[wp-hackers] Learning WordPress and Getting Support

Andrew Bartel andrew.bartel at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 23:20:20 UTC 2012


With the caveat that I'm only seven months into developing with WordPress,
I started with the database diagram (
http://codex.wordpress.org/Database_Description) in addition to following
the load code through starting at the root index.php.  I spent a lot of
time reading stack exchange and the WordPress forums.  If a question was
asked on either that I didn't know the answer to I'd work through it on our
dev server.  Mostly, I built a few WordPress sites and referred to
"official" good code like the starter themes whenever I was unsure of best
practices.  Now, when I run into a function that I haven't seen before, I
reference the codex.

This was the most useful post I ever came across, although it was pretty
over my head the first time I read it despite what I thought was a pretty
good understanding of ajax:

I recently saw this really useful presentation by Andrew Nacin about
queries that was referenced in a discussion about query_posts():

Best of luck.

-Andrew Bartel

On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM, Shasta Willson <shastaw at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd start with tutorials. Check the comments on any tutorial before
> you start -- did it work for most folks? And check the date.  If it's
> more than a year old things have probably changed.  Have real projects
> you want to accomplish, be willing to be flexible about them, and find
> tutorials where you learn to do things.  As you're working, go check
> the codex for the things you're learning.  You need to learn your way
> around the codex as it's the "user manual". It'll also clue you in
> when a tutorial isn't doing something the 'right' way, which plenty
> don't.  If the codex says "don't do this" and the tutorial says do, go
> find another tutorial.
> Use the Wordpress forums for specific questions that crop up, but the
> last year or so responses have dropped off a cliff when I ask
> something there. It may be because I'm asking more advanced questions,
> rather than that the forums have changed.  I'm honestly not sure.
> - Shasta
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM, Aero Maxx <aero.maxx.d at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Guys,
> >
> > Whats the best way to learn the wordpress way of doing things and getting
> > support when get stuck, as getting limited to no help via this mailing
> list
> > is there something else or another way I should be going about this, how
> did
> > you all get to where you are today and learn the ins and outs of
> wordpress
> > and how to do things within it and its functions.
> >
> > I've tried stack exchange generally get no answers there either, and have
> > also tried the wordpress support forums, sadly the same there too,
> generally
> > get no meaningful answers.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Daniel.
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