Today I started learning WordPress from the ground up.
At the moment I can throw a site together relatively convincingly with a smattering of knowledge about different aspects, but this approach leads to many and frustrating roadblocks.
It’s like knowing a few fragments of classical songs, one or two exotic chords and a couple scales on piano, but not understanding how or why any of it works. You can sit down at a piano and make convincing noise for a while, but you’re stuck when it comes to composing your own song.
There’s an excellent series of videos on Youtube called WordPress 101 by a guy called Alessandro Castellani. He says
“I understand that I have to start from scratch. I have to code everything from scratch by myself. I don’t have to be lazy, because if I learn what it’s made of and what it’s built in, I can recreate it, and I can code it by myself.”
Visualising a website and bringing it to reality is a cool and motivating thing to do, and I imagine it will be much cooler when the process is slick, professional and understood.
Here’s to (hopefully) reaching that point in WordPress within a couple of months.