What is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
WordPress is currently the fastest growing CMS software. Initially, WordPress was largely associated with blogs as its main functionality was to allow easy blog experience. Yet, over time, its developers expanded its functionality to allow the creation of more complicated websites and grew it into a content management system rather than a blogging tool. WordPress is considered the easiest to use CMS thanks to a very friendly interface. It also has an amazing number of plug-in which allow extension of its functionality in various possible ways.
Why Learn WordPress?
- Getting Started With WordPress Development
WordPress is an excellent medium to learn more about development which is why it is especially suited to those who learn things as they need to. It works particularly well as a learning tool for new developers for several reasons.
There are two types of people who decide to get involved in WordPress development.
- The first type of people is those who are already developers in one way or another and make the choice to learn more about WordPress.
- The second type of people are those who have no real coding experience but need to tinker with their current WordPress website to change something they don’t like.
There are other coding languages and standards involved (i.e. XML and MySQL), but you don’t really need to learn too much about them at the beginning of your development journey.
The three core languages that you need to learn to become a WordPress developer (in descending order of difficulty and necessity) are PHP, CSS and HTML.
PHP controls how everything within WordPress interacts within and how it connects with the MySQL database. It can be used to create some amazing functions and is the key language to learn for every aspect of WordPress.
The next most important aspect to learn is CSS. This is how you style your website. It is how you differentiate your site from all of the others out there on the web. It can be extremely difficult to master and will require a great deal of studying to get the most from it.
HTML is the structure that the functions created in PHP and the styling defined by the CSS is built around. It is the easiest to language to learn but extremely important in creating a well built website.
- Theme Development
- Plug-in Development
- Developing the Core Software
Theme development is the most common entry into WordPress development. Most WordPress developers begin their learning process with themes. Whether you have a theme that needs to be customized for one reason or another, or you decide to create a theme of your own this is an excellent place to begin.
Theme development involves all three of the core development languages and you learn how WordPress integrates with all of its many aspects. It comes with the added bonus of allowing you to view the code for other themes and learn how they are put together.
Creating a theme from scratch is an excellent method of learning every aspect of WordPress.
Creating a plug-in is not usually something that is attempted by those who begin coding by tinkering with their site. There is far too much that can go wrong with a badly written plug-in for complete beginners.
Those who have previous PHP knowledge and are looking to solve a particular problem they are experiencing with WordPress are more likely to follow this path from the outset. The leading factor in plug-in development is that you are only limited by your imagination.
You can change a default WordPress installation into practically anything with good plug-in. Example plug-ins currently available include forums, social networks, membership sites and many other things.
Getting involved with core software development for WordPress requires a great deal of skill. This is not something that should be attempted by those without previous PHP experience.
Learning about WordPress development is a difficult and time consuming task, but can be extremely rewarding. If the time is taken to learn the software then you can begin to shape your WordPress website in many ways.
Whether you develop your own themes, introduce a plug-in to the WordPress repository or become greatly involved in the future development of the core software, diving in and getting involved in the WordPress community in some way will help you progress that much quicker.
Outline of MTB Technologies Diploma Programme in WordPress
Who should go for this Programme?
All those students as well as professionals who are interested in making a career in WordPress or Web Developer and out-of-the-box thinking can go for this programme.
- Get trained from MTB Technologies certified trainers having rich experience in WordPress.
- Experience state-of-the-art infrastructure at MTB Technologies computer labs.
- Get prepared for globally recognized certifications.
- Explore our placement portal to find the right job for you – www.mtbtechnologies.com
You are eligible to the following Job Roles after successfully completing Diploma Programme in Networking at MTB Technologies:
- Web Developer
- WordPress Developer
- WordPress Theme Developer
- WordPress Plugin Developer