As a business owner, finding a good WordPress theme developer can be a difficult task. Technology and the web is constantly evolving. It’s our job as developers to stay on top of this, not yours. A good WordPress developer will always follow specific practices:
1) They will develop the “WordPress way”
This is a huge problem with any theme that is purchased outside of the WordPress theme directory. More specifically Theme Forest is known for hosting questionable WordPress themes. The problem with themes not developed the way WordPress recommends is that the theme may develop problems or errors months or years later. Especially when a core update occurs. By following WordPress development best practices you can ensure a WordPress theme will not have any issues for a long period of time.
2) They use a task runner to minify their distribution code
4) They don’t use Theme Builders
Using theme builders can be a very quick and cheap way to build a website. But what happens when something isn’t working properly? That “developer” has to go back to the original theme developer. Write them an email or submit a bug report. All while your website is sitting with a visible problem or an error on the site. A good developer should be able to investigate and resolve any issue quickly.
Finding and solving a development bug is skill that’s developed from years of experience developing WordPress themes from scratch. As a seasoned developer, we can quickly figure what’s happening; if it’s a front-end issue the developer will usually use Chrome dev-tools to find the issues within the console log, or another tool. If it’s a back-end issue, the developer will usually run a search through the source files to find the cause of the problem.
4) They don’t rely heavily on libraries or frameworks
The same can be said for back-end developers. A seasoned PHP developer with a solid understanding of object-oriented programming and patterns for developing applications (such as content management systems) will be much more qualified to find and resolve a server side problem.
Finding a good WordPress Theme developer can be a daunting task. A quick look at their most recent work’s source code can tell you a lot about the level of experience and skill a WordPress theme developer has.