WordPress Class Resource List

I just finished teaching a five week non-credit WordPress class at Colorado Mountain College. Here is the reading and resource list I used during the class.

WordPress Resources

A great place to start is the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation.  Of special interest there is the Introduction to WordPress Terminology to help you learn the lingo. Additional Resources:


  • WordPress hosts free plugins and is the best place to start.
  • Codecanyon is a plugin marketplace.
  • Akismet is a must have and typically already installed by default.  Make sure you activate it to eliminate comment spam.
  • WordPress SEO Plugin manages all of your SEO needs.
  • Jetpack  contains dozens of miscellaneous tools. Popular!
  • Google Analytics installs Google Analytics code.
  • AuthorHReview   Review products or services on your website,  Allow visitors to add reviews to your website, and add testimonials to your website.
  • Revolution Slider creates slideshows.
  • Wufoo is my favorite form builder. You get 3 free and they have a
  • WordPress Plugin that makes it easy to add their super-powerful forms into your website.  Consider also Contact Form 7.
  • Snapshot offers site backups.
  • Regenerate Images – Use this if you change your image size settings in the settings>media menu.
  • ManageWP for handling multiple installs.
  • Font Awesome Icons Redirection is for setting up redirected URLs (301s) for content that has changed addresses or disappeared.  Very handy and very easy.

Theme Resources


Backup and safety

Redirection helps you manage 301 redirections. MaxCDN or CloudFlare to speed up your website.

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  1. Barbara Clarke

    I just finished Trent’s WordPress class, and I walked away with tools I can use. Next class will be about branding, and there’s a Google Analytics class after that. He’s a very good teacher, very approachable and certainly he knows his stuff. Learning from Trent Blizzard is time and money well-spent.

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