Understanding “ServerSide” and “ClientSide” in WordPress

Understanding "Server-Side" and "Client-Side" in WordPress • WPShout

This article explains “server-side vs. client side” in WordPress development. This distinction, and how the server side and client side interact, is at the core of not only WordPress development, but of any real understanding of how the web works.

So if you want to know what on a WordPress site is server-side and what is client-side–and what those terms themselves mean—then buckle up. And if you’ve ever wondered “is PHP server-side or client side?” (always server-side!), or “is JavaScript server-side or client-side?” (almost always client-side! go away NodeJS!), then this is for you too.

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Key Takeaways:

  • WordPress lives on a web server, and delivers web content to a user’s web client (his or her browser).
  • Processes that occur on the server are called “server-side,” as is the server



This article was written by Fred Meyer and originally published on WPShout.

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