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7 Things to Consider in Hiring a WordPress Developer

Having an online presence is a prerequisite for businesses. Whether you want to enhance the existing website’s functionality or develop a new website with custom-tailored design, you look for ways to start the development.
It is no surprise that enterprises hire wordPress for developing websites because of the following:

  • ease of using
  • flexible architecture
  • versatility and simplicity
  • plugins
  • customisation features.

WordPress is used globally and powers more than 23% of websites. With hundreds of thousands of plugins, you can manage web traffic. You can make websites like e-commerce, business websites, portals, personal blogging, portfolio websites, niche affiliate websites and much more.

Your Website is a Long-Term Investment

A website is a powerful marketing tool in your assets; through it, you can easily connect with people breaking through all the limitations. To sell products, bring in leads, customer support services etc., all these are feasible through a WordPress website.

The website is an investment that pays you a high return on investment (ROI). It is the fulcrum of your marketing stratagem, encapsulating all your efforts. Developing wordPress website is not everyone’s cup of tea, as you need to know programming languages like PHP, JavaScript, HTML and MySQL.

Therefore, if you are looking forward to developing a website, hire a professional WordPress developer. What aggravates the problem is that people with non-technical backgrounds or who find coding drudgery want to create a website. Hiring a WordPress developer with adequate knowledge and experience in this domain is imperative.

Focus on your core competencies, do what you are good at, and leave the implementation of the website to the developer. Still, before hiring a WordPress developer, you need to consider certain points that will help you narrow down the options and ensure that you choose a reliable developer who can meet your requirements.

Things to Keep in Mind before Hiring a Developer

I.) –  Review Relevant Experience: before you hire a developer, it is recommended to check the portfolio and the relevant working experience in the similar field as experience counts more than anything. More the experience is more capable the person is to resolve any issue. Have a look at the websites the developer has created in the past and see if everything is working properly. If you can get feedback from their former client’s, then it’s a plus else you can easily make up your mind after going through the website developed by the them.

II.) – Cost Estimation: Before developing a website, you must have set a budget for it; therefore, choose a developer who will render the service within your budget and discuss the cost estimation of the project beforehand. There is the probability that due to some factors, like project extension etc., might raise the funding. To compensate for that, you can apply cost-effective methods and cut down on other things. Discuss all these factors before commencing the project..

III.) – Technical Skills: Your website should be developed following web standards that enable it to function uniformly on all browsers. If you need specific features for your website, cross-examine if the potent developer owns the required technical skills. Ensure the developer uses neat codes and is proficient in basic languages like JavaScript and MySQL.

IV.) – Site Maintenance: Though developing a WordPress website is a one-time process, maintenance is occasionally required to make it more optimal. Ensure that the developer cares for your site even after delivering the project. This may raise the bar, but it is worth going for.

V.) – Delivery Timeline: Would you like it if the developer delays delivering your project? The answer is obvious – no. Before the project’s commencement, discuss the project’s estimated delivery time to ensure better results and agree upon a fixed delivery period.

VI.) – Website Security: Websites are susceptible to threats. Therefore, you must also focus on adding an extra layer of security. Ask questions regarding the security of your site and ways to enhance it. Though securing a website is not easy, you must ask the potential developer what preventive measures he would use for the website’s security. A website can be guaranteed if the developer has taken the appropriate steps (mentioned below) to prevent script injection, hacking etc.
– proper coding
– timely updating of the site
– choosing the right plugins and themes.
VII.) – Website’s SEO value: To stay at the top of search engines, websites must perform optimally. Talk to the developer about how they will make the website responsive and SEO-friendly. Broken links, drop in organic rankings, increase in 404 errors, etc., hinders the SEO. Incorporate SEO functionality in the website.

CONCLUSION:

As already discussed that a website is a crucial tool at your disposal and to have an optimized website it is important to hire the right potential developer having relevant experience and knowledge.

The aforementioned points will help you find the reliable and efficient WordPress developer.

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