WordPress Checklist

Ive been developing WordPress sites for 6 years and like a lot of developers I have had some good and bad experiences with the CMS. In a way the bad experiences have helped me understand the in’s and out’s of WordPress and I think its made me produce better structured/functioning websites and become a better Developer because of it.

When I first started developing WordPress sites I would use the default theme as boilerplate to work off due to lack of  confidence and a GUNG HO mindset that the project should be completed quickly without taking in a number of factors that I will discuss with you.

Over the years I have encountered some simple procedures to make the project timeline run a lot smoother. I was naive to think that a theme should be built to just look like the design supplied to me and not thinking of the bigger picture for future changes.

The idea of having a TODO checklist at the beginning for building WP sites would have helped me a lot as I had no confidence in my code and processes even if it was right.

I hope this post gives new and experienced developers a better understanding of WordPress.  Feel free to leave a comment as Id love to hear from personal experiences and procedures you use.

  1. Custom themes
  2. Custom post types
  3. Custom plugins
  4. Third party plugins
  5. Functions file

References

http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Housekeeping