Powering over 27% of the web, WordPress is the chosen platform for Web Developers across the globe. When it comes to a fully functional content management system that can be developed with plugins and can have designs fully integrated through their templating system, there is no better platform to develop on than WordPress.
The great thing about WordPress is not that it’s open source but the open source community that comes with it. Along with that comes the Developer Resources, which make understanding WordPress simple for anyone of any skill level. There are three main areas of WordPress that you can develop:
The core contains all of the core WordPress files, everything from the back-end content management system to the dashboard interface and more.
Themes are what make up the front end of the WordPress platform; they are the files that comprise your website’s homepage and all of the other pages that your site consists of. All theme files are fully customizable and can be developed to look however you wish. Themes also control the mobile version of your website. Everything front end and design related is managed and developed from the themes section.
Plugins are what allow you to develop WordPress further. They provide extra functionality to your WordPress site and allow room for further development as well as the ability for custom plugin development. The possibilities are practically endless.
All three areas are ripe for development, and there is a community of thousands of web developers working on extending WordPress around the clock. For themes, you can start off with basic templates. A lot of Web Developers tend to develop their WordPress websites on existing themes. You can find many themes online. Some will be free and available from the WP themes repository, while the best place to look for premium ones is probably Themeforest which contains thousands of templates.
For plugins, you can access the plugin directory from your WordPress dashboard. Simply select “Plugins” from the left-hand side menu and then click “Add New”. This will then take you to the Plugin dashboard that allows you to search for plugins. There are literally tens of thousands, if not more, plugins available.
Using plugins, you can take the basic WordPress platform and develop it into a social networking powerhouse or sell your products online and manage stock itinerary. The plugins do it all. They can all be developed upon and fully customized to fit in with your theme.
The skills you need for WordPress Development
The very basic skills needed for WordPress development are HTML, CSS & PHP. PHP is the core programming language that WordPress is developed on. To learn more about these coding and programming languages, you can visit W3 Schools and also check out the “for dummies” book collections which give a great insight into the technologies.
The above gives you a very basic introduction to WordPress Development. Now that you know where to start, you should know there are a lot more resources online, and the possibilities for WordPress development are almost endless. If you aren’t keen on doing WordPress development yourself, then it might be worth searching for a local WordPress Developer who can help you out. Just hit up a quick Google search for WordPress Developer followed by your local area. An example of someone looking for a WordPress Developer in Birmingham would search for something like “WordPress Development Birmingham“.
Have fun with WordPress! While it is a lot to take on board, there are vast resources, a huge community and tons of WordPress Developers out there who can help you get the WordPress website that you truly desire.