Waterfall methodology is a sequential design process. This means that as each of the eight stages (conception, initiation, analysis, design, construction, testing, implementation, and maintenance) are completed, the developers move on to the next step. As this process is sequential, once a step has been completed, developers can’t go back…
When I first got into web development, all the way back in 2002, a tool like WordPress did not exist yet. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be until almost a year later that WordPress would be released to the public for the first time; not that I was ready to use WordPress at initial release. I actually didn’t start using it until 2004 (around WordPress 1.5), when my friend told me about this new blogging platform that I should consider instead of writing my own.
I instantly fell in love, hacking away, learning the platform, making my own changes (sometimes to the core1), and watching it grow over the years. What started out as a simple, open source blogging platform is now a super-powerful content management system (CMS) that can boast that it’s the most widely-used CMS on the Internet.2 In this book, I plan to teach you how to use WordPress, as well as how to leverage the API to create your own custom themes, plugins, and content types. In other words, I will show you how to make WordPress your own.
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