WordPress developer skills

WordPress Developer Skills You Should Master in 2023

WordPress can easily boast of a bright and sustainable future with more than 43 percent of all websites on the internet and consistent growth. What’s even more impressive is that, if you only narrow the websites, built on CMS solutions then the WordPress market share gets even higher with a whopping 66%.

WordPress adds to the usual website content management systems by allowing e-commerce solutions, multivendor marketplace solutions, ERP solutions, website analytics solutions, SEO solutions, and so much more in the form of plugins, themes, and core features.

The faster yet steadier evolution of the WordPress ecosystem is now attracting web developers or programmers for amazing careers. But you need to have an amazing set of skills before going on board.

Here, in this article, we are going to show you those must-have skills to be a full-stack WordPress developer.

Why You Should Develop WordPress Skills

WordPress developer skills

Do you think that WordPress developers are underpaid? No, not at all. Give a read to these data to know the highly paid hourly rates for WordPress developers at CodementorX.

At CodementorX, the average and median WordPress developer hourly rate is $61 to $80 per hour globally:

WordPress developer skills
Source: Kinsta

More importantly, if you limit the search to just North America, the mean becomes $81 to $100 per hour (you can see an uptick in people charging $141+ which brings the average up):

WordPress developer skills
Source: Kinsta

You should be learning WordPress development because:

  • More and more websites are adopting it as their CMS. This increased WordPress websites will require more WordPress developers.
  • Now, desktop applications are also becoming online-based. This means more people will try to solve their problems using online tools which are surging in popularity nowadays. And WordPress is a great tool to convert a desktop application into an online application.
  • WordPress is open source. So, you do not have to buy it to see its code structure.
  • The wordPress community is enormous. You will never feel stranded if you need any assistance while writing codes to develop a theme or plugin

Must-Have WordPress Developer Skills

If you are a singer, dancer, painter, or photographer, you must know the basics. Otherwise, you can not take your work to the next level, which is called “art.” The same thing goes in WordPress too! In WordPress’s atmosphere, you can develop either themes or plugins.

Whether you are a theme or plugin developer you should have the following series of skills.

1. Technical Competence

With a view to becoming a WordPress developer, you should have solid know-how in some particular languages and tools. Here are those:

Text editor

WordPress developer skills

If you want to learn how to code, you must first select a text editor that meets your requirements. But for beginner level code-learners, it is recommended to use Notepad ++ which is very simple to use.

In order to speed up your coding skills, you can use an extension called “zen-coding” for Notepad++, which will help you write repetitive codes with a single click!

After becoming an advanced code writer, you can use more advanced tools like VS Code editor, Sublime, Atom, Brackets.io, and so on. Choose an editor that fits your taste.

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)

WordPress developer skills

In case you are new to WordPress development, you must know how to play around with the elements of a webpage. HTML is not a programming language, but it is a markup language that displays the contents of a webpage.

If you want to be an HTML expert, it will take you about 15-25 days and 7 hours per day to learn this language. You can learn HTML either from the Khan Academy from the W3School or from YouTube or anywhere on the internet.

Knowing HTML is mandatory for WordPress front-end developers.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

WordPress developer skills

Next up is the CSS, which is inevitable for becoming a WordPress developer. The CSS properties are aimed at controlling the way an element looks on a webpage. Knowing CSS is mandatory for WordPress frontend developers, and it will take up to 25 days to learn it.

CSS can also be learned from the same resources that I mentioned in the HTML section.

Basic photoshop

WordPress developer skills

If you are designing a WordPress theme or any webpage, you may need to convert PSD files to HTML. And to do so, you will have to know the use of the Move tool in photoshop. You will need to know how to enable the autoselect and layer option, select a layer and trim a photo.

WordPress developer skills

To learn how to convert PSD to HTML you can see YouTube tutorials.


WordPress developer skills

If you want to be the front-end developer and make the theme or plugin interactive, you must know JavaScript, a programming language for the web that is often called a scripting language. It’s also called the client-side language because it is rendered by the browser.

In WordPress development, you not only have to know this programming language but will have to know one or two JavaScript libraries like Angolia Places, Anime.JS, Chart.JS, Bideo.JS, CHOREOGRAPHER-JS, Cleave.JS, React, and frameworks like Angular, VUE.JS, Next.JS, etc.

Typically it takes up to 2 or 3 months for a person who doesn’t know a programming language but wants to learn it. You may also have to give 3 or 4 months to get accustomed to using libraries and frameworks.


WordPress developer skills

Who likes to code everything from scratch? If your code from scratch every time, you won’t be able to complete your project in time. To meet the deadline, you should be learning Bootstrap, a framework that includes common HTML components like Navigation Bar, Carousel, Breadcrumbs, Forms, Progress Bar, Modals, Accordions and so many more.

All of the components are actually built-in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Meaning that you just need to copy and paste the code from their documentation and do a little customization as per your client’s need!

