Become a WordPress Developer: Unlocking Power With Code (

This Udemy course provides 27 hours of video instruction on PHP, JavaScript and WordPress theming. You can start from the point of a complete novice and work your way into adeptness with WordPress development.

Created by: Brad Schiff

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Why code is the key to building whatever you can imagine with WordPress
  • The ability to write PHP to manipulate the data of a WordPress site
  • The ability to write JavaScript to add on-the-fly interactivity to a WordPress site
  • How to code your own new custom block types for the "Gutenberg" Block Editor
  • The skills, knowledge and vocabulary to work professionally as a WordPress developer

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Overall Score : 92 / 100

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Course Description

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Unlock the full power of WordPress and go beyond "just a blog platform" by learning how to code completely custom WordPress powered sites.

Updated for 2019: A new 3 part lesson on coding our own custom block type for the new "Gutenberg" Block Editor in WordPress.

I've spent the last 12 years studying WordPress, PHP, and JavaScript and now I'm here to teach you everything I know. Come along on this journey with me and become a WordPress developer.

Together we will build a website for a fictional university and along the way we will:
  • Install WordPress on your personal computer so you have a private playground copy of WordPress to practice and experiment with
  • Get introduced to the PHP language (this is what powers WordPress)
  • Set Up a New Theme (You'll learn how to convert any HTMLA template into a living breathing WordPress theme)
  • Create Custom Post Types and Custom FieldsRelate pieces of content with each other (e.g. a professor and a program)
  • Learn the basics of (object-oriented) JavaScript
  • Leverage the WP REST API
  • Learn to use JavaScript to communicate with the WordPress back-end on-the-fly
  • Let visitors sign up for a basic account on our site
  • Build a "My Notes" feature (user specific single page application with real-time CRUD actions)
  • Let users "like" or "heart" a professor (update the professor's like count on-the-fly)
  • Deploy our website live up onto the web for the entire world to view
  • And much more!

This course may be brand new, but this isn"t my first time teaching. I"ve led training sessions for Fortune 500 companies and I"ve already helped over 17,000 people on Udemy and received the following feedback:"Brad definitely has some of the best techniques to embed the lesson into your mind" hands down these are the best tutorials I have had the opportunity to view.""Presentation is concise without being tedious" you honestly feel that you have a thorough understanding of the subject.""[Brad] explained the process. Not memorize this or that, he explained the process. If you're looking to take a course to understand the foundations of creating websites, look no further."Become highly valuable and relevant to the companies that are hiring WordPress developers; in one convenient place alongside one instructor. If you're ready to begin coding custom websites - I'll see you on the inside!

Who this course is for:
Developers who want to use WordPress as a true Content Management System and not "just a blog platform."
Those looking to learn the PHP and JavaScript languages.
People who want to learn about the "REST API" which allows us to interact with WordPress data on-the-fly in realtime.
Anyone interested in custom post types, custom fields, and creating relationships between various content types.



    • Course focuses on code, better empowering students to customize websites than most introductions to WordPress.
    • Course is aimed at professional-level development — not casual web design.
    • Course even includes lessons on utilizing the “Gutenberg” Block Editor.
    • Direct questions from students often go unanswered.
    • Installing tools can be difficult and little help is offered.
    • Some code examples have not been updated and no longer function.

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Instructor Details

Brad Schiff

Hi, I'm Brad and I've taught web development to countless coworkers and held training sessions for fortune 100 companies.

I also teach local night classes and run a somewhat popular YouTube channel named LearnWebCode.

I'm a front-end developer, designer, and educator. I've been building user interfaces for over a decade for the world's largest brands, international technology leaders, and national political campaigns.

I'm fortunate to enjoy the development work I do, but my true passion is helping people learn.



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By Leong Yun Zen Ben on 2 months ago

Brad is amazing Clear, concise and works at a good speed. I will always look out for his courses in future.

By Ammar Ahmed on 3 months ago

Great course Really a lot of useful information. But not for beginners in programming. I have good experience with JS and Wordpress and sometimes I had troubles with executing exercise.

By David Stasinos on 4 months ago

Excellent teacher Professional and clear. Easily one of the best classes I've taken on Udemy so far. I especially appreciated the zip files at the end of each lesson which essentially is point-in-time backup and saved me once already. Unfortunately, the lessons don't age well once you hit the Google API part in section 12. As the Google API is no longer free to use these lessons are moot unless you sign up for a Google Maps trial.

By Jeffrey-Paul Aggrey on 5 months ago

A great course with excellent coverage of a large number of WordPress features , howto's, development options and good practice.

By Andre Esteves Perrone on 23 days ago

Really love your classes and how well organized they are. Also great to know that you stick to the topic at hand.

By James Liscombe on 8 months ago

Superb course. Ive tried many over the last 4 / 5 years and this is by far the most well put together. Great mix of technologies and challenges, and Brad is a fantastic teacher

By Benn Payne on 2 months ago

I have watch a few tutorials on youtube and all they do is tell me what to do is show me what to do and NOT WHY. Brad is an amazing teacher i have bought his other courses and i'm actually understanding coding MUCH EASIER, I like the way he incorporates his lessons to real world applications.

By Mattia Rasulo on 3 months ago

Yes its great, I have taken similair courses before but this does a much better job at explaining the topics and keeping things moving

By Yadunandan on 4 months ago

I am really loving this course. It teaches not only pop and wordpress, but also javaScript, and REST API. It is pretty advanced. And Brad, the course instructor, is the best one I've ever seen on moocs

By Tibor Molnar on 3 months ago

Some of the content is out dated... Google maps does not work the same as it does in the lectures and it prevents the student from being able to do much of the remaining practice work for the campuses section. Also I'm very unimpressed with the responses and feedback from the instructor. I have done several courses on Udemy and always get a response to QandA. I have posted several questions and have only received a response to one, and it was weeks later. I would never pay full price for this course, I'm glad I got the sale price. I wouldn't recommend taking any course by this instructor since they are not responsive at all.

By Jason E. Rice on 3 months ago

Well designed course. Very well explained and is a step by step process. However the code becomes very complex after some time so it is a good idea to place comments to help in future referencing.

By Oliver Leon on 6 months ago

It was a nice experience learning WordPress with Brad Schiff. He is a good and responsive instructor.