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How to Become a Top WordPress Developer?

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If you are living in this technological era you might have definitely come across the word ‘Word Press’ quite a lot. This is a free and open-sourced CMS (Content Management System) base on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is highly popular because of its flexible framework that meets the demands of users. With this, developers and designers are able to create and modify layouts and applications according to the clients or their wish.

The earlier phase of WordPress started as just a blogging system but, now this web content managing system can be also used to manage your whole website. The theme storage allows picking out the best and suitable themes that will go with your content and reputation. Also, it allows to adding complex business features from WordPress plugins to your website without hiring a professional coder. The catchiest feature of this is it is available for anyone. It’s not necessary for you to be professional coder to get your hands on this.

Being over more than 10 years old in the market it has been undergoing a lot of testing and updates to make it simpler and more understandable. With WordPress you can have complete control over the website. You don’t need to be a programmer to update your website. The interface is so easy and the writing and editing are also made so easy with WYSIWYG interface.

To know how to use WordPress and to become a top WordPress developer are both different cases. Just by YouTube tutorials and books doesn’t place you at the top of the WordPress developers. So what should I do to become a high-rated developer? This is a question I come across all the time. So right now I’m categorizing these people into two: The guys who’ve been using WordPress for a bit and those who’ve been making a living in similar fields and want to cross over to work with WordPress. Which one are you? I’ll make a deal with you then. I’ll help you to be a top WordPress developer and in return, you must comment below which point helped you the most.

So, let’s start without any delay right!!!

Polish your basics

Regardless of being a trainee or a person who’ve been working on WordPress for a while, the first point I would suggest is polishing your basics. Everything starts from the basics and once that’s strong your foundation to building your dream empire will be way easier. As for the basics, the main engine is coded in PHP and all the database on MySQL. Stylesheets are written in CSS and the templates which are handled by both HTML and PHP along with the front-end JavaScript are all to be well brushed and polished. A bit of lag in any of these languages will definitely lag your mastery in WordPress.

Relegate the Imposter Syndrome

Most of you must be new to this medical term. So let me make it clear. Imposter Syndrome is a state of mind where you are achieving success and gaining a reputation in something but in your head, you would feel you haven’t earned it and at some point you would be unmasked as an imposter. So with this thing clear let me tell you why I included this here. In a profession such as a web design and development, where there is a lot of competition and no criteria objective it’s easy to suffer from an Imposter Syndrome. To forge or mould a career in WordPress you must start to believe in your own ability or ability to learn. Only with confidence, you can overcome this syndrome. So once this is out of mind you are half way there.

WordPress Theme Engine Knowledge

As a developer, it is most important to know the theme directory you’ll be provided by the WordPress Theme Engine. The thing you must note down is that this platform is flexible enough in design to accommodate anything from basic skins to any high-end frameworks. Having a better knowledge in the theme engine will always aid in your decisions to pick out the most suitable theme according to the client needs. Same goes with the widgets and plugins too. Learning how to code widgets and plugins are the next step you can take as a WordPress developer. Widgets are contents and features that can be added to the theme sidebars whereas plugins extends the function of the WordPress.

WordPress and SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been a major factor in the digital marketing strategy for a long time. SEO – The most effective and reliable strategy for any business. If you know how to utilize SEO accordingly along with WordPress there is no doubt that you will stand out from the crowd. This is really going to be a headache. But the end results would take you a step closer to being a top WordPress developer.

In the end, becoming a WordPress professional is going to cost you. It might not be financially but definitely on time and energy consumed. Don’t lose hope and keep fighting. The results can’t be seen overnight. Practice, Practice and Practice. These should be the words that should mumble in your head.

So, are you up for it?

Ruquiya Ansari holds a Master’s degree in Information technology. She is awarded a gold medal for being the topper in B.Sc(IT) . She is working with a software company as a SEO specialist. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles on Social Media, SEO, Blogging, Internet Marketing and Business Technology . In her personal opinion, she believes in hard work and practice.