Help me help wordpress newbies
May 19, 2010 10:03 AM   Subscribe

I've set up some clients with fairly complex Wordpress sites and now I have to teach them how to use the Wordpress back-end. I'm looking for any good tutorials and print-outs that would help someone with zero wp or CMS experience to do simple things like write/edit Posts and Pages, add images or youtube videos to a Post, enter data into custom keys. Basically, equip them so they can maintain the site on a day-to-day basis.

I will be going over all these things in person, but would like to leave them something they could refer to.
posted by dripdripdrop to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
If they're using Windows, perhaps they'd be more comfortable using Windows Live Writer. It's very user friendly, and enables all of the scenarios you mention.
posted by Diddly at 10:51 AM on May 19, 2010

WP Beginners Guide
Wordpress TV has some good videos, e.g. Writing and publishing a post.
posted by ceri richard at 10:52 AM on May 19, 2010

I've used information from the codex before. Writing Posts, for example. You'll probably have to do some cutting, copying and tweaking to make it applicable to your customisations, but it's a good starting point. I also find that some marked-up screenshots really go a long way to helping new users learn to navigate the back-end.
posted by Magnakai at 10:55 AM on May 19, 2010

Ithemes has some Tutorials (including videos).
posted by backwards guitar at 1:38 PM on May 19, 2010

There are some resources that might be helpful in the wp4lib wiki. I have successfully taught a lot of technophobic people to write posts on WordPress sites, and I second what Magnakai says about marked-up screenshots. The one big difficulty is that WP tends to change its backend quite a bit with some of its upgrades, so you might want to wait till 3.0 comes out (supposedly later this month) before you start making things like that.
posted by newrambler at 1:40 PM on May 19, 2010

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