Where to find help for WordPress?

It is easy to install WordPress, but that’s another question to adapt to their needs. Just installed, you’ll be presented with a problem, and frankly, we do not always know where to find help. It should be understood that WordPress is an open source script, and therefore, each user is using it as needed. Since they vary infinitely, the importance of documentation is crucial.

WordPress has a great community that provides documentation, plugins or themes. One can find help for any problem if you know where to look.

WordPress Codex
The most important support resource for WordPress is the WordPress Codex. It contains everything needed to install, configure and develop WordPress. Since it is huge, it’s hard to find what we seek, and you do not even know where to ask. The WordPress Codex is a wiki means that anyone can contribute. It is available in many languages, even if the translations are not moving at the same rate, so it is advisable to use the English version if the mastery. The English version is divided into 8 sections:

  • Getting Started with WordPress
  • Working with WordPress
  • Design and Layout
  • Advanced Topics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Developer Documentation
  • About WordPress
  • Announcements

Each of these sections is significant in itself, for example, if you want help for the development and WordPress API, then you should see Developer Documentation. If you’re interested in creating themes for WordPress, then this will be the section Design and Layout, etc..

The mailing list WordPress
The mailing lists are as old as the Web, and they allow to be notified by mail of each update. In fact, most experienced users of WordPress subscribe to these lists to be the first to announce important news.

WP-Hackers – this mailing list is probably the most popular as it is targeted to developers. We discuss technical issues, patches, but it should not be considered as a support aid. So we will not answer you if you ask a question. One can subscribe with the address: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-hackers

  • WP-Tester – It also generates a lot of traffic, especially during periods of major upgrades of WordPress. It helps to be aware of the bugs before the final version and it gives an idea of the reactivity of the community of WordPress. It focuses especially members concerned about security, and they stalk the slightest flaw day and night. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-testers
  • WP-Docs – This allows members to organize the documentation for WordPress, including WordPress Codex. She works with WP-Test list for documenting bugs and security holes. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-docs
  • WP-Pro – This list is for professionals such as WordPress consultants and other experts. Companies use it to hire technicians capable of installing and configuring a WordPress blog, and it’s not a place to ask questions. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-pro
  • WP-XMLRPC – Use this list to keep abreast of Worddpress XMLRPC functionality. The XMLRPC can use external editors to publish his articles. She is very active, but it may interest some users. It discusses mainly the Atom Protocol Hub which is supposed to bring together all the standards of XMLRPC. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-xmlrpc
  • WP-Polygot – Essential for those documenting WordPress, and is widely used during major upgrades. We often see the term on the i18n documentation and supported languages. The abbreviation i18n simply indicates that there are 18 letters between the i and n Internationalization of the word implies all the languages available for WordPress. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-polyglots
  • WP-Svn – Little used by the average user, it is primarily used for developers to track down small updates and corrections to WordPress. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-svn
  • WP-Trac – Similar to the wp-svn, it tracks any changes to WordPress. Subscriptions are available at: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-trac

Forums on WordPress
The problem with the mailing lists of WordPress is that they help you even when you do not need. One should not overlook the fact that some of these lists are amended regularly, so your inbox may explode. Sometimes you need special assistance, eg a simple question and you are not sure that the wiki and the lists contain the solution, then welcome to the WordPress Forums: http://wordpress.org/support

WordPress forums have several categories, and you can type the query exactly. You can use the search function if it produces results, if not here are the different categories (note that I chose the English version because it is the most comprehensive):

  • Installation – Obvious, but this is about all that is the installation of WordPress, import another blog, choice of host, etc.. This is where you begin your journey of WordPress!
  • How to and Troubleshooting – Once you’ve installed WordPress, this is the forum that you talk about your daily worries, eg why the theme of shit gives me such a result? Why I am not allowed to post pictures? etc..
  • Plugins and Hack – Here we are in the development. You will find help to develop plugins and understand the main features of WordPress.
  • WP-Advanced – In this corner, we’re brainstorming in a pure state. These are the most complex problems that someone has met with WordPress. If you’re a developer, then this is the perfect place to show your talent. Fragile mind, refrain!
  • Your WordPress – All bloggers are narcissists, you can talk about your achievements in this game. You have created a topic then post it and ask the opinions of the community. If you’re smart, you can prick you inspire ideas for other users. Similarly, you can fill a gap by developing a unique option of WordPress.
  • Miscellaneous – We discuss everything and anything (especially anything else). Ideal for a chat. You can find recommendations for plugins and themes, then what a joke!
  • Requests and Feedback – WordPress does not look, but it has its groupies. So, this category gather all fans of WordPress. He loved to worship as Gollum the ring of power, and these users are so passionate they have lots of ideas to improve WordPress. Many ideas are wacky, but you can also find good things.
  • Alpha / beta – Updates to WordPress held every three months, so here you can find advice on alpha and beta versions. This gives an idea of possible improvements for future versions.

We see that WordPress is a great family, and you will find help even if sometimes pulls the hair problems. So do not get discouraged and you can always ask me if you encounter problems. I’m no expert, but I still know a few tricks.

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