WordPress 101

In my quest to become a web developer, I’ve decided to start with learning WordPress. Since WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that is widely used and based on PHP and MySQL, I figured it was a good place to start.

Here’s the weird thing — I learned HTML way back in the day. I’m talking the mid to late 90’s, when the web was young and a fancy page contained frames. So, this new, simpler web design thing seems strange to me and much divorced from the bones of the thing. After all, I started playing around with computers when I was about 10 years old — programming in BASIC on a TRS-80. I’m hoping that as I get further into WordPress, I’ll see more of the programming side of things.

Today I toyed around with setting up a server at home using an old computer, but I decided against it. Instead of making things more difficult for myself, my plan is to start with the “free” WordPress blog, move into a hosted site (possibly setting up a new site for Black Sheep Bags), and then see where I want to go from there.

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