Ultimate Guide to Becoming a WordPress Consultant

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Becoming a renowned WordPress consultant takes time, patience, resilience, energy, and determination. You may have learned to install WordPress and tweak themes but you have a long way to go before you can market your services as a consultant. 

To be an expert in this field, you need the skills to work on the WordPress platform’s fundamental coding concepts and infrastructure. As you learn, you will be able to create themes, custom plugins, and various WordPress modules. To do all these things correctly, you should be an expert on every part of the platform and programming languages.

Below, we will lay out the basics of what it may take to explore a field in WordPress consulting.

The Basic Languages Used in WordPress

Before you dive in head first into WordPress consulting, you first need to identify the knowledge you currently possess or will need to learn. Being able to use various languages within the platform is a crucial skill of a WordPress consultant. Ideally, you should comprehend all the languages used in the platform.

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

HTML is a powerful tool and the foundation language of the WordPress platform. When you understand how to use this language, you can easily create and design sites within WordPress. As a WordPress consultant, you’ll work on elements such as headings, page titles, data tables, paragraph text, and more.

Cascading Style Sheets

The CSS language provides the format for the layout of pages on a site. An example of the usefulness of CSS is the ability to make sweeping changes across the entire site. Without CSS, you would need to update individual pages, boxes, sidebars, etc. If the font needs to be updated on all ten pages of a site, a WordPress consultant would use a CSS style sheet to create uniformity in an instant. To learn the basics of CSS, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you. 

Hypertext Pre-Processor (PHP)

The original name for this language was actually “personal home page”. However, over time, PHP grew to include a much broader set of functions and was renamed Hypertext Pre-Processor but kept the acronym.  

PHP is an open source HTML-based scripting language. When a PHP page is accessed, the script is parsed, by the hosting server. The PHP output is typically returned as HTML which can then be read by the browser. Since PHP becomes HTML before a webpage even loads, users almost never have access to the original PHP. Because of this, PHP is secure enough to access data as well as house other secure information. 

We’ve put together a guide to help you understand how PHP is used within the WordPress platform.

MySQL

MySQL is a database management system. Like PHP, it is an open source format which allows developers and consultants to download and use for free. Because of this, the combination of MySQL and PHP is used widely across sites that are mainly data driven. 

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This article was written by iThemes Editorial Team and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.

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