I’ve been working with WordPress for more than two years now and it’s hard to remember how it felt when I just got started. I do know that it’s important to have some sort of guide to learn the basics and get acquainted with somthing new.
I thought it would be handy to compile a list of what I consider to be the best free resources for beginners to get up and running with WordPress. I divided them into written guides and downloadable PDF files, and video screencast tutorials.
Written guides / tutorials
Easy WP Guide
http://easywpguide.com/ : an entire website built as a WordPress guide. It also offers a downloadable PDF version. It also has a beautiful design
WPBeginner tutorials section
http://www.wpbeginner.com/category/wp-tutorials/: this is the ultimate blog for WordPress beginners, they’re always publishing new tutorials and are very active in the community.
WordPress Codex official documentation
http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons: I couldn’t leave out the official WordPress documentation, could I?
InterconnectIT WordPress User Guide
http://interconnectit.com/products/wordpress-user-guide/: These guys allow you to download their WordPress guide as a PDF. There is also an unbranded Word format, but that’s not free.
WPTuts WP101 video training
http://wp.tutsplus.com/category/tutorials/wp101-training/: WPtuts is a relatively new site in the WordPress blogosphere, but its content is of high quality. They have partnered with WP101 to provide excellent video tutorials that cover the basics of WordPress administration.
http://wordpress.tv Of course, WordPress has its own channel with presentations given at Wordcamps. There are videos for all levels from beginner to expert.
Leanr WordPress youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/learnwordpress3: a collection of WordPress video tutorials on youtube
iThemes WordPress tutorials
http://ithemes.com/tutorials/: iThemes brought us the Builder theme and Backupbuddy. This is their collection of WordPress video tutorials that they are providing for free.
Viva Themes WordPress screencast vimeo channel
http://vimeo.com/user5879160/videos: here is a collection of screencasts from Viva themes that cover the basics of WordPress such as using a contact form or changing the permalinks.
WP101.com free videos
http://www.wp101.com/tag/free/: here are the free video tutorials from WP101. To get access to the complete collection, there is a small fee to pay.