Constant change and improvement is a reality of eCommerce. There’s always some tweak to be made, or some new feature to add. To support these efforts, most entrepreneurs need to hire outside Magento specialists. Finding the right one can be a real challenge for any business owner.
That’s why we at Dinarys decided to share our experiences in hiring the right Magento developers for any eCommerce project.
As an eCommerce development agency, we have extensive knowledge in developing Magento online stores. Selecting the right person from the vast range of choices is no easy task. In this article, we’ll approach the challenge from a client’s point of view.
What kind of Magneto specialist do you need?
Before starting your search for the best developer, you should clearly define your project, and what you will expect of your outsourced help. If you understand your goal, then hiring the Magento eCommerce developer will be a much easier task.
To define the project, consider the following points
- Will this be full-time work, or a finite set of tasks?
- Is there just one bug to fix, or an ongoing series of problems?
- Do you need someone to stay on staff to keep up with additional changes?
These are important questions, since some specialists might be available for smaller jobs, but too busy for full-time work.
If you do need someone to stay available for ongoing tasks, be sure that your prospects understand your expectations. It doesn’t matter how much skill and knowledge a developer has if they are too busy to deliver results.
Conversely, some developers are only looking for long-term projects, and will not be available for small projects.
Most importantly, though, you need to make sure that your potential developers have enough knowledge, training, and experience. It’s always a good idea to start with a test project. If they perform well on the test project, then you can hire them for more important work.
Freelancer or Agency
Depending on the size of your project, you may need an entire development team. Larger projects are simply too much work for one person, so if you have a laundry list of tasks, you should consider a team.
Although it’s certainly possible to hire individual freelancers and assemble a team yourself, it’s generally not cost-effective to manage them. Reputable eCommerce agencies always have a project manager on hand to manage the team, ensuring that quality work is delivered on time.
Although agencies or dedicated teams will generally do a better job than freelance Magento developers, the cost to hire them will obviously be higher.
If your project is small enough to be handled by one or two developers, freelancers are you best bet. For anything larger, it is better to hire an agency.
Magento eCommerce Developers – You Get What You Pay For
As the saying goes: Good, Fast, or Cheap. Pick Two. There’s another saying: You get what you pay for. If you hire the cheapest developer, you’re putting your business well-being on the line.
Generally, the cheapest developers don’t have the breadth of knowledge needed for effective development. You’ll spend more time and money hiring more experienced specialists to fix their mistakes than you will save by using them in the first place. Fixing bugs will send your project off schedule and over budget.
On the flip side, there’s no sense in overkill. Hiring an overqualified developer for a simple project will yield great results, but at an unnecessarily high price.
Does Your Project Really Need a Senior Developer?
Bear in mind that the hourly rate for a Magento developer depends on a great many factors. Along with their skills, experience, and education, their place of residence will influence their price. In the US, a Magento developer earns from $75 - $90 per hour. In Eastern Europe, developers of the same skill can be found for $15 - $30 per hour.
Another important consideration when hiring a Magento eCommerce developer, whether a freelancer or a team, is their Magento certification.
Magento, the company, has a reputation to protect, and they want to ensure Magento developer has the skills to make their product shine. For that reason, the company provides online courses for Magento specialists. A specialist who holds a Magento certification has proven they’re serious about the work, and have the skills to stand out from the competition.
There are several Magento certifications available, each differing mainly in the type of developer experience needed.
The Magento Solution Specialist certification indicates the holder has a deep understanding of eCommerce processes. They can help fine-tune Magento to meet your specific business needs to meet business goals, as well as optimize its native features. Other Magento certifications include Developer Plus, Front-End Developer, Moderator Kit, and others.
Why does Magento offer so many certifications? It’s a broad platform that covers many different aspects of eCommerce. Certifications can cover
- PHP programming
- drop shipping
and many others.
If you come a cross a specialist who claims to hold all of the available certifications, to know everything, and do everything, be suspicious. They may have cheated to obtain the certifications, or simply have low standards of work.
ECommerce agencies can provide all the necessary specialists for most projects. However, before hiring one, you should get several quotes from different agencies.
