by anonyy
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Hi all

I did Dreamweaver some flash, photoshop and illustrator about 13 years ago. I've dabbled with wordpress websites but i'd like to undergo full training in it.

I live in Scotland, training here is scarce and not as accessible as others are and would love to either attend a college or at least enrol for something delivered online that is good enough. I know some of you would say plenty of video's online but i'm one of these people to ask a tutor questions and like to know the various terminology for webdesign so want it to be accurate as possible.

I appreciate people are not from my part of the world if anyone could recommend a good online company, that would be helpful.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Udemy.com is a good place to start.


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    • Profile picture of the author anonyy
      Hi, Thanks for your suggestion but i'm not looking to do any development at this time more understanding the basics of wordpress itself as if you were to understand how to design in Dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWealthMogul
    Skillshare could also be another source of learning.

    They have over 400 courses about all the different aspects of Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author DomMitton
    Youtube is obviously where you can learn a lot.

    If you don't want to invest too much, I would recommend Udemy as it has some pretty good courses for small price.
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    • Profile picture of the author anonyy
      yeah as i said in my post some people will suggest online videos but i'm looking for some formal training more in-depth so i know the proper terminology and everything i should know about Wordpress from a webdesigner perspective. I need to fully understand what i'm doing from A - Z so to speak. thanks for your input.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
        Originally Posted by anonyy View Post

        yeah as i said in my post some people will suggest online videos but i'm looking for some formal training more in-depth so i know the proper terminology and everything i should know about Wordpress from a webdesigner perspective. I need to fully understand what i'm doing from A - Z so to speak. thanks for your input.
        Did you look at Udemy.com? You can use their search for "wordpress training" and you will get 10,000 results. I am sure you will find more than a few results that will help you.

        Seriously, the front-end of WordPress (WP) is not like DreamWeaver (DW) with respect to Web Design. The development of the back-end of WP determines the web design of the front-end. That is why anyone that wants to learn WP must learn the back-end first.

        One does not know how the front-end will function and look (web design) unless they learn the back-end first, i.e. WP development.
        The key difference between WP and DW is the fact that the WP is a complete website building platform and Content Management System (CMS) in one package while DW is a web-design tool .

        Understandably, WP is more about a complete Content Management System (CMS) and CSS and JAVA driven by a database, typically MySQL whereas DW is more about html and CSS. Fundamentally, that is why WP and DW are two different animals.

        Then there is the WP advent of WP Theme Builders that focus on the WP Web Design that enable the user to design a WP Theme without code. The point is there will be more WP advents as WP evolves and only a developer's knowledge will win the day.
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        • Profile picture of the author savidge4
          Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

          Seriously, the front-end of WordPress (WP) is not like DreamWeaver (DW) with respect to Web Design. The development of the back-end of WP determines the web design of the front-end. That is why anyone that wants to learn WP must learn the back-end first.

          The key difference between WP and DW is the fact that the WP is a complete website building platform and Content Management System (CMS) in one package while DW is a web-design tool .
          I wanted to add something to this... The issue I see with a "Course" on the subject is the "Back-end" on most themes, meaning each and every one of them is different. So to learn the back end on say the DIVI theme is all fine and dandy, but switch over to say Storefront, and the learning curve to some extent starts all over again.

          Start jumping into PHP or CSS modding these themes and all of the CSS Styles variables will be different. In that sense each and every theme is different... and there is no way to "Learn" this stuff other than jumping into a specific theme and learning this stuff.

          I would suggest using a CSS plugin like Simple Custom CSS ( https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/ ) so you are not coding directly into the theme's CSS box - which can and will cause problems later in life. It basically update proofs all the work you have done to individualize the site you are working on.
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    I was using WordPress but now use Simplesite.com I love it. I find it much easier to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    I've dabbled with wordpress websites but i'd like to undergo full training in it.
    It's really not that difficult. A "classroom" setting would cost you hundreds if not thousands.

    If you could even get started with Dreamweaver than WP will be dead simple.

