Get Started in Professional WordPress Design & Development

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Ready to start charging for building sites in WordPress? Welcome! WordPress has a great community, and there are endless resources available to you (both free and paid). You’ll be making clients happy in no time.

In my five years of WordPress development, I’ve made my share of mistakes, and fixed my share of other developers’ mistakes as well.

In this session, I’ll share tips on becoming a better WordPress consultant, and on empowering clients with WordPress. Bad or lazy development practices set your clients up for failure, because other developers have to start over when they inherit your work—or, worse: the client’s site breaks and you’re not around to fix it anymore. You can do better.

This session is for you if:

- You know know HTML/CSS, are somewhat proficient in PHP and JavaScript.
- Almost all of your projects start with existing themes.
- Almost all functionality in your projects come from existing plugins.
- You’re working with budgets under $10,000.

Let’s build a better web together!

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Get Started in Professional WordPress Design & Development

  1. 1. Design& Development Getting Started
  2. 2. @cliffseal
  3. 3. THIS IS FOR YOU IF Good HTML, CSS Decent Javascript, PHP
  4. 4. THIS IS FOR YOU IF Your Projects (Mostly) Existing Themes & Plugins Under $10K
  5. 5. SOON
  6. 6. START DEFINING “DESIGN” Step 1
  7. 7. ORCONSULTATION DEVELOPMENT IS IT THEME ?
  8. 8. PICK BETTER THEMES Step 2
  9. 9. USE PLUGINS CORRECTLY Step 3
  10. 10. RATING DATE VET PLUGINS BY DOWNLOADS
  11. 11. DOING IT RIGHT™ if ( !needed_plugin() && is_known($how_to) ) { // Do it yourself! $plugin = New custom_plugin(); }
  12. 12. FORGET THE BUILT-IN EDITOR Step 4
  13. 13. HELP YOUR CLIENTS Step 5
  14. 14. ARE YOU WRITING CODE?
  15. 15. THEN WRITE AWESOME CODE* *see: poetry
  16. 16. CHILD THEMING & PLUGIN BUILDING Step 1
  17. 17. UNDERSTAND CORE CONCEPTS Step 2
  18. 18. USE NATIVE FUNCTIONS & APIS Step 3
  19. 19. COMMUNITY SHARES TOOLS Step 4
  20. 20. 10,000 HOURS Step 5
  21. 21. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.
  22. 22. Thank you

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