Free beginner WordPress e-course (worth $147!)
Want to learn the ins and outs of setting up and using WordPress as a blog, website, store or forum without all the techy, geeky words? You've come to the right place! (And it's FREE!)
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Free beginner WordPress e-course: A step-by-step guide to creating your dream blog or websiteUPDATE: I’m so appreciative of the support THOUSANDS of bloggers have shown by signing up, pinning and giving such lovely feedback, that I’ve decided to leave the course open – and free! – until further notice. Enjoy! x

Ask any top blogger what platform they use, and they’ll most likely say “WordPress” thanks to its popularity and seriously impressive number of features. But regardless, some bloggers still seem a little uncertain about making the switch…

That’s why I’ve created this step-by-step, hold-your-hand, walk-you-through-it, in-depth blogging course for beginners! And if you’re not into blogging? You can use the same steps to turn it into a store, forum or even a social network. And right now, access is FREE*! (Yeah, I’m nice like that!)

(Side note: if you’d prefer to just learn the very basics and get your new site started in under 15 minutes you might prefer the express WP set-up guide here. And also, you can always do both!)

Already know a bit about WordPress? No problem! You can view all the lessons, or pick and follow the ones that apply to you (in your own time!). Think of it as being choose-your-own adventure style. There’s no hurry to rush through steps, and I’ll be right here on the other end to answer any questions you may have.

Registration is very simple… simply scroll down and fill in your name, e-mail address and a few other details. Remember, the free offer is for a limited time, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn WordPress for beginners, now’s your opportunity – the universe has heard you! I’ve seen these courses run for hundreds of dollars, so this is a BIG saving! Registrations are open until July 10, 2015.

Just some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How to put together a professional blog or website from scratch
  • The key differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org (and which is right for you)
  • Top 10 lessons in naming your blog (and the tool that’ll save you loads of time!)
  • The #1 thing you need to look for when choosing a WordPress-friendly host
  • How to keep your info private when registering a domain name
  • Why expensive hosts aren’t always the best (and how to try WordPress without a long-term commitment)
  • What an FTP is and how it can save you time
  • Finding your way around a cPanel with ease (and what a cPanel actually is!)
  • An outline on what you need to know (and do) if you’re moving from Blogger, WordPress.com or Tumblr
  • Why there’s only one place you should get free WordPress themes from
  • Free vs premium plugins: when to save and when to splurge (and more than 50 plugin suggestions)
  • The #1 plugin I can’t live without (it’s saved me many times!)
  • 20 security and performance tips so you can rest easy at night!
  • How to edit your theme’s files (including CSS) the safe way
  • How to backup… while you sleep!
  • How to add PDFs and other files to your website that you can offer to your readers as free downloads or printables
  • Where and how to make simple changes to your fonts or theme colours (without needing to know how to code)
  • Where to get the best technical help (should you need it)
  • And more – there are 34 lessons in total!

Questions…

Is this beginner WordPress course really free?!
Yes – for a limited time! There is currently no monetary charge to access the lessons (though I do kindly ask that you simply pin this post’s featured image to a public Pinterest board – because sharing is caring and that’s still a pretty sweet deal, right?!). Registrations will remain free (and open) until July 10. Access to the course content is then granted for a minimum of one month.

Why are you offering it for free?
Well, I want to make it the most comprehensive beginner course I can, and the questions and feedback from the first round of students (if I may call them that!) will be very valuable to me in doing so. So this is just my thanks in advance – it’s win-win!

What about hosting and domain names?
If you want to put the information into practice, you’ll need to purchase these – but don’t worry, I tell you who I recommend to get them through (and why) and walk you through the set-up, step-by-step. And if you’re not ready to do this just yet, you can always read through the info and come back to it later!

What if I need help?
If you have any questions regarding any of the steps, feel free to ask it within the relevant page’s comments section and I’ll do my best to help you. I also offer a list of places you can turn to for extra support should you want it.

Register

To access, simply pin the featured image from this page to a public Pinterest board, and enter in your details. Once approved, you’ll be able to begin straightaway! (Tip: It’s easier to sign up via desktop than phone/tablet!).

Your details

  • Beginner WP


  • Pin the featured image on this page ("Free beginner WordPress e-course") to a public Pinterest board. In Pinterest, click on the pin you've just made and it'll open up in its own window. Copy and paste the URL of this individual Pin here. If you do not pin the Pinterest image, you will need to re-register within 24 hours. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS JUST LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS AND I'LL BE IN TOUCH ASAP!

  • Eg: pinterest.com/theblogstylist

  • This is the name that will appear next to your comments. Usernames must be lowercase and all one word. No hyphens or symbols. For example: susieblogs

  • Enter your first name.

  • Enter your last name.

  • DON'T FORGET to enter a password of your choice!

