If you have a Magento-powered store, you want it to perform flawlessly and deliver an excellent customer experience that would further on lead to sales.
The performance of the online store depends on the developers behind it. Their skills and knowledge serve as the base for the success of the business.
So the question is: where to find professional and reliable Magento developers?
Our brief guide will help you out in both finding a Magento developer and checking their expertise.
Magento developers: where to find one?
The process of hiring a Magento developer depends on your project and its size.
For small or temporary projects you can hire an independent developer from Upwork. It is a freelance website that has a wide range of Magento developers to choose from. As well, you can post your vacancy on such websites as GitHub, Craiglist, or even Twitter. Search for the developers by #Magento hashtag.
If you have a big and long-term project, it would be better to address a Magento development company. Such companies provide an array of services, from development to UX design and even marketing assistance.
The overall expenses would also be cheaper in comparison to hiring a bunch of separate professionals.
You can search for the best Magento development companies online. Pay attention to the reviews (check out Clutch), reach out for the clients from the company’s portfolio and don’t hesitate to ask any kind of questions that you feel like.
Now, make sure that the Magento developer that you are going to work with is professional enough. Here is a quick checklist of what to look for in your candidate.
What to look for in a Magento developer
The checklist below will help you determine whether the candidate is the right fit for your project.
It is preferable for the developers to have at least 2-3 years of experience with Magento. Some companies pay attention to work experience specifically and not the results from the last place of work.
This is justified by the fact that a person should know about Magento by the time they come to a new workplace. Even if the developer did not achieve outstanding results in the past, his experience will still count and serve as a base for further self-development.
Knowledge of caching
Caching is used to store static content. An example of such content can be a static menu on top of the online store homepage. This menu will remain in the same state and at the same place when loading homepage, category page, and similar pages.
By caching the content, a developer increases the page load speed since the content is ready to be used. As a result, Magento performance improves.
Knowledge of databases
Data from the store is stored in the database, thus, the store and the database are in a state of constant interaction. A skilled developer can write a clear and easy architecture of this interaction that will also contribute to the page load speed.
Experience with PHP
PHP is the main programming language of Magento, so obviously, you want to look for a person who is experienced in it.
It is also recommended not to hire developers that have worked with other language and decided to switch to PHP. Better look for a person who is aware of all PHP-
related aspects and is willing to continue learning.
Magento provides a certification program that carefully tests the level of knowledge of the developers and certifies them in accordance with their skills.
Such a certification serves as a guarantee of the developer’s knowledge and is expected from any qualified Magento developer.
One more important thing is: look at the personality. Magento is a complex platform with big amounts of code so Magento developers tend to be sharp, independent, creative, and determined.
And of course, make sure that the person will be a good fit for your team. A lot of things depend on smooth teamwork so it’s important that nobody falls behind.