WordPress and making stuff (sort-of) work in PHP

The work we did in WordPress during class last week was very informative and I’m glad we’ve learned about child themes and plugins. I’m excited to try and create my own plugin now. Sometimes this stuff seems like magic. I was blown away at how, by simply adding a couple folders and files, a new plugin just appeared.

When getting to the PHP assignment, I felt ill-equipped, frankly. Coming off of spring break, after having just a couple weeks of lessons I had to revisit a lot of material. I used plenty of YouTube videos, forums and such to help out, but I felt like I was making small mistakes along the way.

I realized I still have fundamental questions that need answering. How does the computer understand my functions? Should my PHP files be on a server for them to work correctly? Why is it that in Sublime Text, what I know to be accurate PHP functions don’t show up in a colored text? That last one caused me a lot of anxiety!

I also didn’t know what else to add to my homepage in PHP to add useful functionality, so I resorted to just adding basic things that would (I hope) satisfy the requirements of the assignment. The only thing I added that I could see myself keeping in a final version is a contact submit form.

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