  • As soon as you hit submit - and providing you've properly filled out all fields - you'll receive an e-mail with your login details, and login URL. Don't see it? Check your spam folder. Still don't see it? Try waiting a little while. Still don't see it? Your registration may not be valid (but feel free to try again in 48 hours).
 

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Have a question? Feel free to ask below!

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51 Responses to Free beginner WordPress e-course (worth $147!)

  1. I’m trying to look at the beginning wp course and no matter what i click on I’m brought back to this home page….

    • Hi Karen! Have you registered? You won’t be able to see any content until you’ve logged in. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be automatically redirected to all of the course lessons.

  2. Hello, I signed up for your free begginner’s wordpress course but don’t know how to access it. Thank you for doing this! I’m ready to get started but don’t know how.

    Thanks!

  3. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I only just purchased my domain name today and am at my wits end already for set up! And then I saw your offer on Twitter and BAM! I’m sold! My goodness, you are a Godsend. Thank you for graciously hosting this course!!!

  4. Hi I’m trying to sign up for your newsletter so I know when this course next opens, but nothing happens when I fill in the box at the top of the page.

    • Hi Catherine! Hmm… it seems to be working fine for me – may have just been a glitch at the service provider’s end! I just entered your e-mail address so their should be a confirmation link on its way. Let me know if don’t receive it and I’ll add you manually!

  5. Hi there! I signed up a while back for the free course. I am just now having time to watch it and I am unable to access it.

    How do I watch it?

    Thanks!!

  6. Bree, THANK YOU!! I just finished the course and I’m ready to get started on a local parenting blog. One question, what is the advantage to purchasing a framework like Genesis? I’ve searched and read quite a bit online, and there are many positive comments about it, but nothing specifying why it’s better than using the themes available in WordPress. Thanks for any guidance you can provide!

    • You’re welcome! Re: frameworks, much like cars, everyone has their own opinion on what’s best! I personally like and use Headway Themes the best (and have done for about 5 years now) as it allows me to easily create my own designs without needing to know how to code (though I do know HTML and CSS). One benefit that comes with Genesis is that there are many child themes that can be used in conjunction with it by designers such as Restored316 and Pretty Darn Cute. So I guess it just depends on how much control you want over the layout and it’s look (in which case, use Headway) or if you’d rather go with something pre-done by a professional (in which case, you might like Genesis). You’ll find links to all of these – and more options – beneath the content on this page: http://theblogstylist.com/designs/olive-wordpress-theme/

  7. Wow. ….the universe delivers what’s needed!!!
    I look forward to being notified once the next free wordpress course is offered…..so interested!!!
    Best regards,
    Robin

  8. Thanks! I have just signed up. I have been interested in going from Blogger over to WordPress but was uncertain of the process so this will be a great help.

    Ang xx

  9. Hi Bree! I filled out the form but I still haven’t gotten an email – it’s been about 30 minutes. Are you able to see if my info came through on your end? Thanks for your help! I’m really looking forward to taking your course!

  10. I have been thinking about switching from Blogger to WP for a while but have been so scared about the switch so I’m so excited for this course! I know what I’ll be doing during middle of the night feedings with my little man :) Thanks so much for creating this and even more so for providing it for free!!

  11. Thank you for this free course I’m just starting my new blog and really appreciate it. I just have one question, will I be charged later for the subscription once I click the yes subscribe me to this list button?
    Thanks again

  12. I can’t thank you enough for this super helpful info! I have been using a blog through google for over a year but I am looking in to monetizing my blog this year so i am working on switching things over to wordpress and your site has been very helpful in understanding things. I do have one question………Do you have to use hosting in order to have a wordpress blog? Ive noticed my dashboard doesn’t look like those in the screen shots so I thought maybe its because i haven’t installed the program.

    Thanks for your help!

    • @Becca Hi Becca! You’re welcome. You need hosting for a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, but you don’t for a WordPress.com blog. The first and second lessons in the e-course explain it in a lot more detail :)

  13. Bree, you are an angel! I wish I had found you a few weeks ago. I have great delusions of starting a blog. So, I bought a domain, signed up for hosting with Bluehost, installed (and accidently uninstalled) WordPress and enrolled in an online blogging class (a pretty expensive one). And got very discouraged because I have no idea what they are talking about! I have NO experience with any of this and feel like the course is for folks who are much farther along. Then I found you; the clouds rolled away and I am going to do this thing with your guidance! Your free course has given me the courage to press on! So, I’m going to go through all of your info, then pick back up with the expensive class. Thank you so much for restoring my faith in my ability to accomplish my goal!

  14. I’m sorry if I over read something or just don’t know enough about it, but do I have to pay for any of these steps?
    Not for your course but for the domain or hosting or anything else I will have to do?

    I feel like you are the right person to ask.

    xo

    • @Lisa Hi Lisa! You can read through all of the lessons without paying a cent, but to follow the instructions on setting up WordPress you’ll need a domain name and hosting and I share who I recommend to get them through and why.

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