WordPress Development

WordPress Development – Themes, Plugins & Gutenberg

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Learn how to develop WordPress themes and plugins. Includes WooCommerce, BuddyPress and Gutenberg development.

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7,145 students enrolled

Created by Luis Ramirez Jr

Last updated 8/2019


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This course includes

  • 21 hours on-demand video
  • 13 articles
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What you’ll learn

  • Build a fully functioning WordPress theme and plugin
  • Build websites for any business and audience
  • License your theme and/or plugin
  • Understand the architecture of a plugin and theme
  • Understand the WordPress core and it’s functions
  • Fully Understand WordPress’s API and how to interact with WordPress and its system
  • Query the Database and create tables
  • Comfortably navigate around the WordPress core
  • Integrate and extend WooCommerce & BuddyPress into your theme/plugin.
  • Confidently use the command line and learn basic commands.
  • Learn the latest features in JavaScript including ES6 modules and variables
  • Improve your workflow using Babel and Webpack
  • Create, manage and process admin forms.
  • Create custom post types for special kinds of content
  • Build custom Gutenberg blocks with React, Webpack and Babel.

Course content

Expand all 152 lectures 21:36:18

+ – Getting Started

6 lectures 49:46

Get an overview about this course. By the end, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you need to learn. Requirements for this course are also included in this lecture.


Preview 09:16

Get to know more about the various resources available to you.

Getting to know WordPress

Preview 08:17

Learn about the various pieces of software that make up WordPress and begin installing it.

Setting up for WordPress

Preview 14:08

Learn about the various environments and editors you can use as an alternative.

Exploring Environments and Text Editors

Preview 06:21

PHP Refresher & WordPress Coding Standards

Preview 10:21

A simple quiz about what you learned so far! Good luck 🙂

Section 1 Quiz

5 questions

Lectures Notes


+ – Theme Development Foundation

16 lectures 02:34:51

Learn about the various folders and files inside the default WordPress installation. Learn how to configure the wp-config.php file.

Exploring WordPress & Configuring the wp-config.php file

Preview 08:50

Add logic to your theme by creating the functions file.

File Headers

Preview 10:34

Learn how to set up the functions file and action hooks.

Functions File & Action Hooks

Preview 12:58

Properly load styles and scripts by registering them and then instructing WordPress to enqueue your files.

Loading styles and scripts with enqueues

Preview 13:29

Cache Issues

Preview 07:40

Learn how to load dummy content that we can use for testing.

Adding Dummy Content

Preview 03:14

Learn how to add menu support to a theme. One of the many built-in features you can take advantage of provided by WordPress.

Menu Support

Preview 12:22

Aside: Menu Walker

Preview 17:53

Learn how to split up your template into sections. Optimize your workflow by using template parts.

Creating Header & Footer Areas

Preview 07:14

We continue with splitting our template into separate sections and learn how to load widgets appropriately.

Creating Sidebars and Widget Areas

Preview 12:05

Learn how to customize the search form to match the style of your site by creating a template.

Formatting the search form

Preview 07:22

The Loop is the most important concept for WordPress theme development. Learn how to display and format content using what WordPress calls “The Loop”

The Loop

Preview 08:59

Template Parts

Preview 08:50

Template Tags

Preview 13:32

Learn how to paginate various posts in the loop from older to newer posts.


Preview 05:16

Review some of the concepts you’ve learned so far.

Theme Basics Quiz

4 questions

Lectures Notes & Download Source Code for this Section


+ – Templates & The Customizer

18 lectures 02:53:01

Learn how WordPress determines which templates to use and get started creating the template for the single post.

Template Hierarchy & Single Post Template

Preview 16:42

Learn how to create a template for the comments, prepare the form and detect comment settings for single posts.

Comments Template

Preview 13:04

Learn how to use the template tags specifically made for authors.

Author Template Tags

Preview 04:41

Learn about the WP_Query class and how to make your own queries for posts. You’ll also learn the difference between the main and secondary loops.

Related Posts using the WP_Query Class

Preview 16:02

Learn how to create the template for pages. Page templates are very similar to the single post template with a few modifications.

Page Template

Preview 09:34

Learn how to create the template for 404 pages and categories.

404 and Category Template


Date Template


Attachment Templates


Learn how to create the template for search pages with results and custom templates for special cases.

Search and Custom Templates


Make the header more dynamic by adding title support and learn how to integrate ads into your theme.

Completing the Header, Title and Ad Sections


Learn how to add your own theme options by using the theme customizer. Preview changes and learn how to dynamically add sections, controllers and settings.

Theme Customizer API


Test what you’ve learned so far.

Theme Basics Quiz #2

3 questions

Learn how to use dropdowns and checkboxes. Text input fields aren’t the only fields you’re limited to.

Dropdown and Checkboxes using the Customizer API


Learn how to update data on your theme without having to use refresh. You’ll also learn how to override existing WordPress customizer settings.

Customizer Transports and Overriding existing Settings


Color & Upload Controllers for the Customizer


Learn how to add support for various WordPress features and set up dummy content for preview.

