Good morning everybody and welcome to this special seminar, the WordPress 3.9 Crash Course. We will be going over all of the basics of using WordPress and, in particular, using WordPress 3.9. This series is really intended for beginners. If you already have experience using WordPress or if you already feel comfortable with your WordPress experience then most of what you’re going to see today is going to be a repeat of what you already know.
New WordPress 3.9 Features
However, there are a number of new features to WordPress 3.9 especially related to the Media Library and to the Editor that we will be covering here. Again, this is really just intended for folks who really don’t know much about WordPress or how to use WordPress.
Two Paths to Learning WordPress
As I see it there are two different learning paths that you can take when learning how to use WordPress. The first one is what we’re doing here today which is essentially learning WordPress in a vacuum. There isn’t a specific project that we’re trying to build, this is just trying to learn how to use WordPress irrespective of a specific project or theme.
The second one is the way I generally teach WordPress which is teaching WordPress in the course of creating a specific type of website. In that case we have a project, we have a specific goal, we know what we’re going to do and we go through the process of both creating content and creating the pages. Then we customize the theme and and deal with administrative tasks.
Generally, I think it is quite useful for beginners to go through this process where you start from scratch and you’re building a sample website that has a bunch of specific components to it. If you are interested in that kind of course then I recommend that you take a look at the Start Building Your Website Here course.
Much of what I’m teaching today is going to be inserted into that course over the next week to update the content because this course was taught in version 3.7. There are a bunch of graphic differences and visual differences but there are a handful of substantial differences also between 3.7 and 3.9. In any case, those are the two learning pass that exist and for the first time here on BYOBWebsite you’re going to have access to both of those.