Ok, seriously frustrated here.
I've succesfully installed WordPress, and everything seems ready to go.....except that I'm discovering that in order for me to really get the most out of WordPress, I need to master PHP. The problem? I know absolutely nothing about PHP. But I'm determined to learn.
Specifically, I want to know how I can customize my template....not just CSS stuff, but whether my "Calendar" is on the right column, or the left....or, to have the date of my posts appear after my entries instead of before them......or to rearrange how my links/categories/etc appear in the column....or even at all. You get the picture.
I've read through all the Wiki documentation on styles/templates, but they're written with the assumption that one already has a basic understanding of PHP, and will know how to change the elements of the template. I do not.
So, my question to all you WordPress experts is.....can you please steer an ABSOLUTE newbie to some good resources (either online or offline) for learning PHP?? I'm feeling so lost with programming WordPress that I'm not even sure where I'm supposed to start.....should I brush up on my HTML? Or just focus on PHP? Is there a specific book I should read? Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!
Any and all advice is VERY MUCH appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!!!