WordPress. That’s a word that means multiple things, and has a lot of aspects to it. I remember when I was a kid a lot of people would say “Oh, their parents work for WordPress,” and all I could think was “Well, um…” To this day I couldn’t tell you what my dad does for work, since he’s done so many things over the years. I was always curious to get involved in WordPress, but had no clue where to start. Here’s a couple resources to help you get started, in multiple different formats to complement everyone’s learning style.
There are so many podcasts available right now, and a lot of people have started putting them on YouTube as well, so you can watch while you listen.
If you’re someone interested in LMS software (learning management systems) LifterLMS has a podcast called LMScast hosted by Chris Badgett. He’s a super nice guy, and the owner of LifterLMS.
KitchensinkWP is a podcast about, well, everything but the kitchen sink. It’s hosted by Adam Silver, who’s been involved in the WordPress community for many years, and has a lot of random skills under his belt. Every episode is different, so it can really help round out your skills, and keep you mind fresh.
WPBuffs has a podcast called WPMMR, hosted by the company’s founder, Joe Howard. They specialize in the challenges of starting your own blog, or website, and give some tools to help along the way.
These are just a few options, but nearly everyone is podcasting right now. If you google WordPress [whatever topic] Podcast, you’re likely to find something.
This one is huge for me. I have learned a gazillion (that’s a technical term) things from Youtube. I’ve found the hardest thing about it is making sure your resources are up to date, and actually the solution you’re looking for. It’s really easy to get halfway through a 30 minute video and discover it’s really not what you were looking for. However, if you’re a visual learner, Youtube might be the magical solution for you.
Everyone learns differently, but I’ve found that a really significant way to make something stick is to learn about it, and then put it into action. I really enjoy either doing a case study, or reading about case studies. I feel like they’re really engaging, and provide something tangible with the practical knowledge, so your brain holds onto it better. WordPress is a website building platform, so a lot of people have blogs or sites where they post their research.