In this post, I’m going to reveal my 2 trade secret techniques to learn WordPress development fast. Without further ado, here’s the 2 tips :
Click everything you can click (in the Dashboard)
Keep using and building sites with WordPress
That’s it. Really.
I know some of you reading this will not buy it. But I can counter challenge you to try other methods ie. buying a 5-cm thick Learn WordPress in 24-Hour or head towards WordPress.org repository and documentation. Or you just ask our Dr G (Google) or Miss Y (YouTube). I can assure you that none of these methods beat the 2 “secret” techniques to learn WordPress development fast.
Seriously, once you’ve installed WordPress and logged into the Dashboard, look at those menus on the left. A vanilla WordPress install has only less than 10 menu items/tabs in the Dashboard – Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools and Settings.
Just click every menu tab, starting with Posts – Add New and so on. Within just a couple of minutes, you can have a quick overview of WordPress (admin) working environment.
Then, go beyond Just Add New post, hover the mouse over all icons at the Add New post page. Now is the time to use the 2nd secret technique – just try/use it.
Extra tips – don’t be afraid to do anything wrong. The only wrong thing is not to do anything. I’ve used and crashed WordPress sites so many times that I’ve lost count. I’d go to the extend to conclude that if you don’t crash anything, you’re not learning anything.
“But it’s so hard. Not as easy as you’ve said!”, you might exclaimed. Hmmm, if everything is so easy, what’s the point of us learning it? Think about it. If everything is so easy and everyone can learn and do everything themselves, then what’s the value in us investing our time to cross the hurdles. Only when you learnt more and can solve more errors than the newbies, that’s true skill set. Then help those who can’t resolve the errors to solve it – at a fee. That’s when your “L”earning becomes earnings.
If you need further help, drop me a Support Ticket. Or if you need to outsource your web development, you can head over to Web Services.