7 Things To Consider Before Hiring A WordPress Developer


WordPress is everywhere. It rules the Internet. We have at least 300+ content management systems (CMS) like WordPress. Joomla, Blogger, Drupal, Magento and the list goes big. WordPress enjoys a massive 58.7% of the CMS market share. Not to mention the lion’s share, indeed. WordPress is also powering a whopping 27% of the total World Wide Web! (That’s millions of sites, folks!) The ease of WordPress website design and development might have been instrumental in achieving such a milestone.

With such a mammoth market presence, the need for WordPress developers is always on the rise. You now spot why there are so many WordPress Web Development companies and Custom WordPress Development services everywhere.

It is true that WordPress website design and development, with its friendly interface, helps make the basic setup and customizations easy. You need not be a techie to set up those. But what if you need to customize a feature, say, a theme, to align more with your requirements? Or what if you need to develop a WordPress theme from scratch or a Plugin to sell in the marketplace? Here comes the need for a WordPress Developer.

But don’t just go and hire anybody. That will only be a mundane decision. Read this article deeply, and you will agree on why it is essential to consider all these factors. You might be a blogger or a freelancer looking to set up a personal / business blog for yourself. You might even be a WordPress web development company with a list of endless clients to support. Whatever the case is, you need in-depth WordPress website design and development knowledge (beyond just the basic customizations) to tackle the challenges awaiting.

Not only that ‘technical’ edge, but we have other ‘non-techie’ skills expected out of a WordPress Developer. Only such a combination makes an excellent WordPress Developer.

What qualities should you look for before hiring a WordPress developer?

First and foremost, what should you look for in a WordPress developer? There are various things to look for when searching for the ideal candidate. Here’s what you should keep in mind during your search, from technical experience on their résumé to how they manage a series of skills tests.

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  1. Sound Technical Experience

    WordPress is built on PHP, but that doesn’t mean you canhire a PHP coder for your WordPress website design and development needs. It will be the wrong decision to do so much of the time. WordPress is not just PHP, though; it is the scripting language of WordPress. Your Developer should be equally equipped with MySQL, HTML/XHTML, CSS etc. So, look for a profile with a real ‘relevant’ WordPress experience that includes all these. (and not just PHP)

  2. Quest for Learning

    Hire a dedicated wordpress developer who always has that quest for learning and thirst for knowledge. Only such a person could fit into the fast-changing tech world. One should stay updated with the current trends and be fit enough to run at pace with the always evolving software and language upgrades. Check if your shortlisted candidate has that ‘quest’ in their DNA. Else things might seem to go well initially, but certainly not in the long run.

  3. Maintenance, post-development

    Websites are not just developed and left there in cyberspace forever. It requires regular updates to the design and content. What we mean is the maintenance required post-development and deployment of the website. To discuss this point before you opt to hire a wordpress expert and confirm whether he will be able to keep track and follow up on the post-development maintenance activities. There are thousands of themes and plugins, and they get updated quite often than expected. Some updates may go cool. And yet some of them are prone to disintegrate a portion of your website, or a cease a functionality. How do you handle that? Only if you have a developer smart enough to keep track of such changes.

  4. Knowledge of Website Security

    Threats come by all means. It may be via an SQL injection, Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, password thefts, or not updating the recent software. Do you think a person with no knowledge about the website security features does fairness to the job? Not. That is even more expected out of a WordPress Developer as more and more websites are getting hacked, attacked with phishing, etc. Those can incur a huge loss of data and revenue. So, this is not to be overlooked.

  5. SEO Knowledge

    Recall what we discussed at the start of this article. Over 27% of the entire worldwide web sits on WordPress. Do you know why? Probably because WordPress website design and development comes with SEO friendly features. Who doesn’t want to get their website listed in Google for competitive search terms? Everybody is looking for that, and as WordPress is the most SEO friendly CMS out there, your WordPress Developer can’t go blank with SEO. Hire a person with at least some basic knowledge of Search Engine Optimization. If SEO means ‘Senior Executive Officer’ to your applicant, that is probably a good sign that you should look for the next candidate. LOL!

  6. Effective Communication

    Communication is required everywhere, but why so specific for a WordPress Developer? Is that what you whisper? A plethora of new websites is seeding up now and then from across the globe. What does that mean for you as a business? It means you have clients from different cultures and varying geographies. If you are not an able communicator, you can’t do better justice to your job. So, when looking for a WordPress Developer, don’t underestimate the need for one with good communication skills.

  7. Ability to work within Budgets

    Budget is the most crucial part of doing business, so while hiring a dedicated wordpress developer, do talk to them regarding this. Because this may not be mandatory, the project manager must also consider the budgeting aspects. But will it not be great if you get a resource with an understanding of working within budgets? If your WordPress developer understands the budget limits, that will impact (positively) the delivery and deadlines.

These are what you should essentially look for while hiring a WordPress developer. It might be hard to get somebody who has the perfect blend of all these factors. You can compromise to some extent to cut short your talent hunt and get kickstarted with your WordPress website design and development projects. The more you compromise, the more your project may get affected.

Get creative, check your project requirements and take your call on deciding the factors to compromise. It is immaterial if you hire a full-time employee or some freelancer for an hourly rate. But do these checks before handing over your projects; whether your projects’ hits’ or ‘sucks’ depends on how you choose your WordPress developer.

These are seven important things that you should consider when hiring any WordPress development company or developers for your project. If you are looking for experienced WordPress developers, contact Coreway Solution, a leading open source development service provider.

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