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How To Become A Top WordPress Developer

Top WordPress Developer
Looking to be the very best WordPress developer? Well, if you think it is easy, you would be very wrong! It takes hard work and amazing amounts of dedication and determination – sleepless nights, long days, and amazing amounts of energy. If you aren't prepared for this, you will definitely fall very short of your goal of top developer. Statistics say that the odds are not in your favor when it comes to being the very best: there are a ridiculous number of developers you are competing against. Top WordPress Developer

And what about the posers? You know, those people who publish a few tutorials and know how to customize a theme or two and call themselves a “top developer.” This is just plain false: maybe they're some form of expert, but they're far from being a top developer.

A top WordPress developer, as defined by Smashing Magazine, “moves far beyond the basics, and pushes the very boundaries of what is possible. They innovate, contribute to the community, and demonstrate mastery in the work they do.”

Reasons To Be A Top WordPress Developer

The real question is why wouldn't you want to be a top developer? Besides bragging rights and being far superior to the other average developers, here are some reasons:




 Those are some pretty fantastic reasons to push yourself to be the best WordPress developer!

How To Get There

One important way to earn the title of the very best: education! Read anything you can for a minimum of an hour each and every workday. You must strive to master WordPress, and the only way to do this is to absorb all of the information you can on the subject. No more video games, no more TV. Spend this time reading, and you'll see how this level of dedication and commitment will push you closer and closer to the top spot! No IM programs. No cell phone. No distractions. Just reading, taking notes along the way. When you see the results, you might want to read more. Do it! Up your hour of reading to two or three, a few times a week. This commitment will produce results, guaranteed!

Another great resource for those interested in mastering WordPress: the Internet. Search for WordPress courses, webinars, and subscribe to WordPress tutorials offered by various YouTube subscribers. The more you learn, the better you'll become.

The Social Atmosphere

 It is said that we reflect the qualities of those we hang out with. If that's the case, start following the top WordPress developers on Twitter, subscribe to their RSS feeds, and interact with them online. Watch for a WordCamp near you, a place where developers and users meet to discuss ideas and talk WordPress.

Take To The Internet

Have you noticed how much information is available on the Internet regarding WordPress? It can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you search, you'll find some high quality material to focus on. Here are a few excellent resources you can turn to:





Learn The Technology


This is probably the most important part. You might already be a programmer, so you know all about PHP/MySQL. Don't forget to keep this knowledge up-to-date, as things can change quickly. If you know nothing of programming, get to work learning all you can. Learn PHP and MySQL on sites like or Browse the WordPress codebase on Trac and Xref, gaining an understanding of how it all works. Also, a great way to understand the technology is to follow discussions being held on




Now that you've learned about the technology, put this knowledge to work by applying it on your own WordPress website. Get to know WordPress APIs and play around with them a bit, and look for tutorials that can break down each API and what it does. Learn about using Ajax in WordPress, and then use it!


Finally, get to know the list of classes that WordPress developers created. Mess around with them and get to know them well. Important classes to note: WP_Query; WP_Theme; and wpdb. Find tutorials regarding these classes and others, like WPAlchemy.


The more you practice, the more experience you get. It will take a lot of your time and patience, but it is worth it in the end. Knowledge and experience attracts clients! Smashing Magazine points out that it takes thousands of clients to give you the experience you need to be the best.


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If you follow these steps (which will take a ton of time, by the way – no one becomes top developer overnight), you are on your way to being a top WordPress developer.


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