WPblab EP67 – Learning WordPress Development with WPShout
David B Hayes and Fred Meyer – WordPress developers, contributors, and enthusiasts. Our goal is to make the world of WordPress accessible to everybody.
Alex Denning – started publishing about WordPress development on WPShout in 2009
One of their projects for meditation – http://medivate.com
WPShout – mostly writing for people who are learning or who already are developers – not aimed at beginners
David writes a quick guide every Thursday for simple tips and suggestions
Good starting place for someone wanting to get into development – Up and Running – step by step introduction to WordPress development
Up and Running – Discount code: WPBLAB – 20% off any package!! If you purchase before end of 3/24, you’ll also be entered to win some cool prizes!
Up and Running starts with the core technical fundamentals (and terminology) and breaks it down into a factory analogy to make it easier to understand the process … (Up and Running synthesizes WordPress development into a cohesive package)
The goal is to go from knowing about the concepts (html, css, php, wordpress basics, etc.) to becoming proficient and knowing how to use all the pieces and parts, and why & how they work, by the end of the program
“Everyone should use CMS’s and WordPress is the best one, so use it!”
Recorded a number of interviews with well known WP devs about how they got to where they are – Pippin Williamson, Helen Hou-Sandi, etc.
Screenflow is used for their video screen capture
Even if you never do the coding stuff or that’s not your focus, the hope is that Up and Running helps make it easier to understand the concepts and why it works the way it does – great for Designers too looking to level up their understanding
David started using WordPress in 2007 – learned how to be a web developer by having a website and wanting to make little changes here and there and beating his head against the wall – it was something he cared about strongly so making it better was important to him
WordPress is a great way to break into the entire field of Web Development
Learn WordPress Plugin Development
Some of the best ways to learn are to use Google to search for answers and to really dig through the Codex or the Code Reference
People come to WordPress from so many different backgrounds – sometimes it’s a nurse or an educator or a business person who was the most tech savvy in their office and they ‘inherited’ the site and the responsibility to market it