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When it comes to WordPress Development, there are a lot of varying opinions about what the title or role actually means. Some firms only need a developer to create custom WordPress (WP) plugins and modules while others need to have the ability to develop a WP theme; some firms need someone who can do both.

Experts in WordPress Development can generally create both custom plugins and modules as well as develop themes – all built upon their knowledge of the PHP framework.

What does a WordPress Developer do, typically?

WordPress Developers have a range of skills and breadth of knowledge about WordPress and Hypertext Preprocessor programming language (PHP).

WordPress Developers are not only:

Front-End Developers or Back-End Developers

Everything that is seen on a website (known as the front-end), was developed by a Front-End Developer. Front-End Developers are skilled in HTML/CSS, JavaScript frameworks, JQuery, and responsive design. Back-End Developers are needed to make the server, application, and database communicate with each other. Back-end developers use server-side languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .net to build an application, and tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server to find, save, or change data and serve it back to the user in front-end code. These developers specialize in the back-end of website, applications, and software.

WordPress Developers have both front-end and back-end knowledge but are creating very specialized work for the WordPress platform – it’s their specialty!

Important metrics for a WordPress Developer

  • Error Rate
  • CPU
  • Time to Interaction
  • Interaction response time
  • Page rendering
  • DOM processing

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As a WordPress Developer at <Company XXX>, you’ll get to work on both the front-end and back-end of a major website project surrounding the WordPress platform. Use your deep knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to help on the front-end. On the back-end, showcase your PHP expertise. More specifically, you’ll get to utilize your:

  • Strong knowledge of the WordPress platform
  • Utilize your deep understanding of the WP library and other common practices to produce great WP-based products
  • Develop custom WP plugins, modules, and themes
  • Ensure your new custom creations work properly in all environments while overcoming conflicts with popular themes and plugins

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