WordPress: A Solid Career Move

When I spend time with PHP developers, project managers, and product experts, I’m continually surprised that when it comes to large scale, enterprise projects, they often tell me that they reach for a solution that isn’t WordPress. Laravel, Drupal, CodeIgniter, Cake, and the list goes on…

One out of every 3 websites is built with WordPress. There’s no sign of slowing down. In fact, the opportunities seem greater than ever for WordPress.

Now I’m not an engineer or an architect, but I’ve seen WordPress do some pretty exciting things, and there’s more of an upside potential than the casual observer may realize.

Google’s significant investments in building WordPress friendly developer tools and technologies is a great indicator that WordPress is poised to be the go-to CMS for projects of all shapes and sizes (See Google’s work with WordPress at Google I/O 2018). And they’re not the only major web tech company jumping on board.

WordPress’ recent introduction of Gutenberg and it’s focus on JavaScript are also good indicators that WordPress is moving towards the future.

I don’t expect that you’re persuaded yet, that’s not really my purpose here, but rather to suggest that WordPress should be on your radar. Particularly if you’re a Senior PHP developer and are on the fence about which technologies you most want to work with. The potential for WordPress’ growth in the coming years looks incredibly strong, and with that will come a demand for more and more skilled engineers to build solutions with the world’s most prolific CMS. Don’t just take my word for it (Why trust a recruiter anyway, right?) Here are the findings from Jonathan Wold’s look at some of the fastest growing SaaS companies and how they’re integrating with WordPress, and what the future opportunities look like.

So, whether you’re a PHP generalist, or already vested in a WordPress career, and you want to focus more deeply on WordPress at scale, working with enterprise clients, or a large WordPress specialty company, there’s a number of things you can do to increase your chances of making that transition successful.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing 7 things I’ve identified, with the help of some really great WordPress folks, that can serve to position you as a top-shelf WordPress developer. Be sure to follow along here on LinkedIn, and take a moment to subscribe to the RemotelyConnected Newsletter to stay up to date on this series as well as some fresh info on working remotely in the software development world.