Unexpected Advantages Of Hiring Dedicated Remote WordPress Developers
WordPress powers over 40% of the internet, with over 450 million websites using it.
Granted, 70 million of those websites are self-hosted, but that still doesn’t bar giant corporations such as Mercedes-Benz and the BBC group from using it.
In fact, the popularity factor is probably why you’re looking to hire a WordPress developer team in the first place. But did you know that there are also some hidden benefits to hiring remote dedicated WordPress developers?
When you make the decision to outsource your WordPress development to remote dedicated centers, you instantly unlock a whole new global talent pool.
On the flip side, with traditional employees, you’d be restricted only to those people who live within commuting distance of your workplace.
This “talent pool” factor is especially important for small businesses and startups, where every employee has an effect on how the company performs.
Who doesn’t want access to the best talent, worldwide?
But what if the website team doesn’t get along?
Fear not: any decently established outsourcing company will already have remote dedicated teams in place, who have known each other for years.
This team works cohesively, so professionalism will likely not be an issue for most people.
When you hire people only from around your parts of town, chances are high that they all know the same things.
However, if you hire remote teams, they almost always know more than two languages. Popular ones among remote developers are HTML, CSS, MySQL, and PHP.
Why is this important? Well, strictly speaking, your team can get away with simply knowing CSS, but the other languages add a level of customizability that will blow your mind.
You can customize the site structure with HTML, site elements with CSS, and site layout by using PHP.
There is a high likelihood that at least a few members of your team will be in a different time zone than you.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as some people would have you believe.
Reason: if you need something worked on quickly, you can usually get it done at the drop of a hat because the time differences serve as a head start for the team.
If hiring multiple people to manage different aspects, it is always a wise move to hire people across a few time zones so that you can stay in contact wherever the need arises, whatever the hour may be.
Lastly, hiring dedicated people in different time zones ensures business continuity by enabling one person to take over just as the other is finishing up — if you time it right.
You may be thinking, “What’s unexpected about this?”
Obviously, the salaries for remote WordPress developers will be lower, so you save a ton of money on that score.
According to ZipRecruiter, the average remote WordPress developer charges $74,000 per year whereas the average in-house WordPress developer can charge anywhere upwards of $106,000 per year.
Bear in mind that this number is for U.S. professionals. Now for the unexpected bit:
If you agree to hire from dedicated development centers in major hubs like India, prices can be as low as $5 an hour for large projects. Get every detail in writing and use an application to convert PDF to excel (if needed) and take the next step based on this. Document.
Moreover, with a remote WordPress team, you save on employee infrastructure costs, recruitment fees, and insurance costs that you would normally have to cover for in-house employees.
Traditionally, the main problem with outsourcing tasks, (particularly ones such as development) has been that the team members are often “rotated” (swapped).
That means that you can spend a month teaching one person how the organization works, only for them to be replaced just as they got into the flow.
Now you have to teach the new guy how things are done all over again, wasting precious time and resources.
All that is a thing of the past, with the “dedicated services model” taking over.
This makes it so that one team, and one team only, is assigned to your project, and they work at it until completion.
The team doesn’t change so anything they learn will be put back into improving the website itself.
This also gives other members of your team to get used to the website developers and find a good sync between themselves. Minimal friction = maximum productivity.
Another unexpected benefit of remote dedicated developers is that you don’t need to mollycoddle them all the time.
They are responsible for your website, and they know it. Plus, if your business isn’t based on website services, it can quickly become a chore to manage the website.
You can rest easy knowing that there is a team constantly working and improving your website. This leaves you free to focus on other, more important business operations.
Most outsourcing companies provide for their remote teams to send their employers daily or weekly reports.
Oftentimes, these reports are all you need to catch up on the team’s progress. Make strategic use of these reports to save time, and invest it wisely elsewhere.
Not every enterprise needs a team of 12 WordPress developers. Indeed, for most, a team of 3-6 people does the job just fine.
With in-house hires, you’d need to go through the entire rigmarole of recruitments and interviews if you wanted to upscale.
If you wanted to downscale, then you’d have to go through the entire shenanigan of termination letters, notice periods, and sometimes even severance pay.
With remote dedicated developers, this process is as simple and intuitive as a phone call or email saying “I need to increase/ decrease my team by XYZ”.
Bear in mind that the outsourcing company would still require a reasonable amount of time to accommodate this change, especially for downsizing the team.
We all know that people do better work when they are comfortable and happy right?
Well, when your employees are away from the confines of an office where decorum is to be maintained, they are more likely to feel freer while working.
Because your team will be working remotely, i.e. from the comfort of their home, they are likely to be way more productive than if you “shackled” them into a cubicle in an office.
Plus, when working remotely, there are far fewer distractions than at an office.
Pro tip: allow your team to be flexible about their working hours, but absolutely do not be flexible about deadlines.
Let the team know that as long as they meet their goals on time, they can work whenever they please.
This not only increases productivity but also boosts morale.
For instance, this Stanford study concluded that “people counted a 13% increase when allowed to keep flexible timings while working remotely”.
As a bonus, here is a list of skills that your remote WordPress development team should be able to cover (an experienced team should be able to cover at least 4 ):
- Expertise in languages like CSS, HTML, PHP, MYSQL (in order of priority),
- XML/ RPC,
- Jquery/ Ajax,
- Knowledge of Elementor, Avada, Divi WordPress frameworks,
- Bootstrap, Foundation, LESS, and SAAS frameworks,
- Angular or Vue JS
Hopefully, this article helped to allay any doubts you may have about hiring dedicated developers to manage your website.
Hiring new remote teams can be a tricky process, so if you ever feel the need to seek guidance, you should get in touch with experienced industry professionals.