Outsourcing A WordPress Plugin Case Study Day 6
Day 5 and 6 have been about working out a couple of problems with the plugin and also working on styling issues that will determine how the plugin will look on the front end of blogs.
The deadline has just passed and the plugin while almost there, is not yet complete. In fairness to the my coder, I wasn’t around as much over the last couple of days to answer his questions. He had some slight delays on his end too but nothing significant. I also had to give some thought to one particular part of the plugin, that wasn’t working as I would have liked. This related to limitations with the sharing options for the plugin. I had to compromise on this. I haven’t had one plugin developed where I didn’t have to compromise somewhere.
I can’t stress how important it is for your coder to be accessible to you and open to understanding your vision for your plugin. To do this, they will need to be competent and enjoy their work. I’ve worked with many coders. I’ve had bad communicators, excuse makers, money hunters and lots of unethical types.
When you find a good coder, you’ll know it. It may take many months. I’ve been hiring coders for 6 months now, having hired posssibly more than 30 coders for various projects (up to as many as 6 to finish one project, becasue I got unlucky and got 5 bad coders in a row … bad karma!).
Right now, I have three coders whom I trust completely. They are professional and experienced. They may not be the cheapest but I would rather pay more for a project to turnaround on time and on budget than try to find cheaper coders and wind up having to hire six and still pay more in the end!
That said, I will always have a budget in mind for a project and I’m not afraid to go hunting for some more great coders. They are out there. Don’t be afraid to keep looking until you find one. I’ve heard people say they won’t look for freelancer coders because they’ve been ripped off too many times. As a result they don’t tend to get products developed.
It happens, I’ve been ripped off many times but the risk can be minimized and it’s part of the process to finding somebody great!
So after day 6, my plugin is begining to look as I had imagined it. No regrets either for pre-paying my coder the full fee in advance either!