Critical Benefits and Drawbacks You Need to Know About Different Web Developer Types
I get asked to do website estimates a lot and sometimes it’s downright heartbreaking to hear about the struggles and challenges entrepreneurs and business owners face when trying to find the right web developer.
Too many times I hear about people who feel they were ripped off by their previous webmaster and are very reluctant to hire someone new for fear of the same thing happening again.
Some of these people decided they better do all the work themselves, struggled terribly trying to literally learn a whole new profession. They end up calling me out of sheer frustration that nothing is working and things are worse off than before.
One time I was having a conversation with someone on a completely unrelated topic and he asked me what I did, when I responded he blurted out, “I hate web developers.”
I’m sure this happens in every industry where there are people who are really great at what they do, some who do enough to get by, and some who only THINK they know what they’re doing!
The web development industry is no different.
If you are unhappy with your current web developer or are in the process of finding someone that you can hiring a web designer trust and depend on to fulfill your web development needs, this article will provide some valuable tips that will help you find the perfect complement to your team.
The first thing to get clear on is exactly what kind of help you need.
When hiring a web developer, first get clear on what kind of help you need:
There are many different types of “web developers” out there and making the wrong choice can be very costly. So be sure you understand “who” you are hiring first and then your selection process will be much easier from there.
Here are four common types of web developers:
The WordPress VA (Virtual Assistant)
This person has figured out WordPress pretty well. They know how to install a WordPress theme (either free or purchased) and can make some modifications to that theme to help match your brand colours. They will have a good understanding of what plugins are available to match your needs as well.
Benefits: Usually hiring someone for this work charges less per hour than a fully qualified web developer. Putting together small-sized sites are their specialty.
Drawbacks: Often WordPress is all that they know and rarely do they know HTML or CSS to customize your website for any extra bells and whistles that you want to have.
Often purchased themes are so rigid that even moving an element from one part of the page to another is impossible to do with this type of limited knowledge.