If you’ve followed each of the previous 6 steps, you’ll be armed with the tools and know-how necessary to succeed as a WordPress developer. Of course, after learning how to become a WordPress developer, the inevitable question you’ll ask is: “What’s next?” Although there are many ways to market yourself as a developer, we’ve handpicked a few tried-and-true methods for getting started. Which route you take will depend on which area of development you chose to focus on earlier.
Developing for the core is a much more linear and structured process than getting involved in plugin or theme development. You should start by reading through the Core Contributor Handbook. Then, you can apply the procedures it contains for adding code, solving bugs, testing new features, reporting potential security flaws, or providing any other service that interests you.
After you’ve conducted plenty of research, and experimented sufficiently on your local development environment, you should settle on an idea for a theme you’d like to make public. It can be something relatively simple to start with, although you shouldn’t shy away from innovation and creativity. Once you’ve created (and thoroughly tested) your theme, and submitted it to an accepting website, you can use the feedback you garner to make tweaks and improvements until it is in good enough shape for monetization.
Before you start wielding your PHP and HTML knowledge to write a plugin, we recommend committing serious time to finding the right niche for it. After all, clients aren’t likely to choose your plugin if there are several well-established options already. Once you’ve identified an idea for a plugin you believe will be profitable, and created an early version of it (ensuring that it’s copyrighted and secure), we recommend submitting it to WordPress and developing it further based on the feedback you receive.
Long Details Shortened: Although learning how to become a WordPress developer is relatively straightforward, actually becoming one is another matter. It takes plenty of hard work, time reading blogs and guides, and a great deal of trial and error. However, you can take comfort knowing that you are learning skills that are readily applicable to major clients in a host of industries.
This is how we wrap up the WordPress Series. Please remember to back up all the read with practical practice, so practice! practice! practice! And keep practicing some more till you become good, better and best🙌