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Basics like what is PHP

  • Can you guide me to somewhere I can learn basics like what is PHP. I am having trouble figuring out how high level Word Press is, where the HTML is under the covers. My goal is to customize a simple web site, at the highest level possible, but am not clear on some of the terminology. For example do I need an FTP to update the web pages or does WordPress do it automatically. I don’t expect you to give me an education, but hope you can point me to some documentation on the basics.

    Many thanks,
    Morrie Ross

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  • esmi


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    THis has quite a bit of info – a lot of it you won’t understand at first, but hopefully it can help guide you.

    The html is basically output by the theme (and plugins as they are added). Several different php files load as part of the theme to give the html output

    For instance on a basic homepage minimally:


    and all of that can be controlled/manipulated/added to through functions.php

    It’s many pieces to a puzzle.

    The best way to edit these files is through FTP. Download a copy to your computer, work on it, put it back up. Files can be edited directly through your theme editor in your admin panel, but that’s tricky. If you make a mistake you can crash your site.

    esmi don’t send me to php.net. I have been looking for something more WordPress-centric.

    Rev. Voodoo, Theme_Development is quite a heavy weight, though undoubtedly indispensable.

    I am just sitting with Child Theme. Every time I read Ian Stewart and modify functions.php the web site announces to the whole world of a fatal error.

    Something mid way would be appreciated.

    Thanks for being.

    Perhaps you’re looking for this: Getting started with WordPress. There you’ll find sections on WP semantics, HTML, blogging (no, you don’t need to FTP posts), etc.

    Hi Gabe.

    I will definitely have a look.

    Thanks for your prompt support.

    Ashok Koparday



    Forum Moderator

    esmi don’t send me to php.net.

    This wasn’t your topic.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Forum moderator

    Closing 7-month-old thread because of hijacker.

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