Skillcrush Career Blueprint
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Learn WordPress the Right Way
From must-have plugins to custom themes and uniquely styled posts, WordPress is one of the most robust open-source platforms out there today. Open-source allows for WordPress programmers to share their code (saving them both time and money), and fosters an incredible community!
WordPress developers have the most versatile skillset in the world–they understand the importance of aesthetics but are also programmers at heart. They navigate back-end languages such as PHP, the language which powers all WordPress sites, and wrangle the front-end through custom theme development.
Blueprint Class Outline
Pre-requisites: A good knowledge of HTML & CSS is required.
If you’re not there just yet, check out our Front End Developer Blueprint.
INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS
You will begin this class by walking through the WordPress installation process from start-to-finish. Then you will learn how the admin back-end of the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) works, and begin to get familiar with PHP, the programming language that powers all WordPress sites. Finally, you will create your own custom WordPress theme from scratch!
- WordPress CMS
- Custom Theming
Professional developers may not agree on much, but they do ALL agree about one thing: version control. In this course you will learn how to use the world’s most popular version control system, Git, to track all your coding projects. Learn how to use Git via your computer’s command line and back everything up online using the service Github. You’ll also get practice installing Git, creating code repositories and sharing your code with other developers.
- Command Line
WordPress Professional Best Practices
During this class you will learn how to develop WordPress like the professional WordPress developer you will soon be. That means setting up a professional deployment process using Git & Github, learning how to customize an already existing WordPress site, and designing & developing a whole host of features that WordPress clients love to request.
- Customizing Plugins
- Mobile Optimization
- Professional Deployment & Workflow
Introduction to Freelancing
You’re ready to get PAID! In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start working on freelance projects, including how to price and market your services, find clients, land a paid project, scope and budget your project, write and present a winning proposal, and maintain a steady stream of clients.
- Set Pricing & Services
- Find Clients
- Scoping & Budgeting
- Project Agreements
Tools you will learn:
A free software that acts as a local server, allowing you to build your own WordPress sites in a testing environment. Available for both Macs and Windows alike!
Gain a deeper understanding of your customers through data analyzation.
You’ll connect with your classmates and instructors in Slack, a messaging and collaboration tool used by thousands of digital teams worldwide.
Your WordPress Developer Portfolio
By the end of this Blueprint, you'll have everything you need to build a customized WordPress site from the ground up using the following skills:
A server-side programming language that powers all WordPress sites
Modify existing WordPress themes & code custom themes from scratch
Learn how to utilize open source software to write better code faster
Track and report your website traffic with this free tool
Professionalize your workflow by tracking and deploying your code
Build custom forms to communicate with your website visitors
After completing the program, you will earn:
The Skillcrush WordPress Developer Blueprint
Official Certificate of Completion
The perfect addition to your new portfolio, resume, AND your LinkedIn profile!
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.
Your instructors are ALWAYS here to help.
WordPress Teaching Assistant
Ann is a recent graduate of Skillcrush's WordPress Developer Blueprint - and is an eager student of all things web development. She hacks away at various code projects with the passion of a zealot. She is also a mom of a small pack of minions who will one day do her bidding. (For now, she's working on the family grocery shopping time NOT shaving years off of her life.)During her off-parent duties, when she is not crafting code, Ann loves to sing, play the mandolin, curl up with a good sci-fi/fantasy book or take long walks with her dogs.
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM
Chelsea oversees curriculum development at Skillcrush. She's developed and taught numerous courses in coding, design, freelancing, writing, editing, publishing, communication, and other professional skills.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have previous tech experience to succeed in this Blueprint?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 email@example.com 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.
Should I have a Mac or a PC to take this course?The only thing you need is a computer with access to the web. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download/upload materials like photos and documents. We recommend a Mac for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard, BUT a Windows PC will work fine too.
How long will I have access to my Blueprint?Once you’ve completed payment for the course, you’ll have access to your Blueprint for LIFE.
You don’t have to go back to school. You don’t need to be under 30, 40, or even 60. You don’t have to leave your job or take time off. You don’t even have to know a single thing about code—if you can download a file, you’re tech-savvy enough.
If you want an in-classroom feel in an online classroom environment, Skillcrush is the way to go. I have tried other online courses and found Skillcrush to be the best method (for someone) who wants an in-class feel but flexibility of an online course.
WordPress & Front End Developer
There’s comfort in knowing I have in-demand skills, and I love that as a freelance developer I’m in control of my work life. I don’t have to ask someone if I can have time off, or have to deal with a busy commute.
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