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Sarah Chatterjee
Sarah Chatterjee
663 Points

Which track should I follow first

Hi, I've just completed the first stage of the WordPress development track as my goal is to learn how to build websites for WordPress from scratch. I have design experience, but I do not have any coding experience in any language.

Should I switch tracks to the basics of web design? I see this covers lots of coding topics such as CSS and HTML. Or will the WordPress development track cover everything I need to know to complete the track?

Thanks for any advice you can give. Sarah

4 Answers

Matt Campbell
Matt Campbell
9,767 Points

Hi Sarah Chatterjee - WordPress is merely a content management system. A framework if you will. You will still need to have an exhaustive knowledge of HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP and mySQL to be able to effectively and responsibly offer your services as a fully fledged WordPress developer.

Sure, you can go down the route of having extensive knowledge of USING WordPress but that's very different from being a developer. A lot of people know some CSS and build child themes for people, tack on a bunch of plugins and call themselves a developer.

I started at Treehouse nearly 12 months ago and quickly decided to follow all the tracks through to WP development. I now build anything people want and it's incredibly rewarding and the market for WP developers is huge. Expect to put in a good two thousand hours of learning and doing before you can confidently take on pretty much any project you wish.

Crack on and best of luck.

Sarah Chatterjee
Sarah Chatterjee
663 Points

Hi Matthew,

That's a great answer and just what i needed to hear. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sounds like I'll be switching tracks as I do want have a thorough knowledge so it becomes a rewarding career path.

Cheers, Sarah

Don't short change yourself. Following Matthew's advice will make you a better wordpress developer in the long run.

As far as tracks go, I would recommend doing the "front end web development" track first, "PHP development", and then "Wordpress Development". That seems like a good logical progression to me.

Sarah Chatterjee
Sarah Chatterjee
663 Points

Thanks for your response Jason. I'll have a look at the 'front end web development' track as a good starting point.