Pointers for Aspiring Experts in WordPress development
If you haven’t jumped on the WordPress development bandwagon by now, you’ve definitely missed much.No worries – 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.
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, the fact that several people are trying their hand at coding doesn’t mean you should as well.There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something you’re not genuinely enthusiastic about.
2.Study a WordPress theme and how it functions.
After deciding you can handle a bit (or maybe more than a bit) of PHP code, the next step is to study the structure of a WordPress theme and how WordPress generally works.Fortunately, there are tons of articles and other materials about this topic. You’re not going to be a theme guru after a day, but it’s great to get started.Sometimes, you do just have to get the ball rolling.
3.Get to know WordPress-specific CSS.
If you’ve been into web design, then you must already know some CSS.What’s great is that this knowledge is largely reusable.In other words, any CSS you know from static sites will be usable with WordPress.However, there are also CSS codes that are unique to WordPress.Unfortunately, there isn’t a complete guide on this subject simply because there’s much theme-specific CSS you have to discover by yourself.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 key here is to choose good themes – you shouldn’t be learning from the bad designers, right?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 always evolving and if you want to stay in the loop, you have to keep reading about it.As you may have observed, new WordPress versions are being released from time to time.And that’s not even to mention new plugins and themes.It sure won’t be realistic to expect that you’ll know everything about WordPress immediately (you don’t have to), but you do need to be in the know of the key changes at least.