Tag: Up and Running

Understanding PHP Globals and Variable Scope in WordPress

One of the most maligned features of WordPress is the use of “PHP global variables.” Whether you love them or hate them, global variables probably aren’t leaving WordPress soon. So today we’ll cover all there is to know about them. How to think about them. How you, in PHP, make variables global, access WordPress’s global variables, and a little about the theory and debate about global state in software applications.


The Four Languages You Must Know to Understand WordPress

WordPress Programming Language Book

Learning WordPress development starts with a lot of key questions, including this one: “What language is WordPress written in?” Another common one is “Should I learn PHP or JavaScript first?” WordPress programming languages is a big topic, but we’ll cover all you need to get started.



Learn WordPress Development: The Basic Course

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So You Want to Learn WordPress Development

WordPress development is a massively useful skill, but it’s also tricky to learn—especially if you learn things in a piecemeal way that allows basic confusions to persist while you try to tackle advanced topics.


Course: WordPress Theme Development (Core Concepts)

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Welcome! WordPress themes are one of the first and most important topics that one must understand to be good at WordPress development. Themes underlie the entire visual half of WordPress site, but often grow to do even more. We’re hoping your find these free content very helpful, as we think it covers some of the most important concepts in doing WordPress theme development for yourself.





How to Compare the Features of WordPress Security Plugins (and Services)

As a part of WordPress Security with Confidence, I built a feature that I felt a lot of people were hungry for. It’s a comparison table of WordPress security plugins. It starts to take people along the journey from “security is a serious topic that I have no idea how to handle” and toward “security is a set of problems I can solve in a variety of ways.” That transition is my motivation for the course, and it’s also the motivation for something I just made free: WPSecurityCompared.com. Which, well, makes it easy to compare WordPress security plugins.