You know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You can make beautiful websites. Maybe you’ve heard about WordPress, but aren’t entirely sure how to implement it, or why you might need it. Maybe a client asked for WordPress, but you’re not really familiar with it. Maybe you’ve worked with it before, but don’t know how to make your own theme from scratch. Whatever the case, this article is for you. Prerequisites All you need to start is a website. Any website will do. You don’t need to know any PHP, or have any prior experience with WordPress. Your website can be custom, or built on Bootstrap/some other framework. You do need to know how to set up a local server environment. Fortunately, if you don’t know how, I wrote a short, sweet article about getting set up with one. It will only take a few minutes, so go ahead and do that first. Goals Install WordPress locally Take an existing HTML website and convert it into a custom WordPress theme I already know what WordPress is and how to install it! Show me how to create a custom theme. What can WordPress do for me? WordPress was originally built as a blogging platform, but is now what is known as a CMS – Content Management System. Any website that you
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