More Theme Support & Creating Starter Content


Learn how to display your most popular posts. You’ll also learn how to use conditional tags to detect what page is being displayed.

Displaying Popular Posts and Conditional Tags


We finish up our theme by adding language attributes, applying classes to certain tags and detecting language direction.

Finishing Touches


Lecture Notes & Download the Source Code


+ – Theme Templates

5 lectures 20:19

Template Tags Overview


General Tags


Navigation Tags


Link Tags


Lecture Notes & Download the Source Code


+ – Plugin Development

14 lectures 01:51:58

An overview about what we’ll be doing in this section. Plugin Development



Learn how to create a plugin using file headers.

Creating our First Plugin


Understand the magic behind hooks

WordPress Action & Filter Hooks


Learn how to make your own custom action and filter hooks and prioritize the functions that get called.

Custom Hooks and Prioritization


Learn how to control when a plugin is activated and add simple security measures.

Plugin Activation & Security


Learn how to create your own custom post type for specific content beyond the scope of basic posts and pages.

Creating a Custom Post Type


Learn how to create metaboxes to the custom post type and save data using the metadata API

Metadata API


Learn how to use filter hooks. The example for this lecture is a bit more complex than usual so be prepared.

Filter Hooks


Test what you’ve learned so far.

Plugin Basics Quiz

3 questions

Learn how to create your own database tables with the help of WordPress.

Creating Database Tables


Download Assets


Learn how to make AJAX requests and handle those requests to process data.

Sending and using AJAX Requests


Learn how to make AJAX requests and handle those requests to process data. (Part 2)

Handling AJAX Requests and inserting data into the Database


Learn how to customize the table that displays all posts related to a post type in the admin dashboard

Changing the Custom Post Type’s Table Columns


Lecture Notes & Download Source Code for this Section


+ – Gutenberg Prerequisites

14 lectures 02:08:07



The Command Line / Terminal


Getting started with NodeJS


Modules and CommmonJS


Built-in and 3rd Party Modules


Introduction to Webpack and Dependencies


Webpack Configuration


Webpack Loaders & Babel


ES6 Constants and Let


ES6 Arrow Functions


ES6 Modules & Destructuring


Getting Started with React


Reusing Components and Properties


Lecture Notes


+ – Gutenberg Development

13 lectures 02:20:53

Getting Started with Gutenberg


Registering and Enqueueing the Block Assets


Registering Blocks


Block Settings


Using the edit and save properties


Inspector Controls


Sidebar: ES6 Rest and Spread Operators




Rendering the Block


Styling Blocks


Alignment Toolbar


Block Alignment


Lecture Notes & Download the Source Code


+ – Gutenberg Components

8 lectures 01:04:12

High Level Overview of Gutenberg


Gutenberg Blocks with ES5


Rich Text Block


Custom Toolbar


Form Toggle


Inspector Control Fields


Media Uploads


Lecture Notes & Download the Source Code


+ – Advanced Plugin Development

17 lectures 02:16:42

Learn how to use the widget API to create a widget

Creating a Widget


Learn how to schedule cron jobs and save data temporarily using the transients API

Cron Jobs and Transients API


Learn about the shortcodes API

Creating a Shortcode for Frontend Publishing


Learn how to insert a post and sanitize the POST data

Sanitizing HTML input and inserting a post


Learn how to explore a practical way to create a custom hook and send e-mails with the help of WordPress

Custom Hooks with the Plugin API and sending E-mails


Creating the Login & Registration Forms


Learn how to create users properly.

User Registration


Learn how to authenticate users properly.

User Authentication


Alternative User Authentication


Adding a Logout Link


Learn how to sanitize SQL queries before using them by preparing them

Prepared Database Queries


Learn how to properly uninstall a plugin and clean up data

Uninstalling a Plugin


Learn how to create a dashboard widget where users can get the latest information from your plugin

Creating a WordPress Dashboard Widget


Learn how to make HTTP requests to other web services or your own pages using the HTTP API

Using the HTTP API to retrieve content from external services


Learn how refresh the rewrite rules which control the URL structure of your WordPress site

Flushing the Rewrite Rules with the Rewrite API


Shortcodes Explored In-Depth


Lecture Notes & Download the Source Code


+ – Creating Admin Forms

11 lectures 01:33:24

Learn about the various WordPress APIs available

WordPress APIs


Learn how to create your own set of settings using the options API

Options API


Learn how to add an admin menu and  prepare a form for submission

Adding an Admin Menu and Page


Learn how to process forms sent from the admin page created earlier

Processing Admin Form Settings


Settings API


Featured Images using the WordPress Media Uploader


Custom User Roles and Capabilities


Custom Taxonomies


Custom Taxonomy Settings


Custom Post Type UI and Advanced Custom Fields


Test what you’ve learned so far.

