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What coding track to choose for wordpress

Hello. I signed up for a Team Tree House Account, and was hoping that you could guide me in finding the exact lessons im looking for.

I want to learn Theme Development. Not how to build a theme from scratch, but how to augment an existing paid theme, such as Enfold. What track, what lessons, should I follow to learn those skills?

If i had to choose one due to time limitations, should i go after

  1. Web Design
  2. Front-end Web development
  3. Wordpress Development

Thank you,

Elliot Stiller

4 Answers

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,252 Points

If you're looking into Wordpress for the very first time I would look at Learn Wordpress first. As this will teach you the ins and outs of the Wordpress interface.

But for theme development the Wordpress Development track is the way to but this will probably require knowledge of PHP too.

Good luck,. :-)

Isaac Byrne
Isaac Byrne
17,720 Points

Here are the tracks in order I did and it seemed to flow nicely.

  1. Front End Development.
  2. Web Design
  3. Learn Wordpress
  4. Wordpress Development.

I recommend doing the front end development and web design tracks before diving into wordpress as you use a lot of the stuff like HTML and CSS in the wordpress courses.

One thing I wish i did and also recommend before jumping into wordpress was to do the PHP track as wordpress uses a lot of PHP and knowing a good foundation of PHP definitely would have helped me a lot going through the Wordpress tracks.

Sue Dough
Sue Dough
35,800 Points

I find it most helpful to do a bit of everything and focus on a few specifics libraries. I like to jump around vs doing 1 track. I would recommend focusing on HTML, CSS, PHP, JS, and the WordPress libraries. Learning other programming languages on Treehouse helped me grasp some key concepts in WordPress development so that is why I think it is important to learn a little bit of everything.

Zac Gordon
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher


I would look through our main WordPress Development track and check out what courses would most apply to you.

You could drop into the WordPress Template Hierarchy Course, which goes over the basic files you would commonly customize. That may be a great start, or if it's too advanced you could start back at the beginning of the track.

These both assume though you know HTML, CSS and possibly a bit of PHP