How to Program Your WordPress Website
If you’re looking to build a solid foundation for your WordPress site, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about programming your website. From the grounds up, this tutorial will get you up and running with a fully featured, custom-made WordPress website in no time!
What Is Programming?
Although most people might not think of WordPress as a traditional programming platform, the truth is that it is. WordPress is a content management system (CMS) and is therefore, programmed in such a way that its markup languages – such as HTML and PHP – behave more like scripting languages than traditional markup languages such as LaTeX and XML.
HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. Markup languages are used to define how content should be displayed on a website. For example, when you type a
tag into a WordPress text area, it will automatically be converted into a
tag in your website’s HTML. This means that you can use HTML to format your content in a variety of ways, including making it bold, using size measurements, adding images, and even creating a bulleted list.
PHP is the primary language used to build WordPress. Similar to HTML, the PHP language is used to format content on websites. WordPress itself is written in PHP. When you add a
heading to a paragraph of text in WordPress, it will turn that paragraph of text into an
On the surface level, WordPress is very simple to use. Once you’ve installed the plugin, made your first blog post, and started sharing your content, the learning curve is relatively gentle. But, if you want to delve deeper and learn how to program your WordPress site, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about programming your WordPress website.
Why Should You Program Your Site?
The primary advantage of having a fully custom-made WordPress site is that you can really get creative with the way content is displayed. To give you an idea of the kind of flexibility this can provide, we’ve built a responsive WordPress template that you can use to build a business website or a blog. This is the Nexgen WordPress theme by Tracy Anderson from ThemeSpoon.
The theme is fully responsive, which means that it will display beautifully on any device (desktop, tablet, or mobile phone). It includes a fully featured WooCommerce store with all the necessary plugins installed. This makes it easy to set up an online store right inside your WordPress dashboard. The best part is that the theme is very simple to use and requires no programming knowledge to implement. This is one of the reasons why we’ve included it in this list.
How To Begin
To get started with WordPress programming, you’ll first need the essential tools. These are generally available from your web host’s software or package manager. At the time of writing, WordPress itself comes pre-installed on practically all hosting packages, but you’ll still need to have the wp-cli tool in order to interact with your site’s files from the command line.
The first thing you’ll need to do is download and install the wp-cli tool. To do this, navigate your web host’s main dashboard and find the Software section. In the left-hand column, you’ll see a link to “WP Tools” near the top. Click this link to download and install the WP Tools package. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to access the WP CLI from your web host’s command line. (For Linux and Mac users, this can be accessed through the terminal program).
The WP CLI is a free and open-source tool that allows you to program your WordPress site from the command line. This means that you can use it to automate routine tasks or to perform complex functions. The advantage of this is that you can write scripts of various sizes and complexities and execute them without needing to open up a text editor and type out code by hand. This saves you both time and effort and makes it much more convenient to edit content online. (You can also use the tool to perform various database operations or to send raw XML or JSON data to APIs such as Google Analytics, Facebook, or Amazon)
Once you have the basics of WordPress and the WP CLI down, creating basic programs and functions is very simple. For example, to create a simple function that alerts users when an order is placed, you would use the following command: