WP Screencasts Blog

Working on screencasts for WordPress 2.7

We’ve started working on screencasts for WordPress 2.7 and will target having these up around the second week of November.  Videos for WordPress 2.6 are completed and we’ll finish up adding those to the site this week.

The 2.6 videos will remain available on this site once we start adding the 2.7 videos.

Yes, we know that Automattic’s is working on wordpress.tv.  When they finish up that site and release for all to use, we’ll re-evaluate what we are doing with wpscreencasts.com.  We’re not interested in competing.  We mostly concerned that a series of WordPress training videos are available and easily organized for new WordPress users.

More screencasts coming this week!

It’s been way too long since we’ve published any screencasts.  In fact, many of you have indeed noticed that we haven’t added anything new since our initial launch.  Right after we launched, we starting hearing rumors that there more dashboard changes coming in WordPress 2.7.  Radical changes.  And it does appear from a number of posts published over the last month, that there are indeed big changes coming

Are these changes for the better?  We’ll see. We’ve liked the evolution of the dashboard in the past, so there’s no reason to think that such a trend will change in the 2.7 release.

But it did throw us into a tailspin.  What do we do about our current set of screencasts?  We knew all along that we didn’t have the complete set that we wanted.  But should we throw our energy into adding more screencasts centered around the current dashboard despite knowing that their lifespan is limited?

After a lot of debating, we decided that we’re going to add more videos that support the 2.6 version of WordPress.  Those are the videos we’ll be adding this week.  Those will also be the last 2.6 screencasts we do.  In a week or two, we’ll start playing around with the 2.7 dashboard and will begin producing screencasts shortly therafter.  Screencasts for 2.6 will be always be around, in an archive category on this site.

That’s the plan.  For those of you who have said nice things about this site, thank you so much.  And for those of you who disappointed in not adding more screencasts right away, we’re sorry if we let you down.  It is our intention to be a resource you can count on for years to come.

Welcome to WP Screencasts

When we formed Shiny New Toy earlier this year, we talked a lot about all the people we have learned from over the years.  Included in that discussion was the community of people involved with WordPress.  Holly and easily agree that our favorite online community are the developers, designers, hackers, and evangelists involved with the WordPress software.  That community has shared so much knowledge and has never hesitated to share their knowledge with anyone interested.  It’s a big factor (in fact it’s probably the biggest factor) in making WordPress one of the best solutions for publishing content onto the web.  Holly and I felt a desire to do more to participate in this community and so, we came up with the idea of WP Screencasts another effort in our continuing meme of  ”giving back.

Another reason we love WordPress so much is how much thought has been put into the user interface of the WordPress dashboard.  We’ve encountered many web-based content management systems over the years and the usability of the WordPress admin screens outshines that of competing CMS packages.  However, we continue to run into challenges with teaching content managers how to use WordPress to add, edit, and manage online content.  It’s not that training users on WordPress is impossible, we’ve just found that different people learn in different ways.  Some folks require a significant amount of hands-on training and we’re happy to provide that.  Other folks do well with reading the information found in resources such as the WordPress Codex and books like WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.

What we found missing for WordPress users was a comprehensive set of video based training content for learning how to use administer content in a self-hosted WordPress based websites.  WP Screencasts aims to fill that gap and complement WordPress learning resources already available on the web and in print.

Our initial set of videos that we are lanching with is just the beginning.  We’ll continue to expand by adding additional screencasts over time.  If there is a task that isn’t covered in a video here, let us know and we’ll do our best to include it in the future.