I stumbled across this series of instructional videos buried in the Themeforest web site. The presenter, Drew Douglas, does a great job of progressing through all pieces of WordPress in real time. If you have at least a cursory understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP, and PhotoShop this series will get you up and running fast with WordPress development.
If you haven’t already, check out the Themeforest web site for a wealth of theming resources.
Installation of WordPress with a bonus of setting up a MAMP, or XAMPP development server on your desktop complete with web server, mysql, and PHP.
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Explores the basics including the ins and outs or the WordPress Admin panel.
It’s easier than you may think.