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JavaScript for WordPress Developers

Learn JavaScript, deeply

At WordCamp US 2015, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg asked us to "learn JavaScript, deeply."

In this six-part course, instructor Daniel Pataki will walk you through the basics of JavaScript, touching on jQuery and how to add interactions to WordPress. You'll also learn about AJAX and then use what you've learned to create a custom plugin.

You’ll get the opportunity to run your code past course facilitators, work on a meaningful project, and complete the course with a solid understanding of how JavaScript and WordPress work together.

WordPress Know-How

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

Expert 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

  • Learning the Basics
    • Tasks
      • Tutorial
      • Video Tutorial
      • Multiple Choice Quiz
      • Discussion
      • Unit Completed
  • Getting Started with Objects
  • Getting Started with jQuery
  • Loading JavaScript in WordPress
  • Introduction to AJAX
  • Final Challenge

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.


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