Review the Intro to WordPress videos, which will give you an overview of what WordPress is and what it does. This should only take you about 20 minutes.

Lynda.com Videos

What is WordPress? 3:30
WordPress, WordPress.org, and WordPress.com: What’s the difference? 2:51
How WordPress Works 2:34
Installing and running WordPress 1:50
Accessing your WordPress site 2:50
Using the WordPress admin panel 3:41
Using the WordPress toolbar 3:28

When you're done with the introductory videos, please read the articles within this chapter to learn more about architecture, installation, posts, categories & tags, media, themes, templates, and child themes.

Guiding Questions

  • What is PHP?
  • What is a database?
  • What is MySQL?
  • What is a template?
  • What is a theme?
  • What is a child theme?
  • How does WordPress separate content from style?
  • Why is a database necessary for "dynamic" content?
    Note: this is a BIG IDEA in web architecture. See the How WordPress Works video for help.
  • If you had a WordPress site on one server, and you wanted to move it to another server, how would you do it?

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