Does nobody actually code in the WordPress industry anymore?

Does nobody actually code in the WordPress industry anymore?

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I’ve been studying Brad Schiff’s course on Udemy, and I got pretty confused after getting 1/3 of the way in. It seems like the PhP code is very hard to understand without having to memorize what does what. (Yeah, you can look things up, but it still takes a long while)

But then when I look up other tutorials online, all I found are videos with people completely skipping the coding aspect altogether. Does nobody code anymore in 2023? I started Brad’s course because I have a HTML, CSS and JavaScript background, and I thought PhP coding would be sort of important…But apparently not anymore?…

*this thread is copied from Reddit for demo purposes

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 3, Answers: 11)
Asked on January 9, 2023 3:11 pm
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It seems to become less of a requirement, especially if you are working for small or medium businesses, whoms budget normally allows them to "buy premium theme, get some guy to build my website with it"

Which is a shame because using those themes can be a right pain sometimes, and often if the client wants a specific functionality then you'll need to install a plugin which might be incompatible and you'll quickly end up with a bloated, house of card of a website.

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 4, Answers: 11)
Answered on January 9, 2023 3:15 pm
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i still do. i build all of my personal/freelance themes from scratch… i work for a corporation that still requires a lot of full stack work, as well.

i like doing things barebones and from scratch so that i know exactly where things go wrong, if and when they do. i usually don’t need a ton of plugins to achieve specific things, and i don’t want to deal w premium themes. they’re a waste of my time.

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 4, Answers: 10)
Answered on January 9, 2023 3:14 pm
This 💯 I abandoned any type of builder (BuddyPress, Elementor, Diva, etc) and bloated templates a long time ago because it was very difficult to resolve conflicts and it felt I was spending just as much time modifying the templates vs just building from scratch. Starting from scratch is a very humbling and confident way to go from my experience.
( at January 9, 2023 3:15 pm)
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Depends on what sort of work you do. Full stack WP developers write code, esp if they build plugins or themes. Wordpress “designers” might only write CSS and maybe a little JS.

For any form of programming you will need to look stuff up until it’s second nature. I’m betting you still need to look up obscure JS functions from time to time - I know I still do, even after over 20 years.

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Posted by GUEST (Questions: 3, Answers: 17)
Answered on January 9, 2023 3:13 pm
This reminds me of a WP website I just took over. A global company had a web developer that she called herself a full stack developer, but all she did was zapier, parrser and Google spreadsheet with a whole bunch of hand written JS that causes the website a 15 MB frontload good times lol
( at January 9, 2023 3:13 pm)