Why employers on freelancing websites specify the web technology?

mohammedgqudah profile image mohammedgqudah ・1 min read

when i want to find freelancer job online creating a website for example people specify the language. for example php or node.js. but why if they where going to have the same website and they are not developers!


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I was looking for a job once. The person contacted me and told me they were looking for a LAMP stack dev.

I said I didn't really know that tech well enough.

They got back to me and said they didn't actually care, someone just told them to say that. I took the job and built the app in Rails.


Usually it has to do with adding more to the project after your part is finished. Maybe that is the stack their existing devs use and they will be expected to maintain it. Or maybe they think they can find more freelance devs on that stack in the future to do further work on the project.

Though sometimes its just ignorance and following trending buzzwords.


It could be many reasons:

  • They know are developers (or an agency) but they don't have time to work on the project so they want someone to work on it instead.
  • They investigated before publishing the job offer.
  • They heard or was told to use X technology.
  • They already have a product in certain technology and the job is to work in a new feature for it.
  • They have published another job offer previously and are just saying the technologies used before because that's what they know.

In most cases you can try to apply for the job and let it know you don't know the stack they want but can use another one. In the best case they can accept you and you can use your own stack, in the worst case you get a "no", but if you don't apply for the job you already have the no either way.