Dissecting Themes and Templates
In This Chapter
Understanding the basics of PHP and MySQL
Exploring the WordPress database structure
Understanding WordPress theme basics
Understanding template parameters
Creating a theme from scratch
When you start your journey in Web design using the WordPress platform, your tasks often dip into the development and design sides of creating Web sites. Designing Web sites with WordPress is more than simply putting pretty graphics on display; it involves some knowledge of how to use WordPress templates and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to make the Web site function and look the way you want it to.
Before you take the big dive and dig in to the code and functions necessary to a WordPress theme for your Web site, you need at least a basic understanding of the programming languages in play. Many, if not all, of the function and template tags for WordPress use Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) language. When combined with the WordPress core code, these ...