It’s true, you can teach yourself WordPress by learning as you go. There are plenty of blogs, YouTube videos, and how-to guides available as a resource.
But is this a good use of your time?
Instead, I recommend taking a structured WordPress training course. These courses offer step-by-step training and support to help you along the way. For example, if you don’t understand something in the course you can reach out to the course creator for help.
There are many WordPress courses available to choose from. To help you, I’ve compiled a list of the best WordPress training course providers.
Let’s check it out!
Best WordPress Training Course Providers
You will find that there are paid and free training courses available. Free courses are helpful if you’re on a budget, but they tend not to offer as much support as paid courses. Whichever route you’re leaning towards, you’ll find great options in the list below.
1. Beaver Builder’s Course Library
Last but not least, if you want to learn how to use WordPress with a page builder, the best place to do it is with our own Course Library. The official Beaver Builder Course Library contains six free courses. They cover everything from using the Beaver Builder WordPress page builder to getting to know the Themer tool.
Our library also contains courses on setting up website hosting and a domain if you’re starting your WordPress site from scratch. Each curriculum includes multiple videos and hands-on exercises.
Price: The entire Beaver Builder Course Library is free.
Pros: The free courses can teach you everything from setting up website hosting to learning how to use Beaver Builder.
Cons: Most of these courses are geared toward beginners. If you already have experience setting up websites and using Beaver Builder, you might want to look for more advanced resources.
WP101 is considered one of the most popular video tutorial series for WordPress beginners. Created in 2008, WP101 has helped more than 2 million people learn how to use WordPress. They have a lot of courses to choose from and their step-by-step videos make it easy to follow along.
WordPress Courses to Choose From:
- WordPress 101 for Beginners
- Beaver Builder 101
- WordPress 101; Classic Editor
- Introduction to Gutenberg
- Easy Custom Forms with Ninja Forms
- How to Add an Event Calendar
- Complete Guide to Jetpack
- WooCommerce Quick Start
- The Complete Guide to WooCommerce
- The Complete Guide to Yoast SEO
- Easy Email Newsletter MailPoet
WP101 is ideal for people who want to learn WordPress but are on a busy schedule. Many of their video tutorials are less than five minutes long. And as a student, you’ll gain access to the help forum.
Cost: If you want the WordPress 101 course, you’ll only pay $19 per month. All-Access plans are $49 per year or $99 for lifetime access. Get 10% off when you use promo code: BB101
They also have a great course on how to use Beaver Builder, a drag-and-drop page builder that allows you to build websites easily. Check out their Beaver Builder 101 course here: https://www.wp101.com/beaver-builder-101/
3. WP Apprentice
WP Apprentice is another WordPress training course provider. They offer a free course that helps you get your website up in less than 1 hour. WP Apprentice also has more courses that help you dive further into topics like SEO and eCommerce.
List of Courses:
- WordPress Quick Start
- WordPress Essentials
- Gutenberg Essentials
- Business Website Blueprint
- WordPress Business Blueprint & eCommerce Training Bundle
- SEO Fundamentals for WordPress
Included with your purchase is access to a members forum, Tune-Up Guide, WordPress Security Training, and more.
Cost: Their prices range from Free, $39, $75, and $99.
WPSessions offers WordPress training taught by experts. They have a growing library of training sessions and courses. The topics are on a variety of subjects such as WordPress Maintenance, SEO, Creating a Plugin, and Speed Optimization.
List of WordPress Courses:
- Your First WordPress Plugin
- Mastering Sass: From Beginner to Expert
- Using the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate
- How to Optimize WordPress Performance
- Bashing Your Way with WP-CLI
- Front-End Submission
- Filterable Archives
Cost: Memberships are $15 per month or $149 per year.
Udemy is a marketplace for course creators. This comprehensive online learning platform offers courses on many topics, including WordPress.
You have to be very selective when it comes to picking courses on Udemy. Pick a course that is current and has lots of good reviews. The length of the courses varies, too. Some have almost 100 lectures while others have less than ten.
