Over the last few months, I’ve moved many of my clients’ blogs from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. It’s a service I love being able to offer because although Blogger is a fine platform for beginning bloggers, I really believe WordPress has so much to offer and can really take a blog to the next level, and that’s super important if your blog is also your business.
But one of the concerns I hear from clients who are considering making a move is that they’re worried about the learning curve required to use WordPress. Yes, it’s a bit more technical than Blogger or any of the other free blogging platforms, but it’s not rocket science.
There are so many incredible resources to help beginners learn WordPress, and today I’m going to share just a few of my favorites with you. Many of these are free, and a few are paid services. All are guaranteed to put you on the right path to navigating your new WordPress website like a pro. Check out my favorite 5 ways to learn WordPress now:
- WordPress Codex – This is a totally free service that many refer to as the “user handbook” for WordPress. Whenever I have a question (because yes, even veteran WP users still need a little guidance from time to time), this is where I start. You’ll find some technical mumbo jumbo in Codex, stuff that the average user probably doesn’t need, but you’ll find the basics, too.
- WP Beginner – When I was first starting out on self-hosted WordPress, I learned so much at WP Beginner. This site is filled with helpful resources including information about how to set up your blog, to which plugins do what functions, even a library of super helpful YouTube videos.
- And speaking of YouTube, you’ve got questions? YouTube’s got answers. Practically any question you have about self-hosted WordPress (or let’s be honest, any topic in the world) can be answered with a quick YouTube search. And I don’t know about you, but I often find watching a video and actually hearing someone explain something to be more helpful than reading about it.
- WP Apprentice – This fantastic resource offers free and paid options for learning WordPress. Choose from 3 different courses with different focuses, so it’s easy to pick the course that will work best for you.
- WP101 – I’m going to be honest. WP101 is my top recommendation when it comes to great resources for learning WordPress. It isn’t free, but the cost is very reasonable because it offers so much, including a highly detailed look at the Yoast SEO plugin. I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
While moving from Blogger to WordPress might seem a little scary, it doesn’t have to be. My migration service is quick and painless, and with the help of some (or all) of the resources listed above, you’ll be a WordPress guru in no time flat. I moved all of my blogs from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress a few years back, and I’ve never regretted it. If anything, I’ve kicked myself for not doing it sooner.
If moving from Blogger to WordPress is something you’re considering doing, shoot me an email and let’s chat about the possibilities.
Do you have any favorite resources for answering your questions about self-hosted WordPress? I’d love for you to share them with us in a comment below!
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