Plugin Admin Form Quiz

3 questions

Lecture Notes & Download Source Code for this Section


3 more sections


  • You should have a good understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and PHP.
  • You should know how to set up a local environment.
  • You should know how to install WordPress and navigate around.
  • A text editor of your choice.


Hello! Welcome to the WordPress development course. This is the most comprehensive and effective course on WordPress development around. This is the only course you’ll ever need to learn WordPress development. 

WordPress currently holds over 50% of the market share on the web. WordPress is an absolute dominant force and it’s popularity continuously grows. One of the best things about WordPress is that it’s easily extendable. There are thousands of plugins and themes available both free and premium.

In this course I will teach you how to create your very own plugins and themes. This course was designed for those who truly want to master WordPress inside and out. There is no stone left unturned. This course will help make you into one of the most competitive WordPress developers out there. You will be able to develop custom plugins and themes no matter how hard the task is.

You can expect high quality and fresh tutorials. This course uses the latest versions of software development including PHP (7.x), Twitter Bootstrap (4.x), and MySQL/MariaDB (5.x) . 

Here is an overview of what you can expect to learn.

  • Take a static HTML bootstrap template and convert it into a fully functioning WordPress theme. 

  • Extend the functionality of your theme by using the WordPress customizer API. Work with the various fields you can create from simple text fields to the color picker and file uploader.

  • Write code that scales and learn the best practices for writing clean, efficient, secure and reusable code. The WordPress coding standards are covered from PHP to JavaScript and CSS.

  • Properly take advantage of the template hierarchy system and create your own custom templates for more unique designs.

  • Build your own custom widgets to display your own content.

  • Build plugins that extend the core functionality of WordPress.

  • Develop custom post types for content that give you the flexibility to curate content you want to. Apply meta data to your content and display everything on the front end.

  • Learn about the various methods for creating your own custom admin forms and process the data securely.

  • Want to learn about WooCommerce and BuddyPress development? That’s covered too! The theme we create will be fully compatible with these 2 plugins. We’ll even customize the look and feel to suit our needs.

  • Other topics include licensing, translations, security, transients, authentication, front end publishing, shortcodes and so much more!

  • The APIs that are covered are the following: Dashboard widgets, API, Database API, HTTP API, Metadata API, Options API, Plugins API, REST API, Rewrite API, Settings API, Shortcode API, Theme Modification API, Transients API.

  • On top of everything, you will also learn how to create your very own Gutenberg blocks. Take advantage of the newest feature that comes bundled with WordPress 5!

  • Not confident with your React and JavaScript skills? That’s completely fine! The skills required to build efficient and scalable Gutenberg blocks are covered in this course. You’ll learn how to use Node, Webpack, Babel and React

In a nutshell, we’ll explore the various WordPress APIs and how they should be used. The developer documentation is filled with examples and each page is quite lengthy. WordPress development doesn’t have to be hard to learn. The biggest mistake most coding tutorials make is expecting someone to learn simply by imitating others’ code. Real world situations are never exactly like the tutorial.

I believe the best way to learn is to understand how a tool works and what it does for you, look at examples, and then try it yourself. That’s how this course is built, with the goal to help you both learn and understand WordPress.

Take the leap into Gutenberg Development

This course goes beyond the simple WordPress plugin development and WordPress theme development tutorials. You will learn how to create Gutenberg Blocks for WordPress as the back end. The CEO of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, has urged developers to start learning JavaScript deeply. 

You will first learn the basics such as the command line and ES6. You will be caught up with the latest standards of JavaScript from modules to destructuring and so much more! Tools such as babel and webpack are also explored and implemented with our code. We will build a functioning WordPress Gutenberg block with React. 

Build components to separate your code . All this knowledge right at your fingertips!

Why am I qualified to teach this course?

I’ve been developing sites in WordPress for over 8 years. I know all the tricks to working with WordPress. I don’t fool around. You will learn all my techniques and teach you the exact process I go through. I’ve sold commercial themes and plugins with over 1000+ sales worldwide. I know what it takes to create stuff that works!

There’s a lot of money to be made with this industry and I will show you how. You will also be taught how to sell your plugin online and make a profit. This includes licensing and learning about the various platforms out there to help you with marketing.

There is no useless information here in this course. It’s all 100% high quality content and nothing less. I guarantee you will absolutely love this course and see real results. You’ll have the skills and confidence to build your own custom themes and plugins your clients will love. You’ll be able to take on bigger projects for more money. Don’t believe me? I offer a 100% refund within 30 days. There is absolutely no risk involved!

Don’t be the one that gets left behind! Enroll and start learning today

Who this course is for:

  • Web designers and developers who wish to take their skills and profit to the next level.
  • Anyone who wants to generate new income streams
  • Anyone who wants to understand how the WordPress core truly works and extend it.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn how to build quality and premium plugins and themes.
  • Anyone who wants to go beyond the basic template tutorials and learn how to add unique features along with BuddyPress and Woocommerce integration.
  • This course is for students who are new to developing plugins and themes and would like to learn the best practices for developing themes/plugins.
  • The late beginner to PHP and JavaSricpt programming.