Where to learn WordPress development

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Written By Brian Krogsgard

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  1. I remember asking you how you got so good so fast about a year and half ago. At the time, this post would have been pure gold, but as you correctly pointed out, we really learn by doing, so that’s what I did, and it’s what I totally recommend. You just have to put in the time. For someone getting started with WordPress development, this is a crazy-valuable post that will be immensely helpful and time-saving and all these resources are spot-on.

    I’m also eagerly looking forward to the next WordSesh as well!

  2. Great resource reference, Brian, and thanks for the mention of my WordPress list. I had no idea anyone else was aware of it besides me! 🙂

  3. While I think lists like these have their uses, I generally put them in a similar realm as “50 plugins to show popular posts in your sidebar.” If I am actually looking to learn WP development, I still have no clue where to start. I can do a search and find a long list of resources. Real value is in giving a recommendation on which to choose, even if it is based on your opinion and experience.

    It’s still a nice list for someone who has experience, but maybe has never run across http://unserkaiser.com/ before and finds it a nice resource. I just don’t think it’s accomplishing much for someone new to the field.

    That said, I don’t like when people complain without providing a better solution. My go to resource for people getting into WP is usually http://digwp.com/book/ . It is continually updated, well formatted and presented, organized, and very detailed. http://www.wp101.com/ is great for an end-user who is not familiar at all with WordPress. And http://code.tutsplus.com/categories/wordpress is good for tutorials on specific things you might want to do in your theme or plugin.

    • Matthias,

      I’m disappointed you compare it to one of those types of list. That is far from my intention. In fact, I hate those lists. Honestly, this *is* my paired down list. I read much more than this, a list of sites I’ve curated over a number of years as reliable resources.

      I could have highlighted just a couple, sure. But what works for one person isn’t what works for all people. So instead, I tried to give a good introduction to the sites that I personally find value from, or know that an overwhelming number of other people I trust find value from.

      That’s how I made the decision to list these.

      • First – my apologies, I didn’t mean to come across so mean! I did find some value from your post and I’m sure many others did as well. So I’m not trying to say it’s useless (and the comparison was harsher than it should have been!)

        I just think it would have been great if you had, for example, said why someone should do the Lynda videos versus the Treehouse videos. The WordPress.org list of books does the same thing. Curating a list of books is great, but I can also search “wordpress” on Amazon and come up with a similar list. What’s really valuable (to me) is an expert’s opinion on why one resource is better than the others.

  4. Surprised that WebDesign.com didn’t even get mentioned in the Membership section. Considering we have been doing it for years, have a library of over 600+ hours, and are about to do our 10th WordPress Developer Course (a 20+ hour course alone), and do it all live.

    • Hey Benjamin, that’s a good add. I definitely missed sites I know to be good. I’ve been adding back those that I forget. Wasn’t a knock to webdesign.com, just my memory 🙂

  5. Great list! Having a list of reliable resources like this is awesome! I also think wpmudev.org should definitely be on there under memberships sites. Great resource for everything multi-site related.

  6. This is most useful list for any WP beginner to refer to. Thanks for the author as you are greatly helping for the beginners who are struggling for study references.

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