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26May
2015

6 Things to Look For When You Hire a Magento Developer

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Whether your site is already on the Magento platform or you’re about to build a new site, you’re going to need a professional Magento Developer to create the site your business demands.

But what do you need to know to pick the right developer or development team for you?

This article will review the key things to keep in mind if you’re looking for a Magento Developer so you’ll put your site and your business in good, reliable hands.

1.      You’ll want a Magento Developer with a great deal of Experience.

Magento is an incredibly versatile platform. It’s fully scalable, feature-rich and 100% customizable. Almost anything is possible. It is designed to allow for maximum flexibility which allows you to create your ideal website with all the features you want. I could go on and on about the benefits of Magento’s versatility. However, to truly get the most out of everything Magento can do, you need a developer with enough experience to bring your vision to life.

Your Magento site can only go as far as your developer knows how to take it. So it’s very important to find a developer with years of experience.

ioVista has been developing Magento sites for over five years now, and has been partnered with Magento for four years. In that time, ioVista’s developers have created more than 100 sites. ioVista offers many Magento services with the certified developers to execute them. You can learn more about our Magento expertise here.

2.     You’ll want a Magento Developer with a Portfolio that proves their Experience.

It’s one thing for a developer to tell you they have experience, it’s quite another to see their experience in action. Any good developer will happily direct you to their online portfolio or be willing to share links to the sites they’ve developed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find out what makes their work special. Great Magento Developers will be more than willing to point out the custom features they developed for other clients. ioVista’s Magento Portfolio can be found here.

3.      You’ll want a Magento Developer with happy clients.

Nothing is a greater indicator of a good developer than happy clients. Just as a good developer will offer you a list of the sites they’ve worked on, they should also share testimonials. Plus, once you’ve seen a developer’s portfolio, you know who their clients are. You could reach out to those clients and see if anyone would share their experience with you. Testimonials from many satisfied ioVista clients appear throughout our website.

4.      You’ll want to check your Magento Developer’s knowledge.

As stated earlier, Magento is versatile. One Magento project will vary greatly from another. Before you call a developer, you don’t have to know the full scope of your project but you should have a list of questions about the goals you want to accomplish with your site.  You don’t need to be especially tech-savvy to figure out if the developer you’re speaking with knows what they’re talking about. Aside from being a Magento Developer, they should be an eCommerce expert and understand how you want your site to work and generate sales.  Anyone can talk about features that they offer. A great developer will be able to explain how those features will grow your traffic, your brand and your sales.

5.      You’ll want a Magento Developer with fair and transparent pricing.

Once you get to the proposal stage, look for clear terms about pricing. Not only do you want a fair price, you’ll want a clear idea of how their pricing works. Consider ways the project may evolve as it continues. Make sure you look closely at how rates could change if the project changes. A great developer will be clear from the start. ioVista offers some of the best rates you’ll find in the industry. Developers know most clients shop around and compare prices. ioVista always offers a very competitive rate from the start and they’ve won a lot of business because of it.

6.      You’ll want a Magento Developer that offers post-project support.

No matter how big or small your project is, you’ll want a developer who can offer you support if you need it down the road. Do they offer dedicated support if you need it? What about platform upgrades when Magento releases updates? It’s important to choose a Magento Developer who you can rely on months or years after your project wraps up. ioVista offers many post-project support options to suite your specific business needs. For more about the support we offer, look here.

There are a lot of Magento developers out there but we’re confident that ioVista offers the perfect combination of experience, knowledge and fair pricing. We could charge more but we know it’s far more valuable to build trust with our clients to establish long-term partnerships. Your site will be built to last but as technology changes rapidly, we want our clients to come to us first when they’re ready for a tweak or an update.

If you’re ready for a consultation, we’d love to talk to you – and bring any questions you have! We’re thrilled to be considered for such an important part of your business.

 

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