When you are faced with a WordPress web design project, it’s very important to find the right person or company for the job. This article is here to help you do just that. We have some tips that we think will help you compile a list of candidates and select the best WordPress web designer for your project.
1. Understand your requirements
Each custom WordPress site is different, and you will need to find a designer that has the right coding experience for your project. In order to do this, you will first need a rough outline of your requirements. It all depends on how familiar you are with WordPress development. You can be as specific as you’d like, and provide input in terms of visual design, plugin development or implementation, and adaptive or responsive design for mobile devices. Alternatively, you can let the WordPress web designer take the reins of the project, and you will instead provide a simple requirements list which outlines the goal of the site, the number and types of pages you’d like to have, and any extra features or functionality that you would like to implement (user accounts, booking forms, media integration, etc.).
2. Take costs into account
The cost of a WordPress web design project will depend on several factors. First, there is the scope of the project. The larger and more complex the website, the more likely it is to be more expensive. Some WordPress designers charge by the hour, while others provide service packages. Make sure to ask and negotiate these issues up-front. Custom features and plugin development are also going to jack up the price. However, in most cases, you will not need to commission new plug-ins. At most, you will need to customize an existing plugin and then implement it on your site, which does reduce the cost. Make sure that your designer is familiar with PHP code if you would like to go with custom features. Finally, the experience level of your WordPress designer will also play a part in the pricing. You generally will not need super-expensive design teams for a WordPress website, but you also do not want to go for the cheapest option out there. The perfect price point is somewhere midrange.
3. Finding the right WordPress web designer
And now we get to the central issue of the article. How do you find the right WordPress designer for your project? Once you’ve made a list of candidates that are in the right price range, you want to check out their portfolios and see what types of projects they’ve worked on previously. Go through past websites that they’ve built and see if they run well, check out in terms of SEO, and have a good user interface. You then want to go through their testimonials, reviews and references if they have them.
Keep in mind that you may also run into some developers that have experience with other content management systems but not WordPress. In this situation, you might want to negotiate the price for your website a little more. Finally, try to find out more about the development process. If you are familiar with some of the more technical aspects of WordPress, you can decide which plugins, features and custom elements you want the designer to implement.
Should you hire a pro or go DIY?
Building your own website is easier than ever, so you may be wondering if it’s really worth it to hire a WordPress designer. You could even learn WordPress yourself and set the website up. However, going with a professional WordPress web designer has several benefits. For one, you can pick and choose the features, functionality and type of website that you want to set up. Do you want an e-commerce store, a business website with a blog for SEO purposes, or a custom look and feel for your site? A pro can help you out. Furthermore, you have to take SEO into account, in order to make sure that your website shows up in search engines. When working with a pro, you pay extra for a much more powerful website.
Are you interested in building a WordPress website for your company?
Finding the right designer for your WordPress website is not that hard. You want to make sure that you find a designer that has a proven track record, offers a decent price, and can implement the features you are looking for. At Beau Brewer Digital we offer WordPress development services, and if you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us today.