Can’t find a good web developer? Maybe you are looking at the wrong place


For many people, finding a great developer is a hit and a miss.

It can be a daunting exercise to spot a good developer. 

Some developers will boast their certificates and degrees on paper but when they are tested for the actual work, they will fail miserably.

Then, there are some developers that will be great at their work and offer great service, but they will charge an amount that is just not within your budget.

You need someone good, who is within your budget, and who can GET THE WORK DONE!

There are two reasons why you are not able to find the best developers online.

  1. You are not clear about what you want
  2. You are looking at the wrong place

You are not clear about your need, if:

  • You are comparing the cost of hiring WordPress website experts without being clear on your goals
  • You are not discussing with developers as your consultant
  • Your project brief is not proper – explaining what you are trying to accomplish
  • You have got a vague idea but don’t know where to start
  • Your reference sites are Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube

First of all, good developers are not available all the time and work at cheap rates. If you are looking for someone who is cheap and gets the job done, then that is not going to be possible.

Developers know their worth and they will charge accordingly unless they are your friends – in that case, they will charge even more.

Secondly, developers hate when the project brief is incomplete. They don’t work with clients who are not able to properly explain what they want to be done. That’s why most developers will give you a BIG NO when they see your project brief.

Third, developers don’t want to clean someone else’s mess. They want to work on a project from scratch so that they know the ins and outs of the project. Cleaning someone else’s mess means the client will be willing to offer less than the actual amount. They would think that the cleaning mess of the other coder is easy. In reality, it is even more difficult than creating an application from scratch. Everyone has their own way of creating applications and that’s what the developers do. They don’t like learning how another developer has coded and cleaned that application.

Now let’s say you offer them the right price, and you don’t have a messed-up code available that the client wants to be fixed. In such a case, the developer will ask for the same price that he/she will charge for creating the project from scratch.

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Looking at the wrong place?

Now if you are not a bad client, then there is a chance that you are looking at the wrong place.

So, where are you actually looking for developers?

Are you looking locally?

If you are looking locally, then how are you vetting each developer? Do you take interviews of the developers in your office, test them by creating a program, and then get them on board?

This process must be a lot longer than searching for decent developers online.

What is the workaround?

Don’t search for developers locally. Instead, search for developers online on places where they exist. These can be Stack overflow, Github, Behance, Product Hunt, Hacker News, and Stack share.

You can even find developers through the reference of your friends. There are specific groups available for development on Facebook. You can use these groups to find developers that are willing to work on your project.

Similarly, you can use websites like Fiverr, Peopleperhour, and Freelancer to search for developers who are looking to work on products like yours.

When you shortlist a developer, make sure to tell them about your project requirements so that the number of revisions is minimized. Most of the time, developers start work and then clients come up with new revisions while they are in the middle of it. Catering to those revisions is often difficult because that involves restarting the project from scratch.

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Start with a trial project

Maybe the best way to test the skills of a new developer is to try them out with a trial article. In this way, not only will you be able to determine where they stand. But you will also be able to focus on what works best for your team.

Since you won’t just be hiring a developer for a short-term basis, putting in this kind of effort will not only ensure that you get the best developer’s own board but also one that can satisfy the needs of your clients through his performance.

On average, HRs receive 100 resumes and they only shortlist 5 of them because the lack of people doesn’t fit the bill.

So, YES, then you will need a lot of effort to find the right person. But once you are done, it will definitely be worth it.

Don’t be Afraid to Fire

Finally, it is important to understand that while you are putting in the effort to hire a WordPress developer, don’t be afraid to fire them if they are not worth it. Because in that case, they will only be hoarding your resources and consuming your time. You simply don’t want that to happen. Do you?

Remember the rule: Hire slow, fire fast

Hire An Agency Instead

It is much better to hire a WordPress Website Development agency instead of a single developer for your business. Why?

Because an agency has diverse talent available – something that you won’t find in a single developer. Moreover, agencies will charge a lot less for the same services that your developer will perform.

Let’s say your website is based on WordPress, and you want to turn it into a WooCommerce store, it would be logical to hire an agency that can do it for you at a fixed price instead of a developer that will charge hourly or monthly pay.

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Finding a developer is hard but not impossible. If you follow the tactics that we mentioned above in the article, you will be able to hire the right person for the job much faster.

Do note that for your website development, hiring a developer is not the only solution available. You also have many other options available like getting a development agency to do the same job for a lot less. If that is the case, get in touch with our development experts.


Updated on: 4 September 2020 |

Nirmal Gyanwali, Director of WP Creative

Nirmal Gyanwali

With over 16 years of experience in the web industry, Nirmal has built websites for a wide variety of businesses; from mom n’ pop shops to some of Australia’s leading brands. Nirmal brings his wealth of experience in managing teams to WP Creative along with his wife, Saba.