Tips For A Novice WordPress Developer

Hello, friends! A couple of tips for those who begin, with some caution, to get acquainted with WordPress.


Do not hesitate.

Statistics says that 34% of websites on the Internet work with WordPress (in 2020). WP is suitable for people far from programming, as well as for experienced programmers building applications with complex business logic. With WordPress, you can use modern front-end frameworks or do a nice backend on OOP.

Personally, I got acquainted with WordPress even before I was going to become an IT specialist. Then, for me was the stunning news that, to change the content of the site, it does not require a programmer.

Remember also that WordPress is a big community! You can always count on support.


All this was already on your favorite show.

There is already something ready to solve many problems. In WordPress Plugin Directory, there are more than 50,000 plugins, and the number of categories is in the thousands. There are also well-established standards and guidelines on how to prepare WordPress correctly, so that it wouldn’t be a shame later.

It is important to understand that it is not the number of plugins that affects the speed of the site, but their quality. Therefore, always pay attention to their origin, number of downloads, rating, and of course, testing it on your website.

Of course, the freer you feel in programming, the less foreign developments or plugins you will have to use. Soon you will start to do a lot on your own without reinventing the wheel.


Remember that the site will be used by people.

Often novice developers forget about the users of the site. You always need to work carefully and double-check yourself. Although Google Chrome is used by many, it is not the only popular browser. This means that you need to conduct cross-browser testing (Firefox, etc.) and open the site on a tablet and mobile phone before showing your creation to anyone.

Users are impatient, and 53% will leave your site if it is loaded in more than three seconds. For this reason, you need to keep an eye on the performance of your website.

And, don’t forget about user safety. To avoid 44% of hacking, you can simply update WordPress and plugins in time.


Stay on the wave.

Since 2006, 1077 WordCamp conferences have been held in 76 cities of 65 countries on 6 continents. Periodically, meetings are held in different local cities, and some companies even arrange internships. I recommend you to start attending such events in order to keep up with your colleagues in the workshop and keep yourself in good shape.

Do not write off other conferences. You can always learn something useful at meetings for testers, DevOps, and managers. Networking on IT-events is an indispensable thing. There you can get acquainted with your future colleagues or just enjoy the stormy discussion about interesting topics.


And most importantly: you can do it!

You don’t have to spend 10,000 hours to find out if this technology is right for you or not. However, you still need to spend time, and if you are a student, will help you. But, in order to draw some conclusions, I advise you to at least start. And, if you have any doubts or questions, write your comments below.

Keep in mind that over 500 WordPress sites are created every day. Someone is making them! We’d like to invite you to join WordPress as well.

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