Pointers for Aspiring Experts in WordPress development
If you haven’t jumped on the WordPress development bandwagon by now, you’ve definitely missed much.Don’t fret, it’s not too late to join.If you’re a developer considering a switch to WordPress, here are some pointers to help you out:
1.Get ready for PHP.
As a WordPress development pro, you must learn some PHP.Of course, you can simply work with a reputable WordPress developer, but it’s easy to become depend on them. On the other hand, just because many people are learning coding doesn’t mean you have to as well.No need to force yourself into something you’re not really happy to do.
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, there are lots of information on this. You’re not going to be a theme guru after a day, but it’s great to get started.Sometimes, you only need to get that ball rolling.
3.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 are also CSS codes that are unique to WordPress.Unfortunately, there’s no a definitive guide on this topic simply because there’s so much theme-specific CSS that you must learn on your own.If CSS is too hard for you, there are drag and drop systems, but they can be very limiting.
4.Dissect themes currently available.
Among the best ways of learning WordPress development and design is by examining the internal structures of existing themes.The idea here is to select good themes – you sure don’t want to learn from bad designers, do you? Visit the official WordPress Theme Directory where you can 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.Read more about WordPress development.
WordPress is ever evolving, and to stay on top of it, don’t stop reading about it.As you’ve probably observed, new WordPress versions are being released on a regular basis.Not to mention new plugins and themes even.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.