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How I can get started working with PHP/MySQL inside of the WordPress app?

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I have moderate level PHP programming skills. I am also interested in merging those skills inside of the WordPress app. With their advanced responsive design themes and many other functions it seems like a good idea. I have tried loading some PHP plug-ins in WP – but I don't seem to get them to do more than basics.

Can anybody help me on how I can get started working with PHP/MySQL inside of the WordPress app?

posted May 22, 2014 by Kumar Mitrasen

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Are you locked on WordPress? I'd advise Drupal over WordPress. The architecture is just more solid. I had worked with both and I always feel dirty with the WordPress approach to hooks and themes...

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I suggest that you immerse yourself in the Wordpress docs and get to understand how it works under the hood. Everything, basically, is a "post".

answer May 22, 2014 by Abhay
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This is all answered in the online docs available on the Wordpress site. I researched it myself at one time a while back. In fact, you can work with the code base of wp to display pages of your own design, without ever using the actual wp engine to display the pages. Search for "The Loop" on their site, a key concept in their core code.

BTW, I agree with the other respondent about Drupal. It's a marvel of smart design. But I'd have to say that Wordpress's administrative functionality more complete and easier to use than Wordpress's. Wordpress also had more widespread support and adoption than Drupal.

answer May 23, 2014 by Sonu Jindal
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