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WordPress PHP for WordPress PHP Basics for WordPress Custom Loops

Ulises Calvo
Ulises Calvo
2,233 Points


So far this course seems to me to be more of a reference guide that constantly refers to Wordpress site's documentation or codex.

It may not be the case, but my impression is that the course is all over the place for a person without WP development experience like me, which I suspect is the case for a lot of people.

So my question is: what are the real pre-requisites to follow this course without feeling dizy? Do I have to do the PHP course firts?

At the beginning the teacher said HTML CSS and some basic JS would do it.

Thank you.

3 Answers

Simon Chercka
Simon Chercka
23,299 Points

Hi Ulises,

You're probably right, there is a lot of the content that is based on a fair knowledge of WordPress but the course skips over them. However it still gives a good introduction to the PHP, HTML and CSS running under the hood of WordPress and which areas you would want to dive into if you wanted to become a theme developer for example.

If you want to dive deeper into this I suggest the following two courses specifically:

  • The WordPress Template Hierarchy
  • WordPress Theme Development

These courses are more in depth on the PHP in WordPress and will fill in a lot of the gaps that PHP for WordPress skips over.

Good luck! Simon

Ulises Calvo
Ulises Calvo
2,233 Points

Hi Simon,

Thank you, I will definitely take a look at those two courses, I definitely want to have a paced yet good guide, so that I don't feel like the teacher is taking me on a crazy roller coaster.

Even if the courses do not cover all the details is good to follow along small real projects on them juts like the CSS courses, where they take the student in a real little project and not just like jumping files like this particular course.

I appreciate your time and clear answer.


I gotta agree with Ulises and Saqib. I keep finding myself sitting here wondering "when am I actually going to build something?"

I'm hoping that comes as we get deeper into this track but for now it's a hard slog for me.

Saqib Ali
Saqib Ali
3,686 Points

Hi there,

I definitely agree with Ulises Calvo on this matter. The instructor does a good job but it would have been really helpful if he was able to delve in deeply (with the use of exercise files) for us to really learn the topics at hand. Just providing us links to codex references is frankly pretty lazy.