February 16th in Wordpress Tips, Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
Anyone who has done a bit of WordPress programming knows that solid knowledge of PHP is required to develop great plugins and themes. Even if you are not planning to release your own theme or plugin, you should still know a thing or two about PHP to be able to fix theme and plugin issues. There are many books and online courses you can take to take your PHP knowledge to the next level. These 6 video and interactive sites help you learn PHP faster:
Lynda.com: a membership to this site is not cheap but I have been a member for a few years. They add new material to their website all the time. Lynda.com covers PHP, CSS, HTML, and many other technologies you need to be familiar with. [click to continue…]
March 6th in Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
CodeSchool: a special training program that provides you with interactive training on subjects you need to know to become a WordPress developer or designer. [click to continue…]
May 27th in Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
Learning WordPress is not that hard. Anyone can pick up a simple book and learn the basics of WordPress. Becoming a pro plugin or theme developer takes more work though. You will need to be familiar with multiple technologies and coding to succeed. The good news is there are many awesome tutorial sites available for WordPress fans. Here are 8 WordPress and programming training sites you should not miss:
January 1st in Wordpress SEO, Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
A lot of fellow bloggers have asked me in the past how I got my start as a SEO professional for WordPress. WordPress is a wonderful CMS, and it does give you a good chance to get ranked higher on search engines if you know what you are doing. SEO for WordPress is not that much different from regular SEO. It’s just that WordPress has some known issues (e.g. duplicate content, permalinks, …) that you could fix easily if you have a basic knowledge of search engine optimization. For more advanced tactics, you won’t need to look for a WP specific resource. The are plenty of powerful SEO resources that give you a basic knowledge of search engine optimization, but if you want to get your hands on one that teaches you everything you need to know to optimize your WordPress blog for search engines and beyond, here are 3 courses you should consider picking up:
SEOBook: the best search engine training program on the web bar none. It got me started with my own journey in the world of search engine optimization, and it can help you gain a deep understanding of SEO over time. There are plenty of training modules and videos you can watch to pick up all kinds of tips. Add SEO tools that are available on this site, and you get a lot of bang for your buck. [click to continue…]
August 30th in Wordpress Books, Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
Twitter has quickly become “THE” community to be a part of. Not only it’s a great community to network with others and build relationships, but it can help drive lots of traffic to your blog as well. So if you have a WordPress blog, you can’t afford not to be involved on Twitter. But Twitter is more than just talking about what you are doing every minute or what you plan to eat for lunch. It’s about connecting with others and providing them with content that makes them want to come back for more. Perhaps the best way to get a handle on Twitter is learn from the masters. Thankfully, many top Twitter experts have written books or created courses on this very topic. So as long as you are willing to spend some time to get through them, you should have no trouble becoming a tweetmaster.
If you are looking for a killer resource to take your Twitter game to the next level, here are 4 cool resources (and books) you should consider reviewing:
The Twitter Book: a book by the legendary Tim O’reilly. It’s one of the best Twitter books around. The book shows you how to get started with Twitter and how to effectively push your business and brand on Twitter.
Twitter Power: Joel Comm needs no introduction. His Adsense books dominated the best sellers charts for long. Twitter Power shows you exactly what you need to do to dominate the world of Twitter. [click to continue…]
August 14th in Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
I am a serial book reader. Every new book that comes to the market, I try to get and read as soon as possible. You can always catch up with the latest developments in your industry by following blogs. But design books are also a solid choice if you want to learn the latest techniques and find out about the latest developments in the design world. But a lot of people prefer listening, watching, and seeing things done than just reading about them. That’s exactly what you get with interactive video courses on the market. Video courses are particularly useful if you want someone to walk you through a new technology in the shortest time possible. I personally prefer learning the basics in video format before moving to more advanced topics in advanced books and blogs. But your taste maybe different.
Total Training (and Lynda.com) are the two video training services that I have used on a consistent basis in the past few years. I admit that I am not exactly a master in Adobe products, but I have picked up a lot of good stuff from these training videos. Total Training courses are especially impressive as they teach you how to do things and show them to you in a straightforward manner. So you never miss a step and won’t have to spend time trying to figure out how to do things you just watched a video on.
Total Training courses are designed for newbies and intermediate designers. They keep you up to date with the latest technologies such as Web Expression, Flex, CS4, and beyond. They also show you how to master Photoshop and Elements. These are technologies that you will need to know about if you want to make it as a designer. So if you are hoping to get started with a career in design, Total Training courses come in handy. [click to continue…]
June 3rd in Wordpress Tips, Wordpress Training by Wordpress Jedi .
I have been writing this blog for a while now, and while I have tried to cover a whole lot of WordPress topics, I have not posted on how to get started with WordPress and go from beginning to advanced fast. There is just too much to learn and no matter how advanced you are, chances are there are more things you need to learn about WordPress. That’s why I have decided to create this list to discuss tools and resources you can refer to take your WordPress game to the next level.
