5 Tips When Hiring A WordPress Developer

What to Look for When Hiring a WordPress Developer

WordPress was released in May 2003, and by February 2017, it was used by 27.5 percent of the top 10 million websites in the world. Because of its versatility, ease of use, and robust plugin architecture, WordPress has become the go-to content management system and framework for a huge number of companies and bloggers.

And while WordPress was designed with user friendliness in mind, unlocking its true potential requires an experienced developer who knows the ins-and-outs of the platform. Fortunately, there is no shortage of talented WordPress developers who are ready to unleash their magic on your company’s website—but finding the right fit for your company—and getting him or her onboard—can be a unique challenge for any business owner or hiring manager.

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Developer

WordPress’s ubiquity as a website platform and as a skillset among developers can be a double-edged sword for business owners like you. On the one hand, it’s easier than ever to find developers who know their way around the platform. But on the other hand, sifting through all those candidates can be time-consuming and counter-productive—especially when you need to fill a position right away. Don’t waste time vetting developers that aren’t the right fit for your team.

First, make sure you’re offering the right compensation, perks, and career paths for your tech workers—including your developers. Then, follow these tips to shorten the hiring process and increase your chances of getting the ideal fit for the position:

  1. Make sure applicants understand the scope of the position.

    There’s a big difference between a position that involves minor updates and maintenance tasks for a WordPress website and a position that involves building WordPress-based websites from the ground-up. Ensure that the scope of the position is clear in the job posting, and stick to candidates whose work experience and skill level are a good match with what you need
  2. Determine whether the position must be in-house or if it can be remote.

    Many business owners prefer to hire developers who will work in-house, while others are comfortable hiring remote workers. Both have their pros and cons. Hiring for an in-house position can narrow your search process and make for easier communication with your developer, but your talent pool may be more limited. Hiring regionally or nationally increases your options, but it may lengthen the search process and create more communication issues.
  3. Ask for referrals from current team members and peers in your industry.

    Because of the value that WordPress offers companies, many business owners and team leaders aren’t quick to forget talented developers, whether they were salaried employees or contract workers. Another company’s loss may be your gain if a developer recently took his or her skills to the open market, so be sure to ask around to get a lead on top talent in your area.
  4. Check portfolios—and ask for feedback from people in the know.

      A developer’s portfolio is his or her calling card, and every good developer should have one along with a robust online presence. When vetting candidates, it’s important to not only check their private portfolio website, but also online repositories like GitHub (https://github.com). And if you’re unfamiliar with the intricacies of coding for WordPress, loop in your other developers and coders to find out whether the candidate in question is worth bringing in for an interview.
  5. Don’t forget to look at personality, attitude, and work ethic.

    You’ve just found the perfect WordPress developer—she’s got an extensive resume, a beautiful portfolio, and glowing reviews from previous employers and clients. But is she the right fit for your team and your culture? Skills and experience are extremely important, but so is a like-minded approach that will help a new hire fit in with the rest of your team. If you’re deciding between a few candidates with similar backgrounds, choose the one that will work best with your employees.

In addition to these tips, some companies also like to see how candidates work under pressure by assigning them small tasks and timed coding “challenges” during the interview process. This may be helpful when narrowing your list of applicants, especially if your team frequently works on tight deadlines. Hiring a WordPress developer may seem like a complicated process fraught with pitfalls, but if you do your homework—and have an IT staffing firm like TA Staffing on your side—you’ll have a rock star onboard in no time.

Posted by Jeff Bates at 1:02 PM
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