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Without doubt the ability to build custom Gutenberg blocks; and to write custom PHP code integrating endpoints in WordPress APIs - for example Settings, WordPress REST API (like those for Advanced Custom Fields) while at the same time ensuring performance and code audits produce the fastest load times. Also difficult is the ability to write PHP code for advanced caching strategies. That can take years to acquire and deploy those advanced PHP skills when designing custom visual layouts in WordPress and coding for user interactions - writing flawless code to WordPress production environments.
Like sailors use the tables in a Nautical Almanac to navigate across the ocean using the sun, moon and stars to correctly plot their position, WordPress developers use the "WordPress Codex" to write correct code to create custom WordPress sites getting details about the correct way to write and apply template elements and functions from the Codex.
The good WordPress developer will want to make override customizations to a theme without directly altering the structure of the original parent. The main benefit of this way of working if if you still want to receive remote updates from the theme's creator without losing all your customizations. By creating a "child" theme with a style.css that inherits then overrides all files in the original "parent" (if they exist), that provides a clean way of customizing a WordPress site without touching the parent theme.