This is a very important framework for WordPress front-end developers. An alternative to Bootstrap is w3.css.

PHP (Hyper Text Preprocessor)

WordPress developer skills

This is a server-side programming language. Because WordPress’s backend is powered by this language, you must be familiar with it. If you are developing a website outside of WordPress, you can also develop it by using programming languages like Python, Rubi, Pearl, etc.

You will need to spend approximately 3 months learning PHP if you are completely new to the programming language. To carry out your projects quickly, it’s recommended that you learn a framework like Laravel so that you can complete as many projects as you can and earn a handsome salary.

Please note that you may need to set up a local server to learn PHP or the backend of WordPress. If you are using a Mac, then you can try out MAMP. For windows, you can give it a shot at XAMPP. You can also try the Flywheel and AMPPS as your local server.

MySQL (Database)

WordPress developer skills

If you want to be an expert in WordPress then you have to know a bit of MySQL. You don’t have to necessarily know every nitty gritty about it. This is for the persons who want to work on the backend areas of a website.

Usage of Github & BitBucket

WordPress developer skills

If you want to be a WordPress developer, you must have a growth hacking mindset. meaning that you will always have to think outside the box. For example, you should not code from scratch always. You can save your projects in the form of snippets online and later use them to boost your speed in another project.

You should learn how to use the online services GitHub and Bitbucket so that you don’t lose your work progress and can resume the last changes that you made to your codes.

2. Business skill

All of your hard work will go in vain unless you develop a product that has no demand in the market. For instance, if you want to sell drinking water where everyone has plenty of it, you cannot sell it there. You must sell drinking water to customers where they cannot avail themselves of it.

This is where business acumen and a growth-hacking mindset come into play. You must research the market with questions like “What if I solve your problem with my tool?”

Then, after developing and beginning to solve your customers’ problems, you must ask them, “What if they do if you stop developing your tool further?” to check product-market fit.

Wrapping up

Last but not least, I’d like to say that you should always be learning new things about WordPress. Never feel low if you do not know anything, as there are tons of free and paid tutorials available on the internet.

And never rest in your comfy zone! The WordPress industry is constantly on the lookout for new trends. So you have to be a growth hacker when it comes to learning newer things that are in vogue to keep yourself up to date.

Finally, you have to hone your WordPress developing skills on a regular basis and above all communicate with the WordPress community as much as you can so that you can cherish your love for WordPress in your soul.

About Al Suzaud Dowla

Suza is a serious gadget lover and a science freak. Apart from being a computer geek, he is also passionate about music.

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  2. MLA Web Designs

    MLA Web Designs

    As we wrap up another year of web design it’s important to slow down and take a look at what trends will stick around. keep it up

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  3. Yashika


    Awesome. You have clearly explained it…It’s very useful for me to know about new things..Keep on blogging

    1. Al Suzaud Dowla

      Al Suzaud Dowla

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  4. stress jp

    stress jp

    I start with WordPress. I learn WordPress and some page builders and others things related to it. after this I start learning development languages, so far I have learnt HTML, CSS , and bootstrap(still learning)…
    I have made a sketch about what to learn and how to learn, after bootstrap, I will go to javascript then vuejs then javascript ES6, then for back end node.js and then postage SQL. after this I have planed to learn Python.. so I just want a help from you as you are a pro and experienced. is this good or is there any changes you recommend..
    thanks ….

    1. Tarun Sikder

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      Hi, you seem to be going in the right direction for the moment, but if you ask me, I would suggest you to concentrate on learning one language that you enjoy the most and learn others as a supplementary second. Learning too many programming languages at the same and then not being able to practice it on regular basis would only waste your skill in the future. So give your time on learning the language you love the most and then try to work on real life projects based on that language that would keep you focused & sharpen your skill in the long run.

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    Dai Software

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  7. Tom Hardy

    Tom Hardy

    Thanks for such an informative article!!
    Since 2003, WordPress has kept on updating and transforming its features to provide a great user experience. All the necessary skills and programming languages that are required to build WordPress are mentioned clearly. Apart from these, showcased facts and figures clearly state how necessary WordPress skills are for developers. The developer must know the WordPress development Trends of 2021 to build a successful career as a developer.

    1. Tarun Sikder

      Tarun Sikder Editorial Staff  

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  9. Nevina infotech

    Nevina infotech

    The article is very interesting and very understood to be read, may be useful for the developer. I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it.

    1. Tarun Sikder

      Tarun Sikder Editorial Staff  

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    yug technology

    thank you for sharing this amazing post

  11. Goran


    I am not impressed with your judgment of time which people needs to master languages like PHP && JS at all.3 months sounds isnt seriosly,i know also than my comment will not be published but i m telling only a truth.

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  14. Jeff Smith

    Jeff Smith

    Github and Bitbucket are something every coder needs to put their time on as it helps you to what to do next and plan before doing any task. But do you think Github and Bitbucket help only coders to develop their skills?

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