21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 21: WordPress Community

Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to try building a WordPress website, you’ll learn all the basics in these daily lessons. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

The absolute greatest thing about WordPress is the community. There are thousands of designers and developers behind WordPress. The best thing about it is you don’t have to have any expertise to get started. The forum is full of novice WordPress users getting help and answers to their questions. 

Whether you’re looking for help, to hire someone or an event to go to the WordPress Codex, Twitter, Facebook and many other places will have a ton of knowledgable people working to improve WordPress and help you.

Start with the Codex—I use it myself at least once a week. The Codex documents everything about WordPress from settings, to installing plugins, to complex functions and code. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, your next stop is the WordPress Support forum.

The WordPress Forums are full of knowledgeable people from around the world. Make sure you submit your question in the correct location as you don’t want to be asking basic installation questions in the advanced coding section. 

You can also reference themes and plugins in the WordPress.org Extend Directories. There are thousands of free plugins and themes at your disposal. 

Finally, it’s important to get out of your office (or in my case, basement) once in a while and meet some people. There are hundreds of WordPress Meetups happening every week all over the world—I co-organize the Providence, RI, WordPress Meetup. Automattic also helps to put on WordCamps, WordPress conferences all over the world

I hope the last three weeks opened some doors for you. WordPress is an amazing tool, and we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you’ve done with your WordPress blog. To get more hands-on training, take my WordPress class at HOW U. It gets further into custom builds and includes lots of helpful videos. Best of luck!

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