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Q: How important is it to have JavaScript and PHP knowledge when making websites on WordPress?

A student recently asked me a question via email, and I thought it was a good question. Here’s a quick answer!


It’s not very important to know JavaScript when making websites on WordPress. Much of the JavaScript comes via the theme, which you can buy or download for free.
I would stick more to learning PHP. You can do WordPress websites without knowing PHP, but when it comes down to doing advanced customizations to the CMS, PHP is the language that connects to the database, so learning it can help you manipulate data like posts, comments, and other types of content or functionalities.
Minimal PHP knowledge is also good, since it helps you understand the code in your theme files. If you ever want to customize your theme files, you’ll have a sense of what you’re looking at if you know basic PHP.

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