Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before starting this course, part of WordPress Themes: Twenty Thirteen.
This course looks at the default theme named 2013, that ships with WordPress 3.6 and is available on wordpress.com. 2013 Is blog-centric, and focuses on post formats to differentiate content. Before looking at 2013 with me, it's important that you have a functioning WordPress site to work with, and that you know the basics of how to set up and configure a WordPress site and publish content. If this is the first time you're using WordPress, I encourage you to go check out my WordPress essential training, or WordPress.com essential training courses in the lynda.com library.
What course is right for you depends on whether you use WordPress.com or have a self-hosted WordPress site. These courses will walk you through the process of setting up and configuring a WordPress site, and will also show you how to create new posts, organize your content, and master the WordPress back end. If you're planning on setting up WordPress on your own host. You may also want to check out the Installing and Running WordPress series, which showcases different methods for installing WordPress on your computer or servers for testing purposes.
The series has four courses, each outlining a different method. What course and method works for you depends on your setup and chosen platform. It's all explained in the courses, so just start with one and see where it takes you. With a functioning WordPress or Wordpress.com site, and the essential training courses in hand, let's get acquainted with 2013.