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Advanced WordPress Development

Take your WordPress game to a whole new level of coding mastery

Are you ready to push your PHP skills and add even greater complexity and functionality to your WordPress plugins and themes?

In this six-part course, you'll learn object-oriented programming techniques, how to write object-oriented plugins and work with transients, using the command line to improve your workflow, using Gulp to compile JavaScript and SASS, and automating WordPress with WP-CLI.

Run your code past course facilitators, work on meaningful projects, and complete the course with a solid understanding of best practice advanced development for WordPress.

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

“I started WordPress development eight years ago when I wanted to make my blog background red. I spent eight hours figuring out how to do that. It escalated from there and I started making themes. Now I do WordPress consultancy for companies.”
– Daniel Pataki, Course Instructor

Course Structure

Course Structure

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
    • Tasks
      • Video
      • Tutorial
    • Assessment
      • Quiz
      • Discussion
      • Unit Completed
  • Writing Object-Oriented Plugins
  • Working With Transients
  • Using the Command Line
  • Using Gulp to Streamline Your Workflow
  • WordPress Automation With WP-CLI

Daniel Pataki / Instructor

Daniel builds plugins, themes and apps – then proceeds to write or talk about them. He's the editor for the WordPress section at Smashing Magazine and he writes for a bunch of other online magazines. When not coding or writing, you'll find him playing board games or running with his dog.


Every course in the Academy is free for WPMU DEV members, you can take as many as you like and even use your certification to earn more money in our Jobs & Pros section, also completely free for members. Get started right now!

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