The WordPress Developer Blueprint is a 3-month long Blueprint that includes everything you could possibly need to get started the right way: structured lessons, useful exercises, master classes with experts, killer cheatsheets, and instructors there at every step along the way. Your Blueprint is structured around two core classes and a month-long apprenticeship:
Are you ready to learn one of the most marketable skills on the planet? Do you want to land a side project that pays more than your monthly salary? Are you sick of being dependent on expensive templates that aren’t QUITE right, or having to call your developer every single time you need to make even a tiny tweak? Then, my friend, it’s time for you to learn WordPress.
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What WordPress Developers Do:
WordPress developers have the most versatile skillset in the world.
Approximately 60 million websites run on WordPress, but you’d never know it! That’s because WordPress developers know how to take the same set of raw materials and build beautiful, functional, and totally unique websites.
If you felt a rush of excitement the first time you saw your own HTML & CSS in action, just wait until you throw custom themes and plugins in the mix!
Learn WordPress today and start making money off your coding skills tomorrow.
- Title: Lead Developer
- Company: Skillcrush
- Where: Somerville, Massachusetts
- What I Do:
I am a WordPress and PHP developer for Skillcrush. I started here part-time because I loved the mission, and luckily was hired full-time a year ago!
- Why I Love It:
I love problem-solving and tackling new challenges on a daily basis, and being a WordPress developer is exactly that. Plus, I get to make great money (in my job, and doing freelance work on the side) and work with people I genuinely want to help!
- How I Got Here:
I wanted to stop being bored to tears by my job. I spent six years after college bouncing around different jobs and not really learning and not making very much money. My boyfriend at the time, now my husband, is a developer, and he would tell me about the fun things he was doing at work. It seemed pretty cool, and I was jealous. So, I looked for and landed a job with an IT department and asked my bosses for help learning to code. They helped me learn - and I haven’t looked back!
- Advice For Aspiring Freelance WordPress Developers:
Practice, practice, practice! Seriously. Strengthen those neural connections! The best practice is building real-live sites–so build a blog for a friend for $50, offer to update the school website for free, get creative on finding real work (and making real money) fast.
Your First Class
Learn the basic foundation of the most in-demand content management system on the Web! This class will walk through the full admin back-end of the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and introduce PHP, the programming language that powers all WordPress sites.
YOU WILL LEARN: WordPress PHP Custom Theming
This class begins Monday, August 8th.
Your Second Class
During this class you will learn how to develop WordPress like the professional WordPress developer you now are. This will include setting up a professional deployment process using Git & Github, learning how to build upon an existing WordPress site, and designing & developing a whole host of common client requests such as interactive contact forms, custom post types, and custom 404 pages.
YOU WILL LEARN: Command LineGit & GithubCustomizing PluginsMobile OptimizationProfessional Deployment & Workflow
This class begins Monday, September 12th.
Your Third Class
Industry Crash Course
Once you have learned WordPress basics and implemented WordPress development best practices, you will be ready to land your first WordPress client!
During this three-week Skillcrush ‘Apprenticeship’ session, we will help you land your first PAYING WordPress client and guide you through the process of scoping the project, creating a timeline, and agreeing on a budget. Then, you dive right into your first project with your friendly Skillcrush instructor and peer support to answer all your questions along the way.
YOU WILL LEARN: Scoping a WordPress Project Negotiating Your Fee & Terms Managing A Project Budget Mastering Client Relationships Delivering A Final Client Site
This class begins Monday, October 10th.
Workshops on Command Line & Git
10+ Awesome Cheatsheets
Personal Letter of Recommendation
A Professional Looking Portfolio
Certificate of Completion
Are there any prerequisites for this course?
Yes – the WordPress Developer Blueprint is designed on the assumption that you’re familiar with HTML and CSS. If you’re not sure if your level of skill will be enough for the course, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. You don’t need to be an HTML and CSS expert, but you should be familiar with HTML and HTML5 tags and know how to code and style a simple website.
If you’re an absolute beginner, you can start with our Front End Developer Blueprint. There’s absolutely NO prior knowledge needed for that Blueprint, and it’ll prepare you very well for the WordPress Blueprint.
This month, we’re offering a Beginner Freelance Developer Package including freelance-focused beginner classes in addition to this WordPress Blueprint. If you’re just starting out, learn more about the package and grab $100 off here.
I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this Blueprint help me?
Yes! WordPress is absolutely one of the most marketable skills out there, especially if you’re interested in a flexible, freelance career as a web designer or web developer.
I work full time. Can I fit this course into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the course materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.
Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the course but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.
What if I get behind in the course? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the course well beyond the “official” course dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.
What kind of computer or software do I need for this course?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.
We recommend a Mac for the course and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.
You don’t need to have any special software before you start the course. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the course, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.
Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!
How do I know if this Blueprint is for me?
This Blueprint is for you if:
- You want to start your own business or increase your salary, but you don’t know how to begin.
- You’re itching to code your own websites.
- You have dabbled in WordPress sites but need to learn the fundamentals.
- You’ve been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
- You like learning to be fun & collaborative.
This Blueprint is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already designed & coded your own custom WordPress websites for several clients.
- You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as creating your own plugins from scratch.
- You want to make mobile apps.
- You think learning has to be serious.
- You don’t like fun or collaboration.
When does the course meet?
The course doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.
Throughout the course, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.
The only “scheduled” course events are the circle chats, live group office hours and master classes. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the Blueprint into your life!
How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.
How does the online student community work?
We use a service called Mightybell for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to your Blueprint’s own “Circle” before your course starts.
In your Mightybell Circle, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.
Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!
Our Blueprints come out to around $4 a day. Less than HALF the price of comparable programs – and 100% more fun, we promise! You can make 3 monthly payments of $149 or a full payment of $399, whatever fits your life and budget.