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Do You Need A WordPress Designer Or Developer?

You’ve got the ideas in your head. The plan is in place and you’ve done all the necessary research. You know the products or service you want to offer, the group of people who are most likely to buy from you and now, you just need the website.

Branding matters to you as well, so you have to get this just right. Pull it off and you know your product or service will eclipse that of your competition. Now all you need is a WordPress Designer. Maybe a WordPress Developer would work better…

Trying to figure it out can be confusing and the last thing you need is confusion getting in the way of you making progress, so read on to get help in deciding who to hire for your project once and for all.

What does the designer do?

First, let’s look at the kind of work a designer might carry out and the tools that might be used. Going by the description given on the UK Web Design Association website (UKWDA):

“Web designers manage the look and feel of websites – be they large corporate sites consisting of hundreds of pages, or sites for small businesses comprising just a few. Either way, it’s the web designer’s responsibility to make decisions about every visual aspect of the site – its colour scheme, the fonts and text size, the images, the buttons, menus and other navigation”

So if the only thing that matters to you is having a website that looks good, gives the user a positive and uncomplicated experience, encompasses your brand and doesn’t resemble something out of the 90s, a designer could be the best fit for you. He or she may use graphic design tools such as InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator to get the job done.

If they’re competent, they’ll be able to bring your ideas and brand to life.

How do you know if a developer would be the best fit instead?

This is how the UKWDA describes them and their work:

“Web developers – also known as web programmers – make websites

‘do things’. In other words, they develop a site’s ‘functionality’ and ‘interactivity’. So if you use the web to do things like book a flight, comment on forums, view a bank balance, report a fault… and countless other tasks, then a web developer will have been involved in making sure it all works smoothly.”

The more complex your website idea, the more likely it is that you’ll need a WordPress developer to execute your plans. Having said that, you may be able to get away with taking advantage of the wide range of free and paid plugins available.

Many of them have been designed with the sole purpose of enabling you to add functionality to your site without too much hassle.

But, you want it all. The good-looking website that entices and captivates. The perfect code that operates seamlessly behind the scenes and gives your visitors exactly what they need. Does that mean you would have to pay for both?

Not necessarily and here’s why.

There are people out there that have some knowledge in both the visual and programming aspects of WordPress websites. Depending on your needs, that may be more than enough.

Meet the hybrid

Or unicorn, or Devsigner. Whatever they prefer to be called, they have knowledge that crosses both skillsets. Designers know a bit about coding and developers know a bit about design and usability.

The problem is, while they may have an understanding of each other’s fields, it doesn’t mean they have in-depth knowledge, so if you’re happy to go with a WordPress theme and have it customised here and there, a Devsigner may be for you.

On the other hand, if you want a heavyweight site with a backend as convoluted as Amazon, you’ll need both the WordPress developer and designer. Keep in mind, however, that WordPress can do many things but it still has its idiosyncrasies, so it may not be the best option if your plans are colossal.

Your best option for a website that requires more than a template, would be to find two Devsigners. One who’s mainly a programmer and the other who mostly works with design. This will reduce the chance of miscommunication between the two parties as they work to complete your website.

Things To Avoid As A WordPress Developer


As a WordPress developer, one get hundreds of thousands of freedoms, but since everything comes with some cost. The same meant for WordPress development also. You as a WordPress developer can use as much as resources as the way you want, but also its very much important to avoid some of the things which not only take your development process down but also the time you invested in it also loose. In this article, I am highlighting five of major things that as a WordPress developer have to avoid (or at least try to that extent wherever possible).

Using “Admin” As A Username


Majority of WordPress blog admin having their username as “admin,” the five letter word sounds simple and easy but using “admin” as a username opens a lot of doors by which hacker can easily enter into your WordPress website. Moreover, if not hackers, then there are bots keep on looking for installations that let them allow exploiting them in a single go. Better always give you site a unique and strong admin username and password.

Suggested Reading: How To Secure Your WordPress Blog In 6 Ways

Relying A “Lot” On Shared Hosting

Web Host

If you are using shared hosting, then its better don’t rely much on it as shared hosting is not the one which helps you much plus for longer term. As the traffic on your shared server increase to an extent, your site starts showing signs of slowness and with talking and emails to hosting provider, you will get nothing but waste of time. It is highly recommended that you better have your site running on either virtual private server or dedicated server. In case, if you think you can’t afford from either of VPS or dedicated server from the starting, then you can start with shared hosting but make sure with time better move your site to either of those options.

