Its been over three months since I have been tweaking and making changes to this blog, as it picked up some bugs and errors, which I was not comfortable with. I hired couple of WordPress developers, who claimed to be excellent at what they do in their CV and interview, but when the work started they didn’t keep up with their expectations.
I must have spent over $500 switching between developers trying to work with one that can adapt to my working habits and also understand what I am looking to achieve. At the end, I gave in, and thought let me give it a try.
Last week I started to build my whole blog from scratch using the The Thesis Theme for WordPress, and to honest it wasn’t that hard at all. There are many gaudiness online from where I quickly learnt tips and hacks on how to change features and code things to they way I want it to be done.
After 5 days of worked, I have my blog developed exact how I wanted it, with everything working PERFECT. This didn’t mean my hunt for a WordPress developer had finished, no as I needed a good WordPress developer for my company, for other projects. I still put an advert out, which was very specific and targeted, out of which I had three applicants, and after intense interviewing one of them, I have found a WordPress developer that will be working for my web solutions company on all my WordPress projects.
So why did I learn WordPress coding as ac Crash course
I have a habit of making sure I know as much as possible about my websites, and also the projects that we do in my web solutions company. As recently the demand of WordPress sites have increased, I thought I would get a developer to handle everything, but it didn’t work out, as my knowledge on WordPress coding was not up to scratch I was making wrong decisions and choosing the wrong people for the job. By me learning what needs to be done, how the jobs need to be carried out, I have managed to recruit the perfect candidate that will work with me.
Is it worth Doing It Yourself?
As a learning curve, so that you know how things are done, so that you can train others and coach others, Yes, DIY is worth it, or having the knowledge is the key. For example if I did this 3 months ago, I would have saved $500.
Advantages of DIY
- Save cost – Save on hiring costs
- Helps with your coaching – Gives you experience so that you can teach to others.
- Gives you peace of mind as things are done your way
- Lean new skills – learn how to do new tasks and skills
- Less stress, as you’re the only one to blame if things go wrong
- Save time – you will work on your project quicker than others.
DIY is not always the solution to success, as what ever task you are doing, you need to have some basic ground information so that you can start the DIY, if not I would recommend taking extra precautions and hiring someone that can carry out the task professionally.
I will cover a topic over the next couple of weeks how to hire the perfect person for the job.
What are your thoughts on Doing It Yourself.
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