Here are some resources for WordPress beginners — we’re using this as a starting point for the July 25, 2011 meeting discussion.
The WordPress Codex: This is the user’s guide to WordPress. On the Getting Started with WordPress page, there’s a section of links specifically for beginners. I recommend First Steps with WordPress as a good introduction. WordPress Lessons is also a good place for basic information.
WordPress.tv: If you like videos, this is the place for you. You can view tutorials on a wide variety of subjects as well as sessions from WordCamps around the world! If you’re looking for the basics, try the How-To section.
Jump in at WordPress.com: If you just want to play around with WordPress, this is a great way to get started. You don’t need to buy a domain; just create an account on WordPress.com and go! You do have some limitations on WordPress.com — for instance, you are limited to the themes in their directory, and you can’t really play around with the CSS or use plugins. But you can learn how the admin panel works and get some practice creating posts and pages!