How to Get Started With WordPress Development

How to Get Started With WordPress Development

Generally, there are only two types of people who decide to get involved in WordPress development.

The first types of people are those who are already developers in one way or another and make the choice to learn more about WordPress. The second type of people is those who have no coding experience. WordPress is an amazing platform to learn about development which is why it is suited to those who learn things as they need to. It works well as a learning tool for new developers for various reasons.

The Building Blocks of WordPress

There are various coding languages that need to be learned to get the most out of WordPress development. At its core, WordPress is built upon the most common programming languages on the website, PHP. It also utilizes HTML, CSS and some JavaScript for several aspects.

There are different coding languages and standards, but you do not really need to learn so much about them at the starting of your development journey.

The three main core languages that you need to learn to become a perfect WordPress developer are PHP, CSS, and HTML.

PHP controls each and everything within WordPress interacts within and how it connects with the MySQL database. It can be used to make some excellent functions and is the main language to learn for every aspect of WordPress.

The next important aspect to learn is CSS. This is how you design your site. It is how you differentiate your website from all of the others out there on the website. It can be very difficult to master and will require a good deal of studying to get the most from it.

HTML is the structure that the functions made in PHP and the styling defined by the CSS are built around. It is the easiest to learn but very important in creating a good site.

Javascript is the next language that you can learn to use with WordPress. It is not one you will need to concern yourself with at the starting of your journey into development but is worth investigating once you are very comfortable with the other three languages.

Development Paths to Explore

Basically, there are three paths to take if you are interested in WordPress development.

Theme Development

It is the most common point in WordPress development. Many WordPress developers start their learning process with the themes. Whether you have a theme that needs to be redesigned for various reason, or you decide to make a theme of your own this is an excellent place to start.

Custom Theme Plugin Development involves all the three development languages and you learn how WordPress integrates with all of its aspects. It comes with the bonus of allowing you to view the code for other themes and learn how they are put together.

Plugin Development

Creating a plugin is not usually something that is attempted by those who begin coding by tinkering with their website. There is far too much that can go wrong with a badly written plugin for beginners.

Those who already have PHP knowledge and are looking to solve a particular issue they are experiencing with WordPress are more likely to follow this path. The main factor in the plugin development is that you are only limited by your imagination.

You can change a default WordPress installation into practically anything with plugins. Example plugins currently available include social networks, forums, membership websites, and other things.

Developing the Core Software

Getting involved with software development for WordPress requires a good deal of skill. This is not something that should be attempted by those without any PHP experience.

Learning Sources

Although WordPress development can get tricky, there is a number of resources across the web that can help you with whatever issue you’re facing.

Chances are if you are stuck on one thing, the solution is already available. Here’s where you should start looking.

The Codex

The WordPress Codex would be the first part for any question of development.

It is a resource that details each and every function and piece of code within the WordPress software. It includes so many tutorials and articles for getting started with WordPress and is arguably the resource on the subject.


There is a vast array of tutorials on the internet to get you started with WordPress Web development. There are many free tutorials available for you, but there are also various premium courses and tutorials you can use.

As well as tutorials for learning about development, there is also a number of specific tutorials that will teach you how to carry out several tasks. A fast Google search will give you days worth of the reading materials.


There is a no of forums for the developers. Not all of them are worth reading regularly but they are an ideal place to ask questions regarding problems you are having. Not all of the answers you receive will be worthwhile, but they can be quick and useful places to have specific questions answered.

There are WordPress-forums or developer forums such as stack overflow for you to investigate. It is worth taking the time to discover a forum that suits you and asking questions of the more experienced users.

Taking Part in The Community

The WordPress community is an active place where you can learn anything there is to know about the software. It isn’t simply filled with coders. The WordPress community includes translators, designers, and all people of whom can give you several perspectives on your development queries. There are various ways to get involved in the community.


Learning about WordPress design and development is very difficult and time-consuming, 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 design and develop your themes, introduce a plugin or become greatly involved in the development of the software, diving in and getting involved in the community.

Have you started your journey into WordPress development, or you are hoping to start soon? If you’re an excellent WordPress developer, how would you recommend all to get started? We’d love to see your thoughts in the comments section.