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If this is the first time you are doing web developments or if you are unfamiliar with WordPress and how it works or you just need a refresher, I urge you to check out some of the courses we have in the lynda.com library to get the foundational knowledge you need to follow this course. In particular, I recommend watching WordPress Essential Training, which will get you up to speed on how to use, install and implement WordPress in a proper way. So, if you're not familiar with WordPress or if you just need to brush up, I highly encourage you to watch WordPress Essential Training first, because I'll expect you to know how to use WordPress when we progress through this course.
You should also check out some of the HTML courses we have in the library. In particular, what I want you to check out anything that has to do with HTML5 because the theme that we are going to be working with will be using cutting edge HTML5 throughout. Proper, modern web standards require a bit of a different approach to the markup. And it's important that you have an understanding of this before we get started. You can also benefit from brushing up on CSS, and in particular, CSS Three and Responsive Web Design.
Because our theme will be fully responsive and I'll be using a lot of modern CSS to make things work the way they're supposed to. And finally, I'll be using a little bit of jQuery to add some interactive elements to the site. So having a bit of background understanding of jQuery will be a major benefit. In addition to this, you also need a foundational understanding of PHP. I say foundational because WordPress actually has kind of its own language. What I like to call the WordPress Templating Language and PHP is just the background language, but still, understanding how basic PHP works will be a benefit when watching this course.
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