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WordPress Development for Intermediate Users

Learn advanced WordPress development topics and move beyond the basics

So you’ve learnt some PHP, created a basic theme and coded a couple of simple plugins. Now what?

In this nine-part course, instructor Rachel McCollin will teach you intermediate concepts of WordPress development, including testing and releasing themes and plugins, translating projects, queries and loops, and concepts such as metadata, taxonomies, and custom posts.

You’ll get the opportunity to run your code past Rachel, work on meaningful projects, and complete the course with a solid understanding of best practice WordPress development.

WordPress Know-How

Learn from WordPress developers who are expert in their field and passionate about teaching.

Experts Guidance

Ask questions and get direct feedback and support from course instructors and Academy staff.

Motivating Groups

Study along with a like-minded cohort. Make friends and explore opportunities for collaboration.


Weekly discussions allow you to share and discuss your work with instructors and other students.

Top Marks

Complete courses and receive comprehensive feedback on your assignments from instructors.


Each course is fully assessed by Academy staff and when you graduate you will receive full certification

“WordPress has been quite a learning journey for me and is still ongoing. Any WordPress professional worth their salt will be continuously developing their skills and understanding of the platform.”
– Rachel McCollin, Course Instructor

Course Structure

Course Structure

  • Theme Development in Detail
    • Introduction
      • Video
    • Tasks
      • Tutorial
      • Discussion
      • Quiz
      • Unit Completed
  • Making Your Themes Customizer-Ready
  • Plugin Development in Detail
  • Working with Custom Post Types
  • Getting to Grips with Queries and Loops
  • Working with Metadata
  • Internationalization
  • Final Challenge

Rachel McCollin / Instructor

Rachel is a freelance web designer and writer specializing in mobile and responsive WordPress development. She's the author of four WordPress books including WordPress Pushing the Limits, published by Wiley.


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