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4 Things Every WordPress Developer Should Know

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WordPress is one of the most popular blogging sites available, and many bloggers find themselves using either the free or paid version of this platform. Because of its popularity, many individuals have become professionals of the platform, otherwise known as WordPress developers.


While WordPress does appear easy to use, there are plenty of functions and tools on the site that may go overlooked. It’s important that WordPress developers know the ins and outs of all WordPress has to offer, but it’s even more important they know how to do the following four things.


1. Add a featured image.

Blog posts often contain images that correlate to the post. While adding an image into the post requires you to press a button in the format section, adding a featured image is a bit different. You can either learn the right code for a featured image, or you can use the shortcuts provided to you on WordPress. Either way, knowing how to effectively add a featured image to a blog post is important.


2. Create a plugin.

Plugins and WordPress seem to go hand in hand, and as a WordPress developer, it’s important that you know how to create a plugin. WordPress does offer a variety of already made plugins that you could use on your site, but these plugins generally don’t provide you with any customisation. If you want to give your blog a truly unique look or functionality, it’s important you learn how to create your own plugin.


3. Adding unique styles and scripts.

You want your blog’s design to reflect your content, personality and brand, so you don’t want to be stuck using the same predetermined fonts, styles and scripts provided through WordPress. In order to make your blog truly stand out, you’ll want to be able to develop your own styles and scripts for true customisation.


4. Learn short codes.

Coding can be exhausting, especially when you have to recode the same thing over and over again. By creating short codes, you can eliminate the need for lengthy codes and instead replace it with a short code. If you save your short code to your functions.php file, you will be able to use that short code throughout all pages of your site. This will make coding less time consuming.


WordPress developers are talented and knowledgeable, but due to all the functionality provided through WordPress, some developers may overlook some tactics. Knowing these four items will help any WordPress developer be more successful with their endeavors.