WordPress for Beginners
- WordPress Entrepreneur: learn how to setup, customize & use a WordPress website. Easy to read and makes you dangerous when it comes to WP.
- WordPress Foundations 2.7: Second Edition: a great book that shows you what you need to know to find your way around WordPress.
- WordPress for Dummies: the best book to get started with WordPress if you have no idea what you are doing.
- Easy Guide to Blogging (vol.1 ): a good video training course that teaches you how to get started with WordPress blogging. Excellent for beginners. Don’t want to read a book? Then, this is for you.
Theme & Plugin Development
- How to Theme WordPress: learn how to develop a theme for WordPress fast. Learn what you need to do to develop attractive themes. Great video course.
- WordPress Theme Design: a complete guide to creating professional WordPress themes fast. A smash hit by Packt Publishing.
- How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer: this guide shows you how to create your own themes and make money online from your art work.
- WordPress Plugin Development: another Packet Publishing book that covers WordPress plugin development. Lots of sample code and clear instructions on how to write killer plugins.
- WordPress On Crack: if you need someone to take your hand and show you how to write cool plugins from start to finish, this is the guide you should read. Comes with video training movies as well.
- Total Training Library: a great way to stay on the top of the latest developments and technologies in the world of design. Master everything Adobe with Total Training video training.
Advanced: Programming and API
- Ajax: The Definitive Guide: the best AJAX book on the market hands down.
- jQuery UI 1.6: a lot of top theme developers use jQuery for their dynamic themes. If you have no idea what this technology is all about, here is a good place to start.
- Twitter API: a must read book in my opinion. The more you know about Twitter, the better you can use it to push your WordPress business to the next level.
- Facebook Cookbook: whether you want to get more out of Facebook Connect on your WordPress blog or want to know about what it takes to write Facebook/Wordpress apps, this is great book to read. It has lots of examples and is very hands on.
- Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read: you may get real good with WordPress but if you can’t write a blog the right away, then you are not going to get a whole lot of visitors. No one wants to know what you have had for your lunch. So instead of writing about that, read this book to find out what works.
- Blogging To the Bank: more advanced tactics to write killer blog posts and make a living online from blogging.
- WordPress for Business Bloggers: if you are working for a corporation and have been asked to take over their business blog, then this is the book you should read. It shows you what you should do and not to do with a business blog.
- ProBlogger: written by legendary blogger, Darren Rowse, this book walks you through everything you need to know to develop a community around your blog and make money online.
WordPress as a Business
- Start Your Own Blogging Business: if you plan to start a business around your blog, you need a guide to walk you through the steps you need to take to build and grow your business. This books shows you what you need to keep in mind when starting your business.
- How to be a Rockstar Freelancer: if you plan to start your own WP consulting business, you need to read this guide to learn what you need to do and avoid to make it big.
- DreamHost: my current web host. They are pretty decent and the support is wonderful. The one click WordPress install is very useful ($50 off coupon: WPJEDI)
- Wpwebhost: tailored towards the needs of WordPress site owners. Supports WordPress MU as well.
- Blue Host: used by a whole lot of small businesses for blogging, pod-casting, and …
- HostGator: another top host for WordPress sites. Compatible with many third party services.
- Yahoo!: Yahoo! web hosting is a top hosting service for all types of websites. You can’t go wrong with Yahoo! (Coupon Code: WHMS35OFF).
- Business themes: 45 cool premium themes that get you started with your WordPress corporate site fast.
- Blogging Themes: 52 premium themes for anyone interested in blogging professionally.
- Vlogging Themes: 12 best WordPress themes for video bloggers. Allow you to post your videos to your vlog easily.
- Twitter Power: a killer book by Joel Comm that shows you how to get the most out of Twitter.
- Twitter Hacks: learn everything there is about Twitter on this Twitter-exclusive Squidoo page.
- Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets: another book on Twitter that teaches you how gain and grow your follower list fast.
- Facebook Marketing: learn how to take advantage of Facebook to push your WordPress blog.
- Bookmarking Demon: if you need free traffic for your blog, this is one killer tool to try. Let’s you submit your blog posts to social media sites fast.
- Social Maximizer: a service that will automatically submit your blog posts to social networking sites. It’s 19 cents per submission which is pretty cheap.
- Social Submitter: submit your sites to social bookmarking sites easily with Social Submitter.
- EzineArticles Marketing: learn how to use article marketing to drive traffic to your WordPress blog.
There you have it. Whether you are a complete beginner or fairly advanced with WP, you can still get a lot of value from the above resources. The good thing about being a WordPress user is that you will have to be on your toes all the time and never stop learning. It’s all fun though.
Your turn: please feel free to share your favorite WordPress tool/guide here.