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PHP is the backbone of WordPress (~70% of the source code is in PHP), and that means for aspiring WordPress developers, there’s not much of a choice of what programming language to learn. (JavaScript is really the other major player, making up the other third of the codebase.) So you’re gonna need some good PHP tutorials.

The issue is, however, that PHP is old. Older than most things on the internet. In technological terms, it’s a dinosaur, and there are so many tutorials out there that getting started can be just as hard as writing the code (okay, so that’s