Dec 15
When to Hire a WordPress Developer vs. Programmer vs. Designer (And When to Just Do It Yourself)

When to Hire a WordPress Developer vs. Programmer vs. Designer (And When to Just Do It Yourself)

Some months ago, we talked about strategies for outsourcing web development. So, to reiterate, web development is one of the tasks that’s best suited for outsourcing. Yes, you will need a compelling online presence (i.e., a functional and visually appealing website).

However, you’re better off getting someone else to do it for you so you can go focus on your business’ core product or service.

Now, WordPress is one of the most popular tools for building websites and blogs out there. With several plug-ins and a relatively user-friendly interface, it’s hardly surprising.

Related read: Hiring WordPress Developers 101: Full-Time, Part-Time, or Project-Based?

Still, figuring out WordPress’s ins and outs is hardly a productive use of your time if you’re trying to grow a business. So, today, we’ll talk about the various WordPress functions that remote workers out there can perform, and which one is best suited for your needs.

You Need A WordPress Developer If….

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….you don’t know where to begin or if you need to add functionalities to your website. WordPress developers are akin to architects. They can work with you to come up with the best strategy to fulfill whatever vision you have in mind for your website or blog.

Apart from helping you come up with ideas, WordPress developers also help implement solutions. In addition, they modify and integrate features as needed.

Furthermore, a good WordPress developer can decide if they’ll do the coding and design work themselves or if they’ll have other people do it. Some jobs simply require custom work, but a good number don’t.

For instance, say you want to add a checkout function to your e-commerce site. A developer can recommend the right plug-in and configure it for you. Alternatively, they can also go for coding a custom checkout system if you have specific needs.

You Need A WordPress Programmer If….

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….the need is for someone to execute rather than strategize. WordPress programmers are essentially like general contractors. They’re basically general programmers who have knowledge and experience with specific WordPress requirements and code.

So, if you already have an idea as to what codes you want to integrate into your website, hiring a programmer is a good option. This also applies if you’re quite proficient at WordPress yourself and can instruct a coder on what lines to write.

You Need A WordPress Designer If….

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…..refreshing the look and feel of your website is your main goal. Designers are great for turning your desired design concept into a WordPress theme. This can then be installed and modified as needed.

Do take note that WordPress designers are more adept at manipulating a website’s aesthetics rather than its functionalities.

You Can Go Ahead and Do It Yourself If….

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….you’re already familiar with WordPress. Ditto if you have the sufficient background to edit its themes and to combine multiple plug-ins. We’re talking 55,000 of them.

The bottomline is, unless building a website is your business’ core product or service, you’re better off outsourcing your WordPress functions.

At Remote Staff, we’ve got all sorts of capable WordPress professionals all lined up and ready to work with you. Click here to schedule a callback with us today so we can figure out which ones will best meet your needs.

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Serena has been working remotely and writing content for the better part of the last decade. To date, she's written for Pepper.ph and Mabuhay Magazine, among others, and has churned out more than a thousand articles on everything from The Basics of Stock Market Investing to How to Make Milk Tea-Flavored Taho at home. Hermits, aspiring hermits, and non-hermits with interesting project propositions may email her at serena.estrella10@gmail.com.

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