you have not had previous exposure to WordPress, because it walks you through to the launch from setup, to design and navigation, to content and backend design. If you have used WordPress but need help with the more technical aspects, you can easily skip to the steps that apply to you.

2. Tutorials

Many blogs offer tutorials for WordPress, and WpRecipes.com contains a wide variety of tips that are updated regularly. It not only has tutorials, but also gives advice for making the most of your site’s capabilities and themes. With the purpose of providing tips and how-tos for everyone, the creator also posts answers to WordPress questions so that others who have the same question will get an answer. Thus, it contains a sense of community - full of help and communication for WordPress users.


3. Videos

If you prefer visual tutorials to written ones, the official WordPress website offers an array of video tutorials to show what you’ll be doing. It hosts tips about everything WordPress, like choosing premium themes, effective digital marketing and easy ways to search engine optimize your site.

4. Theme blog

Themeshaper is a great source for learning all about themes, getting downloads and receiving advice on creating your own themes. The creators of Themeshaper are dedicated to developing and improving themes for millions of WordPress users. They offer their own custom downloads to the open source community to ensure you get the theme that best fits your business.

5. Inspiration

If you’re in need of some inspiration, a great way to elicit creativity is to browse a large library of stock photos, like Shutterstock. You can search a collection using keywords, and when you find images you like, you can use the Photo Lightbox to accrue a collection of photos. You can build different categories of lightboxes to refer back to for inspiration. That way, your ideas will not escape you and you can always revisit your collections.

Another great perk about creating a lightbox is that you can email it to yourself or share it on your social networking sites, so you can build a community that gives you greater access to photo inspiration.

6. Blog Help

Pro Blog Design offers all kinds of tips and tutorials for WordPress. It also contains a section dedicated to providing all the best tips for writing quality articles for your blog. If you’re not a writer, this is a very helpful resource for helping you write awesome content, as well as implement maximum search engine optimization benefits for your site.

7. Cheat Sheet

After you get going on your WordPress site and you have a pretty good hold on how it works, it’s always good to have a cheat sheet to refer back to if you come to any roadblocks. The sheets from Tuts Plus categorize different codes into theme structure, category based loops, template and blogging tags, navigation menu, etc. so if you ever want to change the structure of your blog, you have the code right there.

8. Content Filler Plugins

When you’re designing your blog layout, you probably won’t have all the writing needed to fill the pages yet, so it’s helpful to use filler text to visualize what your pages will look like. Here’s a list of dummy filler plugins to fill the text sections of your layouts.

These resources cover a wide range of WordPress help, so use these as you are developing your WordPress design skills to create the best site possible. Enjoy!

Author: Luke

Luke is a Seattle based designer, developer and outdoorsman. If he’s not geeking out about UI design, you’ll most likely find him climbing something in the mountains. Follow him on Twitter @lukeclum

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