We become like those we associate with. If you want to be one of the expert WordPress developers, start spending time with those at the top. Read their blogs, follow them on Twitter, give feedback on their thoughts and ideas, meet them and listen to their talks. Follow their examples, ask them for advice, and follow their advice. Here is a list of the top WordPress developers to get you started:
Follow These Developers to Sharpen Your WordPress Skills
Matt Mullenweg, Expert WordPress Developer and Creator of WordPress
Matt Mullenweg is a co-founder of WordPress, an open-source blogging platform on the web.
Andrew Nacin, is a Lead Developer of WordPress, living in Washington, D.C.. He now works for the U.S. Digital Service federal government service that aims to “redefine public service for a new generation.”. Nacin continues his role as WordPress lead developer, but he has stepped back from working on the project full-time.
At Audrey,Andrew Nacin worked for more than four years for WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, exclusively on the WordPress project. Those that are aware of WordPress core development know that he’s enormously influential on the project. He led WordPress 3.5, 3.7, and 3.9 in a span of two years. In 2014, Nacin spent a lot of time on security related projects for WordPress.
Mark Jaquith (JAKE-with} is a Lead Developer on the WordPress web publishing platform. He makes a living as a web publishing consultant to everyone from entrepreneurs to startups to established media companies. His personal goal is to bring intuitive, low-cost web publishing to everyone who has anything to say.
Mark has over ten years of extensive experience with WordPress, including having written several popular plugins, and having contributed or committed countless patches to the core WordPress engine.
Cory Miller, One of the world’s expert WordPress developers & a passionate entrepreneur
Cory Miller is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time entrepreneur. In 2008, he started iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for thousands of customers around the globe.
Named the 7th fastest growing company in Oklahoma City in 2011 by the Metro 50, iThemes employs over 20 people around the globe with headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.
In 2011, Cory co-founded The Div, Inc, a nonprofit tech foundation for inspiring and training the next generation of web developers through its kid’s program, Div Jr.
Miller is the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies (Wiley, 2011) and is a member and current communications chair of the Oklahoma chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a network of over 8,000 entrepreneurs in 40 countries with companies that have revenue over $1 million dollars annually.
Carl Hancock knows a thing or two about the power of WordPress and how different plugins can extend the powerful CMS to do just about anything. He’s the co-founder of Rocketgenius and creator of one of the most successful commercial plugins in the marketplace: Gravity Forms.
Justin is best known for his work with WordPress. He has over 200 posts about WordPress, many of which are awesome tutorials to teach you how to do cool stuff with the system.
He also co-wrote a book called Professional WordPress Plugin Development with Brad Williams and Ozh Richard.
Most of Justin work involving WordPress is on Theme Hybrid, which is where he runs his WordPress theme and plugin community. It’s one of the oldest and longest-running clubs in the WordPress ecosystem.
Nathan Rice is one of the modern WordPress developers and one of the developers for Rainmaker Digital. He built the Genesis framework for WordPress, which powers millions of sites on the internet. Nathan has worked for iThemes, ModThemes, and StudioPress.
Bill Erickson is a WordPress Developer, an entrepreneur, a husband, a father, a skier, an avid reader, a gardener, and a winemaker living in Georgetown, TX (north of Austin). He has developed with WordPress and contributing to the community since 2006.
Bill has written 19 plugins. He has spoken at 13 conferences about WordPress.
Jeff Starr is a professional web developer, editor, and author. He enjoys all aspects of web design and development, with WordPress and Web Security among his favorite pursuits. He has developed with WordPress for over 10 years, and is co-author of “Digging into WordPress” and author of “The Tao of WordPress”, “.htaccess made easy”, and “WordPress Themes In Depth”. Jeff blogs at Perishable Press, runs his own web-design business at Monzilla Media, and recently launched Plugin Planet and USP Pro.