WordPress development – Tips for Aspiring Designers and Developers
If you haven’t joined the WordPress development bandwagon yet, you’ve surely missed a lot.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.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.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 you’ve decided you can take some (or maybe more than some) PHP coding, the next step is to be familiar with a WordPress theme’s structure and the way WordPress works in general.Fortunately, there are lots of information on this. You won’t become a theme master in a day, but it’s good to get started.Sometimes, you just need 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.The good news is that a good part of this knowledge can be recycled.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 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 existing themes.
One of the best methods of studying WordPress development and design is by looking into the internal structures of currently available 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 try them, and if you’re glad with the look and feel or a specific theme, begin start dissecting it and learning.
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 might have noticed, new WordPress versions are being released every now and then.Not to mention new plugins and themes even.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.