How To Start Learning WordPress Development Online
Want to learn how to be a WordPress developer? In the early days of WP learning WordPress Development might have seemed like a bad/risky career move. Why invest the time in a piece of open source software that might tank any day? Now, years after it became the most used CMS in the world, it’s hard to imagine that it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
Before start seriously learning WordPress (or any other type of) development, it’s important to consider where you stand.
What Level Are You At?
Are you a complete beginner(to coding with WP)? Are you mostly a beginner but you like to tinker with WordPress themes? Have you made a simple theme before?
I’ve outlined three different kinds of beginners below, and in this post, there’s an area with particular recommendations for every original. So in case, you’re not a total tenderfoot you can without much of a stretch avoid that segment and get pointers suitable for your level.
- Very limited or no knowledge of HTML/CSS/PHP/JS
- 0 experience trying to edit the actual code of themes
- Knows basic CSS/HTML
- Likes to edit themes/make child themes to get it to look ‘just right’
- Has made simple themes before
- Knows CSS/HTML and basic PHP
First, let’s start off with complete beginners. In this case what I mean by a complete beginner is in the development sense. Does this describe you:
I don’t understand the code at all/very well.
What is HTML/CSS/PHP?
If I find a solution that involves coding, I would rather keep searching for a plugin.
If your instinct is to avoid coding as much as possible, you’re starting from a bit of a disadvantage compared to some WordPress users.
To set up a local development environment to install software that demonstrations like a web server however locally for your own computer. This makes you ready to run and work with WordPress on your computer(even with no internet connection).
The colossal thing about this, if you’re ready to rapidly apply and test changes to the code, without risking breaking a live website that has readers or even clients.
Windows Users: This a good guide for using XAMPP.
Mac users: This is a good guide for using MAMP.
Learn The Fundamentals
In case you’re a complete beginner, I suggest that you take some time experiencing the course on HTML and CSS just to acquaint yourself with the core concepts that are utilized to make the WordPress layout.
At that point, you ought to get familiar with how to use Chrome Developer tools (at the very least the inspector) to make changes to the design. (You can read about that here.) Alternatively, if you use Firefox, you can use firebug.
You can perceive how to roll out simple changes to the design utilizing custom CSS in my last post, here.
Now let’s move on to what I like to call ‘tinkering’ tenderfoots. You should begin from this segment if the following applies to you:
- You like to look under the hood of WordPress.
- You’re CSS/HTML literate enough to make small design changes.
- You know how to use some Chrome Development Tools like the inspector.
- You know a little PHP but are not confident enough to mess with plugins.
Before you do whatever else, on the off chance that you don’t have a local development environment set up yet, that’s the first thing you should do.
At this point, you are ready to dive in deeper into WordPress theme development, with the guidance of course.
You can either take after video courses on Treehouse/Tuts+ on the off chance that you, similar to me, for the most part, lean toward the video arrange over content. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you like working alongside composed instructional exercises, obviously there are numerous spots to discover them. Here are a couple of hotspots for tips that are 100% trustworthy
Get A Deeper Understanding Of The Foundation of WordPress, Learn PHP
If you already know some HTML and CSS, you will be familiar with how themes change the basic design of the site. When you’re learning WordPress development, you also need to learn the language that works with the database. The language which stores and pulls out all the content for us, PHP.
If you’re still new to development, but following a few courses or tutorials, you’ve been able to create a few themes with custom functionality. (Where you go in and work with The Loop/ WP Query or other WordPress functionality, not just changing the CSS.) If this applies to you:
- You’ve built a theme or two (with guidance).
- You’re familiar with WordPress functions and the loop.
- You’ve gone over the coding best practices in the handbook.
- You know HTML/CSS fairly well, and you know some PHP.
Getting Started with basic plugin development
So you know HTML/CSS well, you know your way around basic PHP and you’re able to create themes the way you like them without too much trouble. Basically, you’ve learned how to deal with how WordPress looks. Now you might want to start learning WordPress development for plugins.
Star Learning WordPress Development Now!
With many big changes already in place, and more not too far off, it’s anything but difficult to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the idea of trying to become a WordPress developer now.
But don’t listen to that inner voice that tells you came across WP many years too late, that you missed your chance or whatever your skull-inhabiting negative nancy might have you believe. When it comes to improving our lives, whether that means eating healthier, exercising more, or learning new skills, there is no better time than right now.
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