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Reuben Miranda
Reuben Miranda
3,054 Points

Does the Wordpress Developer track require previous knowledge of HTML and CSS?

One of the introduction videos says NO previous knowledge of HTML and CSS is required. However, a later video suggests we study HTML and CSS. None of the stages in the Wordpress Developer track seem to cover HTML and CSS. Can you tell me if this knowledge is required previously to starting this track? Does the track cover it?

4 Answers

Matt Campbell
Matt Campbell
9,767 Points

To be a WordPress developer you need a good understanding of HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP and mySQL.

WordPress is built in PHP and mySQL and to build templates you'll need the other three.

WordPress is not a language of its own but rather a framework that simplifies using these languages with a library functions.

Take the loop as an example. You could do exactly the same thing with PHP and mySQL queries but instead, WP takes that code and makes a function out of it so it's easy to write over and over again. Instead of having dozens of lines of code, we now have a few that does the same thing.

You would ideally need some knowledge of HTML/CSS as this is still the structure used to build WP sites. A basic knowledge would suffice though

Michael Uhrich
Michael Uhrich
2,581 Points

I agree with Adam.

I've designed and built websites for about 15 years and am late in getting started with WordPress.

I've built sites with HTML and CCS all these years and feel knowing both is crucial if you want to become a WordPress Developer.

It may not be as crucial if all you want to do is use a pre-built WP theme as-is without modifying it much. But if you want to make modifications to a theme outside of the design options a theme provides, or build a custom theme yourself, knowing both is important.

I personally would recommend taking the Treehouse courses on HTML and CSS before getting into WordPress Development.

If you choose to learn HTML and CSS after... That's fine too... but at least learn them.

Reuben Miranda
Reuben Miranda
3,054 Points

why does the introduction video say the track will cover HTML and CSS?

The TRACK will but not the WORDPRESS section on its own. LINK TO TRACK