Of course, WordPress uses PHP to run almost everything under the hood, much like many other web applications. However, WordPress debugging can be different from general code debugging due to its specific structure and ecosystem.

The primary difference between WordPress debugging and general code debugging is how you’ll view the errors. WordPress will display error messages relating to the platform on the frontend. In contrast, general code debugging often happens within the Terminal or your dedicated code editor:

The Intellij IDEA IDE running a debugger.

Another difference is the use of WordPress-specific functions to help with the debugging process. WordPress provides its own set of functions that you’ll use to interact with the Content Management System (CMS). These differ from typical PHP functions, and will require you to take a specific approach to use them for debugging.

On the whole, the difference between WordPress debugging and general code debugging lies in the specific structure and ecosystem of WordPress. As such, you’ll need to understand WordPress’ architecture, along with what the platform offers to debug issues effectively.