WordPress is the world’s number one CMS and it isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the recent changes to the system mean that the platform has longevity for even, well, longer. If you’re new to the WordPress wagon, don’t worry too much. You may have missed a fair bit, but there’s a lot to learn and look forward to. Whether you’re a web designer or a graphic designer, here’s our advice to you when it comes to WordPress.
- Do you want to do PHP coding?
A lot of people look at WordPress and get put off by the code. A web designer used to looking at HTML and CSS might take one glance at PHP code and run for the hills screaming. However, if you want to work with WordPress, you’re going to have to decide whether you’re up to facing the monster. Some designers work well with code and other don’t. Figure out which one you are. If you want to do well, you’ll be someone who can handle it.
- Get to grips with WordPress functionality and how themes work.
Once you start to know the basics of WordPress’s PHP code, you’ll want to take a look under the bonnet and work out how WordPress functions and how themes operate. There is a wealth of information out there about this, so start reading.
Try this one out for size to get you going – a simple introduction to how a theme works.
- Have you looked at the WordPress CSS?
If you are a web designer you’ll already be familiar with CSS. You should also investigate the WordPress-specific CSS – particularly paying attention to CSS classes and IDs. There’s lots of info out there about it, but then there’s also a lot to learn.
You can use drag and drop frameworks if CSS is too much for you to handle. However, you can’t really call yourself a designer if you use these.
- Explore existing themes.
If you want to learn WordPress quickly, you can do so by checking out the internals of themes in the theme directory. Make sure you only check out the good ones, you don’t need to be learning any bad habits!
We don’t want to push one theme or another – you might have different tastes and goals to us. Just check out the popular ones and if you like them, then work out how they are put together.
- Always be readin’.
WordPress is an ever-evolving beast and the only way to stay its master is to always learn about it. There are newer versions released all the time with extra cool and exciting features added. Then on top of that you have new themes, new plugins; there’s so much to keep track of.
No one expects you to know absolutely everything, but likewise, you do need to have a good grip on all the latest tech and trends that are going on if you want to be considered to be a good designer.