WordPress is around for over a decade and its utility for web development continues to grow unabated. Today, it’s one of the leading platforms for building websites on any scale and complexity. A growing number of IT & software companies want to deploy it for supporting digital methodologies to add value to their operations.
More importantly, WordPress is a free, open source with an easy installation method and it can adapt to help in making any type of site. And don’t forget, it’s supported by a vast number of themes and plugins to scale up and expand your business which is why more firms want to use it for their development projects.
You however can’t get the best out of WordPress unless you hire a right partner with years of experience in leveraging the platform. And choosing the right company for your project can be tricky.
You can follow some of these tips to choose the right WordPress development company –
- Check the portfolio
When you’re about to hire a WordPress development company for your projects, the first priority should always be to check their portfolio. This will help you get a hang of their work samples and you can get a fair bit of idea about their service quality. Checking the portfolio is always helpful in understanding the types of projects handled by the company and the nature of development work done for their clients. Once you have gone through their portfolio, you will have enough confidence and information to decide whether or not to hire that agency for WordPress development.
- Check their technical expertise
It’s often the technical skills of a WordPress agency that creates a difference in projects. So, you should make it a point to check, assess and test their technical proficiency and understand where they stand in terms of knowledge and skillset in regard to the WordPress platform. The focus should be on checking whether their team is updated with the latest WordPress development trends and you can verify this by asking relevant questions. Before any collaboration, you must be sure about the capability of the company and only this can help you get the most out of the WP platform.
- Do some research about the company
It does not harm to do a bit of online research on the company you plan to hire for your WordPress projects as this can always help in finding the right partner. Your research should mostly focus on the reviews and client testimonials about the company. You can also ask them about the contact details of some of their clients and take feedback through them as well. This research will give a good idea about the plusses and minuses of the agency and you can always find ample proof of how others have felt working with this company and then take the call accordingly
- Evaluate it on ‘out-of-the-box thinking’
Problems will crop up at every step of the website building process and only an expert team can handle them call with their problem-solving skills. If the company does not have ‘out of the box’ thinking, it might not be a good value addition for your WordPress project. You can always evaluate their team by giving them some problematic yet real-time development situations and their response can be a make or break for your hiring them. In web development, coming up with imaginative ideas and solutions for problems hold as much value as building apps. That’s why you should not hire an agency that is not equipped to think beyond the standard.
- Assess the company on their communication response
A good WordPress development partner will be one that is prompt and efficient with client communication. Since you’re still not their client, you can thus check their response through some queries and it will give you a good idea of where they stand in terms of communication. If their response is slow or their communication is not up to the mark with a serious lack of professionalism, you should then drop the idea of taking them on board altogether. It’s always important to work with an agency that is quick to respond back, has a dedicated team to answer client queries. That’s why you should avoid working with such a company as it can pose some issues later on.
- Consider the cost
When you plan to hire WordPress experts, cost should be of least interest for two obvious reasons: first, quality and cost never unite and second, lower the cost poorer the result. Even if a company is ready to develop project on throwaway prices, you should not go with it and rather be ready to spend some good money to get quality. Well, the cost consideration is subjective but you should never sacrifice quality at the altar of cost.