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Avoid Using Excess Plugins Functionality To Your Theme’s Functions Core


Just think like this you are driving in a wrong way or you are driving in a lane which at the end creates a mess for you. Using not one, not two but many of different plugins functionality to your theme’s functions.php template will nothing but end in creating a huge problem for you. As it will turn out a nightmare for you (and even more if other developers also working with you) to troubleshoot conflicts and problems as soon as you upgrades. Better always create a “functionality plugin” whenever you wish to paste any of different function to your theme’s functions.php template.

Suggested Reading: How to create your own WordPress functionality plugin

Plugins, Plugins And Lots More Plugins


A simple day, plan for an outing and when reached at your outing destination, you found out that there 10x already out there. Make sure you don’t create the same condition for your site. Reason, incorporating a lot of third party will not only create hurdles for whole of your site’s functionality but also make an issue over your site’s loading speed. Always have limited things on board which you think would be highly required. For example, you are running a members site, then it does not means that you end up using multiple plugins for the same. Choose one, but it have to be the best one and worth you installing to your site.

Suggested Reading: 9 Premium WordPress Membership Plugins

Installing Your Own jQuery Version


Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! Doing this means you are in the process of ruining everything you start-up with – the whole of your site. Making such mistake is common with Nvoice plugin and theme developers. Just simply avoid this and simply use what you have been offered by WordPress.

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55 Most Useful Resources For WordPress Developers

I have been working on WordPress content management system from a pretty long time – then whether it would be for the development of mine own company brands or working on clients projects – I always opt WordPress platform on others. But, in all these years, the things that wondered me that collectively there are plenty of resources for WordPress developers are available on internet – but what are the BEST of them – although almost every single resources speaks its own story and they all have been worked and stand very properly. In this article, I have compiled the 55 most useful resources for WordPress developers.


Starter Kits, Plugins, Widgets, Frameworks

When you planned on to develop a WordPress theme, widget or plugin, the best bet is to start by using a “blank” template file which not only save your time but also will give you a solid foundation. For this, the following are the best resources:

  • WP Starter Kit: WP Starter-Kit is a development template for rapidly building WordPress plugins. The framework provides some useful services and a clean way to structure your plugin while allowing you to build libraries of small functional components.
  • Plugin Starter: Plugin Starter is a new framework to help make WordPress plugin development easier. It is not a boilerplate or template that acts as a starting point for a plugin.
  • WordPress Widget Starter: The WordPress Widget Starter will let you create your own new widget with the help of the sample widget starter code.
  • Threaded Comments: It lets you do basic CSS styling for threaded comments.

WordPress Hosting

Since thousands of web hosts available out there offering Free, Shared, VPS, Dedicated as well as Managed WordPress hosting but the question at the top which one to go with. Although we strongly recommend anyone to go with Hostgator but still there are also secondary options available. The priority wise we recommend:

  • Hostgator: This is what our brands are using, all of them. We have been with Hostgator now for over three years and they are very good. They are available 24 by 7, round the clock. Details
  • BlueHost: Another good WordPress hosting provider. Offers number of options. Although we had not tried it directly yet but with having number of clients / past customers websites are on BlueHost. Details
  • DreamHost: DreamHost is good but in our list stands at third position. Having a hold on n number of customers around the world. Tried thrice but still it does not able to make a place in our heart and brain which say us to go with this hosting company. Details

Related Article: Comparison Of WordPress Hosting Providers

Free Themes Vs Premium Themes

On starting with your WordPress website development, this question strikes your head many times. Which one to go with – Free themes or Premium themes and the answer of this is in question itself? If you have good knowledge and understanding of coding and know that you can manage all the updates (which is require to fuel up your theme from time-to-time), then free themes will be the right choice for you. But, if you are interested in having someone who can help you whenever required and keep the track of all technical areas of your WordPress themes, then it would be better to opt for premium themes. In either option there are thousands of themes available in both categories.

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Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. There are not one, not two but thousands of useful plugins available – both free and premium in nature. The plugin will either be for anything, ranging from social media to commenting to security and lots more.

Tutorials Sites And Blogs

While during and after completion there would be n number of time you would be requiring tutorial sites and blogs, which helps you time-to-time.

  • WP Tuts+: Interesting WordPress Tutorials collection site.
  • WP Engineer: Huge collection of coding tutorials, tip and tricks.
  • Smashing Magazine: Offering some very in-depth tutorials and articles about WordPress.
  • JustWP.org: Sharing huge collection of tutorials, talks about themes, plugins and lots more.
  • WPMU: A multi-author site, bringing variety of useful stuff.

Snippets Collections

The number of websites (including ours) is offering useful snippets (the short codes) which you can use in your WordPress website to ease the job.

Other Valuable Resources

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