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If you've ever thought about creating your own blog or podcast using WordPress (opens in new tab) but don't know where to get started then you're in luck as WordPress.com has created two subscription-based courses to show beginners the ropes.

The hosted version of the world's most popular CMS (opens in new tab) is moving into the customer education space with its new Blogging for Beginners and Podcasting for Beginners courses.

Earlier this year, WordPress.com launched free daily and in-depth topical webinars for its customers. Following customer feedback from these webinars, the service's parent company Automattic (opens in new tab) decided to expand its educational content to include both blogging (opens in new tab) and podcasting.

Chief marketing officer at WordPress.com, Monica Ohara provided further insight on the company's latest push into the online education space in a press release (opens in new tab), saying:

"We are excited to venture into online education and help anyone, anywhere learn new skills. Our vision is to create a supportive community where you can meet new people, share ideas, and grow together.”

WordPress.com courses

WordPress.com's Blogging for Beginners (opens in new tab) was soft-launched back in October and the course provides on-demand, text-based foundational lessons to help users establish a successful blog. The course's lessons including building a blog, understanding audiences, design, writing for the internet, branding and how to grow and make revenue for just $49 per year.

As podcasting is a bit more complicated, WordPress.com's Podcasting for Beginners (opens in new tab) course has an annual subscription fee of $99. The course includes lessons on finding a niche, choosing a podcast format, recording and editing interviews, submitting podcast directories, growing an audience and making revenue from a podcast.

As WordPress.com used a combination of its own products including WooCommerce (opens in new tab), Jetpack, Sensei LMS and P2 to create its new courses, anyone can build a similar service using Automattic's tools.

WordPress.com plans to continue growing its customer education offerings going forward and the company will launch additional courses next year.

Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.