Let’s code!

As a full-time sponsored member of the WordPress Training Team at Automattic, one of the things I get to do is host weekly online coding workshops for Learn WordPress. I’ve labeled these workshops “Let’s Code” as I typically live code a solution to something during the hour.

This page is a collection of my Let’s Code online workshops, which are all available on WordPress.tv.

Creating your first child theme for WordPress
Creating your first plugin
The WordPress Shortcode API
An introduction to Block Development
Using the create-block Tool to scaffold your first block
Converting a Shortcode into a Block

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