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Wordpress - Where do i begin??


#1
Hi guys,

I've set myself, what seems like, quite an ambitious task. Three friends of mine have recently come to me and asked me to build their websites, i said "YES OF COURSE" before i even thought! I want to use Wordpress to build their sites, and I thought I would just need to follow a quick and simple tutorial for this, but i'm just not finding the right one. I get so far with one tutorial and the tutor starts presuming that i know stuff that i quite simply, don't. I think I need a really dumbed down, step by step tutorial that will get me to a good level of understanding of wordpress.org.

I have basic HTML and CSS understanding and i can design a good looking homepage, should i look into PHP before i start or can i carry on with this level of knowledge? So one of my friends has asked me to build a e-commerce website through Wordpress for her by the end of November. Do you guys think this is a little optimistic of me as my knowledge is quite basic, or can i pick it up as i go?

Basically i'm asking does anyone know of a brilliant Wordpress tutorial? Or can anyone recommend to me a route to take to get me to a decent understanding of Wordpress design.

Many thanks in advance for your help,

Matt
 

bigdave

Moderator
Staff member
#2
If you're set on using WP, you might be better off starting with editing templates rather than trying to build a theme! As for Ecommerce, you could use woocommerce (its a WP plugin).


Alternatively if youre wanting to build your sites from scratch have a look at ModX as a CMS alternative to WP. I wouldn't try building an E-com site from scratch though! theres too much that could go wrong.
 
#3
Hi Wordpress is the best cms to start with, its quite straight forward once you get to grips with the theme hooks. I started using a skeleton theme called bones. This is a wordpress theme stripped down to minimum and allows you to start a fresh but still have a basic theme to build upon, then tweak the css and you have your own theme.
Bones - The HTML5 Wordpress Starter Theme
 

Tony Hardy

Well-Known Member
#5
Hi Wordpress is the best cms to start with
That's a big statement ;)

I love Wordpress, but now I've been building and developing with it for nearly 2 (perhaps 3, I lose track) years and can get it to do pretty much what I want it do all the time. You've got to have the basic web design knowledge and a little PHP won't go amiss when dealing in WP either.

Contrary to BigDave's post, if you have the knowledge to build a HTML/CSS site, then you can use any CMS to plug it into. Some might be easier than others. I've done WP from scratch, but then I know Toby (Corrosive) swears by ModX. I guess it's what you're comfortable with and what you want for your end user.