In our previous post, we discussed some of the most dominant web design trends in the WordPress industry. Today, we’ll take it a step further. Any serious developer will tell you that no matter how visually appealing your theme is, you won’t get too many sales unless the code is written and organized well. To help turn your theme into a bestseller, we’ve gathered some of the most effective tips, tricks, and best practices for writing perfect WordPress code. Let’s dive right in!
WordPress Code Standards: What They Are And Why You Should Care!
Following these standards will not only ensure you’re writing impeccable WordPress code, but it will also add value to your theme. Chances are, other developers will buy your theme and use it as a starter theme to develop their own themes, or advanced users will want to implement their own features not included in your theme. By following the standards, you’ll be saving them a lot of headache, and you’ll be building a reputation of an established and reliable developer.
Use WordPress Libraries And Functions
Before you start writing the code for a feature you had in mind, make sure you check whether it’s possible to do it using the native WordPress functions and libraries. This way, your code will be far less prone to vulnerabilities, and all the bugs will be fixed by the WordPress developers. Think about it, WordPress is being used by countless developers, which means that all the existing bugs have already been reported and fixed, or at least have a fix on its way.
Think Of Your Buyers
At the end of the day, unless you’re developing a theme for a personal, non-commercial use, you will want to make sure your theme is packed with customization options suitable both for advanced users as well as beginners. Consider including a custom options panel so your buyers can customize the theme to suit all their needs without having to learn to write WordPress code themselves. Another important thing is to include ample customization options – your buyers will want to set up a website that matches their brands and personal styles without having to invest in a custom web design.