Developers are the backbone of WordPress. The CMS wouldn’t be what it is today without them. It certainly isn’t easy to be a WordPress developer, so we compiled a list of articles that will help anyone get started. With this toolbox, you can launch yourself into the world of WordPress development.
A great place to start is by filling out your toolbox with the most useful dev tools available. Most of the tools on the list are free but there are a few premium options as well. Start with design tools to make your site look professional. With their help, you can easily customize everything from your font and images to your site icons.
Once your design is where you want it, dive into the development tools. Out of these tools, you’ll find your favorite code editor, debugger, and automation tools. Any of these options ae guaranteed to make your life as a dev easier.
SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a model where software is used as a service rather than self-hosted. WordPress can be a great way to power SaaS. Read this article and find out exactly how it can work and tips for employing it. If you’ve already made software or are planning on it, WordPress will make it easier.
Building your SaaS on top of WordPress can make it more portable. If something goes wrong, the work you did will be easy to retrieve. Plus, with the REST API, you are no longer restricted to working in WordPress.
Every developer has to decide is if they want to use Gulp or Grunt. There are countless comparison posts written on the subject, but this is the only one you’ll need as a developer. Both work to automate redundant tasks, which makes everything run smoothly. Both do a great job of saving you time and energy, so it often comes down to personal preference.
But if you have no idea where to start, this post puts them head to head and points out the strengths and weaknesses of both. You’ll be able to make an educated decision.
If you are interested in starting a plugin or theme business, making money is probably a big part of that. This post offers tips on how to market your product (and yourself). Begin by creating a killer product that people want to keep coming back to. Part of this is making sure you offer a free version.
From there, it’s time to set up great support and social media. Make it known that you are easy to reach and customers will feel more comfortable putting their money in your hands.
With any field, learning from your idols is a great way to learn about what you love. These interviews look into how WordPress influencers run their businesses. Ten people go over their rituals for getting work done, coding habits, and their favorite developer tools.
This is a great place not only to find even more valuable tools but to get tips and inspiration on work ethic.
Did we miss any great stories for developers? What are some of your favorite dev tips? Answer in the comments below.