The WordPress platform is one of the, if not the biggest CMS (Content Management System) there is.
If you are someone who is looking for a web designer and developer or you are looking specifically for developing WordPress solutions, then there are a few questions you must ask the developer.
BUT WHY ASK QUESTIONS?
Asking questions is a guaranteed way to understand the skill set of the company or individual developer.
These are important questions that will determine if the company is a reliable WordPress developer and a reliable WordPress development company.
The questions should include everything from the cost of development to their skill with WordPress themes and custom plugins.
Additionally, you must make sure they know how to operate an SEO-friendly platform.
If you feel like hiring a WordPress development company which is also an E-Commerce development company then these questions will also come in handy.
So, let’s find out the questions to ask a WordPress developer.
CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A WORDPRESS DEVELOPER OR DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
WHAT IS YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE IN DEVELOPING WORDPRESS AND HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN DEVELOPING WORDPRESS SOLUTIONS?
This is one of the most basic and yet one of the most crucial questions that you can ask a WordPress developer and rather any developer.
Although experience can never truly say how good they are as a company or a developer.
But if a company or developer is developing WordPress websites for more than 4 years, it is a good indication that they must be doing something right to be in the industry for this long.
Additionally, you must always ask the developer to show you a few samples of their prior projects.
This will help you get the best idea of what kind of work they are capable of doing.
You can stop the conversation if you feel like they are not capable enough.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR WORDPRESS DEVELOPMENT?
After you are satisfied with their work experience, this is the second most important question you can ask.
This is the point where you must not hold back and simply ask them what are their charges for development.
You must also tell the company or developer your budget.
Telling them your budget is important because this will help you open up the bargaining chip.
If the developer or company tells you that your budget is lower than their service or development costs, you can use a simple trick.
You can show them a few companies that are happy to take on your project in your budget and this will make them lower their service costs.
One thing to look out for is that if the company or developer gives out their service costs into neatly categorised sections then that is a good sign.
DO YOU USE EXISTING TEMPLATES OR CAN YOU CREATE A NEW THEME FROM SCRATCH FOR DEVELOPING MY WEBSITE?
You can find dozens of development companies that can repurpose old themes and make simple changes to them.
However, that is not hard to do or uncommon.
What is uncommon in the industry and what you should look for in a company or developer is that they can create a new theme for you.
Creating a new theme will sure that your website is different from the competition.
Therefore, you must look for a development company or developer that can do this.
However, if your demand is simply to modify an existing theme for you then you can ask them if they do this.
The charges for creating a new theme and repurposing an old theme can vary greatly and you must look for that.
TELL ME WHAT ARE ALL THE BASIC PLUGINS THAT YOU USE WHILE BUILDING A NEW WORDPRESS WEBSITE?
This is a different question from the rest because this question serves two purposes.
The one purpose of this question is to know the level of WordPress development skills.
The other purpose of this question is a=cross questioning to find out if they really know what they are doing.
This is a question that you should know the answer to.
This should be a question where you must always have the answers with yourself and cross-check with their answer to find out if they are really skilled.
These are the basic plugins types that you might need for basic WordPress development.
- Anti-spam plugin
- Caching plugin
- SEO plugin
- Contact form plugin
Here are a few popular names of these types of plugins.
- Yoast SEO.
- WP Super Cache
- iThemes Security.
- Jetpack by WordPress
- Akismet Anti-Spam
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Smush Image Compression and Optimization
- WP AutoTerms.
If the developer mentions most of these names or if they are able to tell you what these plugins are for, then you have a proper developer.
OTHER THAN WORDPRESS DO YOU KNOW WEB DESIGNING AND E-COMMERCE WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT?
This is also an important question you must ask.
You certainly do not want a developer that only knows WordPress because you will be needing more than that if you are to run a successful website.
Therefore, you must choose a company that knows web design and development in general.
You must also choose a company rather than a single developer because a company will have many developers.
And each developer will have their specialisation which means that no matter your requirement you can have it fulfilled with a proper web development and designing company.
WILL MY WEBSITE BE SEO OPTIMISED?
SEO is the bread and butter of every online website there is.
Especially if you are in e-commerce then SEO can be the difference between a successful brand and failed brand.
You must not only choose a WordPress developer but also a company that does everything keeping SEO in mind.
There are a lot of measures that need to be taken so as to optimise a website for SEO.
This ensures that the website comes on top of the search results on Google whenever something similar is being searched.
In order to do this, a lot of parameters need to be maintained such as avoiding duplicate content and proper keyword usage.
This was the blog on some of the most crucial questions that you must ask a WordPress developer before you hire them.
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