List of Bestsellers:
- The Complete WordPress Website Business Course
- WordPress for Beginners – Master WordPress Quickly
- WordPress Theme Development with Bootstrap
- WordPress for Beginners: Create a Website Step by Step
Cost: At Udemy, you pay per course, and their prices vary. You can access some for free, while others cost $199.99.
Yoast offers free WordPress training designed for beginners. This training is great for all types of people. So if you want to start a personal blog, create an eCommerce site, or an online business this course will help you get your platform off the ground.
- Introduction to WordPress
- How to Customizing your Site
- Creating Content in the Block Editor
- Structuring Your Site
- Managing a WordPress Site
- WordPress SEO
- and more…
This online course provides you unlimited access to 3-hours of instructional videos. The course is broken down into 43 short videos. You’ll also get PDF documents of the training to help you follow along if you like to quickly review the tips.
The training offers 23 quizzes to help reinforce what you’ve learned as well. Best part… it’s free!
7. LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning is an online training platform. They offer a wide variety of career-boosting courses, including how to use WordPress. There are over 81 high-quality WordPress courses available and they’re divided into different levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Example of WordPress Courses Available:
- WordPress: SEO
- WordPress 5 Essential Training
- WordPress: Workflows
- WordPress: E-commerce
- WordPress: Building a Paid Membership Site
- WordPress: Plugin Development
- WordPress: Building Child Themes
- WordPress: Developing Secure Sites
- WordPress Plugins: Analytics
If you want to use WordPress to further your career, this is a convenient way to start learning. You will need a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning.
Cost: They offer a 1-month free trial and then you’re billed $29.99 per month.
WPShout is great for people who want to learn about WordPress development.
They offer video lessons with in-depth articles on each topic. This makes it easy to go back and reference their guides whenever you need them. They also include short quizzes at the end of each lesson to test your comprehension.
List of Premium Courses:
- Up and Running: Learn WordPress Development
- WordPress Security with Confidence
Cost: They offer a free introductory WordPress development course. But, Premium courses are also available, and prices start at $197 per course.
OSTraining has helped over 100,000 people with their online training programs. They also offer a library of ebooks included with your subscription.
Just like taking a course in the classroom, they provide lessons and quizzes along the way to help you retain the information you learned. When you finish each course you get a certificate of completion that you can use for your credentials.
WordPress Courses for Beginners:
- Why Should You Use WordPress
- How and Where to Install WordPress
- The Beginners Guide to WordPress
- How to Build a WordPress Portfolio Site
- How to Build a WordPress Club Site
- How to Build a WordPress Rental Site
- How to Build a WordPress Recipe Directory
- How to Build a WordPress Restaurant Site and Theme
- How to Improve SEO on WordPress Sites
- How to Speed Up WordPress Sites
- How to Keep Your WordPress Site Safe
- How to Use the BackWPup Plugin in WordPress
- How to use the BackupBuddy Plugin in WordPress
- How to Collect Stripe Payments in WordPress
- How to Build a Membership Site in WordPress
- How to Use the Easy Digital Downloads Plugin in WordPress
- How to Use WooCommerce in WordPress
- How to Use the Give Plugin in WordPress
- How to Create Custom Post Types
- How to Use the Pods Framework in WordPress
- How to Create Quick Post Types and Metaboxes in WordPress
- How to Use Jetpack Plugin in WordPress
- How to Use Gravity Forms in WordPress
- How to Use the BuddyPress Plugin in WordPress
- How to Use the NextGen Gallery in WordPress
- Getting Started with WordPress Theme Development
- How to Build WordPress Themes
WordPress Courses for Developers:
- Why Should Developers Use WordPress
- How to Use the WordPress API
- How to Use the Developer Plugin in WordPress
- How to Build a WordPress Widget
- How to Publish Your Plugin at WordPress.org
- How to Use PHP Code Sniffer in WordPress
- How to Contribute to a WordPress Plugin
- How to Develop WordPress Plugins
- How to Use DesktopServer
- How to Build Multilingual WordPress Websites
Cost: OSTraining costs $59 per year and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
Whether you’re a WordPress beginner or an experienced developer there is always something new you can learn. While learning WordPress on your own is possible, you’re better off investing in a well-structured WordPress training course. Do consider one of these WordPress course providers we’ve listed. You’ll save a lot of time and headache in the long run.
