WordPress development – Tips for Aspiring Designers and Developers
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.
As a WordPress development pro, you must 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 a lot of people are learning to code doesn’t mean you should do too.No need to force yourself into something you’re not really happy to do.
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 won’t become a theme guru after a day, but it’s good to get started.Sometimes, you do just have to get the ball rolling.
3.Get to know WordPress-specific CSS.
If you’ve already done web design, then you should be familiar with CSS.The good news is that a good part of this knowledge can be recycled.In short, whatever CSS you know from static sites, you’ll be able to use with WordPress.However, there’s also CSS that is only specific 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 difficult for you, there are drag and drop platforms, but they have a tendency to be restrictive.
4.Dissect existing themes.
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?Take a look at the official WordPress Theme Directory where you can find a few popular themes to download.Install them and give them a test drive, and if you like the look and feel or a particular theme, then begin can start dissecting it and studying.
5.Keeping reading about WordPress development.
WordPress is always changing and if you want to remain on top of it, you must read a lot 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.
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