Top 10 Beginners Tips for New WordPress Users

WPBeginner is a WordPress resource site which was founded by Syed Balkhi in July 2009. The main goal of this site is to provide quality tips, tricks, hacks, and other resources for the WordPress community. Because most other WordPress sites are maintained by developers, there was a lack of focus on beginners. At WPBeginner, Syed explains each tutorial thoroughly, so users of all levels can understand it.

Like me, Syed is at Affiliate Summit West covering the show. Since we’re kind working the show together, I decided to do a quick interview asking Syed for his top 10 beginners WordPress tips. In addition to the tips, Syed also gave out some traffic and monetization tips. The video is well worth watching and I think you’ll get great value out of it. Enjoy the video.

75 thoughts on “Top 10 Beginners Tips for New WordPress Users”

  1. Ayush Chand says:

    Thanks John! Great post for newbie bloggers!

    1. dotCOMreport says:

      Even not-so newbie bloggers can learn a tip or two here.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, sometimes I need to make tweaks to my blog I have no idea to do but maybe this site can help.

        1. @d3so

          quite right we all need some kind of tips some time and this kind of posts always help.

      2. Yes you are right, i am watching the vid for few times already..

    2. Abhik says:

      Yeah!! Some nice tips indeed 🙂

    3. i always believe that if you want to earn good money and fame as well than target new bie and you will get good return.

      1. Yes, that is right. Mainly because newbies does not know what they should expect and everything is new to them. So even if you say the most basic things they will still be verry thankful for it. Also they tend to share your website a lot more, at least that’s my experience. 😛


    4. ikki says:

      i agree with you, but a 10 moths blogger is a wordpress beginner?

    5. Agreed! Great post for newbie bloggers!

  2. Darryl Tott says:

    Really useful tips. Buy sell ads was a new one to me. Good to party with you both today.

    My tip: If you don’t know it, best way is to learn through practice. Go jump right in.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Awesome video! I definitely agree with Darryl that it’s import to jump in. You learn so much by just going for it.

      1. Abhik says:

        I agree.. The best way to learn is trial and error.

        1. @abhik

          yes trial and error method is good but applicable only when you have enough time.

        2. ibnujusup says:

          i’m tired of getting a penny for blog… further trial and error maybe…will do it

    2. You ought to check out BuySell ads before you spend a lot of money. Not such a good value there.

    3. yes if you have time than practice is the right thing because with practice you also learn many other things as well.

  3. Pumama says:

    Very valuable video! Hi John Chow, Can I bring this video to my blog ? I think my readers will like this video 😀

    1. John Chow says:

      I do allow others to embed my YouTube videos so I don’t have a problem with you posting the video on your blog.

      1. Nice to read about that you have allow others to embed to your YT video, so nice form you. thanks!

        1. through this john will also get maximum exposure as well.

          He will get new traffic and new visitors as well.

      2. Pumama says:

        Thank you! I think my readers will like this video

      3. Domain Nitro says:

        That is great – what kind of attibution do you need? Just a caption, or does the video have enough in it?

        1. John Chow says:

          No attribution required but linking back to my blog would be nice.

  4. Hi John,
    I just stuck at your blog and find really worth watching video on WordPress. However, your post about top 10 beginners tips, have enjoy to read extremely useful content on wordpress resource.

  5. Dean Saliba says:

    Been a fan of WPBeginner for a while, and they do great work, so it is nice to see them getting some recognition. 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      I think I came across wpbeginner when I was search for help online.

  6. Great beginner tips, need all the help we can get when starting out

  7. Virgil says:

    Great tips Syed. I been also thinking about reducing the amount of ads on my landing page and focusing more on the initial content my visitors are exposed too?

    1. You have a ton of links on your site too. Might want to reduce a few of those.

  8. fas says:

    Some really awesome tips there, which are mostly ignored.

  9. Nice interview John and WPBeginner is really a very good place for beginners.

    Its really helpful

    1. Beginners do have to start somewhere.

      1. Agreed.

        And if the land on a site like this I guess, They will be more than happy. Ain’t ?

  10. GTA 5 says:

    Nice interview, I could find really awesome tips there! Thanks for this great sharing John 🙂

  11. Rich Dennis says:

    Thanks for the informative video John… always great content.

  12. Mike says:

    Nice video guys. Very basic stuff, but that is where everyone needs to start a build a foundation with their blog, similar to what I am currently doing at my site.

  13. Wish I would have had this resource when I started using WordPress.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, me too! I learned thru a lot of trial and error!

  14. I think it was a very valuable post for the beginners as well as the blogger established soon in the year or two.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, maybe they have advanced tricks for those who know how to work with wordpress.

  15. Juan says:

    Hi John, my apologies for asking you this here but I was hoping that it will caught your attention sooner.

    See, the issue is that I have been reading your articles about credit cards, and you always point out that the benefit of it is the money you get back plus the prizes. I do agree is a considerable advantage of a responsible use of a credit card.

    The funny thing I find is that you have failed to mention one of the most important benefits of a credit card , and that is credibility given to you by your credit score if you ,as you have stated several times , are a financially responsible person, wich eventually gives you the great benefit of a decent credit story.

