Unbeknownst to many, WordPress is a renowned web software for content management and is beyond question the powerhouse of 34% of the websites on the internet, and 60% of those that run on Content Management System. Otherwise known as a blogging tool based inherently on open-source servers and databases like PHP (Personal Home Page) and MySQL (system software). Having been used by 32.5% more, as against 1 million websites, WordPress reached new highs in June 2019. As of now, it is in vogue, earning the reputation as the most popular blogging system one can come across on the web.
It is a no-brainer that using WordPress to formulate websites that do not fall within the ambits of WordPress development. The job at hand requires far more than introductory internet skills of being able to configure sites, install plugins, and upload themes. Be that as it may, the science of WordPress development is not a walk in the park or an amateur job. A WordPress developer will only be called one if he or she can place custom plugins, a designer if themes are their thing, and lastly, a WordPress expert if they pull off both, singlehandedly. The profession of WordPress development emanates from the programming framework of PHP but necessitates a thorough understanding of the WordPress core.
WordPress development, theoretically and practically, involves switching up between different themes. By doing this, the user or developer may modify and edit the look and features of the WordPress website, without laying hands on the code or content. Themes are quintessential to WordPress as each website requires one theme, to the very least. Building on themes requires one to adhere to the WordPress standards that are a well-constructed Personal Home Page (PHP), a valid Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), and a structured layout of the webpage using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Generally classified into two categories of free and premium, WordPress themes also provide an option to be customized. A comprehensive insight into the method of building themes is laid out in the WordPress Codex.
A total of 55,487 plugins were found on the WordPress.org in the first month of 2020. To someone who is not familiar, plugins enable users to dive into the existing features and functions of a blog or website. Interestingly, every plugin, except that listed premium, provides for one to customize and tailor-shape their website as per their individual preference. Such plugins are often more than not, available via WordPress, and are availed by means of downloading or installing manually on WordPress dashboard, or manually. WordPress developers around the world, acknowledge the fact that plugins intrinsically ought to be theme-agnostic.
All in all, access to WordPress is free across the globe, where WordPress. org is pivotal to the WordPress software, while WordPress.com runs as a service to put forth WordPress websites. Applying strategies like File and Asset Organization in the budding stages of WordPress development are signs that a developer understands his craft well enough to proceed with it.