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  • cloneofsnake


    Is there any good documentation on dissecting WordPress? Any tips on where to begin? I would really like to understand everything beneath the hood. Any suggestions?

    To me, the best way to learn something is to just jump in and start working while learning it at the same time. So… I guess I want to use WP like a normal user, while looking at the codes behind to see what is going on. Where can I find that kind of documentation?

    (I know there’s the dev page,
    and I’ve signed up at the dev mailing list,
    Just wondering if someone has similar experience doing the same things and can give me a few tips.)


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  • peiqinglong


    So far I have not seen a line by line disecting of the WP code. A few things that worked for me is:

    1) Download a lot of themes and look through their code and compare it up to the default theme to see how they work and interact.

    2) Read the WP documentation for little tips and tricks.

    3) Google search PHP techniques and tried them to see if they would work in WP.

    4) and finally, just experimenting.

    Here is what I’ve been able to do so far: and



    Thanks, WP actually has quite amazing docs, there’re just too many so I didn’t find the right one yet. I think I’ve found it now though –

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll pick apart the 1.5 default theme to learn the basics.



    UrbanGiraffe’s tutorial is very helpful, and it taught me everything I know about CSS.

    Also, you can find a ton of stuff by just searching for “CSS”. TheUndersigned got 847 Diggs, but I haven’t read it myself.

    I think the Codex is a great reference, but it’s not a very good step-by-step-guide to CSS. Just my 2c, though, YMMV.



    This is funny, I just found the UrbanGiraffe’s Dissection of a WordPress theme too! Thought I’d come back here and update this thread. Hope it’ll help me as much as it helped you.

    I’ve read TheUndersigned’s article, and I’ve been trying to take apart the default theme and his Whitespace theme… but it’s much harder than I thought!! 🙁

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