22 Brilliant Videos For Mastering WordPress You Don’t Want to Miss
We often gather up links to the most compelling articles and resources around the web related to WordPress. However, video tutorials and the like are pretty lacking.
That’s why I wanted to spend some time poring through YouTube to find the best of the best tutorials and interviews that have been posted in the past year.
Now, a few caveats. All of these videos have been published anytime in the past 12 months, including some from 2013. More videos mean more awesome resources to check out. You can’t fault me for that, right?
I also purposely avoided plugin and theme reviews as they don’t have the same kind of lasting appeal that tutorials have and there are so many plugins and themes that it wouldn’t seem right to just include a review or two.
Okay, with all of that out of the way, let’s dive into this super, mega list of the 22 best WordPress YouTube videos published in the past year!
How to Build a Website with WordPress 2014
I really liked this video because it includes everything you need to know to build a WordPress site from scratch. Seriously, it doesn’t leave a single thing out.
The video’s hour-long running time is a testament to that. It includes instructions for building a professional homepage with call-to-action buttons, a contact form, social icons, menus, and more.
It also covers how to add new pages with a variety of elements including text, images, and videos. Plus, it includes info on how to customize the sidebar and how to create a responsive layout.
Make a WordPress Theme with Bootstrap 3 – Tutorial #1
The first in a three-part series all about how to build your very own WordPress theme on the Bootstrap 3 framework.
This is a great introduction to those who are curious about how to build their own themes but weren’t sure how or where to start.
It keeps things super basic, which is really helpful when trying to learn the fundamentals. There’s always a time and a place for the fancy stuff, I promise.
Create a WordPress Website (Genesis Executive Pro)
Now, this is an in-depth tutorial. At over three hours long, 77webstudio delves into every nook and cranny of how to build a site on the Genesis framework using the Executive Pro child theme.
By the time you’re done following the step-by-step instructions here, you should be left with a feature-rich website that looks professional because it is professional.
Best WordPress Plugins 2014, Review & Tutorial Walkthrough
I love a good plugin roundup and this one has the added benefit of being focused specifically on optimizing your WordPress site. It includes a description and review of the top plugins you need to run a successful site this year. What do I mean by successful? According to the video’s author, Brian G. Johnson, finding success online is largely comprised of increasing organic search traffic and your conversion rate.
How to Serve Images in Next-Gen Formats with WordPress
Image formats like JPG, PNG, and GIF were invented over 30 years ago.
A lot has changed online since then, including the development of modern image formats with superior compression capabilities and outstanding quality that produce much smaller image files so you can greatly improve your page speed.
This video shows you how to easily convert all your png, jpg, and gif images into the WebP format so your site can benefit from serving images in next-gen formats with WordPress too!
IP Blacklisting (Banning) Automatically in WordPress
Security is important when setting up a WordPress site so leave it to Eli the Computer Guy to cover the process of IP blacklisting in detail. He has a casual style that’s informative and fun.
This video is 45 minutes long but totally doesn’t feel like it. He breaks down what a brute force attack is and how to put a stop to it by banning specific IPs.
He offers a few plugin solutions and methods of applying these methods to other SaaS platforms.
How to Create a Native iOS/Android Mobile App with WordPress
How cool is this? Since more and more businesses are seeing the value of having a dedicated app, and more businesses are flocking to WordPress, why not integrate this ability into WordPress proper?
That’s precisely what the team behind AppPresser thought. This plugin is designed to turn your WordPress dashboard into an app-making machine. In this video, co-founder Scott Bolinger will walk you through what his app does and how you can use it directly in development.
Yes, I know this is a plugin-centric video but it’s interesting and has several practical applications.
BBPress for WordPress
Here’s another offering from Eli the Computer Guy! In this video, he talks all about how to turn your site into a social networking site.
It is through a combination of BuddyPress and BBPress that you can build the most effective network, he says. This tutorial gives you a rundown of what BBPress does and how to implement it on a site quickly.
He also answers some user questions at the end, which are particularly helpful for those running a business using the Internet.
Creating Page Templates
Okay, so I’m actually jumping into the middle of a series here with this video about customizing WordPress, but I wanted to highlight this one in particular because it offers step-by-step instructions for doing something that can save you time—like, right now.
This tutorial was put together by LevelUpTuts and shows you how to create a page template you can use time and time again. How convenient would it be not to have to waste precious time on that pesky page setup process each time you go to create a new page, right?
Well, this video shows you how to avoid that time-waster for good.
How to Create a Custom functions.php File
Here’s another useful video from 77webstudio that provides instructions for creating a custom functions.php file.
