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Become a WordPress Developer: Unlocking Power With Code

Learn PHP, JavaScript, WordPress theming & the WP REST API to Create Custom & Interactive WordPress Websites
Instructor:
Brad Schiff
51,354 students enrolled
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Why code is the key to building whatever you can imagine with WordPress
The ability to write PHP to manipulate the data of a WordPress site
The ability to write JavaScript to add on-the-fly interactivity to a WordPress site
How to code your own new custom block types for the "Gutenberg" Block Editor
The skills, knowledge and vocabulary to work professionally as a WordPress developer

Unlock the full power of WordPress and go beyond “just a blog platform” by learning how to code completely custom WordPress powered sites.

Updated for 2019: A new 3 part lesson on coding our own custom block type for the new “Gutenberg” Block Editor in WordPress.

I’ve spent the last 12 years studying WordPress, PHP, and JavaScript and now I’m here to teach you everything I know. Come along on this journey with me and become a WordPress developer.

Together we will build a website for a fictional university and along the way we will:

  • Install WordPress on your personal computer so you have a private playground copy of WordPress to practice and experiment with
  • Get introduced to the PHP language (this is what powers WordPress)
  • Set Up a New Theme (You’ll learn how to convert any HTML template into a living breathing WordPress theme)
  • Create Custom Post Types and Custom Fields
  • Relate pieces of content with each other (e.g. a professor and a program)
  • Learn the basics of (object-oriented) JavaScript
  • Leverage the WP REST API
  • Learn to use JavaScript to communicate with the WordPress back-end on-the-fly
  • Let visitors sign up for a basic account on our site
  • Build a “My Notes” feature (user specific single page application with real-time CRUD actions)
  • Let users “like” or “heart” a professor (update the professor’s like count on-the-fly)
  • Deploy our website live up onto the web for the entire world to view
  • And much more!

 

This course may be brand new, but this isn’t my first time teaching. I’ve led training sessions for Fortune 500 companies and I’ve already helped over 17,000 people on Udemy and received the following feedback:

“Brad definitely has some of the best techniques to embed the lesson into your mind… hands down these are the best tutorials I have had the opportunity to view.”

“Presentation is concise without being tedious… you honestly feel that you have a thorough understanding of the subject.”

“…[Brad] explained the process. Not memorize this or that, he explained the process. If you’re looking to take a course to understand the foundations of creating websites, look no further.”

Become highly valuable and relevant to the companies that are hiring WordPress developers; in one convenient place alongside one instructor. If you’re ready to begin coding custom websites – I’ll see you on the inside!

Welcome!

1
Welcome to the Course!

Getting Started

1
What is a Dev Environment? (Your First Installation)
2
If You're Unable to Install Local by Flywheel
3
First Taste of PHP

First Coding Steps: PHP

1
A Note About URLs / My Address Bar
2
Creating a New Theme
3
PHP Functions
4
PHP Arrays

WordPress Specific PHP

1
The Famous "Loop" in WordPress
2
Header & Footer
3
Optional: If You Want To Skip To One of The Final Chapters In The Course...
4
Convert Static HTML Template into WordPress

Pages

1
Quick Note About The Next Lesson
2
Interior Page Template
3
Parent & Children Pages
4
To Echo or Not To Echo
5
Menu of Child Page Links
6
A Few Quick Edits / Improvements
7
Navigation Menus
8
Navigation Menus (Continued)

Building the Blog Section

1
Blog Listing Page (index.php vs front-page.php)
2
Blog Continued
3
Blog Archives (archive.php)
4
Custom Queries
5
Blog: Few Quick Edits & Improvements

Workflow and Automation

1
Important Note About Your Theme Folder Name
2
Workflow and Automation (Part 1)
3
Workflow and Automation (Part 2)
4
FAQ: Workflow & Automation
5
Optional: Skip The Automated Workflow Entirely
6
Important Note About The Next Lesson
7
Optional: The Finished Product Of This Course: All In One Import File

Events Post Type

1
Custom Post Types
2
Displaying Custom Post Types
3
Quick Timeout: Misc Updates
4
Custom Fields
5
A Note About the WordPress Post Edit Screen
6
Ordering (Sorting) Custom Queries
7
Manipulating Default URL Based Queries
8
Past Events Page (Custom Query Pagination)

Programs Post Type

1
Creating Relationships Between Content
2
Displaying Relationships (Front-End)
3
Quick Program Edits

Professors Post Type

1
Quick Note About The Next Lesson
2
Professors Post Type
3
Featured Image (Post Thumbnail)
4
Featured Image Sizes & Cropping
5
Page Banner Dynamic Background Image

Cleaner Code (Less Duplication)

1
Reduce Duplicate Code - Create Our Own Function
2
Quick Fix For Page Banner Function
3
Using Our "pageBanner" Function
4
Reduce Duplication - "get_template_part()"

Campus Post Type

1
Note About Google Maps JavaScript API
2
Campus Post Type
3
Campus Map on Front-End
4
Campuses Continued
5
Final Campus Details

Live Search (UI JavaScript)

1
Live Search
2
Quick Note About The Next Lesson
3
Open and Close Search Overlay
4
Preventing the Text Field Suggestions Pop-up
5
Keyboard Events in JavaScript
6
Managing Time in JavaScript
7
Waiting / Loading Spinner Icon

WordPress REST API (AJAX)

1
Quick Note About The Next Lesson
2
Load WP Content with JS
3
Generate HTML Based on JSON
4
Conditional Logic Within Template Literal
5
Quick Misc Edits
6
Synchronous vs Asynchronous (Part 1)
7
Synchronous vs Asynchronous (Part 2)

Customizing the REST API

1
REST API: Add New Custom Field
2
REST API: Add New Custom Route (URL)
3
Create Your Own Raw JSON Data
4
WP_Query and Keyword Searching
5
Working With Multiple Post Types

Combining Front-End & Back-End

1
3 Column Layout for Search Overlay
2
Custom Layout & JSON based on Post Type
3
Quick Note About The Next Lesson
4
Search Logic That's Aware of Relationships
5
Search Logic That's Aware of Relationships (Part 2)
6
Completing Our Search Overlay
7
jQuery Free Live Search

Non-JS Fallback Traditional Search

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