This hands-on course helps students gain an understanding of how to utilize client-side and server-side web programming to create customized online solutions, rich user experiences, e-commerce, and mobile friendly websites. Programming concepts are practiced using the WordPress platform, a free, open source content management system (CMS). Students hone programming skills by customizing the WordPress backend. Course topics include programming in PHP, relational databases, SQL and MySQL, database programming, programming WordPress theme files, adding custom code to a WordPress site, the WordPress function library, programing WordPress filters and hooks, plugin development, programming WordPress shortcodes, and site migration and maintenance. Project assignments help students gain proficiency with individual concepts culminating in a comprehensive final project to create an interactive website.