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I created this course to help you build an online portfolio using WordPress as easily and effectively as possible. This is a jump right in kind of course, so if you have no previous experience using WordPress, you maybe a bit overwhelmed. But fret not my friends, we got you covered. If this is your first time using WordPress or you have only limited experience with a publishing platform, I recommend you check out the WordPress 3 Essential Training course right here on lynda.com. It'll give you a firm understanding of how WordPress works out of the box and what you can do with the application itself.
In this course, we will be building an advanced child theme. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of child themes, or you want more information about what they are before you get started, go check out the WordPress 3: Building Child Themes course also in the lynda.com library. These courses were created to form a natural progression, so watching them in order will give you a firm footing for developing advanced WordPress websites. Throughout this course, I will be using the Google Chrome browser, but you can use whatever browser you want, because, as we all know, browsers pretty much all work the same way.
I will also be using the Eclipse code editor to write all my code. Again, you can use whatever code editor you want, either WYSIWYG editor or just something simple, like Notepad. Now for the WordPress part. WordPress is a dynamic web publishing application that lives on a web server. It consists of two main parts: the application itself and the database that contains all the contents. When developing a new WordPress site, it's always a good idea to set up a WordPress development environment on your local computer so you can do all the building and testing first, before you published the website to the web.
This is not mandatory. You can follow this course and do everything on live site on the web, but as we move along, you are likely to make changes that will break the site temporarily, and that's not a good experience for your unsuspecting visitors. Setting up WordPress on your local computer is made easy using one of several available tools. I use something called BitNami. You just go to bitnami.org, find the Download button, and then install it. You can also use WAMP if you are on a PC or MAMP, if you are on a Mac. If you want a further explanation of how to do this, you can either go check out the WordPress 3 Essential Training course, where there's a complete walk-through of all these processes, or you can go check out David Gassner's course, Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP, right in the lynda.com library.
When all this is done, you will be at the same point I am when we start, having WordPress installed locally on your computer, and now you can start working.
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