Out of respect to the current health crisis, WordCamps across the globe are being canceled or postponed. However, your passion to continue your WordPress education doesn’t have to come to a grinding halt. There are still ways to beef up your knowledge while isolated at home.
From day one, WebDevStudios (WDS) has operated successfully as a 100% distributed company. We know WordPress, and we know remote work. That also means we know where to find the best resources for an online WordPress education. Of course, WDS has always supported and been a part of WordCamps and WordPress Meetups, but when we can’t attend either, here are some ways we attain our WordPress education.
WordPress.tv is the go-to spot to watch WordCamp talks from all over the world! It’s a pretty amazing website with a vast amount of WordPress education on topics such as The History of WordPress, How to Troubleshoot Your WordPress Site, and Building Web Applications on WordPress.
Not all WordCamp talks are submitted to WordPress.tv. You can always find more on YouTube.
With the cancelation of @WordCampLanc, I went back and found the previously unreleased recording of my WordCamp Lancaster 2017 talk,
“Making WordPress Filters Work for You”.
— Sal Ferrarello (@salcode) March 13, 2020
Additionally, a simple search for WordPress will open a door of WordPress education videos and tutorials, like this one below. (Note: this a no-audio tutorial.)
If audio learning is more your style, WDS Frontend Engineer, Mike England, blogged about his five favorite WordPress podcasts, saying, “With so much excitement surrounding WordPress, it can be difficult to stay current on what’s happening in the community and ecosystem. Podcasts offer an easy solution to accomplish just that.” Read about his recommendations on our blog.
Regardless of a public health scare, WDS team members are always strengthening our skills by taking online classes. Here are just a few of the options out there.
Who knew that the same place where you network with other like-minded professionals would be an excellent resource for education? In fact, StudioPress recently published an article about some new Genesis courses available at the website. Our project managers at WDS enjoy utilizing the benefits of LinkedIn Learning.
“As a group, we have taken courses covering communication, risk management and leadership,” says Cristina Holt, Director of Project Management. “Additionally, I can customize a professional growth course schedule per project manager that is specific to areas each needs to excel or improve in. The management and leadership courses offered are spot on. When I find an instructor that I like, I will pretty much take all of their courses on a subject. It’s easy to fit into any work schedule!”
Like YouTube, a simple search at Udemy will lead one to a multitude of online WordPress education. Udemy is known for offering discount deals on courses, sometimes as low as $10 per course! So, if you don’t see a special offer happening now, just give it some time. It’ll show up unexpectedly at some point.
There are so many WordPress blogs out there that offer basic WordPress tutorials along with those that offer advanced information. Obviously, we want you to read ours, but we also recommend the following:
- Delicious Brains
- Tom McFarlin – Practical WordPress Development
- Sal Ferrarello
- Ahmad Awais
And there are so many more WordPress blogs ready to be discovered and devoured. For a more comprehensive list, take a look at this one.
We love saying this line, “We literally wrote the books on WordPress,” because it’s true! Our COO, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, is the renowned author of the eighth edition of WordPress for Dummies. Additionally, our CEO, Brad Williams, is among the writers of Professional WordPress Plugin Development. (Note: the second edition is expected to be released soon.)
And if you have little ones at home from school and need to keep them entertained, our Director of Engineering, Greg Rickaby, wrote Creating a Web Site: Design and Build Your First Site! View all of our WordPress books on our Books page.
So don’t allow the current state of the world to interrupt your passion for knowledge. Keep calm and carry on with your WordPress education.