While building a WordPress website, there are two questions one might consider. Should I build the site on my own or should I hire a WordPress developer?

Adopting to develop the website on your own is good when you know WordPress. With merely some familiarity,  you cannot build a website. It requires a lot of effort from designing to development. You must be an expert in PHP, CSS, and WordPress

If you are not an expert, then you may be better hire a developer. They can be a freelancer or through development agency.

Let’s check out the following points that can assist you in hiring WordPress developer.

Outline what is required

Today’s WordPress is not the same; it was a few years back. It is powerful and can help to build from a personal site to complex application. So, if you are asking a developer to develop WP site, then that is not sufficient. You got first to decide what are you looking for?

  • Is it for blogging?
  • Online shop?
  • Corporate site?
  • Directory?
  • Magazine?

and the list goes on…

List out what all features you are looking for.

  • Integrated social share
  • Widget areas
  • Author box
  • Comments box
  • Post & category layout
  • Header and footer

and so on…

No matter, what you are going to get it developed – let the developer know that you are looking for a lightweight code, SEO optimized for fast loading site and better search ranking.

Writing a job description in an elaborative manner would be helpful to find the best developer. Before posting, it is important to craft a clear and detailed description of the requirements by considering the outcome, budget, and deadline factors. It has been seen that most of an outline does not work because the clients are not able to provide detailed and complete information. Therefore, if you do not spend time on homework, then how you are expecting to get good developers?

Use references

Being a new resident in some areas, we need several things to do. So, generally, we ask around, either to friends, colleagues, or family.  Similar is the case of WordPress developers. You can go with the references to your friends, experts or trusted developers can give, with whom they have worked.

If the research has not yet accomplished, then you should widen it by engaging yourself with the WordCamps or local meetup, etc. LinkedIn is the tried and tested way to hire a WordPress developer by asking contacts to suggest.

Don’t miss the whole picture

After choosing some names from the list,  do not miss to look after the portfolios properly. You can get reviews about them from review websites, Dribble and GitHub, etc.  You should analyze their previous works before assuring to hire. The facts, such as; well presented and detailed case studies, contribution towards WordPress community, Themes and plug-ins reviews, topics relevancy with blogs and other publications should be analyzed and examined correctly.

You can check their social profiles and make an idea of how they interact with others.  From here, you will understand their attitude towards everything, like with the work as well.  It has been said that being knowledgeable is nothing until you are not resourceful enough.

Experience their past work

If you are a non-techie, and you cannot understand the coding and technical terms, then, the main thing you can focus on is to experience their past work.  You can ask them to show you some examples which are related to your project. Comment on it after analyzing a bit.

Analyze whether their past works are meeting your requirement or not? Do all the elements on the page are aligned neatly? Is the plug-in has passed all the tests based on the test plan? Above all, you should be happy with the work and convincing yourself to hire them.

Hire the service-minded developer

Most of the developers have some business and freelancing experience in their past. So, it becomes beneficial for them when they start working in some enterprise as a WordPress developer. They truly know the value of time without wasting a bit.

For a successful businessperson, you should hire a service-minded developer.  Receiving what you have hired in a truly professional manner is the key objective while hiring a WordPress developer.

Check the fundamental elements

Yes, it is important to analyze the fundamental elements.

  • Whether the developer can answer your questions appropriately?
  • Can they provide you the status update?
  • Is the developer is explaining the points to make you understand them quickly?
  • English or the language you prefer for communication?

Code review

Reviewing code is a powerful method to check the work quality. Some other developers (third-party) will check the code and review it based on logic errors,  full implementation of all cases, the quantity of test conducted, security, and performance issues. This way, you will be able to make an idea about the developer performance and can ask to amend if required.

Where to hire a WordPress developer?

It depends on your preference, but the following are some of the best online places to find one for your next project.

Upwork – hundreds of developer, hire them on either fixed-rate or hourly.

Toptal – hire top 3% of freelancer

Fiverr – good for some small tweaking

Guru – similar to Upwork

Alternatively, you may also post your requirement on Twitter with the hashtag – #hiring #wordpress #development

I wish you good luck in finding the right candidate for your work.

Article by Emily Johns