The Next-Level WordPress Developer

Gabriel Pleszowski

Good, fast, cheap

Focus on best practices in WordPress and PHP to get faster

Six most requested skills:

  • Front-End
    • Modern JavaScript knowledge
    • Advanced JavaScript Frameworks (React, Angular)
    • Responsiveness
    • Mobile First
    • Bootstrap
    • An Eye for Design
    • Proper HTML & CSS (of course)
  • WooCommerce
    • 30%-40% all e-commerce sites
  • API Integrations
    • REST API specifically
    • WP has HTTP API functions
    • Stripe, SalesForce, MailChimp, Google, Social Networks
  • Complex Features
    • Be a full-stack developer
    • Advanced plugin development
    • PHP and MySQL mastery
    • OOP in WordPress
    • Speed Customization = Caching
    • WP_CLI for imports and big updates
    • WordPress REST API – custom endpoints
  • Advanced Plugins
    • Advanced Custom Fields
    • Gravity Forms
    • Yoast SEO
    • W3 Total Cache
  • Non-development skills (Design, DevOps)
    • Migrations
    • SSL certifications
    • DNS settings updates
    • Security measures
    • DevOps Guy
      • Pantheon
      • Bluehost, Pressable, A2 Hosting
      • DigitalOcean
      • WP Engine
      • AWS
      • Google Cloud
      • Containerize if possible (Docker / Kontena)

By Sharon

Hello there! I'm a web developer in Louisville, Kentucky. I started on this career path by purchasing an O’Reilly PHP book from Barnes & Noble in 1999. Since then, my desire to learn as much as I can about web site building and server maintenance has grown. I love technology and what it can do to simplify our lives and make it more interesting all at the same time. Seeing a creative design come to life and bringing it into the web world is my favorite puzzle to solve. My server experience is based around launching WordPress-friendly servers — Linux (Ubuntu and Centos flavors), Apache, MySQL, and PHP. I have worked with various modules, extensions, installs such as ImageMagick, LetsEncrypt, Sass, LESS, and the Homebrew family of extension. My main love has been with PHP, and my CMS of choice has been WordPress since its inception in 2003. I find it flexible, secure, easy to design around, and so customizable. My strengths are in developing from-scratch plugins and themes for the WordPress CMS with a strong background in PHP and MySQL development.

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