I have been searching for a PHP course that specifically addresses the issues surrounding WordPress, writing plugin for WordPress, and the ins and outs of WordPress plugins. Most books that are out there on Amazon tell you how to create an array in PHP or how to write a function, or how to connect to a database using PHP. It’s fair to say that there are a few sites that show you a little bit of this or that, but none present you with the information that you need to start from scratch and learn not only how to work with WordPress, but how to optimize your blog for search engines, and even how to write useful plugins.
So I searched, and searched. I must have read 10 PHP books before finding WordPress on Crack. I remember I wanted to learn how to write plugins for myself. Outsourcing is one way to go, but people suggested crazy numbers to write WordPress plugins for me. They told me that WordPress programmers are rare, and you’ve got to pay a premium to get them working for you. But WordPress is a PHP system. Everything in it is written in PHP.
There is so much content in this package that I haven’t been able to finish reading the whole thing in a month. Having said that, I started with the plugin programming part. I love WordPress and love learning how to do tweaks to CSS or RSS, but at the end of the day I was interested in WordPress plugin programming. Here are my favorite plugins:
- E-Mail Announcer Plugin: Notify others (with “post-to-blog” enabled) that you have made a new blog post.
- Squeeze page for WordPress: create squeeze pages and grab your readers’ information
- Search Tracker Plugin: Find out exactly what your readers are searching for.
- Opt-In Booster Plugin: Put an opt-in form right into the middle of your blog posts
There are a few other plugins available in WordPress on Crack, but once you get a hang of writing plugins, you’d be surprised how many ideas you come up with to enhance your WordPress blog without having to pay thousands of dollars to get others to do it for you.
Keep in mind that while this whole package is designed to teach you how to learn WordPress programming, you will need to have at least some programming knowledge to take advantage of the technical training in this package. You can obviously implement the SEO recommendations without knowing much of PHP. But if you know programming or some PHP, you are golden with WordPress on Crack