Thanks to the incredible popularity of WordPress, opportunities for development abound. Whether you want to create useful plugins, weave gorgeous themes, or improve the core mechanics of WordPress, you can break into the field with a little time and effort. Of course, simply Googling “how to become a WordPress developer” will present a bewildering array of paths to choose from.
To simplify your journey towards becoming a WordPress developer, you’ll want to approach it methodically. This involves:
- Narrowing down your focus
- Identifying your skills
- Finding a niche, and
- Learning as much as you can about the platform beforehand.
Fortunately, there’s a large community out there willing and ready to support you on your quest.
In this article, we’ll explain exactly what a WordPress developer does. Then, next article in the series shall explore six essential steps you’ll need to take in order to become both a WordPress expert and a competent developer for the platform. Let’s jump in!
Who is a WordPress Developer?
A WordPress developer is developer is a professional who works with the basic coding and infrastructure of the WordPress platform, to improve WordPress itself, or to create entirely new products.
Typically, WordPress developers perform some or all of the following roles:
- Creating and customizing plugins and themes.
- Developing code and troubleshooting for WordPress core (that is, the actual software of WordPress).
- Working closely with clients to help design and build their WordPress websites.
- Ensuing that client websites are maintained efficiently.
- Improving the accessibility of the WordPress platform.
In order to do these things efficiently, the competent developer also has to be a WordPress expert. That is, they should have a thorough understanding of each part of the platform, as well as the various programming languages used to run it (which we shall be discussing in substantial detail in the next article). Watch out!