Getting Started


So you have a brand new WordPress website – exciting! Whether you have had some training on how to use the site or not, the resources on this page will help you get started with making the most out of your new online presence.

First, a course to help familiarise you with the WordPress dashboard:

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Exploring WordPress

Once you feel you have a grip on the basics, here are some standalone workshops to help you dive deeper into your new WordPress website:

  • Applying Duotone Filters to Change Color Effects

    Applying Duotone Filters to Change Color Effects

    In this workshop, we will explore how to use the duotone filter to create different effects on your images. You can choose colors from your theme’s palette, or a custom color of your choice. Learning […]

  • Choosing and Installing a Plugin

    Choosing and Installing a Plugin

    One of the biggest advantages of using WordPress is installing and utilising plugins to extend the functionality of your website. This workshop will explore how to search, review and install the right plugins to meet […]

  • Getting to know the WordPress Dashboard

    Getting to know the WordPress Dashboard

    In this workshop, we will be introduced to the WordPress Dashboard. We will briefly look at everything you need to know to start your WordPress journey. Learning outcomes Familiarise yourself with the WordPress Dashboard and […]

  • How to Create a Menu with the Navigation Block

    How to Create a Menu with the Navigation Block

    Are you ready to create a navigation menu? In Block Themes, you will use the Navigation Block to create a navigation menu while designing your site. Learning outcomes Set up a navigation menu with a […]

  • How to Create a Post or Page with the WordPress Block Editor

    How to Create a Post or Page with the WordPress Block Editor

    The WordPress Editor uses blocks to transform the way you create content: it turns a single document into a collection of components for adding content. With blocks, you can quickly add and customize multiple media and visual elements […]

  • Intro to the Site Editor and Template Editor

    Intro to the Site Editor and Template Editor

    This workshop provides an overview of how to access and use the Site Editor and Template Editor. The Site Editor is a new feature that allows block editor users to build their entire site with blocks, […]

  • Managing Comments

    Managing Comments

    In this lesson, you will learn how your readers can communicate through comments and how to manage those comments on your WordPress site.  Learning outcomes Identify two admin locations where comments can be moderated. Change […]

  • Managing Settings: Discussion

    Managing Settings: Discussion

    Learn how to configure the WordPress Discussion Settings to modify visitor access to comments. This walkthrough will allow you to personalize your settings to help reduce spam comments on your site.

  • Managing Settings: General

    Managing Settings: General

    Learn how to configure the WordPress General Settings to meet your site’s needs. This walkthrough will give you an understanding of the options in the General Settings tab and the basics of your website. Learning […]

  • Managing Settings: Permalinks

    Managing Settings: Permalinks

    Learn how to configure the WordPress Permalink Settings and to use a redirect plugin for established permalinks. Learning outcomes Defining permalinks and slugs. Changing permalinks using the built-in WordPress settings. Modifying category and tag links. […]

  • Managing Settings: Reading

    Managing Settings: Reading

    Learn how to configure the WordPress Reading Settings to improve the presentation of posts and pages. This walkthrough will give you an opportunity to personalize your site’s front page, post feeds, and more!

  • Managing Settings: Writing

    Managing Settings: Writing

    Learn how to configure the WordPress Writing Settings to streamline your posting experience. This walkthrough will give you an opportunity to personalize the Default Post Category, Default Post Format, and learn how to create a post via email.

  • Managing Spam on your Website

    Managing Spam on your Website

    Learn why spam is a problem for all WordPress sites, why you should control it, and tips for managing it. Learning outcomes Identifying and understanding why managing spam is important. How to mark something as […]

  • Organizing your Media Library

    Organizing your Media Library

    Learn how to organize your Media Library and feel in control of your media items. Learning outcomes Identify the types of media you can add to your Media Library. Filter media by type or date. […]

  • Posts vs. Pages: What’s the Difference?

    Posts vs. Pages: What’s the Difference?

    A beginner-level workshop that details the difference between dynamic posts and static pages so that new users know when to use each.

  • Using the Block Widget Editor

    Using the Block Widget Editor

    Widgets provide a convenient means of adding content and features to a website and require no coding experience. This lesson will give an introduction to finding and including widgets on your website. Learning outcomes Demonstrate how […]

Site Editor and Full Site Editing

The three-part course below will teach you all about the Site Editor and the full site editing experience in WordPress:

Once you’ve worked through the courses above, here are some workshops to provide additional insight into full site editing features:

  • Adding a Site Tagline to Block Themes

    Adding a Site Tagline to Block Themes

    In this workshop, we will learn how to add a Site Tagline block and manage a header template part when installing a block theme. Learning outcomes Describing the purpose of a site tagline.Inserting a Site […]

  • Building Sidebars With the Site Editor

    Building Sidebars With the Site Editor

    In this short workshop, learn how to create and build sidebars in your block theme’s site editor using templates.

  • Displaying the Post Comments block in Block Themes

    Displaying the Post Comments block in Block Themes

    In this workshop, we are going to take a closer look at how post comments are displayed when you are using a block theme. Learning outcomes Managing the Post Comments block via the Site Editor […]

  • Finding New Blocks with the Block Directory

    Finding New Blocks with the Block Directory

    In this workshop, you will learn how to find, install and edit new blocks on your site. The Block Directory will help you to enhance your pages and posts without leaving your editing location. Learning […]

  • How to Create and Use Reusable Blocks

    How to Create and Use Reusable Blocks

    Reusable blocks are a powerful way to manage frequently used content on your WordPress site from the block editor. In this workshop learn to create and insert blocks into your content that can be edited from a central location allowing changes to be made across the site, anywhere the reusable block has been placed.

  • Styling Your Site With Global Styles

    Styling Your Site With Global Styles

    After you’ve selected a theme, you’ll want to create your own unique look to your site. In Block Themes, you can customize the Styles to reflect your preferred typography, colors, and more for your entire […]

  • Taking Advantage of Query Loops

    Taking Advantage of Query Loops

    Query loops can be used to showcase blog posts, pages, categories, tags and more! You can have automatically updated lists on your homepage and other web pages without requiring any coding skills. In this workshop, we […]

  • The Difference Between Reusable Blocks, Block Patterns, Templates & Template Parts

    The Difference Between Reusable Blocks, Block Patterns, Templates & Template Parts

    This workshop will walk you through the key differences between reusable blocks, block patterns, templates and template parts. We will also shed light on when and why you need to use them. Learning outcomes Explaining […]

  • Using Block Patterns

    Using Block Patterns

    Understand what Block Patterns are and build a page using a variety of patterns. Learning outcomes Describe what a Block Pattern is Use the inserter and search for patterns Build a page with a variety […]

  • Using Page Templates

    Using Page Templates

    Templates are groups of blocks combined to create a design for a webpage. You could also say templates can be described as a full-page layout that includes things like header, content, and footer areas. This […]

  • Using Template Parts

    Using Template Parts

    The template part block is an advanced block introduced in WordPress 5.9 that can be used with a block theme or a theme that supports template editing. This block is best used to edit areas like your site header and site footer.

Dive Deeper

Ready for more? This site is a rich resource for WordPress training: