WordPress is created in a programming language called, PHP. Most of the time, most users will not have to worry about PHP. The beauty of WordPress is that it is easy to use once you get used to it!
There may be some cases, however, when you want to tweak something. You might want to adjust something with your theme or even a plugin. If/when that happens, PHP is the answer! I have modified a theme to position some social media icons in a different location or removed a line/link that I did not want.
Changing things with a theme can be dangerous if you mess something up. Simply adding or deleting one character can cause the site to not display correctly (or at all). For this reason, ALWAYS TAKE A BACKUP before you modify the code.
I found great site that provides an into to PHP programming. It is geared to the person that has:
- Basic knowledge of HTML
- Basic knowledge of CSS
There are tutorials to bring you up to speed on these if you need it (although I have not checked them out yet).
On the site, it states:
My tutorial is only a few pages long; you can read it in 20 minutes. It covers basic PHP syntax. It tells you how to assign a value to a variable, how to check that value, and how to set up a PHP
if ... else ...statement. From my experience, that’s all most WordPress users need (and want) to know.
The site is a little ‘dated’ and looks like a site from 2007, it should! This was originally posted in 2007 🙂 However, the content is still very relevant for the beginner!
If you are interested in learning PHP, check out: PHP Tutorial for WordPress Users – PHP 101