    If DW were rocket science than WP would be an Elementary school primer.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    All the "Training" you would ever need is on youtube. I would just pick a theme.. check to see if there are tutorials on youtube for it, then get something like XAMPP that will allow you to play with the platform in an offline environment and just dive in and build a site. Play with the CSS and PHP, and get used to it all.

    Keep in mind for the most part each and every theme is kinda the same, but different in the same sense. From a programmers / developers point of view ( ok my point of view ) it makes sense to pick 3 or so themes and learn those 3 very well.

    MH Magazine lite has caught my eye in recent days ( https://wordpress.org/themes/mh-magazine-lite/ )

    Storefront from woocommerce is one I use OFTEN ( https://woocommerce.com/storefront/ ) I use this in both Commerce and non commerce situations.

    Divi - this is a "Premium" theme but probably the most diverse of any theme out there. Meaning you can manipulate this thing in every which direction to get a look and feel you are trying to achieve

    I would say that between the 3 you could build just about anything you would ever need.

    So load up XAMPP and get your hands dirty... if you have programmed before learning these will be days for you.

    Best of luck man!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    Seriously, the front-end of WordPress (WP) is not like DreamWeaver (DW) with respect to Web Design. The development of the back-end of WP determines the web design of the front-end. That is why anyone that wants to learn WP must learn the back-end first.

    The key difference between WP and DW is the fact that the WP is a complete website building platform and Content Management System (CMS) in one package while DW is a web-design tool.
    Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

    I wanted to add something to this... The issue I see with a "Course" on the subject is the "Back-end" on most themes, meaning each and every one of them is different. So to learn the back end on say the DIVI theme is all fine and dandy, but switch over to say Storefront, and the learning curve to some extent starts all over again.

    Start jumping into PHP or CSS modding these themes and all of the CSS Styles variables will be different. In that sense each and every theme is different... and there is no way to "Learn" this stuff other than jumping into a specific theme and learning this stuff.

    I would suggest using a CSS plugin like Simple Custom CSS ( https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/ ) so you are not coding directly into the theme's CSS box - which can and will cause problems later in life. It basically update proofs all the work you have done to individualize the site you are working on.
    ... and in addition to what savidge4 said about themes being coded differently between different theme developers it stands to reason that there is no all-in-one course.

    The good news is there is a basic Wordpress starter theme called _s, or underscores, It is created and maintained by Automattic the makers of Wordpress. Perfect for learning the development of Wordpress child themes.

    You will download the basic infrastructure of a child-theme. Coded in Basic PHP and ultra-minimal CSS are the defaults.

    Matter of fact you can have a very basic child theme loaded into an existing installation of Wordpress and live online in approximately 15 minutes.

    You will need to learn basic PHP and basic CSS. Since you stated that you know DreamWeaver which is HTML and CSS you should not have a problem.

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    Is WordPress Hard or Easy?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
      Originally Posted by memari20 View Post

      Is WordPress Hard or Easy?

      From a inexperienced user perspective with minimal CMS skills most people say it is not easy to grasp, but it gets easier as you use it, i.e. take action.


      I don't know of any CMS that is easy to learn for a complete beginner, but compared to alternative CMS most beginners find WP the easiest to learn.
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    • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
      Originally Posted by memari20 View Post

      Is WordPress Hard or Easy?
      It's so easy I believe a really smart monkey could figure it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author bijutoha
    If you are new to WordPress and want to learn more about it, finding a good resource from Lynda, Udemy, Treehouse, and Skillshare! They are my favorite places to learning how to use WordPress from respected sources!
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  • Profile picture of the author Reza Graph
    I want to learn WordPress template design. But unfortunately I haven't had a chance yet.
    I am a graphic designer . I would like to design a good template. With dedicated [graphic design
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  • Profile picture of the author anonyy
    Thanks for the feedback I'm just looking to understand what I'm doing. I'm not looking to do theme development that is the next stage. All the settings you see on a theme on the left hand side (black menu area) and backend settings when you login to your WordPress site, it's this type of training I want to go through so I know what I'm doing.
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