I did more than my fair share of stumbling around learning WordPress and remember all to well my WordPress Dummy days and so I’m going to try to help you avoid the pitfalls that I encountered — including those I created for myself!
My suggestion is that you start with one author who speaks to you in language you can best understand — keeping in mind that every tutorial might be Greek to you in the beginning. Remember, you’re learning something brand new — so don’t set your expectations to high and do plan on being confused now and then. I developed websites for about 12 years before I ventured into WordPress and I can tell you without a doubt that even with my website experience I was confused and lost quite often (sometimes very confused and a GPS for WordPress complete with auto-pilot sure would have come in handy at times!). Don’t expect to just jump in and do it the first time around. It may take several repeat lessons before you start to get the hang of it. If you find you’re a natural — that’s GREAT! But if you don’t — hey, that’s ok, too. Step back, take a break and come back to it later. It will come.
One Foot in Front of the Other
Begin by working your way through your chosen author’s steps until you feel comfortable writing pages and a posts without constant referral to the instructions (and before wearing your Google search button out seeking other tutorials). By hop-skipping all over the web you’re likely to accomplish nothing more than confusing the living daylights out of yourself.
Another good reason for sticking with one author (preferably your designer) until you get the hang of things is that whoever wrote the tutorial(s) is going to be the one best prepared to help you if you run into problems with the instructions they wrote. There will be plenty of time for experimenting with other site management techniques and perfecting your own site administration abilities through other WordPress lessons after you get the basics down from just one author that you feel comfortable with.