For the Love of WordPress

Here you’ll find tips, tricks, downloads, video tutorials, and more!

CodeAfter programming with a variety of languages over the past 16 years (Visual Basic, .Net, C+, C++, Cobol, Javascript, VBscript, PHP, ASP, and more), I was a bit amazed and a lot interested when I first discovered WordPress. I believe most people would have described my expression as, “Oh, Hell no!”, when I learned that it took about five minutes to do in WordPress what had previously taken me at least an hour to code.

I thought that this progress would make programmers obsolete, but this was definitely not the case. Instead, it opened up a brand new area of need for programmers, in the form of creating and coding themes and plug-in’s for non-programmers to use with WordPress. I quickly grew to love it.

It’s not that WordPress is magic. Its concept is not even revolutionary, but someone had the good mind to turn the idea of re-usability into much more than it was before. What do I mean by re-usability?

In the old days, programmers were taught to save their code in separate files with specific names, like File_Read.txt. Then whenever you needed the code to read something from a file, you would open the text file, copy the code, and paste it into your new project. It saved lots of typing and time.

Eventually object-oriented programming came along, and with it, a whole new way to look at programming and re-usability. Code was packaged into objects that could be reused by importing them into another project. It’s all quite a bit more complex than this, but I’m sure you get the point.

WordPress GuyNow, we have WordPress. An open-source CMS (content management system) that pre-packages all the code you need to read and write to a database, create new pages in a flash, add already tested code to extend functionality (plug-ins), and much more. It’s all there for you. No copying/pasting, no importing COM’s or DLL’s; all you need to do is add your content.

Granted, we aren’t talking about writing a program here. WordPress is for creating websites; however, there is so much “behind the scenes” code that goes into a complex website design, that those of us who create themes and plug-in’s for WordPress are, indeed, programmers.

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a programmer to learn WordPress or to create your website. You can choose an already created theme (website design) and free or Premium plug-ins (packaged code that extends functionality of your site). That part of WordPress is easy. However, WordPress is a complex set of PHP code pages that all come together to provide you with that ease.

In this section of my site, I want to share my love for WordPress with you in a variety of ways. First, I am going to include links to my Skillshare videos so that you can learn how to build your website or blog with easy video tutorials. This set of videos will walk you from the very first step of choosing a domain and hosting, to the final steps of publishing your site.

I’ll also include bonus items for download like themes, plug-in’s, and E-books that will help you as you learn more about WordPress.

You won’t find any new blogs here. I have WordPress related blogs under the category WordPress in the blog section so there’s no sense repeating them here.

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Video and download links coming soon!