In the fall of 2010, shortly after the release of WordPress 3.0, I spent a week building a WordPress training course for lynda.com. The months prior were spent experimenting, testing, and planning out every detail with a simple goal: Make the course that I needed when I first started using WordPress. This was my first lynda.com course, and I hoped my WordPress training would be watched by a few hundred subscribers. Five years, four course editions, and countless minor updates later, that goal has been reached this week—by a factor of 1,000! As WordPress Essential Training was watched by its 100,000th viewer this week, I was working on its fifth revision—so this is a perfect time to reflect on where we were, where we are now, and where we’re headed in the world of WordPress. Making WordPress make sense Before coming to lynda.com, I’d planned to write a book on WordPress for beginners. I’d just finished the fourth edition of my book on Microsoft Expression Web and learned from the experience that even the most complex concepts could be expressed in a straightforward way. Having worked with WordPress for years, I felt that I couldn’t just help people get their work done with WordPress;
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