Going For It: How to Become a Respected WordPress Developer

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At WordCamp Atlanta 2013, I talked about how to become a respected WordPress developer.

At WordCamp Atlanta 2013, I talked about how to become a respected WordPress developer.

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  • 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. So you want to be a professional WordPress developer?Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 3. Good decision!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 4. Steps to Better WordPress Development WordPress DevelopmentHow good is better?Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. 1. Define Your SkillsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. Key Takeaway Honesty is EverythingBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 9. 2. Dominate FundamentalsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. Key Takeaway Discipline WinsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 12. 3. Be Part of the Larger WordPress CommunityBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. Key Takeaway Give Back, Get BackBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 15. 4. Wear the Client’s ShoesBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. Key Takeaway Follow the Golden RuleBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 18. 5. Exceed ExpectationsBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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. Key Takeaway DeliverBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 21. 6. Stay HungryBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 22. Stay HungryAlways be learning. • Core • Blogs • Books • Twitters • Teach Avoid the monsters. • Other developers • Meetups • WordCamps!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 23. Freebies!Brian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 24. Drink Lots of CoffeeBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 25. Celebrate LaunchesBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 26. Don’t be LazyBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 27. Work Life BalanceBrian Krogsgard WordCamp Atlanta
  • 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