How to Hire the Best Magento Developer for Long-Term Work
Some online retailers are under the mistaken impression that eCommerce is a static business. In some rare cases, a website and its sales process is entirely automated, requiring little work from developers. Even in these cases, though, an eCommerce website is still a living entity. It’s vulnerable to viruses and hackers, or it may simply need maintenance.
Every store also needs updates from time to time, for themes, extensions, or the platform itself. Finally, you will certainly have some ideas for new features at some point.
Related Article: Benefits of Custom Magento Extensions for Web Development
When you hire a Magento eCommerce developer, remember to allow them some time to understand your project. They should also have time after deployment to solve issues that may only become apparent over time.
How to Hire the Perfect Magento Web Developer
For people who are not themselves Magento developers or tech people, hiring the right Magento developer can be challenging. Below, you will find the Dinarys team checklist of the critical points of Magento development, as well as tips to select the best developer for your project.
The checklist includes parameters to help you choose the best Magento development team, freelancer, or eCommerce agency.
QA of the Final Product
Testing is an essential part of all development, Magento or otherwise. Any good professional eCommerce agency will have at least one specialist responsible for QA. It’s important to understand their function, and how they fit into your particular project. Before hiring an agency, find out about their QA processes. Even the best development work can be hamstrung by poor testing.
The same applies to freelancers. Before hiring anyone, ask who is responsible for testing. The prospect may have their own testing person or even a dedicated team, or they may simply rely on automatic code testing.
Experience with Version Control Tools
When selecting a Magento developer for a large project, don’t forget to inquire about their experience with version control tools. Good Magento specialists should have some experience with proper version control systems, such as GIT or similar.
When hiring developers for your Magento eCommerce website, be sure to carefully examine portfolios and examples of previous work. You’re free to ask candidates to show you as much work as they can, or for them to showcase only their best project. The goal is to let you check their skills.
If your project is very specialized or relating to a very specific niche, many developers might not have the necessary skills. One of the first questions you ask candidates, in this case, is if they have any experience in your niche.
To be successful, your Magento online shop needs to be tailored to your niche, meeting its specific business goals. Otherwise, it might fall short in essential areas like marketing. Be sure to take this into account when speaking with Magento specialists.
Each Magento developer can have their own approach, but it’s important they understand your vision.
Most specialists also have their own favorite set of extensions and tools. If your niche is a specialized one, be sure to ask if their extensions are suited to your particular store.
Most eCommerce agencies employ a project manager (PM) who acts as a liaison between the developers and the client, and ensures that the project maintains forward momentum. Before hiring a team, ask if they have a PM. If they don’t, then you could be in for some headaches.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Magento Developer?
Hiring an experienced Magento developer, much less a team, is never cheap. And yet, complex projects need the best talent. If you hire the cheapest candidate, be prepared for a rough ride.
As you go through the hiring process, remember that it’s almost impossible to find a good specialist who will work within a low budget, especially if you haven’t asked IT professionals about current going rates before setting a price.
If you find your job rejected by multiple promising candidates, it might not be that they are asking too much. Instead, you might be offering too little.
Most specialists will offer approximately the same bid for any given job. But what if you find the perfect candidate at a much higher price than the rest of the pack?
The answer is simple: Ask them to justify their price. They should be able to quantify what makes them worth so much more than the competition. Don’t hesitate to ask for the specific means by which they arrived at their quote.
Consider as well that every project and every client is different. For instance, before hiring the Dinarys team, some of our clients like to meet our salespeople. Other clients prefer to hire agencies that are geographically local to them.
As you go through the hiring process, you can think about your own priorities for selecting a Magento specialist or team.
Hiring the right Magento web developer, whether freelance or an entire team, is the first step to a successful online shop. It’s a major decision that has long-term effects on your business. In the end, it’s not important whether you decide to work with a senior developer, a freelancer, a team, or even a student.
The important thing is that whoever you hire, you are able to trust them, and that they understand you and your business goals.
At Dinarys, we have extensive experience in developing Magento projects. We prioritize the client’s actual business goals, and we always deliver the best results. Do you have a project in mind? Fill out the form below, and a Dinarys representative will contact you ASAP.