What you need to know about hiring a WordPress developer

Posted by Mariana Morales on August 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

In outsource web design, WordPress

 As an agency, finding the right outsourced help is essential. Your clients rely on you to deliver them a hardworking Wordpress website and you rely on your outsourced help to build that powerful website. Finding help is not always easy, without careful screening you could end up with questionable work, wasteful timelines and an unresponsive partner. Instead of learning your lesson the hard way, your process of hiring a WordPress developer should involve diligent screening. For marketers who would like to offload the build of their client's website to a WordPress developer, here are our top tips for finding an outsourced team to hire.

 

What to do you need from the developer?

Before you start to search for a developer, be sure that you understand the scope of the project. Will yourequire a custom WordPress theme, or to have a custom plugin built? Will you use an existing theme, do you have a design in place? What does the scope of your project look like? If you aren’t sure how much development work is involved in a particular project then you will need to lean on your developer to help you to properly create a scope of work.

 

Ask your WordPress developer the right questions

There are a number of questions that you should and can ask your developer candidate before moving forward and signing a contract. When this developer answers these questions, pay attention, try to gauge their communication style and the depth of their answers. This will give you a window into how they work, their expertise and willingness for open communication.

Questions that should not be skipped include:

  • What guarantee or warranty do you offer for your work?
  • What happens if you go over project scope?
  • Will you build a responsive website?
  • How do you plan to secure the website?
  • Will the website include a back-up solution?
  • Can we see your portfolio? Can you provide references?
  • Will you ensure that the website’s back-end is user friendly?
  • What is your maintenance policy moving forward?
  • Do you provide a project estimate before signing?

 

Focus on their specialties and previous work

There are a number of things you not only want but need in a developer. A great developer will have the expertise to build your website, they should be experienced, communicative, and timely. The best tip we can give you when choosing a developer is to ask about their specialties and ask for examples of their work. This will give you an idea of what their capabilities are, what their quality of work entails and will help match their skill-set to your needs.

 

Doing due diligence in your search for the right WordPress developer is necessary for the success of your business and your clients. When you find the right outsourced partnership you will find the ability to grow your service offerings and the quality of product that you are delivering. Start your search for your new outsource development team below.

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