Beginner's Guide to WordPress
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Beginner's Guide to WordPress

Learn how to quickly and easily create a stunning website using WordPress, no coding or experience is required!
5.0 (1 rating)
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501 students enrolled
Created by Mark Hardwick
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a fully-featured, fully-functional WordPress website for yourself or for your business
  • Initial setup of your WordPress site post-installation and how to navigate around the WordPress dashboard
  • Create a traditional website with static homepage or create new blog-like homepage for blogging
  • Configuration and properly adjusting WordPress default settings when creating a new website
  • The key differences pages and posts and when to use each when adding content to your site
  • Various options for formatting text and how to use the WYSIWYG editor for adding content to pages and posts
  • How to use the media library to add rich media content to your site
  • How to preview themes from within WordPress and install/activate them on your WordPress account
  • Which top-rated WordPress plugins that are worth installing on your site and how to search for and install plugins
  • WordPress resources and best-practices for increasing the security of your site and protecting it against hacks
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  • No prior knowledge of website development or even WordPress, we'll show you the ropes!
  • This course does NOT require any coding experience, that's why WordPress is so great!
  • You'll need access to a computer and the Internet, that's it!

What makes our videos different? 

This comprehensive, step-by-step video training series is designed to quickly and efficiently teach you the fundamentals of WordPress, the world's most popular web-publishing platform. Whether your creating a new WordPress website from scratch or wanting to learn how to use WordPress to manage an existing one, this video series has everything you need and more! 

We cover the important aspects of creating and managing a fully-featured, fully-functional WordPress website through your existing web browser. No former website design or management experience with is needed, and best of all, you won't have to deal with complex lines of code or tech jargon. It is now 2017, and creating an online presence with WordPress has never been easier!

What you’ll learn:

  • What makes WordPress the world's most popular web-publishing platform and the difference between the hosted version of WordPress (.com) and the self-hosted version of WordPress (.org)
  • How to install the self-hosted version of WordPress (.org) and your own domain
  • Initial setup of your WordPress site post installation and how to navigate around the WordPress dashboard
  • Configuring and managing the settings for your WordPress website, including screen options, user roles, permalink structure, enabling and disabling comments, visibility settings, and much, much more
  • Everything about pages and posts, the key differences between the two, and when to use each when adding content to your site
  • Options for formatting text and how to use the WYSIWYG editor for adding content
  • How to use the media library to add rich media content to your site, such as images, image galleries, featured images to your posts, a site icon, and how to easily embed videos using the oEmbed feature
  • The importance of categories and tags and how to keep your content organized by assigning them to your respective posts
  • How to create an organized site architecture, such as how to create custom menus, add widgets to the sidebar and footer of your website, and interlink pages and posts, resulting in an overall increase in the user experience for your site visitors
  • How to preview themes from within WordPress and install them on your WordPress account
  • Which top-rated WordPress plugins are worth installing on your site and how to search for and install free plugins from the WordPress plugin directory and commercial/paid plugins from third-party sources
  • WordPress resources and best-practices for increasing the security of your site and protecting it against hacks.

Key benefits of this series:

  • Engaging Content. Each video is meticulously designed to keep you engaged and entertained, which not only makes the process of learning WordPress easy, but also fun!
  • Zero Programming. Learning WordPress is easy and doesn't require coding. We'll teach you how to easily manage your website.
  • Save Moolah! Stop paying an overpriced website developer. Become a WordPress expert and manage your website for a fraction of the cost. 
  • Website Management. Learn the how to build and manage your WordPress-powered website, all through your existing web browser. 
  • Always Fresh. Our video content is always current! Video tutorials are frequently updated upon every new major WordPress version release. Responsive Training. We've created a platform is responsive so you can enjoy learning WordPress from your computer or on the go using a mobile device.
  • Lifetime Access. This series is available to you, forever! Sign up and you’ll immediate gain lifetime access to all the videos in this series alongside new videos that we add in the future.

What you’ll get:

  • Lifetime access to over 3 hours of highly-entertaining, graphic-rich video content that guide you through the fundamental aspects of the WordPress platform
  • An evergreen Beginner's course, with new content added frequently to ensure all content is up-to-date
  • COMING SOON: A new "over-my-shoulder" section, allowing you the ability to follow along as I create a new business website from scratch using a commercial theme. Watch closely as I apply the concepts discussed previously to build an attractive static home page for a business and other content, such as subpages, a Blog page for features articles, About Us, and Contact Us page.
Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to build a website from scratch using the WordPress platform
  • If you want a comprehensive, step-by-step guide from industry experts on how to use WordPress
  • Those that want to avoid the costs associated with hiring a web designer/developer. You'll learn how to manage a new, or existing, WordPress website
  • Anyone who wants to master the basics of Wordpress without having to deal with technical jargon or code
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Getting to Know WordPress
3 Lectures 15:51

In this video, I'll introduce you to WordPress, the world’s most popular website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. I’ll also explain how WordPress works, who uses it, and discuss the powerful benefits associated with using the WordPress platform.

What is WordPress?

