How To Avoid Wasting Time – And Money – On Crappy WordPress Tutorial Videos, Articles, And Ebooks

The overwhelming popularity of WordPress has led to a massive growth in demand for WordPress tutorial videos, articles, ebooks, and so forth. Not surprisingly, this has, in turn, led to an explosion in the development and availability of all kinds of different WordPress tutorial videos, articles, ebooks, and more. In fact, as of this writing, a search on Google for the term WordPress tutorial returns more than 82 million results.

As you undoubtedly know, whenever there’s glut of information or products on the market there is going to be a wide range in quality.

This is as true of WordPress tutorial videos, articles, and ebooks as it is of anything.

And since many people use WordPress as a platform for making money online, the quality of your WordPress education can have a direct – and significant -impact on your income.

A high-quality WordPress tutorial can have you up and running quickly and confidently – and moving closer to achieving your objectives for your WordPress site – while a low-quality (i.e., crappy) WordPress tutorial can steal a lot of your time, cause you to make a lot of potentially costly mistakes, and set you back in your journey towards success.

In order to help you avoid making the mistake that so many others make – thinking that all WordPress tutorials are, more or less, created equal – I’ve put together the following questions to help you cut through the low-quality/crappy WordPress tutorials so you can get to the good stuff.

How do you like to learn?
This is an extremely important question because the answer to it should dictate the form of the WordPress tutorial that’s best for you (video, ebook, mp3, etc).

As you probably know, there are three dominant preferred learning styles:

  • Visual – visual learners learn best by seeing, so video tutorials and ebooks with lots of visual elements are the best learning tools for them
  • Auditory – auditory learners learn best by hearing, so video tutorials, audio tutorials and ebooks are the best learning tools for them
  • Kinesthetic – kinesthetic learners learn best by doing, so video tutorials that require them to complete activities are the best learning tools for them

Of course, just because we have preferred learning styles doesn’t mean our other senses are shut down, so a really powerful WordPress tutorial would be one that could appeal to more than one learning style.

How current is it?
WordPress – like the Internet in general – is constantly evolving and improving to deliver a better experience for its users. New versions of WordPress are released regularly, so it’s important to know when a WordPress tutorial was created or, at the very least, when it was last updated.

WordPress 3.2.1 – the most current stable version as of this writing – was released in July 2011, so check to make sure that any WordPress tutorial you considering was either created after July 2011 or has been updated since then.

How comprehensive is it?
WordPress is like any other software product on the market. There is so much that a WordPress website is capable of that there is a lot to learn.

Make sure that any WordPress tutorial you consider has a detailed list of all of the course content and that it covers all of the key elements – some of the more important of which include:

  • Manual installation
  • Automatic installation
  • Set up
  • Dashboard
  • Settings
  • Customization
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Widgets
  • Security
  • Backup
  • Pages and posts
  • Categories and tags
  • Comments and spam
  • Multi media
  • Multi sites

You might also want to give preference to any WordPress tutorials that also show you have to register a domain name, how to set up hosting, and how to “connect “your domain name to your web host so your site can go live – especially if you’re a (relative) newcomer to this side of the Web.

Is a free trial or a preview available for you to view?
Not only will a free trial or preview enable you to get a sense for how a WordPress tutorial is taught – so you can determine whether or not it matches up with your preferred learning style – but, in the case of video or audio tutorials, you’ll obviously get an opportunity to hear the tutorial instructor’s voice.

And, whether you realize it or not, an instructor’s pace and tone of voice can have a huge impact on the quality of the result you’ll get from the tutorial – and not just for auditory people.

Some instructors speak too fast or have such an unpleasant tone of voice that it’s an immediate deal breaker.

So make sure you get a chance to have a preview or a free trial before deciding to spend any time or any money on a WordPress tutorial.

Ultimately, WordPress is a great tool that makes it possible for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to start their own website. But what you’re able to do with your WordPress website – and how quickly and well – is a byproduct of how knowledgeable you are.

A high-quality WordPress tutorial can give you the knowledge you need to succeed while a low-quality/crappy WordPress tutorial can set you back in your journey or even cause you to stop dead in your tracks.

Please make sure you choose wisely...

Can Golf Training Ebooks Make The Difference?

Well I hadn’t played a round of golf for several years when I was invited to make up a foursome one Sunday last March and I gladly accepted. I spent Saturday cleaning the dust from my clubs and making sure I had all the equipment I needed. Work and family commitments had made it difficult to find time to play my beloved game and time goes so fast. I took a driver and practiced my swing in the yard and remember thinking how I’d not forgotten a thing..

The next morning as I stood on the first tee I felt awesome. Then I reached confidently for my driver and after a couple of practice swings I dispatched my ball neatly into trees on the right of the fairway. Eighteen holes and 122 shots later I realised I was in desperate need of some serious golf training before I accepted any further foursome invites.

My golfing buddies were sympathetic and promised me I would play better the following week and I determined myself that I most certainly would, even though I knew I’d have little time to visit the pro for a lesson or two in the interim. Sunday evening I logged on to the Internet and searched for a good golf training ebook tutorial that may help me. Having discovered a golf training ebook reviews website I perused the tutorials on offer and decided that the first aspect of my game that needed attention was my swing. I knew I could shave a lot of shots from my score card if only I could consistently hit my tee shots long, and to the middle of the fairway.

