Learning WordPress – Not easy!
Hello everyone, I am writing today to ask for some serious help. I am going to try and keep this post short, but to best explain my problems I need to get into some details. If I don’t then you could answer me by simply pushing me down roads I have already traveled.
I sincerely appreciate your time, thanks for trying to help me.
Ok, so I started using WordPress several months ago now because my wife needs a web developer for her business. I wont bore you with details here, but essentially she has lost 3 developers over the last 2 years, because they simply don’t deliver what she wants. I have been frustrated myself also, and have decided to do the WordPress stuff for her myself, that way the work will get done.
I have learnt HTML CSS and WordPress in this time (still much to learn of course but I bumble through).
But I am struggling like mad when it comes to WordPress PHP. I come from an IT background, so localhost servers/ftp and the WordPress side of things are fairly straight forward to me. (I’m not an idiot – well… I hope :P)
I never dabbled in programming of any kind (other than maybe BBC basic – yes I’m that old!) 😛 So this is all fairly new to me, but of course I understand the general concepts.
I have read books on PHP (2 of them) I have watched video tutorials (MANY of them) from Youtube, and from Lynda.com, and Killersites (which SPECIFICALLY target WordPress)
I feel that I have all the knowledge I would ever need, stored up in my head.. However…
When it comes to customizing a theme we have bought for a customer or adding a new gallery function, or well, you get the point… Almost any change that requires PHP of ANY kind my knowledge fails me.
I just cant figure out the syntax, or even ‘where’ to put the change, or how to implement the changes required. I always (and yes I mean always) hit a brick wall.
Now let me also say that of course I understand that learning this side of things is going to take time, and of course there’s no experience more valuable than experience itself. I get that, but my questions are these…
1. Am I the only person in this position? Is there anyone else out there struggling like I am with WordPress?
2. Does everyone go through this gargantuan learning curve to learn WordPress?
3. And most importantly… How do I go about getting over this massive hump I am at right now.
One further bit of info to really help you understand where I am… I understand much of WordPress. I understand functions and how they are called for example (but cant possibly write one myself) I understand the loop and how it (and most other WordPress functions) can be ‘conditional’ to make things happen only when certain conditions are met.
I understand the network of connections behind wordpress that pull the relevant ‘the_content’ & ‘the_title’ type information to the areas you want it.
But programming it myself… BRICK WALL!
ANY help here will be greatly appreciated. Mostly, I believe hearing others stories, that may be the same and how you overcame them. Or just a push in the right direction.
HTML CSS – Easy… Learnt and fairly comfortable with in a few months… Worpress PHP A nightmare!
Thanks for your help all.
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