    The credit story allows you to have more trust when you are trying for example rent a house, (you even detailed the benefits of it in one of your posts, so I know you are aware of how important it is) , aplying for a job, making a reservation in a hotel or for a plane ticket (wich you sort of mentioned) and as evidence of your financial state when dealing with tramits sush as a passport. I could keep going on but I think you understand what I mean at this point, so I won´t make it longer.

    What I would like to know is your point of view in the issue, because I´m still kind of new to finances, and maybe while researching about the topic I made a misunderstandig and the credit history isn´t precisely what I think it is, so please, tell me if I´m wrong or if I´m right. And sorry if I may be asking too much, but in the case I´m on the right track with the credit story I would then aprecciate your point of why you haven´t mentioned it before, it concerns me because maybe it still isn´t that important as I tought.

    Thank you for your time, I will looking forward for your answer.

  16. Does WPBeginner make a hefty portion of their revenue from adsense? I noticed adsense on the site and I just was wondering if contextual links and banners are better converting or if adsense still does well on those type of “Tip/Howto” sites.

    1. d3so says:

      adsense still does well on how to sites but you have the potential to make more with optimized affiliate ads.

    2. Abhik says:

      I guess adsense works everywhere, but affiliate ads works better.

    3. Yes, They are using Adsense, Buysellads and direct ads sells to monetize the site.

      I hope it helps

      1. Thanks, the reason I ask is become I have several Niche Social Media sites I built and am wondering if its worth it to promote them for the purpose of adsense income. For instance, one site is a question/answer site for the audio industry. I just haven’t had time to promote it and I am not sure if its worth it.

  17. kids games says:

    This vid is great! I sure learnt a lot. Thanks for sharing this, I’m sure many like me will appreciate

  18. Thanks John for posting this nice video. I already downloaded it and keep it with my collections.

    1. @custom

      which plugin you used to download this video.

      Would you like to share with us.

  19. zombie me says:


    Eventhough I am not a newbie in wp, but hey, still learn a thing or two here.

    Great vid.

  20. ziinga says:


    Remind me when I started out with Word Press. One you get the hang of it, It’s easy.

    What I like about WordPress, they are always ugrading and improving the site.

    Love it to death…

  21. tava tea says:


    This is a cool video I must say. Imagine the exposure he will be getting.

    More success story and motivation for people who are not on WP. Lastly, WP is google friendly.

    1. Every Web Design I do is on wordpress. SEO . . . starts with wordpress. I recommend sticking with WP for anything that needs a ranking. Plus you can mod it anyway you want.

  22. Simon Bunker says:

    Nice video John & Syed, Useful information and I learnt a thing or two.
    Keep up the great work

  23. Kerwin says:

    I know Syed personally and he is really a genuine guy. He knows his stuff so you can always trust him. I’ve used his services and is pleased.

    Thanks for the tips dude, sorry I could not make t out there, will try for the East.

    I met Syed at a conference which is why I recommend attending conferences.

    Thanks for the interview John.

  24. Very nice interview!! Good job!

  25. Nick says:

    We’ve been using WP for awhile now and these are some good tips! Not just for beginners!!

    Thanks for the good post and I will be putting some of these into action!

    MOS Creative

  26. John great set of tips for beginners.

    One of my friends started blogging recently and i am going to give him this post as a food for though


  27. SoulGamer says:

    Thankyou very much for the video. It was inspiring and as a beginner has made me consider advice and tips to improve my blog. I hope to improve my blog tremendously over time using your tips as my core elements to drive forward

  28. UK Green says:

    John Chow,

    Really Great Video.

    What I like about WordPress,

    they are always upgrading and improving the site.

  29. cheap cars says:

    We’ve been using WP for awhile now and these are some good tips! Not just for beginners!!

  30. John,

    I have been looking around Syed’s site and it’s has some great tips. Thank you for taking the time to interview him during ASW – it’s always good to hear the information directly from the source.

    Thanks Again,


  31. ikki says:

    nice video, nice tips, thanks john

  32. bagus says:

    good information,i will do it……….

  33. Those are some solid tips he has there. Nice to see a fairly new site getting to much attention this early on. All the best, Syed!

  34. Interesting and useful information. I just wanna tell U “Thanks”. Thanks!

  35. Jimmy says:

    Thanks for sharing that. i think that might be helpful for new bloggers…..

  36. stage bags says:

    I’m glad it was useful to me. Thanks for your work. Ill be in touch

  37. nintendo 3ds says:

    Now that was a very cool interview. Thanks for the mention of wpbeginner. Bet Syed is one young affiliate blogger

  38. WPBeginner seems to be a very nice website for wordpress newbies. Thanks for the video.

  39. Neon SRT4 says:

    Nice video Tips. WP Beginner is really useful for the People who are pretty new to online blogging. My Suggestion is, it should cover all topics about wordpres, and its hacks.

  40. I keep hearing about the W3 cache plugin everywhere. I suppose I will have to check it out and implement/tweak it before my site gets too much traffic. The only thing I don’t really like is to have too many plugins because it gets hard to keep everything updated and working plus it slows everything down on the site. Thanks for the wideo though, I will visit the wpbeginner site as well to see if it got anything to offer. 😛


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