Pointers for Aspiring Experts in WordPress development
If you haven’t jumped on the WordPress development band wagon by now, you’ve surely missed so much.Don’t fuss – it’s not too late.If you’re a developer and you’re planning moving to WordPress, here are some tips to help you:
1.Be ready for PHP.
If you are going to be a WordPress development expert, you need to learn some PHP.Of course, you can just work closely with a trusted WordPress developer, but you could end up being totally dependent on them. On the other hand, just because many people are learning coding doesn’t mean you have to as well.There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something you’re not genuinely enthusiastic about.
2.Examine a WordPress theme and the way it works.
Once you’ve decided you can do some (or perhaps more than some) PHP coding, your next step is to get oriented with the structure of a WordPress theme and how WordPress functions in general.Fortunately, you will find a lot of information and other materials regarding this topic. You’re not going to be a theme guru after a day, but it’s great to get started.Sometimes, you just need to get the ball rolling.
3.Get to know WordPress-specific CSS.
If you’ve done web design in the past, then you should know some CSS.What’s great is that this knowledge is largely reusable.In other words, the CSS you used in static sites can be used with WordPress.However, there’s also CSS that is only specific to WordPress.Unfortunately, you won’t find any definitive guide on the subject as there’s simply so much theme-specific CSS that you’ll have to discover and learn on your own.If CSS is way too much for you, you can explore drag and drop platforms, but they can be rather restrictive.
4.Dissect themes currently available.
One of the best ways you can learn WordPress development and design is by probing into the internals of existing themes.The key here is to choose good themes – you shouldn’t be learning from the bad designers, right?Check out the official WordPress Theme Directory and download a few in demand themes.Install them and explore them, and if you’re happy with the look and feel or a certain theme, start breaking down and learning.
5.Keeping reading about WordPress development.
WordPress is always evolving and if you want to stay in the loop, you have to keep reading about it. As you might have noticed, new WordPress versions are being released every now and then.Not to mention even new themes and plugins.Of course, it won’t be realistic to expect that you’ll learn everything about WordPress (you don’t have to) right away, but you do have to keep track of the major changes at least.
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