Do you have a favorite training course or class, or any recommendations that we didn’t list?
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Like HTML/CCS course on Teamtreehouse. Now know Team has courses on WordPress ;).
Hi Tuan, I agree Team Treehouse courses are excellent! Including WordPress is a nice bonus =)
Tonya Mork and Know The Code (https://knowthecode.io/) are a fantastic resource to learn WordPress Development from top to bottom.
How about the best places for Beaver Builder training?
Hey John that’s a great post idea. =) In the meantime, you can check out our recommended resources area that list some great Beaver Builder training courses. https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/recommended-resources/
Anthony, I am working on some free templates for BB. Is this something I could submit for the 3rd party resources list?
Yes, definitely contact us and we can check it out. Thank you so much =)
Hi, I am just a beginner, Have WP with Blue Host. I ´ve been trying to learn the basics for more than 6 months with little progress. Which program would you recommend for someone who is just beginning and have very little knowledge.
From what I have read above, WordPress 101 for Beginners would be the one. Do you agree?
Hi Jose, there are a lot of great beginner courses with each provider. WP101 and WP Apprentice both have great beginner courses. I think you’ll be happy with either of them. Cheers!
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I am becoming a bb fan, and I am learning a lot, but I have many questions, I wonder if there is a place (university, institute, etc.) where we can take a classroom course.
Hi Gabriel, we have a Resources page where you can see some Beaver Builder courses that are available that we recommend. https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/recommended-resources/
Thanks for this very helpful.
Happy to help John =)
Hey Anthony, thanks for the great article. I’ve already tapped into several of the resources you mention above. So far, all hood stuff! My question for you is, I am currently a begginer and am trying to establish enough knowledge and experience to begin a business creating websites for people and businesses within specific niches. I was wondering if there were any courses either mentioned above or otherwise that you may know of that delve into some of the topics associated with this plan?
Hi Craig that’s so awesome to hear that you’re taking massive action in your WP education. In regards to a great course that can help you with learning how to run a WordPress business… I recommend checkout out wpelevation.com I’ve taken the course personally and it was AMAZING!
As a wp user who has a small background which one should I pick?
Is there any free course for WordPress beginners? If yes Please let me know and i want to create my new website for my digital marketing business.
Hi Vikas, the tutorials listed are all paid courses. We like to share paid courses because you can reach out to a support team if you have questions. Also, a paid course creator is more likely to keep the material up to date. You can try YouTube or Udemy for some possible free courses.
Thank you for your suggestion…
Update on Treehouse – they are no longer offering their WordPress track and sadly they left their users in the dark by cancelling the series with very little notice to users. Just shot part of their credibility down the gutter in my opinion. Sad 🙁
Wow that’s shocking! Having taken the WordPress course personally on Treehouse… it was really well done. Thanks for the heads up and will work on updating the post.
I am new to WordPress and will need to get up to speed to help a client update his current website. What training classes will help me learn the basics and teach me how to change out the theming and the layout?
Hi Jaki, while all the courses are excellent. I think a great beginner course is WP101
Hi Anthony! I’m interested in trying to build a service provider directory.that is free but long term I hope to charge for. Any thoughts on which course might be best.
Thanks for sharing the info! Just what I’ve been looking for.
This guide was very helpful because it assisted me in so many ways since I’m new in web design but willing to be better. I have a quick question that I wonder if you could answer. I’ve set up Woocommerce because I might be selling things in the future but am not right now. WordPress still has the shopping cart icon on my home menu and I’m not sure how to get that off for now. Any thoughts?
Hi Joquim, I think this might help: the cart icon will be displayed automatically if WooCommerce plugin is active. If you are not selling any products or using WooCommerce yet, you can deactivate it from WP-ADMIN > PLUGINS. The cart icon should be removed automatically. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info and course providers recommendations with us. It is so appreciated!
Great and very informative content. Thank you for sharing this article with us it’s very interesting. This article is very helpful for students who want to learn WordPress.