There are far too many resources for WordPress available online to mention in one single post. However, the resources listed here are some excellent sources for those new to the community. This information will help get you started.
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
This is one of the very first questions that many people ask when they jump into the world of WordPress. In short, WordPress.com is a hosted solution that is simple to set up and requires very little technical knowledge. WordPress.com websites are hosted on a large server elsewhere that is maintained and updated by a company called Automattic. WordPress.org is home to the open source software, WordPress. A person who uses this version must have their own web host and is responsible for downloading and installing the software on the web server as well as keeping continual maintenance of the website.
WPMU has created a great article that describes the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
WordPress Websites for Beginners
WPBeginner.com — This blog contains very useful information as well has a robust set of archives on all things WordPress. The site is specifically designed for the beginning WordPress user.
15 Most Frequently Asked Questions by WordPress Beginners — This blog post by WPBeginner is a great starting place to answer those questions that everyone has at the beginning of their journey.
codex.wordpress.org — At first glance, a beginner might be hesitant to dig into the WordPress Codex for answers, however, I have found the documentation and information in the Codex to be very well done and easily understood. The codex can get fairly advanced for those in depth topics, however, even simple questions can be found using this resource.
Additional Website Resources
WPCandy.com — This site includes news, opinions, blog posts, and podcasts on all things WordPress. If you want to know what is happening in the world of WordPress, Ryan Imel and his team at WP Candy will keep you in the loop.
WPModder.com — For great tutorials, check out Adam Warner’s site at WP Modder. This site offers great learning resources as well as suggestions and information for premium themes and plugins.
Youtube is packed with good WordPress tutorials. It is worth noting the date of the tutorials that you search for and view on youtube. Because WordPress software is regularly updated, new versions have different functionality. Make sure that the video you choose is compatible with the version of WordPress that you are currently using if your task is impacted by the Version (WordPress 3.0 vs. WordPress 3.3)
WordPress.tv is a great resource for videos and continued WordPress learning.
WordCamp.tv is a specific section on WordPress.tv that contains all of the videos from WordCamps across the world.
WordCamp Phoenix – Okay, so I am partial to WordCamp Phoenix, I admit it. As a member of the organizing team for the 2o12 Phoenix WordCamp, I think we had some amazing sessions and speakers for the event. Check them out.