Interaction With a WordPress Plugin Developer

Interaction With a WordPress Plugin Developer

July 24, 2021
Jeff Williams

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Interaction With a WordPress Plugin Developer

You can source most great WordPress plugin development talent on Upwork, but you can also source WordPress developer talent from freelancers, agencies and companies on the Internet. By following these three simple steps, you will be able to find an excellent WordPress developer on Upwork: Write a project description with a particular goal in mind. In this step, you will need to define your targeted audience and explain what you would like to have as a result. On Upwork, you can search for freelancers or agencies that offer such services. Shortlist three to five people who fit the criteria that were outlined in the previous step.

Interview each candidate. You can ask them to describe how they can contribute to your project and to what extent. You will also want to interview a few people who have a great deal of related experience. The more WordPress plugins you have developed the better. Consider hiring at least one person who has worked on very advanced WordPress plugins.

Send your project files and details to each candidate so you can review their technical experience and writing abilities. If you do not know how to read HTML or JavaScript code, then consider outsourcing your needs. It is important to have a basic understanding of web design or programming in order to become a WordPress developer. Your ability to communicate clearly with others, both fellow programmers and clients, will be tested during your interview process.

Review all of the possible positions. There are various levels of responsibilities available as a WordPress developer and it is important to understand what those responsibilities are. For example, you may be a HTML and CSS designer who is tasked with creating and updating sitemaps and/or themes. Or you could be a WordPress plugin writer who creates the HTML documentation that users will need in order to utilize your existing plugins.

When looking for a WordPress plugin development candidate, ask if they are familiar with the following functions: disable_perception_ui, clear_content, setting_user_icons, show_search_links, simple plugin manager and register_dialog. These functions are easy to implement but often remain unknown to many programmers. If you can’t find answers to these questions from the applicant, then consider hiring a full-time employee. The candidate will spend a lot of time working directly with your current and future clients, helping them use your existing plugins to the best of their potential.

Your first interaction with the WordPress plugin writer will be in the form of a “sitepoint” interview. In this scenario, the candidate will present their first plugin, discuss functionality and display their code. This interview gives you the chance to verify the simplicity of the plugin. You should also ask about the contributor of the code, such as whether or not they are new to the field. If you want to see the actual code, you may be able to view their first plugin on their website, or you may need to contact the person behind the website to get a copy of their code.

The third interaction will be a “show-me-what-you-can” interview. In this case, the developer will show you what they have created – generally a video explaining their plugin and providing a demonstration or two of its functionality. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about their code. Some developers like to demonstrate their functionality by explaining the different steps they took to put their plugin together. You may also receive access to their source code or a few example plugins built using their framework.

While most of this interview process is relatively informal, you should make sure you feel comfortable with the candidate. You will be sharing information and functionality between you and several existing WordPress plugins. It’s important that you and your potential candidate are on the same page from the very start. Be careful to avoid asking too many personal questions (for instance, if you don’t know anything about CSS, don’t ask how to create a basic CSS file). Also, don’t hesitate to ask about their experience; it’s obvious to just look at their portfolio and consider them an expert, but it’s better to know about their actual functionality, quality of their work, and the size of their client list. Finally, it’s a good idea to ask about their references and recommendations.