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design and code… slowly taught myself basic HTML, CSS, and photoshop…just for fun…wanting to go to the next level and be able to design WordPress themes…

I’ll venture to say that you are all over the place. If you build solid skill sets in following areas, you’ll have the ability to pick up new things easier… since these are building blocks to any web page. Once you get into more advanced topics like (JavaScript, PHP, and WordPress) seek solid video tutorials (paid or free) to speed up the learning process. But for now, learn in this order…

If you’re into development:

  • HTML (Content) – Ref
  • CSS (Presentation) – Ref & Ref
  • JavaScript/jQuery (Interactivity) – Ref
  • PHP (Database Interaction) – Ref
  • CMS (WordPress, etc) – Ref

JS/PHP are interchangeable. There is demand for both PHP and JS so it’s really up to you here. If you’re thinking WordPress down the line, then PHP is logical choice.

If you’re into design:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Design Stuff.

Now you don’t have to be an expert in each. But do try to pick one and have it mastered. Don’t jump ahead too much (installing wordpress, etc.) you’ll just get information overload and non of it will make any sense, making this extremely frustrating learning experience. We don’t want that.