You heard it... 100!
Disclaimer that I may be under bias as I am a WordPress theme developer myself.
But anyways, let me share my 100 reasons to learn WordPress theme development, even if you’re not into WordPress yet.
1. Find out why Git is important especially for the biggest open-source CMS
3. You will learn how to be more productive in your work
4. You may learn how to use Google Analytics
5. Experience .htaccess file debugging
6. Learn how to create fast-loading websites
7. May be asked to resize images from colleagues
8. You may learn how to use Google Search Console
9. Understand how the web works — with an abundance of clients to practice with — each time honing your skills
10. Learn how to deal with a database
11. Learn new keyboard shortcuts from your text editor
12. Finally find theme development pros and cons between Windows and Mac (or Linux)
13. Easily integrated with other software (since it’s the most popular)
14. Develop with a very organised CMS — OCD heaven
16. You get to see your website live and providing a good user experience
17. You will learn how to setup webhosting
18. Develop themes much faster, organised, and custom — feels good!
19. Use the phrase ‘there is a plugin for that’
20. Improve someone’s current theme development build
21. You get lots of business working for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMB) as they will most likely use WordPress
22. Learn to contribute to the world’s biggest open-source CMS
23. There’s always something new to learn about WordPress everyday
25. Learn that there are keyboard shortcuts to using the WordPress back-end
26. Become good at reading documentation
27. Fuss around with new starter themes
29. Find the need for useful conversations only
30. Learn valuable teamwork skills — even if you just develop themes
31. All your learning can be free and online
33. Learn how to use Adobe Experience Design
34. Learn why the WordPress Loop is fantastic
35. Find out new WordPress functions that make theme development more manageable
36. Learn how to build a Woocommerce website
37. Find out the different response codes
38. Create a WordPress Web App… because WordPress plugins
39. May have a late lunch in favour of theme development
40. Have a list of your own programming language heroes
43. Start teaching others what you know
44. You may find how to improve the workflow of your current business
45. Lots of practice on small websites by still doing your best at all times
46. Learn PHP
47. Learn to let go of old tools in favour of a technically better one!
48. Learn how to improve clients’ website speeds
49. You will learn web design skills
50. Refine your music tastes at work and out of work
Wow! We’ve reached 50 items already!
Let’s keep going on why it’s a great time to learn WordPress theme development!
Let’s get to 100!
52. You will learn how to use build tools in your theme development
53. You’ve got nearly more than 50,000 plugins, of which more than 2,000 of these plugins have been installed to at least 10,000 websites each
54. Build a theme that is truly bespoke — meaning custom
57. Practice new keyboard shortcuts for your favourite text editor / IDE
58. Find your favourite browser for theme development
59. You sit between the web designer and the client
60. Create your own fun and cool websites
61. Learn how to get around the most common premium themes with millions of installs
62. Finally know how an IP address works
63. Finally understand how the WP Query works
64. Join a web developer meetup as the WordPress guy
65. Practice how to migrate an entire website — many times over since you have an abundance of clients
66. Not just develop WordPress themes all day
67. Understand the importance of the WordPress news
69. Learn how to use Sketch
70. You will learn how to migrate a website properly
72. Express awe for well-built websites, like on awwwards.com
73. Practice how to setup HTTPS — many times over since you have an abundance of clients
74. Easily migrate a WordPress website
76. Find the difference between different web servers
77. Step up the learning curve and immediately get out of the ‘average’ WordPress developer
78. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop
79. You may learn valuable business skills from clients whose businesses may vary greatly
80. You will learn best practices for SEO, and join in on the conversations on what that Google search update yesterday is all about
81. Adjust your theme development to different times of the day
82. You join a large community of web developers
83. Share a common goal with the WordPress community
85. Freedom to implement something new you’ve learned on a new project
86. Discover the power of the WP Query
87. You will learn to prioritise work based on their completion dates
89. Give confident support to your clients for the custom theme you built
90. Become a master pros-cons person for software
92. Know the pros and cons between relative and absolute URLs
93. Your skills are highly transferrable
94. Manage your energy levels (and go over power level 9000 during theme development)
95. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator
96. Lots of business for your portfolio, therefore more practice
97. Learn to learn fast
98. Create a plugin to use for your theme, but not only for your theme
100. Find out what to name that CSS class…
We reached 100 reasons to develop themes on WordPress as a web developer!
Thank you for reading this article! (no really, there’s a 100 headings)
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What have we learnt from all this? We have learnt that you can grow as a web developer easily through mastering WordPress. And that you can easily jump into every other field around WordPress.
Please let me know your thoughts and comments on your XX reasons to be developing on WordPress, and how these may relate to you too.
Above all, have a nice day!