There is a huge resource online for help with WordPress. However, sometimes it’s more productive to talk to people in-the-know and have that face to face interaction. It’s all very well learning online (and I’m a huge proponent to watching and learning from videos online) when you want to learn a topic from start to finish. It’s the problems we encounter that we find difficult to sometimes find an answer to online. We all know that in order to find what you’re looking for online you need to type your search for something specifically and, especially true for newcomers to WordPress, it’s knowing how to word that search that leaves you with fruitless results.
For some face-to-face learning here in Victoria there are a few resources that we know of. If you’re serious about doing WordPress for a living then there’s Q College (programs and courses). They offer a range of various web design and development programs, and now even short courses too. Don’t forget Camosun College too, who offer shorter courses in the subject at two levels. If that’s too much of a commitment or you simply need help with some aspects of WordPress then these Meetups are probably your next best friend.
John Overall (who offers individual training) and Jon Valade of IdeaZone, both event hosts in this Meetup, offer exceptional content always explained in a very straightforward and concise manner; definitely try and clear your calendar to attend those events.
So, where does that leave this Meetup – well, we offer the hands-on group approach. Our idea is that everyone shares and learns collectively. Based on the fact that hopefully we all bring something different to the group, we can all walk away at the end of the evening knowing more. It’s a way to bring people together in the same field too, and some people in the group are in contact outside our events; so it can also lead to the means for collaboration on projects.
When you can’t seek out that personal individual learning, then there are a wealth of valuable training and resources for WordPress online, here are just some that spring to mind: (email us so we can extend this list for everyone!)
Codex.WordPress.org (WordPress Lessons)
Codex.WordPress.org (WordPress documentation and information)
Lynda.com (great courses offered by Morten Rand-Hendriksen)
SimplyBusiness.co.uk (WordPress for small businesses)
Blog.wphub.com (WordPress Tutorials)
CreativeBloq.com (WordPress Tutorials)