5 Places to Find a Good WordPress Developer or Designer
Despite the limitless DIY possibilities that WordPress offers, at some point many folk will still want to hire a developer or designer to take their site to the next level.
Luckily, there ain’t no shortage of ’em. Around the world there are thousands upon thousands of WordPress professionals who sell their services on a contract basis.
The question is: where do you start looking? If you’re new to the game and looking to hire some WordPress talent for the first time, these are a few suggestions to get you started.
Code Poet is maintained by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com. This site is the closest thing to an “official” directory of WordPress professionals. Prospective contractors are vetted, and need to meet a number of criteria before they can get listed on Code Poet, so you’re all but assured of finding a reputable developer or designer here.
You can search for contractors by location, WordPress specialty and project budget. A lot of the WordPress businesses listed on Code Poet are small firms, rather than individual freelancers, and charge top dollar for their services. This may not be the ideal place to look if you’re on a shoestring budget.
Smashing Magazine is the world’s leading online publication about web design, with a lot of focus on WordPress. They offer premium job advertising on their site, which is a surefire way to get in touch with WordPress developers and designers.
It’s a bit expensive to post your job here: $75 for a freelancer and $225 for a full time position. But Smashing Magazine is read by a lot of skilled web professionals, and your ad is sure to get seen by the right kind of people.
The WPMU DEV Jobs Market
There are plenty of talented developers and designers in the WPMU community, and the job market is where you can get in touch with them and discuss your requirements. WPMU DEV members can post an unlimited number of job ads for free, and all fees are negotiated directly between you and the contractor of your choice.
This is a dedicated jobs board for all sorts of WordPress positions: contract, part time, full time and even internships. It’s early days yet for WP Hired, and there aren’t as many jobs and contractors listed here as on other sites. But it’s nice to see a clean, simple jobs site that’s devoted entirely to WordPress. Definitely worth checking out.
Freelance bidding sites
You’ll find WordPress developers a’plenty on sites like Elance, oDesk, Freelancer and so on. (Just Google ‘freelance bidding site’ – there are plenty to choose from). If you’re not familiar with the concept, it works like a reverse auction: You post an advertisement detailing what you need done, and qualified people will place bids on your job. You then select a contractor based on their quoted price, experience and references.
The attraction of these sites is clear: you can get stuff done very cheaply. It’s the ultimate free market, and it’s amazing how low some freelancers are willing to go. Many developers and designers who work through bidding sites live in developing countries, and the lower cost of living allows them to be super-competitive with their rates.
Disclaimer: You know the old expression: “You pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. There are plenty of shady, sub-standard operators who lurk around these bidding sites, and there’s a fair chance that you won’t be satisfied with the work you receive, especially if you’re hiring an inexperienced contractor on the bottom end of the payscale. It may take a few attempts before you find someone you can develop a good working relationship with.
Can you suggest any others?
If you can recommend another resource for finding WordPress contractors, we’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below this article and let us know.