Learning PHP for WordPress Development: A Comprehensive Guide
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Learning PHP for WordPress Development: A Comprehensive Guide

So you have a WordPress website and you’ve tweaked your theme, read a bit about template tags, and perhaps even modified your functions.php file in the built-in theme editor.

And now you want to it your skills to the next level and delve into more code.

Luckily, WordPress is a great place to start. There is a truckload of documentation available and the code is – for the most part – easily readable, self explanatory and not too difficult to remember.

In this article, I’ll give you a brief introduction to the world of WordPress programming. While this post is aimed at beginners, it does presume you’ve tinkered with WordPress before and you know basic HTML. I will assume that you know how to edit WordPress files and you’ve looked into a WordPress theme file – even if you didn’t understand what’s going on.

WordPress uses a number of different programming languages. If one language has to be singled out as the “main” one it would be PHP. PHP is a server side language, which powers about 82 percent of the web.