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Freelance WordPress Developer Blueprint | Skillcrush

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Learn WordPress the Right Way

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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.

Course Outline

Prerequisites: A good knowledge of HTML & CSS is required.
If you’re not there just yet, check out our Front End Developer Course.

  • Month 1

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    Building Websites in 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!

    You’ll Learn:

    • WordPress CMS
    • PHP
    • Custom Theming
  • Month 2

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    Git Safari

    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.

    You’ll Learn:

    • Command Line
    • Git
    • Github
  • Month 3

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    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.

    You’ll Learn:

    • Customizing Plugins
    • Mobile Optimization
    • Professional Deployment & Workflow
  • Month 4

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    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.

    You’ll Learn:

    • Set Pricing & Services
    • Find Clients
    • Networking
    • Scoping & Budgeting
    • Proposals
    • Project Agreements

Tools you will learn:



    A text editor (like Atom) is a type of software used to write plain text without formatting, which is often used for coding and programming.



    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.

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    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 course, you’ll have everything you need to build a customized WordPress site from the ground up using the following skills:

  • PHP

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    A server-side programming language that powers all WordPress sites

  • Theme Development

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    Theme Development

    Modify existing WordPress themes & code custom themes from scratch

  • Open-Source Software

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    Open-Source Software

    Learn how to utilize open source software to write better code faster

  • Google Analytics

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    Google Analytics

    Track and report your website traffic with this free tool

  • Version Control

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    Version Control

    Professionalize your workflow by tracking and deploying your code

  • Contact Forms

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    Contact Forms

    Build custom forms to communicate with your website visitors

After completing the program, you will earn:

The Skillcrush WordPress Developer Course

Official Certificate of Completion


The perfect addition to your new portfolio, resume, AND your LinkedIn profile!

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How Do I Know If This Course Is for Me?

This Course 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 Course 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.

  • Ann Cascarano

    Web Development Instructor

    Ann teaches Git, WordPress, Python, and JavaScript here at Skillcrush and at other mentoring events in and around her Montreal stomping grounds. A mom of four, she happily nurtures her little ones’ interest in technology and delights in their discoveries. Ann’s idea of a fun weekend project is to test out a different deployment method or dipping her toes into a new programming language.



    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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Have a question? Our team of expert instructors is here for you around the clock:









With 1-on-1 support from your instructors & Skillcrush community, you’ll accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to have previous tech experience to succeed in this Course?

    Yes–the WordPress Developer Course 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 hello@skillcrush.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 Course. There’s absolutely NO prior knowledge needed for that Course, and it’ll prepare you very well for the WordPress Course.

  • 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 Course?

    Once you’ve completed payment for the course, you’ll have access to it for LIFE.

  • How much do WordPress Developers make?

    On average, the salary for a WordPress Developer is typically around $85,000.

  • Can you code in WordPress?

    Yes! You can use HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP (even if you know only a little bit!).

  • Is it free to use WordPress?

    WordPress itself is free to download and use, however you WILL need to pay for a WordPress hosting package and domain name. Check out our article on picking a hosting package here!

  • What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

    The biggest difference between the two is where the website is actually hosted. If you are working with wordpress.org, then YOU will be responsible for hosting it. WordPress.com takes care of all of that for you. In this program you’ll learn all about WordPress.org and how to host your own website!

  • What theme is best for WordPress?

    Choosing a theme for your WordPress site doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it may feel. Rather than diving straight into the thousands of free themes, make a list of your site’s top priorities and what you are looking for (i.e. key features and functionality, user reviews, support and updates, etc.).

  • Can you customize WordPress themes?

    Heck yes you can. In fact, WordPress has some of the most customizable themes out there!

  • How many websites in the world use WordPress?

    Almost 25% of the internet is built on WordPress–that’s over 60 million websites!

  • Are there any famous websites that use WordPress?

    You bet! Check out TechCrunch, The New Yorker, BBC America, MTV and Time. Even Beyonce’s website is built on WordPress.

Skillcrush Reviews

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.

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    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

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    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.

    Beth Alessi

    Freelance Developer

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