If you don't know your way around the WordPress codex, you're not a developer. At best, you're an installer. 10 reasons you should not bill yourself as a Developer
Great article here about the difference between WordPress installers and developers.
Here's my top ten things you should look for when hiring a WordPress development team. 1
- A developer knows PHP. An installer might know some HTML and CSS2
- A developer understands hooks and can edit the functions.php without breaking the theme. An installer relies on dashboard theme options to customize the site3
- A developer will always use a child theme for your site. An installer will use child themes only if there's one included in the theme download.4
- An installer is intimidated by MySQL and phpMyAdmin. A developer can easily tunnel your SQLYog to look for errors in the database or scrub for migration remnants. 5
- An installer relies on the search plugins feature and reviews for solutions. A developer can write custom plugins and embraces APIs6
- An Installer writes reviews based on how easy they are to use. A developer can tell you which plugin recipes are best based on code bloat, class conflicts, and ease of ability to hook and customize. 7
- An installer spends their time writing reviews. A developer spends their time writing bug fixes and creating solutions. 8
- A developer understands how to unleash to power of HTML5 and CSS3. An installer recognizes their logos. 9
- A developer understands why serialized data sux! An Installer loves plugins and frameworks that make things easy on the front end (cough! Optimizepress Plugin) 10
- A developer uses FTP or SSH. An Installer uses wp-admin.
And by the way, a developers value is not determined by the price tag but rather by the solutions they develop!
If all you need is an installer, you can find hundreds of them on the $5 site.
And for the record. I'm not a developer. And as the director of company that specializes in WordPress development, I'm entirely grateful honored to have some powerhouse developers on our team here at Wiser Sites.
Huge h/t to +Nicholas Cardot
and +Grigor Asatryan
I couldn't do it without you. #wordpress #developers