Updated for the all-new Gutenberg Block Editor in WordPress 5.0!
This is our brand new WordPress 101 course, completely rewritten for the all-new ‘Gutenberg’ Block Editor in WordPress 5.0 and newer. Since 2008, we've updated the WordPress 101 video series with every major WordPress release. If you are using the Classic Editor Plugin, or WordPress 4.9 or older, please check out the WordPress 101 Classic course instead.
The current editor got us through the last 14 years. We want Gutenberg to get us through the next 14.” — Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress
By the end of this course, you’ll know how to build and manage your own WordPress website. You’ll learn how to use the all-new Block Editor in WordPress 5.0 to create media-rich custom layouts. And you’ll be comfortable adding images, video, PDF files, and using the Customizer to personalize the design of your site.
You don’t have to learn WordPress alone! When you take this course, you'll also be able to ask questions and get answers to your WordPress questions directly from Shawn and our other WordPress experts.
Each video builds on concepts from the one before. So we recommend that you watch the videos in order. But you’re more than welcome to pick and choose, and when you need a break, just pause and then pick up right where you left off.
To get started, simply scroll down and watch the first seven videos for FREE. When you're ready, unlock the rest of the course with an All-Access Pass — which includes every course on this site!
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Create a New Post
In this video, you’ll learn how to create a new Post using the all-new Gutenberg Block Editor in WordPress to create a Paragraph Block and add a Drop Cap.
How to Add an Image
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to add photos using the Image Block in the all-new Gutenberg Block Editor in WordPress 5.0 and newer.
Creating Links and Buttons
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to add text links and create buttons using the new Button Block in the all-new Editor in WordPress 5.0 and newer.
Embed a PDF File
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to upload a PDF file and create a download button using the new File Block in the all-new Editor in WordPress 5.0.
Embed Video or Audio
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to embed video and audio files into your posts and pages using the Video and Audio Blocks in WordPress 5.0 and up.
Add a Featured Image
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to add a Featured Image to your posts and pages, improving how your content looks when it’s shared on social media.
Categories and Tags
In this video, you’ll learn the difference between categories and tags in WordPress, and how to use them to help your readers to find related content.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the Publishing Options in WordPress to make private, password-protected posts and pages, and how to schedule posts for automatically publishing at a future date or time.
Edit Existing Posts
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the All Posts screen to manage, edit, and delete posts that you’ve already published on your WordPress site.
How to Create Pages
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to create and edit Pages on your WordPress website for static content like your About or Contact pages.
Customize Your Site
Creating Custom Menus
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to create and customize the site navigation menu that appears at the top of your WordPress site.
How to Add Widgets
In this video, you’ll learn how to add widgets to the sidebar, footer, or other widget-enabled areas in your site, using both the Appearance > Menus screen or the Customizer.
Create a Static Homepage
In this video, you’ll learn how to use a static homepage as the front page of your WordPress website, instead of the default list of blog posts.
Customize Your Theme
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the WordPress Customizer to configure the options for your website, upload a logo, personalize the colors, and even add custom CSS to personalize the design of your site.
Installing New Themes
In this video, you’ll learn how to install a new WordPress theme, upload a commercial theme, and preview what your site will look before you switch themes.
How to Install Plugins
In this video, you’ll learn how to find and install new WordPress plugins, adding all kinds of additional features to your WordPress-powered website.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use Common Blocks in WordPress to add a Quote or even a beautiful, full-width Pullquote with a color background.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the Cover Image and Gallery Blocks in Gutenberg to add beautiful, full-width photos and galleries to your WordPress pages.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the Formatting Blocks in WordPress to add preformatted text, code snippets, custom HTML… and even simple tables.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use Layout Blocks in Gutenberg to create custom layouts with multiple columns, media and text, separators, and spacers.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use Widget Blocks to display your most recent posts, comments, and more… anywhere in your pages and posts.
Managing Your Site
The Media Library
In this video, you’ll learn how to use the Media Library in WordPress to manage, edit, or delete media files that you’ve previously uploaded to your site.
In this video, you’ll learn the tips, tricks, and best practices for managing comments and encouraging meaningful discussion with your visitors.
Adding New Users
In this video, you’ll learn how to add new authors or users to your WordPress site, assign specific roles and permissions, and even review other contributors’ posts before publishing.
Edit Your Profile
In this video, you’ll learn how to edit your Personal Profile, create a Gravatar, and configure your preferences to make WordPress work even better for you.
In this video, you’ll learn about the tools in WordPress to export and backup your content, import content, and ensure compliance with user privacy laws.
What Others Have Said
Finally, the cloud has lifted!
By: David Freeman
The information presented and the style of presentation have clarified all of the roadblocks that I have encountered to date. Yesterday I imagined being forced to give up on site development or hire an expensive tech expert. Today, I have a perfectly clear understanding of the functionality of my new WP site. Thank you! I look forward to future lessons.
I finally get it!
By: Melody Peacock Brooks
This is a great tutorial for anyone that is just beginning! With no experience, it took me step by step, at a level I could understand. Great teacher!
Very Helpful Tutorials
By: Mike Neighbors
The lessons were very helpful in understanding what WordPress can do and how to use it. I would recommend them to anyone getting started. I'm sure I'll be referring to them again as I begin building my first site. The explanation of blocks in the Gutenberg editor was especially helpful.