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How We Hire WordPress Developers: Tips from Coding Ninjas

Andrey ZagorodniyAndrey Zagorodniy

WordPress developers for hire: web development done right

 

What is WordPress

 

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. In its turn, a CMS is a set of software solutions allowing you to create, publish, and manage digital content. Simply put, WordPress is your to-go solution when you need a web page but don’t want to code it from scratch.

 

WordPress currently powers approximately 32% of all the websites on the Internet. It is based on the open source code, which means that it is:

 

 

WordPress uses PHP code and MySQL database management system, so a user willing to set up and adjust a custom WordPress solution may need appropriate knowledge and skills. At the same time, adding, modifying, and moderating content on a WordPress-based web page is easy, and can be done even by novice users due to clear interface and overall simplicity.

 

A full list of possibilities provided by this CMS would probably require a separate article, so here are just some things people use WordPress to create:

 

 

In a nutshell, the capabilities of WordPress cover the majority of needs individual and corporate users might possibly have.

Now, it is essential to get one thing straight: there are WordPress.com and WordPress.org. When talking about the free WordPress CMS, most people usually mean the latter, which is a self-hosted open source program solution. The former, in its turn, is a paid service powered by WordPress. It is easy to use even by the complete beginners but lacks flexibility and functionality of the .org version. But, if you are not a tech-savvy person, you might want to hire dedicated WordPress developers for the job.

 

What makes WordPress so popular

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why hire WordPress developers?

 

 

“Why not just hire a PHP coder?” you might ask.

 

The fact that a person is a programmer good at PHP does not automatically mean that he or she is essentially a WordPress developer. Working with WordPress requires a specific set of skills, experience, and mindset.

 

Respectively, you need to search not just for any developer, but for one who has mastered this CMS.

 

Typical tasks WordPress developers work on

 

 

Sometimes the ability to simply do the routine job is not enough. Emergencies of all sorts, unpredicted project changes, weird bugs, and crashes – working with code may be full of surprises.

 

So, a WordPress developer must be able to explore any non-standard situation and find a solution to it, based on their deep knowledge of WordPress core architecture and logic. Here is how our developer, Alex, used it to solve an untypical problem he faced when working for Coding Ninjas:

 

“About a year ago we’ve been using a paid plugin that was bugged. It caused the whole fragments of text to disappear from emails. We contacted the plugin’s support service several times, and they ran multiple tests, but never managed to reproduce the bug to fix it. So, I had to go through the plugin’s code piece by piece myself. Checking the code one step at a time, I found regularity in the conditions under which the bug occurred, and eventually fixed it.”

 

When you should hire WordPress developers

 

 

Where to find WordPress developers

 

 

Along with a bunch of classic freelance platforms such as Freelancer or Upwork, there is also a variety of services specializing in matching clients with highly qualified WordPress developers. If you are puzzling yourself with where to hire WordPress developers, you might want to give them a try.

 

Coding Ninjas

 

Coding Ninjas is a relatively new player on the market. Nevertheless, it has already proved itself to be a trustworthy freelance platform collaborating only with the best developers. It is a platform for vetted freelance specialists. It means that just like in Toptal, each candidate applying to work with Coding Ninjas undergoes a series of tests and vetting procedures aimed at determining their proficiency and evaluating whether they are comfortable to work with. This is probably the best place to find WordPress developers.

 

Toptal

 

One of the segment leaders, Toptal is not your average marketplace where you hire freelancers. The company receives thousands of applications from independent contractors all over the world. Then each contractor is tested for their professional skills, the ability to meet the deadlines, to work with the client, and so on. Only after this a freelancer is hired and can be assigned to jobs submitted by Toptal’s customers. Overall, this is a good alternative to Coding Ninjas for enterprise clients.

 

WPCurve.com

 

A nice solution for those who just need quick fixes and tweaks to their WordPress powered website. For a $69 monthly subscription, you get access to a team of professional developers who can promptly provide you with 24/7 support for all the small jobs and fixes.

