WordPress

Rob Allessi
STAFF
Rob Allessi
Treehouse Staff

Retiring WordPress

Greetings!

We’d like to take a few minutes to inform our students that all WordPress courses and workshops will be retired by 07/06/2019.

For any students who are currently going through these courses, it’s encouraged to complete them prior to this date if you wish to receive their associated badges and points.

At this point, we believe our WordPress content is outdated and no longer meets our standards. Please note that we will not be replacing these courses with updated versions.

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at help@teamtreehouse.com.

This is not great news. I have personally found these courses to be incredibly valuable and a necessity in my current job role where I will be going into WordPress development. Although it may be seen that the course content is out dated, it still provided me with a great detail of knowledge and direction to build upon. If other resources on the subject could be recommended, outdated or not, then could someone suggest some. Please note I am referring to high quality, well structured visual aids, not things like the codex which I know are valuable, but sometimes having something explained on video understanding what you are going through is just what the doctor ordered.

Luis Felipe Lino
Luis Felipe Lino
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 15,707 Points

WordPress courses helped me a lot. It's kind of sad that we will not have new content about WordPress here. Is there a way to download the old videos?

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
173,944 Points

See katelynhw's Aug 6th comment below (update: and now her Sep 24th comment as well!).

14 Answers

Isabella Chen
Isabella Chen
616 Points

Rob Allessi : I think this is a bad decision. I subscribed to TT because of these courses, and although outdated, they are still extrememly useful. Zac's engaging and presentational style is excellent, and I am on my way to develop my first theme. I simply cannot understand why you would remove these courses. The core of wordpress has not changed for a long time and the content is still really useful to help any would be WP developer dive right in. There is simply nothing out there that matches Zac's delivery.

Alan McClenaghan
Alan McClenaghan
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 45,518 Points

You may be interested to know that Zac Gordon has a course on Udemy called Complete WordPress Development Themes and Plugins Course. Udemy usually do offers every few weeks or months where their courses are available at a much reduced price.

I cannot believe this! I literally just signed up for the Trial because I had seen that Treehouse had this track only to now see that it no longer offers it! Wow this is frustrating and quite silly! I guess I will be canceling my trail version now!

Scott Craig
Scott Craig
36,741 Points

This is really disappointing. Why not leave the courses up for people who are already taking them? And remove them from view from new users.

taracajacob
taracajacob
6,639 Points

I'm with the others who commented here. I'm really disappointed that these are not being replaced by updated versions. I completed a number of other courses in order to prepare to work on the Wordpress Development track - while I've been frustrated with the number of aspects of the course that are out of date I have been working my way through with plans to retake once it is updated.

Jonathan Grieve
MOD
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 83,234 Points

Not great news but not unexpected! I'm sad because the WordPress content was some of the most useful content to be so far during my time at Treehouse but hasn't had an active teacher for it for a few years. Life goes on though and we will all go on. :)

I think retiring this really hit a bad place -- wordpress is a great career launching point for many.

Hi Errin,

I was really disappointed by this too. I found that Zac (the instructor) has a Wordpress development course offered on Udemy called Complete Wordpress Development Themes and Plugins. It's not exactly the same, but it seems to teach comparable information. I decided to purchase that course since Treehouse stopped offering the Wordpress courses. So if you're not sure where to go from here, that could be an option worth checking out.

Rob Allessi
STAFF
Rob Allessi
Treehouse Staff

WordPress is still accessible via tracks during this time (until they are officially retired on July 6th):

https://teamtreehouse.com/tracks/development-for-wordpress

https://teamtreehouse.com/tracks/beginning-wordpress

Alan McClenaghan
Alan McClenaghan
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 45,518 Points

Not anymore. The listings are still on the Tracks page but when you click into them there are no courses available. Treehouse should really remove the whole thing. The Wordpress listing in the Library section is also blank.

Pieter Van Looy
Pieter Van Looy
7,762 Points

I agree with Hayden. I was also going through this courses, as I am a WordPress developer myself. I understand they are out of date, but why are they not replaced with new versions then?

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
173,944 Points

I'm guessing you haven't heard yet about the major changes that started with Layoffs at Treehouse this week.

Ehthisham Ullah
Ehthisham Ullah
5,171 Points

Fantastic, finished the course and a few days later, told it was worthless :-D

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 83,234 Points

I can tell you right here and right now that the code you learned in the WordPress Theme Development course alone is not worthless. It has helped me out in a real-world project to this very day! It's just that Treehouse currently has no plans to update the content and while the code doesn't necessarily date the content does, unfortunately.

Isabella Chen
Isabella Chen
616 Points

It's not worthless! Wordpress core hasn't really changed much and a lot of the stuff on TT can still be ported over. I made a theme a plugin with the latest version of WP based on these videos, so the content is still relevant.

That's really disappointing. I just joined and started learning from scratch as I want to be a WordPress expert. I was hoping that you'll come up with more relevant courses like Woocommerce, but you're shutting it down. 😥

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 83,234 Points

Hi there Ash,

It’s been a while since WooCommerce content was available on Treehouse (which may have been deleted as it was not up to date) but if you contact Treehouse support it might be worth asking if they still have those videos available as downloads. help@teamtreehouse.com

Additionally the WordPress tracks are still available for a short time, you can download as many videos as you csn from those pages while the videos are still up. :) .

Thanks, Jonathan. I'll email the support team.

Alan McClenaghan
Alan McClenaghan
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 45,518 Points

Checkout LinkedIn Learning. Three WordPress paths: Junior, Advanced and eCommerce. I've just started it but its very good and up-to-date.

Kamal Nassouh
Kamal Nassouh
2,250 Points

I am with the others here, its pretty annoying that we're not able to locate utilise these resources anymore. I was planning to do the wordpress course after I finished off the front end track.. Looks like udemy can take my money now.

This is really disappointing. I was halfway through a Wordpress course. I had paused my Treehouse subscription because I got too busy to keep up with it, but I just activated my subscription again only to find the Wordpress course I wanted to finish is gone! I would rather have these Wordpress courses still available to access (even if the info is a bit outdated), than not have them at all.

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 83,234 Points

Hi Katelyn,

I believe if you email Treehouse support they will be able to send you the videos you require to complete your what you were doing, even if you won’t have the code challenges and quizzes. Good luck and I hope you find what’s you need.

help@teamtreehouse,com

Thanks for the suggestion, Jonathan! I reached out to Treehouse support, but they weren't able to send me the videos. It was a good idea though!

Darren Gordon
Darren Gordon
3,346 Points

Does anyone know WHY Wordpress was cancelled? Are Treehouse suggesting more appropriate alternatives to blogging solutions? I'd be keen to get advice on where people recommend building and hosting a blogging platform (that is not Medium). Thanks

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
173,944 Points

There were major changes in company focus and direction during the week of June 8. See the links in comments to this question left around that time for references to threads with more details.

Errin Mixon
Errin Mixon
7,460 Points

This is really disappointing. I was working my way through these courses a few months back and have returned to refresh my knowledge - and now they're just gone? Why not simply add a disclaimer that the course content is out of date, but leave the videos up for those who need to refer to them? Now I'm not sure where to turn.