Over the years, I’ve helped thousands of people learn WordPress. Along the way, I’ve learned a thing or two myself.
One thing I’ve learned is that the biggest barrier most newcomers face is fear. Fear of making an embarrassing mistake that the entire Internet will see. Or fear of breaking their website and then not being able to fix it. And in extreme cases, fear of breaking the whole Internet!
The best way to learn WordPress is to become fearless. That may sound like a tall order, but there’s one simple trick that will help you become fearless with WordPress.
Install WordPress on your personal computer. Then use that private site as a safe space to learn and try new things. Without question, this is the best way to learn WordPress. And it’s the best way to gain the confidence you need to build beautiful websites.
When you set up a private WordPress site, you will take chances you would never consider when working with a live website. In the process, you learn all sorts of things you might be too afraid to try on a “real” site.
The tool I recommend you use is called Local, formerly Local by Flywheel. A while back, I shared a quick lesson where I demonstrate how to quickly install WordPress on your PC or Mac.
While that quick lesson helped many aspiring WordPress gurus, there’s a lot more to say about Local. The app looks simple, but there’s a lot of power and flexibility hidden under the hood.
My latest course is a comprehensive overview of Local. In 90 minutes, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of Local. The course covers creating new WordPress sites with Local, managing multiple local sites, activating SSL certificates, using the MailHog utility, and more about the advanced features and utilities included with Local.
By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll create new WordPress sites without a second thought.
Whether you’re building a new WordPress site from scratch or redesigning an existing site, Local is the tool you need to get the job done safely.
The Local WordPress Business Lab course is included with WP Apprentice membership. Membership also includes access to my entire training library, our member forum, and an invitation to our monthly group coaching calls on Zoom.
Course: Build A Local WordPress Business Lab
- Lesson 1: Why You Need A Local WP Business Lab
- Lesson 2: Getting Started With Local
- Lesson 3: Create Your First Local Site
- Lesson 4: Enable SSL On Local
- Lesson 5: Managing Local Sites
- Lesson 6: Create A Local Site Blueprint
- Lesson 7: Local Site Tools: Database
- Lesson 8: Local Site Tools: Email
- Lesson 9: Local Site Tools: Live Links
- Lesson 10: Local Site Tools: WP-CLI
- Lesson 11: Local Preferences
- Lesson 12: Local Folders & Files
- Lesson 13: Local Site Migration