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Hiring a Freelance Magento Developer - 5 Things to Know in 2019

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Have you been looking to hire a freelance Magento developer, but don't know where to begin?

I would like to share 5 things to keep in mind to help you hire the best Magento 2 developer for your project.

5 things to look for in a Magento 2 developer

  1. Certified Magento Developer
  2. Magento Exclusivity
  3. Magento Developer Cost
  4. Fixing Bugs
  5. Magento Best Practices

1. Certified Magento Developer

A certificate is a proof of knowledge and magento developer skills.

There are various Magento 2 related certifications. The ideal programmer has to have at least one of them.

There were Magento 1 certificates, but Magento does not provide those anymore. In fact, support for Magento 1 will end in 2020.

So, if a Magento developer tells you they are certified in Magento 1, but not Magento 2, it is advised that you continue your search.

BTW, are you still on Magento 1? Migrate to Magento 2 until it's too late.

Every developer who passed the test is listed on the official Magento website. Ask for proof of certificate web link. It should look like this.

2. Magento Exclusivity

The more time a developer spends with Magento the better programmer they become. If your potential candidate pretends to know and work with every eCommerce platform known to mankind - do not hire him.

Ask them - have they ever speed up Magento 1 or 2? If they have, do not be afraid to ask for websites that they have worked with. Good Magento developers will be happy to show you some of the websites they have worked on, as well as provide extensive information on the work they did on those websites.

Those who proved to perform Magento migrations or Magento upgrades well should be at the top if your list.

3. Magento Developer Cost

A Magento 2 developer should ask you specific questions before setting a price.

If she/he feels uncertain about something she/he should tell you about it before you start.

All tasks with unclear requirements should be moved to phase 2 and be dealt with afterwards. A developer should tell you the fixed price for the project.

If a programmer is not sure how much the project costs and asks you to pay him for time spent - do not hire him.

The project will be a waste of time and money in most cases. Some Magento developers like to ask for more once they begin work. You want to avoid that.

4. Fixing Bugs

It is a developer responsibility to fix his own bugs. You don't have to pay for it. Before you hire a Magento 2 developer, ask what would happen if a bug is discovered later on.

It is always better to have a proof that the site was working fine before the project starts. Make sure you have a backup copy so that you could show the developer the bug is his/her fault.

5. Magento Best Practices

Magento Best Practices are what make your site upgrade-proof. If means your theme and all your customizations and extensions will work with the future releases of Magento. This is important to keep your M2 up to date and do not turn every upgrade into nightmare.

Ask a developer if he/she could name a few best practices. Some are:

  • Do not edit core files.
  • Do not edit default theme files.
  • Always do performance benchmarks before you make changes to the site.

I hope these 5 things will help you hire the right freelance Magento developer.

The bonus tip: ask what reputation the programmer has on popular Q&A Magento related sites like Magento.Stackexchange. Study his/her answers there. Does a coder really know M2 as he/she claims to?

  

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3 thoughts on “Hiring a Freelance Magento Developer - 5 Things to Know in 2019”
  • Konstantin Gerasimov August 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you Damon!

  • Damon Moats August 27, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Thanks, its a very informative blog and there are some more good tips to look for during Magento developer hiring on magenticians.com. I found them very practical.

  • Linda Wester April 11, 2018 at 2:27 am

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