You have probably heard about the power and popularity of the WordPress platform and wish to harness it. We are going to take a look at a couple of websites that you will teach you all there is to know about WordPress. In English and Japanese. Let’s start with the resources available in the English language.
WP-Beginner is a website aimed at helping beginners, in topics ranging from theme and plugin development to setting up virtual servers. There are videos and a glossary on the site that can be found in the top bar. The blog is owned and updated by Syed Balkhi, and his posts contain some very valuable and helpful tips and tricks, even for non-beginners.
tuts+ WordPress is another great resource that writes tutorials for all levels. On this website, WordPress only has a category, so you will have to navigate to it using the top navigational bar. This tutorial, for example, shows you how to create your own custom field using meta boxes. Tuts+ also has tutorials in HTML. CSS, PHP and many other languages.
So, you have read and finished some tutorials but don’t you want to learn about the best practices? WordPress.tv features videos from WordCamps around the world. You can learn so much from the best developers and learn about the future of WordPress and the direction it is heading. Each video is worth watching if you want to learn more about the WordPress community. If you can, you should attend a WordCamp event in your area to learn even more. Keep in mind that the website hosts presentations from around the world so you may be able to find some in your native language!
Smashing Magazine is another great resource which also has it’s own WordPress category with tutorials and news. Smashing Magazine was founded in 2006 by Sven Lennarts and Vitaly Friedman. Since then, Smashing Magazine has written several blogs spanning various topics.
Reddit’s /r/WordPress is a specific subsection, a.k.a. subreddit, that is a valuable tool for WordPress Theme and Plugin development. If you haven’t heard of Reddit, Reddit is a social news site in which users can submit links to news articles or ask questions on Reddit itself. You can use the search bar on the right to look for a specific thread, topic or question that you may have. If you can’t find the thread in question, you can register for an account and create your own topic. Redditors will usually respond within a day since the subreddit is a bit active.
With that said, the WordPress scene in Japan is alive and well, thanks to the great team at Automattic.
For example, Automattic’s Takano, and Andrew Nacin maintain the WordPress Japan’s blog. If you want to learn the latest about WordPress, you should keep an eye on this site. If you would like to see the English version of this blog, you can find it here.
Dot install(ドットインストール) is a Japanese programming learning center. Each video is only three minutes long and the website even has full courses that you can take. You can find the WordPress course here.
There are many resources available, in English or Japanese, on WordPress development that you can find online. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below.