Now, this tutorial pertains directly to those using a Genesis child theme but it’s worth watching by anyone looking to make these kinds of modifications to their sites. It’s all about safety here. You don’t want to lose pertinent information about your theme, right?
So this video walks you through the steps to customize functions.php without putting your site’s database or content at risk.
Create & Display Custom User Profile Fields in WordPress
There are a number of reasons why you want to add custom fields to user profiles. This tutorial will help you accomplish this and offers step-by-step instructions to that effect.
It’s straightforward, entertaining, and highly useful, which are all the qualities I look for in an instructional vid!
For the best results, you might want to click through Spence’s previous videos to get a clearer picture of how to approach these modifications.
WordPress Navigation Menus
I want to thank Learn Web Code for creating a tutorial video that maintains an appropriate volume, has clear visuals, and doesn’t waste time with fancy effects.
This video is all about how to create custom navigation menus in WordPress and it doesn’t beat around the bush to do it. Just in-your-face information you can start using right this second. Well done!
Converting HTML Template to WordPress Theme
Here’s a nifty tutorial for you! Let’s say you have a basic HTML website and you’d like to turn it into a WordPress theme. Well, after watching this video, you can do exactly that. And you know what? It’s a surprisingly simple process.
If you’ve been reluctant to jump on the WordPress bandwagon because you already have an HTML site, you no longer have any excuses. Hop to it!
How to Migrate a WordPress Site
Jakson is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable WordPress expert with a dynamic and engaging presentation style.
This video focuses on how to migrate a WordPress site, which is immensely helpful if you decide to change hosting. Jakson talks about why proper migration is important and then shows you how to accomplish it.
Adding New Widget Areas
Hey, it’s another video from LevelUpTuts about WordPress customization!
In this video, Scott talks about how to add new widget areas to your site through simple customizations. He shows you step-by-step how to write out the code to accomplish this so you can feasibly add as many custom widget areas on your site as you want.
WordPress Security Part 1: An Introduction to WordPress Security
Shameless plug, I know. But seriously, we make some pretty great videos around here and I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention one of them. Rather, a series of them.
This video launches a series dedicated to all things WordPress security. It’s in-depth yet to-the-point, which is essential when you’re trying to get your feet wet in the development world.
How to Fix Image Upload Issue in WordPress
This is a really short video but it covers an important topic. When image files break in your media gallery, it can feel like you’re going to be left scrambling to find a solution but that’s actually not the case.
As this video lays out, it’s often just a matter of mismatched file permissions. It’s a quick fix and will save you a ton of headaches.
WordPress NextGen Gallery Slideshow & Thumbnail Tutorial
Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to feature plugins here but this tutorial is really helpful and so many people use NextGen Gallery I felt it had a place here.
This video walks you through how to create a basic slideshow and a thumbnail gallery using the NextGen plugin. Turn up the volume though because Danny Cutts is quite soft spoken.
Create a Résumé Website in WordPress
Having a solid online presence is essential for building your reputation nowadays. One way you can accomplish this is by building a résumé website that is designed to impress.
Whether you’re looking to get a specific job or simply need a place to display your skills, this tutorial from Tyler Moore walks you through how to build a stylish, custom résumé site that looks and functions great.
He’s really thorough without being overly simplistic, too, which is appreciated.
WordPress Responsive Theme Basics 2014
Allan from MindVisionMedia.net offers some great insights here into how to set up and use the Responsive Theme from CyberChimps.
This isn’t so much a review as it is a step-by-step guide to how to configure the theme and how to use it in practical, real-life situations.
I think this video is especially helpful for those who are newer to WordPress and maybe need a little bit of handholding through setting up a theme that offers more than just the basics.
Matt Mullenweg: Founder of WordPress Shares Everything
If there was something you always wanted to know about how WordPress got its start, this is the video to watch.
In it, unreasonable.is interviews founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg about the platform’s beginnings and some of the mistakes he made along the way.
It’s highly informative and a compelling look at how one man chased down his startup dreams.
Interview with Chris Coyier
Though it doesn’t center around WordPress, this interview with Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks.com does highlight some really important points of what it takes to run a popular website and how to build a solid brand reputation that has real staying power.
The interview is conducted by Treehouse so it has some polish and it’s actually entertaining to watch: just two guys having a chat about the Internet. What’s not to love?
I probably could’ve spent days sorting through all of the videos about WordPress on YouTube from the past year but these are the ones that really jumped out at me as offering something of real value and substance.
I hope you agree!
Did one of these videos speak to you? Is there another video out there right now that has proven itself to be invaluable? Please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below.
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