We’ve previously defined Wordpress as a free open-source content management system that is incredibly easy to use. Essentially, WordPress comes in two different flavors:

  1. the fully hosted, and
  2. its self-hosted counterpart

In this video tutorial, I’ll explain each platform, the main difference between the two, and other important factors to consider when choosing between and versus
Getting Started with WordPress
9 Lectures 56:23

In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the process of manually installing WordPress step-by-step in preparation for deploying your own fully functional WordPress website.

For simplicity, I've broken down the installation process into 4 separate sections:

  1. How to connect to your server using our FTP Client
  2. Setup the MYSQL Database, which stores website content and settings
  3. Download WordPress from and upload the Wordpress files to an FTP client
  4. Complete the process by completing the Wordpress Install Wizard
How to Install WordPress (on your own domain)

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see upon logging into your WordPress website. In this video, I'll explore the Dashboard and unveil its features and benefits.

Preview 07:56

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to configure the viewing options for different screens by using the Screen Options drop down menu located at the top right corner of your WordPress Administration area. By using the Screen Options menu, you are able to control what specific items are displayed for each screen.

Screen Options

Understanding pages and posts is one of the fundamental basics of becoming familiar with WordPress, and often beginners struggle with the identifying the differences between the two.

When displaying content in a WordPress website you have two similar, but distinctively different options to choose between, that is, either through a Page or a Page. After watching this video, you’ll know whether to use a Page or Post when creating content for your website.

Pages vs. Posts

In this video we’ll show you how to create a new WordPress post.

Posts are listed by their date of publication and therefore best used as a way to publish time-sensitive content for a blog, such as new blog entries, news items, published articles, stories, and more. 

Creating Basic Posts

In this video we’ll show you how to create a new WordPress page.

Pages are static and often used to present timeless information, or information that is always relevant. Some common examples of pages include a website’s Contact Page, About Page, as well as pages that feature content such as Company Information, Legal Information, Accessibility Statements, Copyrights, etcetera.

Creating Basic Pages

Assigning categories and tags in WordPress is a convenient way to organize your posts. In addition, categories and tags provide your viewers with an easy way to find the related content they’re interested in. 

In this video tutorial, we’ll cover the functions and features associated with categories and tags. 

Categories and Tags

Working with Links
WordPress Appearance and Functionality
5 Lectures 29:14
Exploring Themes

Previewing and Installing Themes

In this video tutorial, I'll discuss plugins and show you how easy it is to install and activate them from within WordPress..

I'll also dive a bit deeper into the different types of plugins that are available to you. I'll wrap this tutorial by jumping into the admin panel of our WordPress site to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to search for, install, and activate plugins.

Installing Plugins

Custom menus are a list of common links typically displayed at the top of your site and enable your viewers to easily navigate through website’s content.

In this video, I'll show you how to add a custom menu from the Menus subpanel menu of the WordPress administration dashboard, which is located on the left-side navigation bar under Appearance. I'll demonstrate how to quickly create new menus, add and delete menu items, edit advanced details about the menu items, customize the structure of the menu, and of course, add the menu to your site by assigning its location.

Exploring Custom Menus

WordPress widgets allow you to easily add content to specific locations on your website, including the sidebar, header, footer, and other widget-ready areas all based on the WordPress theme you have installed.

In this video tutorial, I'll discuss widgets, what they are, and how to add, remove, rearrange, and modify them from the WordPress Admin area.

Exploring Widgets
Customizing WordPress Settings
9 Lectures 34:58
General Settings Screen

Understanding User Roles

Adding New Users

Enabling User Registration

Assigning a Default Category

Enabling and Disabling Comments

Managing Comment Settings - Part I

Managing Comment Settings - Part II

Search Engine Visibility Setting
Working with Media
6 Lectures 26:06
Media Library

Adding Images

Adding Featured Images

Working with Image Galleries

Uploading a Site Icon

Website Maintenance
2 Lectures 05:22
Updating WordPress

How to Backup Your Website
About the Instructor
Mark Hardwick
4.3 Average rating
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1,347 Students
2 Courses
Knowledge Empowers!

About Mark & Planet WP

I am the co-founder of Planet WP, an online resource dedicated to providing the WordPress community with valuable training videos and articles. Our primary goal is to make it easy for anyone to create a fully-personalized, high-quality, and professional-grade WordPress website on their own. 

As a dynamic duo - one part developer the other designer - we have constructed thousands of websites for our clients with a majority of them using the WordPress platform. As part of our service offering, we would teach each and every client the basics of managing their website. Over time, we began making convenient video tutorials as leave-behinds, only to receive unimaginable feedback alongside an overwhelming amount of requests for more high-quality video tutorials. Through PlanetWP, we've now made our comprehensive step-by-step video tutorials available for everyone to enjoy!

What Motivates Us?

We are motivated by the ability to connect people with what matters most - knowledge. We spend our days sharpening video content to ensure our viewers have the most updated resources to manage and improve their online web presence, whether it be launching their first WordPress blog or e-commerce website, improving their site's ranking through SEO, or increasing the security and performance of their WordPress website.

Contact Us

Why, of course! If you have a specific video tutorial request, questions about life, need additional WordPress support, or just want to say "hi," please contact us: