Just like you did your research and looked for FAQs on WordPress before choosing this CMS for your website, you must ask a few questions from your WordPress developer too. Since it is the matter of getting a quality website designed, you will have to hire the right person for the job.
Here is the list of questions that you must ask in the interview:
How much experience do you have?
Most people ask about the knowledge and skills of a person in WordPress instead of inquiring about the experience first. To be honest, the more a person has experience in his field, the more skilled he is going to be. So, start by asking about their experience in developing WordPress solutions.
Ask them what kind of projects they have worked on. You should hire a developer who has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in different WordPress solutions.
What will be the cost of development?
Once you have explained the project to the developer, you must get an estimated cost of the project. This figure is going to depend on a number of things like integrations, plugins, themes, and any other purchases involved. After you get an estimate cost, it is up to you to decide whether you want to continue with them or not.
Ask them about the procedure they follow
The procedure is more or less the same for all developers. Typically, they analyze the requirements of your website, develop a plan and share it with you. Then, they choose the theme and get started with the project. Make sure they have a testing phase so that you can analyze the quality of the product.
Will I get complete ownership of my website?
You have to make sure you are getting 100 percent ownership of your website. Since you are paying for the services and you need the website for your own business, here are the things you will need access to:
- WordPress admin panel
- Domain and DNS settings
Make everything clear before hiring the developer. They must know that you have the right to own all of these.
Can you develop a custom plugin?
A professional and experienced developer must know how to create a custom plugin and integrate it with your WordPress website.
You may need some custom features in your website and hence, the developer should be able to understand your requirements and develop a plugin from scratch. He must give you the cost of developing custom plugins beforehand.
How long will it take to develop the website?
This is one of the most important questions of all. If you are hiring a freelance developer who does everything on his own, he might need a month to build the website. However, if you are hiring a development company, it shouldn’t take much time. More customization means the developer will need more time for creating the website.
Don’t forget to ask the developer to show you his work. A good portfolio speaks for itself, you know.