Learn JavaScript as a WordPress Developer – 6 Essential Tips

Javascript Tips for WordPress Developers WPism

JavaScript is a computer programming language, which is extensively used by web developers to create various web applications and add interactive features to them. Most internet browsers support JavaScript, which allows dynamic content to get displayed beautifully on web pages.

JavaScript plays a prominent role in WordPress development. A web developer with adequate knowledge of JS can easily make different applications robust and scalable, allowing users to use those applications with profound ease.

If you want to be an expert WordPress developer, you need to learn JS appropriately and make smart decisions right from the beginning of the learning process. Here are some tips that you must use to make your work easier:

1. Pay Attention to the Basics of JavaScript

If you want to learn JavaScript skills, first of all, you must decide what you know and what you don't know. It will help you to learn the required JS skills that are utilized in WordPress development. You must remember that JS is an object-oriented scripting language and therefore has plenty of object-oriented principles.

If you gain better command over the basics of JS, it will help you to deal with several issues such as duplication of JS codes, translation issues, etc. It also helps you to choose the right framework.

2. Choose a Right JavaScript Framework

It is very important for you to have some knowledge about different JavaScript frameworks. Some of the popular JavaScript frameworks include;

Choosing the right Javascript Framework helps you to finish the creation of JavaScript applications in a short period of time. If you are an active WordPress developer, you may have sufficient knowledge of other programming languages such as CSS and HTML.

Different coders and developers have their own preferences when they have to choose the JavaScript framework for the development of web applications.

In general, if you are well acquainted with the MVC structure, you should use AngularJS without any hesitation. It supports the MVC structure and helps you a lot in web development projects in the initial stage.

In case, if you are unfamiliar with the MVC structure, React may be the right option for you as it just uses the view component. A good number of other options are available too. But, initially, you should choose React or AngularJS to perform web development works without any hassle or fuss.

3. Determine Your Requirements

It's a fact that your needs drive you to learn new programming skills and languages. The same holds true when you try to learn JS. You have to choose frameworks and libraries (in web development projects) based on your requirements. For instance-

Node.js – is for web developers who have to take care of server-side programming.

React– is ideal for those developers who deal in the creation of web applications. But, it is not useful for mobile app development.

When it comes to WordPress developers, your needs can be divided into two main categories- backend or frontend. If you deal with frontend development, you have several options to choose from. If you are a backend developer, you can choose Node.js without any difficulty.

Note- Always remember that you should have sound knowledge of PHP to use Node.js.

4. Resources to learn JavaScript

If you want to learn JS easily and quickly, there are various resources available on the internet. If you are a beginner, you should get started using some of these free online resources.

LinkedIn Learning and Treehouse are few other premium resources that offer JavaScript courses.

Also, see the learning section on our WordPress resources for building WordPress specific expertise along with your Javascript learning.

If you have additional time, you can join institutions such as General Assembly and others that teach Javascript and go through JavaScript books.

5. Get in-depth Knowledge of JavaScript

Although you can start WordPress development works even with a little knowledge of JS, you should increase it sooner or later. As an expert WordPress developer, you would like to learn JS deeply to have a good command over the following:

  • JavaScript idiosyncrasies
  • JQuery development and design patterns
  • Modern / modular patterns
  • Language patterns,
  • Application architecture
  • Cross-browser compatible JavaScript and DOM

All these help you to develop user-friendly web applications and easily understand the use of complex technicalities behind them.

6. Test Your JavaScript Skills

It may take many years to get proficiency in JavaScript. So, it is important for you to test your JS skills from time to time. Apart from this, you should be eager to improve your level of logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. In order to test your JS skills you can do the following:

Try to participate in JavaScript conferences, which are organized in different countries from time to time. You can learn a lot of new things in those seminars, exchange your thoughts with World's leading programmers and can get your doubts solved through experts if you have.

Try to gain sufficient knowledge of different JavaScript Toolset. They help you a lot when you try to develop JavaScript codes.

While dealing with web development assignments, you may come across several JS errors. You should not lose your cool and try to solve the problem yourself, with the help of other JavaScript developers, JavaScript books, and resources.

From time to time, you should try to solve quizzes and JS assessments, prepared by puzzle websites and evaluate your score candidly.

Final Thoughts

WordPress developers need to focus on learning JS and strive to gain proficiency over time. I hope the above-mentioned tips will help you gain proficiency in this language in an easy way.

Explore other curated web resources at WPism to help you learn different tools and frameworks related to WordPress.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Tracey,

    I’m so grateful of you sharing this inspirational tutorial to learn JavaScript very easily.

    JavaScript called client side programming language and it is run web browser. The resources you have suggested here to learn JavaScript very well is appreciable and I have just checked these all sites each one is perfect for learning JavaScript. I have bookmarked these all for regular reading.

    Reading the article made me easy to learn and understand the JavaScript and I think there is no need to contact the tutors for it. Because here is complete guide to learn it very well. Since JavaScript knowledge is necessary for WordPress, we must focus to enhance knowledge of JavaScript ASAP.

    Anyway, thanks for the useful stuff to learn JavaScript very soon. No need browse other things about it.
    Keep sharing such awesome article always. 🙂
    – Ravi.

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