This hands-on course helps students gain an understanding of how to utilize the WordPress platform to create customized solutions providing rich user experiences, e-commerce, and mobile friendly websites. WordPress is a free, open source content management system (CMS) powering over 30 percent of all websites. Students hone programming skills by customizing the WordPress environment. Course topics include programming in PHP, relational databases, SQL and MySQL, programming WordPress theme files, adding custom code to a WordPress site, plugin development, programmatically querying the WordPress relational database, programming WordPress shortcodes, mobile friendly considerations, and site migration and maintenance. Project assignments facilitate practice with individual concepts culminating in a comprehensive final project to create a complete website.
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