Going For It       How To Become A Respected WordPress Developer                   blogs at krogsgard.com | @krogsgard    ...
So you want to be a professional         WordPress developer?Brian Krogsgard              WordCamp Atlanta
Good decision!Brian Krogsgard                WordCamp Atlanta
Steps to Better            WordPress Development            WordPress DevelopmentHow good is better?Brian Krogsgard       ...
Steps to Better Development  •   Define your skills  •   Dominate fundamentals  •   Be part of the larger community  •   W...
1. Define Your SkillsBrian Krogsgard             WordCamp Atlanta
Define Your SkillsThe many levels of aWordPress Developer   •   CSS   •   HTML   •   PHP   •   MySQL                      ...
Key Takeaway         Honesty is EverythingBrian Krogsgard                  WordCamp Atlanta
2. Dominate FundamentalsBrian Krogsgard     WordCamp Atlanta
Dominate FundamentalsFundamental practices forWordPress Development  •   Coding Standards  •   Template Hierarchy  •   The...
Key Takeaway                  Discipline WinsBrian Krogsgard                      WordCamp Atlanta
3. Be Part of the Larger       WordPress CommunityBrian Krogsgard           WordCamp Atlanta
Be Part of the Larger CommunityThere are many ways to getinvolved.   •   Blog   •   Contribute to core   •   Contribute to...
Key Takeaway          Give Back, Get BackBrian Krogsgard                  WordCamp Atlanta
4. Wear the Client’s ShoesBrian Krogsgard       WordCamp Atlanta
Wear the Client’s ShoesHow would you want to betreated?     •     Know known unknowns*     •     Reply to emails     •    ...
Key Takeaway       Follow the Golden RuleBrian Krogsgard                  WordCamp Atlanta
5. Exceed ExpectationsBrian Krogsgard         WordCamp Atlanta
Exceed ExpectationsDidn’t we go over this?   •   What does cheap mean?   •   Set expectations   •   Imagine another develo...
Key Takeaway                  DeliverBrian Krogsgard                  WordCamp Atlanta
6. Stay HungryBrian Krogsgard                WordCamp Atlanta
Stay HungryAlways be learning.   •   Core   •   Blogs   •   Books   •   Twitters   •   Teach                              ...
Freebies!Brian Krogsgard               WordCamp Atlanta
Drink Lots of CoffeeBrian Krogsgard            WordCamp Atlanta
Celebrate LaunchesBrian Krogsgard           WordCamp Atlanta
Don’t be LazyBrian Krogsgard               WordCamp Atlanta
Work Life BalanceBrian Krogsgard            WordCamp Atlanta
Going For It       How To Become A Respected WordPress Developer                   blogs at krogsgard.com | @krogsgard    ...
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Going For It: How to Become a Respected WordPress Developer

  1. 1. Going For It How To Become A Respected WordPress Developer blogs at krogsgard.com | @krogsgard Lead WordPress Developer at Infomedia curates Post Status | poststat.usBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  2. 2. So you want to be a professional WordPress developer?Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  3. 3. Good decision!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  4. 4. Steps to Better WordPress Development WordPress DevelopmentHow good is better?Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  5. 5. Steps to Better Development • Define your skills • Dominate fundamentals • Be part of the larger community • Wear the client’s shoes • Exceed expectations • Stay hungryBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  6. 6. 1. Define Your SkillsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  7. 7. Define Your SkillsThe many levels of aWordPress Developer • CSS • HTML • PHP • MySQL Where do you stack up? • “Best Practices”Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  8. 8. Key Takeaway Honesty is EverythingBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  9. 9. 2. Dominate FundamentalsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  10. 10. Dominate FundamentalsFundamental practices forWordPress Development • Coding Standards • Template Hierarchy • The Loop • Conditionals Practice makes perfect. • Template Tags • Hooks! • WP_QueryBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  11. 11. Key Takeaway Discipline WinsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  12. 12. 3. Be Part of the Larger WordPress CommunityBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  13. 13. Be Part of the Larger CommunityThere are many ways to getinvolved. • Blog • Contribute to core • Contribute to docs • Release plugins This is a large community. • Release themes • Be niceBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  14. 14. Key Takeaway Give Back, Get BackBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  15. 15. 4. Wear the Client’s ShoesBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  16. 16. Wear the Client’s ShoesHow would you want to betreated? • Know known unknowns* • Reply to emails • Don’t be afraid to call • Manage expectations • Exceed expectations High heels or flip-flops? • Finish the job*Answer questions the client doesn’t even know they have yetBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  17. 17. Key Takeaway Follow the Golden RuleBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  18. 18. 5. Exceed ExpectationsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  19. 19. Exceed ExpectationsDidn’t we go over this? • What does cheap mean? • Set expectations • Imagine another developer is your client • Make the interface intuitive • Educate them to use it You’re the client’s lifesaver • Learn the word “no” • CompromiseBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  20. 20. Key Takeaway DeliverBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  21. 21. 6. Stay HungryBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  22. 22. Stay HungryAlways be learning. • Core • Blogs • Books • Twitters • Teach Avoid the monsters. • Other developers • Meetups • WordCamps!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  23. 23. Freebies!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  24. 24. Drink Lots of CoffeeBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  25. 25. Celebrate LaunchesBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  26. 26. Don’t be LazyBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  27. 27. Work Life BalanceBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  28. 28. Going For It How To Become A Respected WordPress Developer blogs at krogsgard.com | @krogsgard Lead WordPress Developer at Infomedia curates Post Status | poststat.usBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
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