Top 6 skills for a WordPress Developer –

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Anybody who has ever created a site on WordPress knows, that you don’t need a software developer. If you don’t care much about the end result, that is. Why is it important to work with a good WordPress developer?

As long as you need a simple website, you don’t really need a WordPress developer. Simple, in this case, means something of an online business card. Just a site where you describe your business and leave your contact info.

You need a developer when you want to build something more complex. Like build an eCommerce shop on your WordPress site, connect third party services, or simply create a unique, fast, and easy to use website that wows potential customers.

WordPress powers a huge chunk of the internet. According to Content Management System usage statistics, 35% of all websites use WordPress. 60% of websites that are based on a CMS use WordPress. For comparison, the second contender to the CMS throne is Joomla, and it holds barely 5% of the CMS market share.

While it may look like a pretty simple system, WordPress is a huge, complex powerhouse. Experienced WordPress developers can build almost anything, but it requires a particular set of skills.

What kind of skills should WordPress developers have?

How does WordPress work?

When you set up a simple WordPress site and you’re not a developer, the steps you take are usually as follows:

  • Create a new site
  • Pick a cool name
  • Choose a theme
  • Create sub-pages
  • Input your content

And voilà, a simple site can be ready in 15 minutes.

But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make it possible for you to create a site in 15 minutes.

The WordPress system is divided into three parts:

  • Back-end – the core of the system is a huge codebase with all of the functionalities necessary to power a WordPress website
  • Themes – these are essentially smaller codebases which hold all of the information about how your website should look
  • Plug-ins – small applications that can be hooked up to your WordPress site for additional functionalities

There are 25 things that WordPress does before even loading your theme. (for a detailed description, see this infographic showing what WordPress does behind the scenes)

The system loads data from the database, performs multiple checks including security, loads the theme, builds the site, turns on plug-ins, and so on.

You don’t need to be a programmer if you’re ok with basic WordPress functionalities, don’t need any customization, and don’t plan to regularly post content or grow your site. But if you do want these things, then you need a WordPress developer who knows how to customize your site without breaking it.

It’s like repairing an engine. You might like the idea of doing it yourself with the help of google and youtube tutorials,

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This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WPArena.

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