WordPress Resources

WordPress Resources

As one of the many volunteers who help out from time to time with WordPress on the WordPress Support Forum and WordPress.com Forums, I found myself repeatedly giving out link references so I started keeping notes and have put together a list of some of the link references most needed and asked for on the forum.

Some of these are links to articles on the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress users, but others are answers posted on the forums, or other sites with the answers to common problems or situations that arise when using WordPress.

The WordPress Lessons on the WordPress Codex are really expanding, providing extensive step-by-step information to help anyone at any level.We hope these help you and others find their way around WordPress.

For help on using , check the many articles I’ve posted here in the WordPressdotcom category, and on the WordPress.com FAQ blog, as well as within the WordPress.com Forums.

Also check out the Site Map on Lorelle on WordPress for an extensive table of contents listing of the many helpful articles on this blog covering WordPress and WordPress.com tips, techniques, and tricks, as well as extensive information on website development, web design, and blogging.


New to WordPress: Beginners

Learning anything new can be overwhelming but there are a lot of resources that will take you through the process step-by-step.

Installing WordPress


WordPress.com Only


Themes and Template Files

WordPress uses Themes to handle the website design and layout elements. Template Files and template tags are the files and tag tools that generate the results of each web page within your WordPress site. WordPress Pages are web pages within your site that feature information like “About Us”, “Contact”, “Schedule/Events”, and “Site Map”. The following resources will help you to learn how to use these to design your site.

Resources for Themes


Themes and Templates


Design Tools and Accessories


WordPress and CSS


CSS Browsers and Positioning


WordPress Pages


Customizing Your WordPress Site

The following resources will help you move beyond the WordPress Theme you’ve choosen to customize how your WordPress site will look and respond. If customizing a site is new to you, check out the WordPress Lessons on Designing Your WordPress Site first.

Headers

Customizing Your Sidebar

Template and Template Tags

Content and Excerpts

Conditional Tags and the Loop

Sorting Categories

Styling Categories Differently

Tags and Categories

WordPress Power User Odds and Ends

WordPress Add-ons, Extensions, and Plugins

While WordPress out-of-the-box is great and has amazing power, there are literally hundreds of add-ons called “Plugins” and other scripts which extend the functionality of WordPress.

WordPress Plugins Lists and News

WordPress Plugin Directory

WordPress Foreign Language Issues


WordPress Site Tools, Development, Maintenance, and Tasks

There is a lot of power features for WordPress, but there is a lot of work, too. The following are resources you may need to help you work with WordPress, including validating and developing your site, tools, maintenance, and things you should do to keep your WordPress site in top condition.

WordPress Site Development

Backing Up and Restoring Database

Moving WordPress

RSS Feeds

Trackback and Ping Testers


WordPress Community

There is a lot going on within the WordPress Community if you want to get involved and keep up with WordPress activities and efforts. The following should help you find more information on the WordPress Community.

WordPress Support Forum and Volunteers

Many people want to give back to this exciting free and open source program by volunteering to help others learn how to use WordPress. Before getting involved, you might want to check out these resources first.

WordPress Codex

The WordPress Codex is the documentation site for WordPress. This is where the manual for WordPress is under development. Volunteers are needed to edit, write, and maintain the documentation.

WordPress Contests

WordPress Development

If you are into PHP and programming and you want to really get in and get your hands dirty, WordPress is ready for you.