 

Stack Overflow Jobs

 

Generally speaking, Stack Overflow is a wiki for developers. Users ask questions related to computer programming, and other users reply to them. The participants can upvote and downvote questions, earn “reputation” points and “badges” for their contribution, edit the answers of other users (if having enough reputation for it), and so on. In other words, Stack Overflow is the place to go to, when you have a question related to programming. Stack Overflow Jobs serve as a job board, on which you can review and apply to vacancies posted by companies.

 

WordPress Jobs

 

The official WordPress job board, it does what you would expect it to do: users can review vacancies posted by companies, and apply to them. It is extremely simplistic, but many WordPress developers use it, so you might want to check it out as well.

 

Overall, there are numerous industry-based job boards and other similar resources, so you do not need a textbook like, “WordPress Developers for Hire and Where to Find Them” to recruit one.

 

Hiring Process

 

Skills a WordPress Developer must possess

 

 

 

What you should pay attention to

 

When thinking on how to find WordPress developers, keep in mind there are two major methods of solving WordPress related tasks. The first one implies using ready-made decisions, namely implementing plugins. The second approach involves creating hard-code solutions: altering the code of a program or website instead of complementing it with extensions.   

 

Each of these methods is used depending on the situation. For example, if you are working on a commercial extension that will be used by thousands of people, local hard-code decision unique to a particular problem may not be appropriate.

Conversely, it may better to write a custom piece of code for a specific problem: writing a new plugin or extension, implementing some kind of radical changes, and so on.

 

Skilled WordPress developers are able to apply both methods, using their knowledge of the WordPress logic and architecture.

 

Coding Ninjas method for selecting candidates

 

There is probably no best way to find WordPress developers. Every recruiting method is effective under certain circumstances. Still, we’ve developed a procedure that, as we believe, makes for a great hiring algorithm.

 

General check

 

It is always a good idea to check a candidate’s background. No, we don’t mean you need to research their dark past. Instead, check on:

 

 

Proficiency test

 

 

The best way to check how well a developer knows their job is to give them a test task. Here at Coding Ninjas, we believe that the test task should not be focused entirely on the candidate’s coding skills, but rather on their knowledge of WordPress, its logic, and capabilities.

 

For example, test tasks for back-end developers should include testing a developers knowledge of the core WordPress functionality. Front-end developers must know everything about layouts and integrating them into WordPress, creating new themes, and so on.

 

There are ways to test the candidate’s proficiency beforehand. Ask a candidate a link to their profiles on GitHub and Stack Overflow: these two are the most popular resources among coders.

 

By reviewing their portfolios you will be able to understand what they specialize in, what they can or cannot do. If you are not good at coding yourself, you can always ask or hire a programmer who will help you. Besides, there are online tools such as W3C Markup Validation Service or W3Techs

 

English language skills

 

English has been the language for international professional communication for decades, and the situation is not likely to change in the near future. So, a developer must have solid skills in reading and writing in English. Otherwise, miscommunication can obstruct teamwork and project progression. Before letting our freelance WordPress developers work with clients, we make sure their language skills are appropriately high.  

 

Live interview

 

Professional skills are essential, but not paramount. People tend to learn more about each other in personal communication. During a live interview (most likely, via Slack or other similar programs) you will get a chance to check how the candidate speaks, behaves, and what impression they make.

 

If you do not feel like going through the whole hiring procedure, there is a shortcut: let Coding Ninjas do it for you!

 

Hire at Coding Ninjas

 

Hiring WordPress professionals is a responsible task, and if you are not familiar with the industry, its specifics, and the recruiting process itself, it can be quite bothersome.

 

You might think that hiring at popular freelance platforms solves the problem. Unfortunately, this is not so. The most common problems regarding such services include:

 

 

Our clients request WordPress developers for hundreds of man-hours a day, We know a thing or two about working with freelancers. Our developers spend on average 1600 hours a month working on WordPress tasks, and it’s just one reason to hire at Coding Ninjas. The short-list of our benefits looks like this:

 

 

Working with Coding Ninjas makes a world of difference when you seek to hire a WordPress expert. Give us a try and see for yourself!

 

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