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WordPress® Web Design For Dummies® by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 11

Dissecting Themes and Templates

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the basics of PHP and MySQL

arrow Exploring the WordPress database structure

arrow Understanding WordPress theme basics

arrow Understanding template parameters

arrow Creating a theme from scratch

When you start your journey in Web design using the WordPress platform, your tasks often dip into the development and design sides of creating Web sites. Designing Web sites with WordPress is more than simply putting pretty graphics on display; it involves some knowledge of how to use WordPress templates and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to make the Web site function and look the way you want it to.

Before you take the big dive and dig in to the code and functions necessary to a WordPress theme for your Web site, you need at least a basic understanding of the programming languages in play. Many, if not all, of the function and template tags for WordPress use Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) language. When combined with the WordPress core code, these ...

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