Having read through the reviews, I settled for a golf training ebook titled ‘The Simple Swing’, by David Nevogt and I had purchased and downloaded the product within minutes. I immediately noticed that the tutorial was presented as a system, and so easy to follow and as I read through the ‘golf swing’ section of the system, I was already feeling more confident, without even picking up a club. Although concentrating mainly on tee shots, this powerful golf training ebook also includes advice to help improve putting, chipping, and sand bunkers shots, as well as the mentally and physically aspects of the game. I read the whole ebook that evening and slept well.. giving little thought to my dreadful round earlier in the day.

During the next few days I spent quite a number of hours with my golf training ebook, paying particular attention to the swing chapters and going through what I’d learned with my driver in the back yard. I remember thinking about the title of the ebook.. ‘The Simple Swing’ what a great title.. it really is simple when you get down to it.

Thursday came around quickly and I decided it was time to hit some balls and so I put my woods in the car and after work was done I went straight to the driving range to see if what Id learned so far was going to make a difference. I teed the ball up slightly higher than usual and thinking about my swing plane I hit the ball sweetly.. long and straight. Wow that felt good! I hit 50 balls after work that evening and I swear that a high percentage of them were almost perfect. What a welcoming noise when you find the sweet spot. I had never found it so consistently in the past.

Sunday came around and I decided not to mention to my buddies about my golf training ebook purchase. Yet before we were through six holes they were making comments that I was obviously ‘getting help from somewhere’. I hit 12 perfect tee shots that Sunday and was round in 96 shots. What an improvement! I realised there were other aspects of my game that I needed to brush up on but now I was much more confident on the tee at least.

I ended up purchasing three more golf training ebooks over the next couple of months which helped me enormously with every aspect of my game. I simply tutor myself using the golf tips and techniques I learn from reading and it certainly makes the difference. With the help of my golf training ebooks I now consistently break 80. What a wonderful game golf is!

Trevor Taylor

Free EBook Covers – How to Create Yours For Free With GIMP – Part 1 of 2

If you want to create an eBook cover by yourself, without buying eBook creator cover software or buying Photoshop, or paying a graphics designer to do it for you, then read on. I’m not promising to make an artist of you! I don’t claim any artistic talents myself, just the technical know-how you will need to create your ecover!

1. Download and install GIMP – a free open source image manipulation program. If you have time, you can have lots of fun getting to know what you can do with it. If you don’t have much time, be careful not to get distracted from the task in hand – follow these steps to get your eBook cover finished! Then, you can play 😉

Just Google GIMP and you will find the download page easily.

2.Get yourself a free template eBook cover by googling ‘free eBook cover’. The one I use in this tutorial will probably be the first site you come across at ebooktemplatesource.com.

There are three types of covers to choose from – for this tutorial I will be using the first type, called ‘cover01’

Download and save this to your hard drive. Then extract all files to a convenient folder.
You will be using the file called ‘cover01.psd’ later in the Gimp software.

3.Start up Gimp.

4.First we have to create the front of your cover. This is the part you have to design for yourself to suit your own eBook. I’ll show you how to do a simple one here and then you can go and play around with it when you have time.

After that we need to stick it onto the cover we’ve already downloaded to make your eBook cover and save it properly for you to use in your eBooks.

5.Click on File – New

6.Set Width and Height at 500 pixels each and click OK.

7.You should now have the Gimp window and a new Image window open. Go to the image window, select Layer – New Layer. A New Layer window will open up. Give your new layer a name eg Front Cover and click OK.

8.On the main Gimp window, you should have a list of the layers so far; Front Cover and Background. Click on the Front Cover layer to make sure that’s the one you are working on.
Now, select Tools – Selection Tools – Rectangle Select

Click any where on your image window and drag to create a rectangle to represent the front of your eBook.

9.Now we are going to colour in your cover. Once you start to play with Gimp you can do all sorts of fun things here. For now, we are going to create what’s called a gradient i.e. the page will have a colour that blends gradually from the foreground colour to the background colour.

Pick your foreground and background colours by clicking on the little coloured boxes on the main Gimp window.

Go to Tools – Paint Tools – Blend Tool
Click any where in the middle of your rectangle near the top and drag down to the bottom and release. Your page will be filled with your chosen colours.

Play around with clicking and dragging from and to different places and with your foreground and background colours until you get something you like.

10.At this point you could insert your photo and or text. For now we’ll keep it simple and just add text.
Click on Tools – Text.

Click on your cover where you want to start the text. A text editor will open up. Type in your text in this editor. To change the colour, font, size etc of your text click on Dialogs – Tool Options. A Dialog will open in the main Gimp window where you can click on the properties of your text and play around with it.

11.Add text wherever you need to. Each block of text will be added as a new layer so that you can edit it at any stage by clicking on Tools – Text and then clicking on the text you want to change.

12.Now you have the basics of your front cover!

Next we have to attach this to our eBook template.