If you’ve followed our blog in the past, you know how strongly we feel that WordPress is a great solution for your online web presence. If you’re not super tech savvy, then you might be looking to find a freelance WordPress developer to help you create your ideal home on the web.
But here can you go to find top WordPress freelance talent? Don’t worry – we won’t leave you hanging!
Here are 13 reliable places you can find a freelance WordPress developer:
1. AccessAlly Certified Partners
We’re definitely biased when it comes to recommending AccessAlly Certified Experts because we’ve personally trained these amazing WordPress LMS and marketing automation experts.
These certified partners are a LOT more than just freelance WordPress developers, they’ve got years of experience in design, marketing, business automation, and running successful businesses themselves.
If you’re looking someone to help you do something creative, to craft a thoughtful digital strategy, and to help automate your business online… then get in touch with our vetted and recommended AccessAlly Certified Experts and Partners.
Upwork.com is among the largest freelance job exchanges out there, so it should be one of your first stops. The mechanism is simple: you write a detailed description of the job you need completed, and freelancers can begin to send in their application.
You will be able to look at each applicant’s cover letter, past client feedback and portfolio, ensuring you pick the right person for the job. Upwork even sends you recommendations on who the network thinks is most qualified. You can submit payment via PayPal, credit card of bank account once the job is done, with Upwork retaining 10% of the charged fee as commission.
Similar to Upwork, you post a job on Freelancer.com and receive applications from the 16 million registered freelancers on the site.
You can set your price, and even pay a bit extra to have your project appear as a “featured project” for higher visibility and higher-quality applicants. Freelancer’s chat feature allows you to communicate with your WordPress developer in real-time, and you pay only when you’re 100% satisfied with the completed project.
While Upwork and Freelancer advertise the sheer number of freelancers available on their sites, Toptal takes a different approach: less than 3% of the developers who apply to become a member of the site are actually accepted, ensuring that only the best talent will work on your project.
To further ensure quality, Toptal also offers a free “trial” period in which you can evaluate your freelance developer during their initial work phase before deciding whether to move on with them on your WordPress development.
If you’re looking for a freelance WordPress developer for just a few hours here and there, then WPCurve might be the right place for you. This monthly service allows you to ask for small WordPress tweaks, anytime during the month and there’s a highly trained group of freelance WordPress developers on hand to help.
This is perfect if you’re not sure how much work you’ll need done on your WordPress website, and you know that you’ll at least want a few website tweaks per month.
Another option that’s worth looking into if you’ve got specific WordPress projects that need a hands on developer is Codeable. The great thing about Codeable is that you can quickly outline what you need help with, and you’ll be matched with developers with the right skill sets!
This is perfect if you’re not looking to redesign your whole WordPress website, but if you have a few tweaks or small changes you’d like made – from installing or troubleshooting WordPress plugins to working through security issues with a professional developer.
99Designs.com advertises itself as a logo design-focused freelance site, there are many more skillsets available through the service. Both WordPress template designers and WordPress site developers are available to help you improve your web presence.
You don’t have to choose a single person before the work gets done, either: after submitting the job, you wait for the work from multiple freelancers to start coming in, and only pay for the winning design/site you choose.
Fiverr works a bit differently than any of the services mentioned above. Each of its projects is only $5, meaning you will not get a complete WordPress site out of a single designer.
Instead, you can get multiple developers to work on individual aspects of your site, combining to make it as good as possible. You should only consider this option if you’re absolutely confident of your organizational skills, but add it up and it’s definitely the most cost-effective of any of these sites.
Dribbble is a freelance gathering place oriented specifically toward graphic designers, but look beyond the many WordPress templates available for design and you fill find a couple of developers looking to help your cause as well.
The site is different from all the above-mentioned ones because it is not a market place where transactions can happen right away, but rather a spot for designers to showcase their work to future clients. That means while you can use the site to find and contact your future developer, you will have to arrange the project (and related transactions) separately and on your own.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job market specifically focused on WordPress development and design? Good news: there is! WPHired.com functions less like a market place and more like a job board, but it works both ways.
It’s a place for companies like you to post their jobs, and invite applicants from thousands of WordPress developers looking to help you. Alternatively, you can browse resumes of developers and contact them directly. WPHired offers a tiered subscription model: you can post a job for free for 7 days, pay $39.99 to have it listed (and featured) for 30 days, or get a quantity discount and pay $69.99 to have 5 jobs listed for 90 days.
Guru.com prides itself to be a one-stop feature for any business looking for freelancers.
Your company will not only have access to over 1.5 million freelancers in all industries looking to help you succeed, it also creates an interactive “Work Room” environment where you can interact with freshly hired developers, develop timelines and milestones, and share documents without leaving the site. Like Freelancer.com, Guru allows businesses to set up a pricing structure in which they only pay for jobs with which they are 100% satisfied.
Almost 500,000 designers are waiting for work on DesignCrowd.com, and you can bet some of them have WordPress development skills. When using the service, you post a brief and short guideline of what you need to the site, which is picked up by multiple designers. On average, you will get over 100 different web design submissions, of which you can pick your absolute favorite.
You can then give feedback to improve your favorite design, before accepting it and paying the developer. DesignCrowd.com also offers a 100% money-back guarantee if anything does not work the way you planned or the design you get does not hold what it promises.
We end with the most obvious but also most important place to find a freelance WordPress developer: the site itself. You may not be aware of this, but WordPress actually offers an internal job board that is frequented by thousands of developers looking for work.
Why not tap into that invaluable resource right at the source? On the job board, you can easily post a job simply by filling out a few forms, and begin to see the applications float in. All job postings are monitored by moderators, so it may take up to 3 days for your posting to appear. But once it does, you should begin to see the applications come in and get ready to develop your WordPress related website.
Hiring Your Freelance WordPress Developer
So which of these many resources is the best solution for you? At the end of the day, the answer to that question depends entirely on your preferences and the nature of your project.
If you’ve got an A-Z project in mind and you want someone who can help you really dive deep into project completion, then you’ll love our AccessAlly Certified Partners.
The WordPress job board and WPHired.com are also very targeted options, but they also do not offer you a service that includes posting your job to paying the freelancer, that sites like Upwork or Freelancer.com do.
Some resources, like 99designs or DesignCrowd, are ideal if you’re looking to set up a template and want to find freelance designers with some developing skills, while others – like Toptal – focus more on the coding end and less on the design. And then there’s Fiverr or WPCurve, a perfect solution if you just ran into an issue with your already-existing WordPress-based website or want to save money.
Developing your WordPress site should be done by a professional, and finding that professional is made much easier when you know where to look.
Have you used one of these services in the past, and how was your experience? Or did we not list a service that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below!