If you are new to WordPress and want to dive in and set up and design your own web site, you should pay a visit to these 10 web sites. They are chock full of great WordPress information and how-to’s.
- WordPress Codex — The the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation, the Codex is the first place to start if you want to know how to do something in WordPress. There are “cookbook” examples for every template tag and query.
- WP Beginner — As its name implies, this web site is all about providing helpful information to beginning WordPress users.
- Digging Into WordPress — This blog/web site is run by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. Sign up for email notifications when new content is available; you can’t go wrong!
- Lorelle on WordPress — Lorelle Van Fossen has been working with WordPress since the beginning. Her blog discusses A to Z, soup to nuts, all WordPress, all the time!
- Blog at WPMU Dev — WPMU Dev is a subscription service, but their blog, which is free for the reading, has some great tips for beginners and professionals alike.
- WP 101 — WP 101 is a video subscription service. It offers online courses on all things WordPress, for a very modest fee.
- WP Roots — Curated by J.R. Carr, WP Roots has tutorials for beginners and pros.
- Cats Who Code — This site is owned by Jean Baptist Jung. She also runs another site specific to WordPrss, WP Recipes. See below.
- WP Recipes — This site is also operated by Jean Baptist Jung, the mastermind behind Cats Who Code WP Recipes contains lots of code snippets, some daunting to the novice, but all worth checking out.
- WordPress TV — For those who learn better by seeing, WordPress TV might be helpful. It contains useful video posts and How-to’s, but also videos on general design principles and WordPress news. Worth a watch.
Joni Mueller has been designing web sites for hire since 2003, when she first blew up her web host’s server by insisting on running Greymatter. Since then, Joni has designed for Blogger and Movable Type, TextPattern, WordPress and CMS Made Simple. She lives with her cat and shoe collection in a bucolic old section of Houston called Idylwood. For some strange reason, Joni likes to refer to herself in the third person. When she’s not working on web design, she’s ordering lawyers around. And blogging about it. Or both.