How to become WordPress Developer

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system by Matt Mullenweg written in PHP and MySQL/MariaDB database.

Who Is WordPress Developer?

A WordPress Developer is a person who develop WordPress Theme, Plugin, Page Builder Etc. In a word, A WordPress Developer is someone who develop WordPress website.

What is WordPress Theme?

WordPress theme is a folder of files that work together to create the design of your website. A Theme includes template files, stylesheets, images, PHP and JavaScript files. Some popular WordPress Themes are Avada, WoodMart, WPLMS Etc.

What Is WordPress Plugin?

WordPress plugin is essentially a bit of code that “plugs in” to your self-hosted WordPress website. In human terms, that means a WordPress plugin is something that extends existing functionality to your WordPress website or adds new functionality on your website. Some popular WordPress plugins are Jetpack, Yoast SEO and W3 Total Cache.

What Is WordPress Page Builder?

Page Builder is a WordPress plugin that lets you easily build web page for your WordPress website. Some popular WordPress Page Builders are WP Bakery, Elementor and Divi.

How to become a WordPress Developer?

Step 01 : To become a experienced WordPress Developer, Firstly you need to understand Web Design concept properly. You should have the ability to create a HTML Template using HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JS, jQuery, RWD (Media Query), PSD to HTML Etc.

Step 02 : In this step, Learn about how does WordPress works. Try to work on WordPress Dashboard with basic options like how to create a post and page, edit a post/page, how to add and edit category, tags/taxonomy. In a word, Learn everything that is available on WordPress basic dashboard.

Step 03 : From this step, You will really start working with WordPress. You can start customizing WordPress free and Paid Themes. Read the documentation of the free and paid themes that you are customizing. Check all the functionality of Free and Paid Themes and try to understand how does that theme works that you’re customizing.

Step 04 : In this step, you will be ready to become a real WordPress Developer to develop WordPress Themes and Plugins. To build a new theme or plugin you must learn PHP. Firstly you will learn PHP Fundamental and then PHP OOP.

Step 05 : In this step, You will start to develop your own WordPress Theme. To develop your own theme, Firstly you need to know how to built/develop a theme and how it works. You will find a lots of content on the internet to learn how to develop a basic WordPress Theme. If you’re Bengali, You may follow this channel (WordPress Bangla) to learn about WordPress including theme and plugin developments. From those tutorial, you will learn all the basics things like index.php, header.php, footer.php, functions.php, style.css, single.php, page.php, archive.php, 404.php etc.

Step 06 : Try to follow some standard premium themes and try to develop a theme like the premium theme. You will learn a lots in this step. You should also follow WordPress official Developer Resources and Codex WordPress when you work with WordPress.

Step 07 : In this step, Give the support of most popular plugin like WooCommerce in your theme so that your theme users can easily integrate popular plugin to your theme to extend their website functionality.

Step 08 : Develop your own plugin to extend your own themes functionality. Since you have learned about customization, you might see on the premium themes they have their own plugin to extend their themes functionality. Try to build your own plugin to extend your own themes functionality.

Step 09 : Final and last step, Try to build your own page builder for your theme. This step is formally last step. But in reality there is no last step to learn. You have to continue learning to up to date with new technology to survive in this modern world.

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