How do we use WordPress? 00-how_do_we_use_wordpress.html — rev 20 May 2015 ➽ back to dir

This is a general idea of the skills and roles needed for our wonderful machine that is a WordPress website (or any cms website!).

All of these levels are necessary — so none is really "higher" than another. And you may find that the levels overlap as well. :)

level 1: using it
Going
sitting in the car and going places.
basics of driving the car.
Content - website owner, organisation staff
adding pages and images to website.
basic options.
using widgets.
  • how to use your computer
  • experience using websites
  • what is html and css
  • using web to search for information
level 2: customising and taking care of it
Maintenance, safety
expert and careful driving.
basic car maintenance (filling petrol, getting oil changed).
washing and cleaning.
checking for loose parts.
Customising the site - web developer, organisation tech admin
through the wordpress admin.
choosing themes and plugins.
installing and installing themes and plugins.
simple maintenance and security.
asking questions at wordpress.org/support.
  • writing good html and css
  • have some idea how php works
  • have some idea how web server and database work
  • using web to search for information
  • scanning references to find the info you need
level 3: building it
Skilled mechanic
fixing difficult problems.
advanced maintenance.
machining new parts.
Developer - independent web developer, skilled organisation tech admin
writing themes, functions, and plugins for a site.
using complex plugins.
editing wp-config and .htaccess.
fixing difficult problems.
implementing solid security for a site.
asking better questions at wordpress.org/support, and maybe answering some too.
  • excellent html and css
  • experience writing good php
  • experience with using web server and database
  • using web to search for information
  • experience with web security
  • scanning references to find the info you need
  • picking out the info you need, trying it, trying more
  • reading complex references throughoutly to understand the ins and outs
  • picking out the info you need, trying it, trying more
level 4: building the builder!
The car factory
building new factory parts
Adding to WordPress - skilled independent web developer
writing themes for public.
writing plugins for public.
writing code for core.
writing how-tos and references for others.
asking better questions at wordpress.org/support, and maybe answering some too.
writing documentation for codex.
  • excellent html and css.
  • excellent php.
  • more experience with web server and database.
  • more experience with web security.
  • experience with wordpress core code.
  • all the above reference skills, plus ...
  • how to write clearly, in english and in your own language.