The Essential WordPress Tutorial for PHP Developers


In this WordPress tutorial for PHP developers, we’ll look at how to start developing WordPress websites if you’re new to WordPress but already understand PHP.

So if you have a PHP background—maybe from an app framework like Laravel or Symfony—but don’t know how WordPress works, this article’s for you. (If you’re new to PHP, our free course will teach you the basics.)

WordPress for PHP Developers: the Good News

A PHP developer has a huge advantage entering WordPress, because PHP is the heart of WordPress. You just need to learn the WordPress way of doing things.

If you’re a seasoned PHP developer entering the WordPress ecosystem, you have a huge advantage, because PHP is the heart of WordPress. You just need to learn the WordPress way of doing things. In this article, we’ll outline the best jumping-off places in WordPress for PHP developers, so you can get to coding confidently as quickly as possible.

Before we dive in, you should know that this article is just a small preview of our flagship guide to WordPress development, Up and Running. If you’re serious about learning WordPress development, Up and Running is the best WordPress resource available.

Serious About Learning WordPress Development?

Up and Running is our complete “learn WordPress development” course. Now in its updated and expanded Third Edition, it’s helped hundreds of happy buyers learn WordPress development the fast, smart, and thorough way.


I think anyone interested in learning WordPress development NEEDS this course.

Before I purchased Up and Running, I had taught myself some WordPress code, but lacked direction. Watching the course’s videos was like a bunch of lights being turned on.

I went from being vaguely familiar with how themes, functions and WordPress itself worked to mastering these. Everything became much clearer.

I very happily recommend this course to anyone willing to listen.”

–Jason Robie, WordPress developer

Take the next step in your WordPress development journey!

Now, let’s start with something you’ll definitely want to know as soon as possible: what WordPress is at a high level.

WordPress for PHP Developers: WordPress is



This article was written by Claire Brotherton and originally published on WPShout.

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