Use different coding languages to complement each other
Create powerful functionality on your WordPress site
HTML and CSS is a classic example
HTML and CSS are essentially the framework of your WordPress website, and everything essentially fills in or hooks into these elements. From a simple paragraph to complex and multi-layered menu with divs and lists, any given element on a page is structured using HTML.
Of course, if there was no CSS styling, it would all just be black text on a white screen. CSS is what controls the look and feel of that structure, from colors to margins and even the method of how any element displays in relation to the surrounding code. HTML and CSS are often the starting point for anyone learning to build websites, and for good reason. These two connected languages are the foundation for everything else.
Grab all the data you need with PHP and SQL
In almost all cases in WordPress, the actual content inside those HTML elements is not hard-coded directly into the template. It’s stored in a database, filled with all kinds of content from the words of a blog post to the options and permissions that allow the author to post it. The actual MySQL query language to find this data is complex, and most developers are able to get by with the functions built into PHP. But there is some value in an SQL crash course, especially if you’d like to develop your own plugins or themes.
But you should still utilize PHP whenever possible, even then! PHP is a language designed to interact with the database, and the server that houses it. There are thousands of functions built into the language, many directly related to WordPress, that allow you to do things like pull a list of posts with additional information, check the current user’s permissions and preferences, and update all of the above and more. PHP also ties into HML through the “echo” function and its variations, allowing you to specify content and HTML wrappers to display on the screen.
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