Learn WordPress Development

WordPress is free web software you can use to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps. If you want to learn WordPress development, you’re in the right place!

We’ve built a comprehensive guide to help you learn WordPress development online, whether you’re just getting started designing and building your first theme, or you want to explore more advanced topics such as creating plugins or using the WordPress REST API. This Learning Guide will help you:

  • Design and build your first WordPress theme.
  • Customize your themes to suit your needs or sell online.
  • Add eCommerce features into your themes using WooCommerce.
  • Develop and use WordPress plugins.
  • Build apps that harness the power of WordPress.

A WordPress theme is a group of files that determine the look and presentation of the content on your website. WordPress themes have been instrumental in driving the success of the platform and allow users to quickly and easily change the way their website looks and works.

WordPress themes are perfectly complimented by WordPress plugins. WordPress themes are for presentation, and WordPress plugins are for functionality.

To learn more about WordPress themes and plugins, check out our tutorials.

WordPress is free web software you can use to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps. If you want to learn WordPress development, you’re in the right place!

We’ve built a comprehensive guide to help you learn WordPress development online, whether you’re just getting started designing and building your first theme, or you want to explore more advanced topics such as creating plugins or using the WordPress REST API. This Learning Guide will help you:

  • Design and build your first WordPress theme.
  • Customize your themes to suit your needs or sell online.
  • Add eCommerce features into your themes using WooCommerce.
  • Develop and use WordPress plugins.
  • Build apps that harness the power of WordPress.

A WordPress theme is a group of files that determine the look and presentation of the content on your website. WordPress themes have been instrumental in driving the success of the platform and allow users to quickly and easily change the way their website looks and works.

WordPress themes are perfectly complimented by WordPress plugins. WordPress themes are for presentation, and WordPress plugins are for functionality.

 

2. How to Build Your First Theme

Before you can build a WordPress theme, you need to design it (or have a design to work with). In this course Designing for WordPress, you’ll learn the fundamentals of WordPress theme design and all the design considerations you need to think about, from the smallest widget to the largest and most complex page.

If you’re building a theme for the first time, you’ll want to start with a strong foundation. We’ve got two courses that cover building a theme using different foundations:

  1. Bootstrap: Bootstrap is an open-source framework that’s designed to give you a head start in developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
  2. Underscores: Underscores is a starter theme by the makers of WordPress themselves. It’s designed to give you a “1,000-hour head start” on WordPress theme creation.

Once you’ve built a basic theme, don’t stop there! There are many ways you can customize WordPress and power it up! Learn how to create a more complete package for your clients and theme buyers.

WordPress.org and ThemeForest have hundreds of great custom themes that you can use to create a beautiful site, but sometimes you need to customize the front page.

In Create a Custom Front Page With a WordPress Theme Template, instructor Rachel McCollin will show you how to go from a plain homepage using the WordPress 2016 theme to a custom page with a slideshow, static content, a widget area, and custom loops. By the time you finish, you’ll be able to create your own custom front page with WordPress template files!

The default “Page” and “Post” content types are enough for many websites and blogs, but in order to really harness the power of WordPress as a CMS, you’ll want to create custom content types with fields and taxonomies specific to your particular application.

In Using Custom Content Types in WordPress, you’ll learn how custom content types work with the WordPress database, plugin, and templating system. Along the way, you’ll use custom post types, custom taxonomies, and custom fields to build a simple astronomy CMS for displaying information about the largest moons in the solar system!

In the past few years, WordPress has grown to be arguably the most popular content management system out there. This growth has been supplemented by a huge number of community-made themes, most of which include some form of advanced back-end customization. The most popular form is a theme options page, but creating one is not as straightforward as you may think.

In Guide to Creating a WordPress Theme Options Page, you’ll learn the basics of creating your very own theme options page, and the result will be a set of tools you can use right away in your own theme.

When you deliver a WordPress site to a client, you might want to customize the admin pages as well. You could add custom branding, some help text to further explain how the CMS features work, or an easy-to-edit content sidebar.

Themes let you customize every aspect of the design and functionality of a WordPress site. But what if you want to let your client customize some aspect of the theme? Perhaps you want to sell a theme on Envato Market, and you want to let buyers adjust the color scheme and logo to match their brand. That’s where the WordPress theme Customizer comes in. By making your theme Customizer-ready, you let site owners instantly change their website look and feel from within the WordPress admin UI.

 

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and the most popular way of bringing eCommerce to WordPress. If you’re authoring a theme for ThemeForest, you should consider WooCommerce compatibility as a way to increase sales. And if you’re creating an online store, you might be surprised at how easy it is to add WooCommerce support to any third-party theme.

In this Coffee Break Course, you’ll learn how to ensure your theme is compatible with WooCommerce. It only takes a few extra lines in a theme’s functions.php file. It’s easy to do, and best of all, it even works to add WooCommerce support to a third-party theme.

 

One of the great things about using WordPress is the vibrant plugin ecosystem. There are many thousands of different plugins that promise to improve every aspect of your site. With the right plugins, your WordPress site will run more smoothly, get more visitors, and be less likely to face problems.

In Essential WordPress Plugins, you’ll learn how to install and configure free plugins for backup, security, caching, and SEO.

If you can’t find the right plugin for the functionality, why not build it yourself? In the course Introduction to WordPress Plugin Development, you’ll learn about everything that goes into building a WordPress plugin, and you’ll finish up by building your own fully functional plugin using various WordPress APIs.

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