THE RIGHT   CONSULTANTSaturday, March 23, 13
CODY LANDEFELD        OWNER/DIRECTOR AT CODYL        10+ YEARS BUILDING FOR THE WEB        7+ YEARS BUILDING WITH WORDPRES...
WHAT IS A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT?     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
PEOPLE WHO DO                                         AWESOME STUFF                                         WITH          ...
THE WIDE WORLD OF WORDPRESSS     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
THE WIDE WORLD OF WORDPRESSS             •17% of the web uses WordPress             • WordPress is easy to use / This is g...
START WITH THE BAD...     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING                             WORDPRESS     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS                          REGARDING WORDPRESS              1. WordPress is free so it’s cheap or easy...
RUN AWAY FROM THESE GUYS!     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
NOW ON WITH THE GOOD...     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WORDPRESS                             CONSULTANT?     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WORDPRESS                             CONSULTANT?             • Above all - Adding value to your pro...
GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK A                         WORDPRESS CONSULTANT?     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK A                          WORDPRESS CONSULTANT?             • How long have you worked with WordPre...
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HIRING A                         GOOD WORDPRESS CONSULTANT...     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, Ma...
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HIRING A                         GOOD WORDPRESS CONSULTANT...             • You are left to be the exp...
PRO TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT CLIENT!     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
PRO TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT CLIENT!             • Plan and schedule your project properly ;)             • Reference requir...
QUESTIONS?     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
QUESTIONS?     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
THANKS!     codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
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Hiring the Right WordPress Consultant

  1. 1. THE RIGHT CONSULTANTSaturday, March 23, 13
  2. 2. CODY LANDEFELD OWNER/DIRECTOR AT CODYL 10+ YEARS BUILDING FOR THE WEB 7+ YEARS BUILDING WITH WORDPRESS PHOENIX, AZ // CODYL.COM // @CODYLSaturday, March 23, 13
  3. 3. WHAT IS A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT? codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  4. 4. PEOPLE WHO DO AWESOME STUFF WITH ...and talk on cell phones while wearing a suit. codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  5. 5. THE WIDE WORLD OF WORDPRESSS codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  6. 6. THE WIDE WORLD OF WORDPRESSS •17% of the web uses WordPress • WordPress is easy to use / This is good and bad • WordPress has a vast community of developers contributing to it’s core to make it better continually. (Please thank them today!) codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  7. 7. START WITH THE BAD... codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  8. 8. INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING WORDPRESS codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  9. 9. INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING WORDPRESS 1. WordPress is free so it’s cheap or easy to develop with. 2. I can do anything I want to do with plugins! 3. I don’t need to hire a developer. I can develop my own site (maybe?) 4. WordPress is easy to set it and forget it! No need for updates. 5. All WordPress themes are created equal. codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  10. 10. RUN AWAY FROM THESE GUYS! codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  11. 11. NOW ON WITH THE GOOD... codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  12. 12. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT? codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  13. 13. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT? • Above all - Adding value to your project / company • Actual consultation. Project planning, discovery, organization, etc • Proof of experience working with WordPress • Advice regarding off - the - shelf WordPress themes • Experience with different types of projects - E-Commerce / Mobile / Applications, etc codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  14. 14. GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT? codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  15. 15. GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK A WORDPRESS CONSULTANT? • How long have you worked with WordPress? • Do you or your team primarily work with WordPress? • What is your speciality with WordPress? Themes? Plugins? Both? You don’t need to be the expert, but good questions will help you gain confidence in the right fit. codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  16. 16. CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HIRING A GOOD WORDPRESS CONSULTANT... codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  17. 17. CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HIRING A GOOD WORDPRESS CONSULTANT... • You are left to be the expert of web development and projects when you should be focused on being an expert. • You miss your deadlines and have less time for Reddit and cat videos on YouTube. • And other things... codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  18. 18. PRO TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT CLIENT! codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  19. 19. PRO TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT CLIENT! • Plan and schedule your project properly ;) • Reference requirements in design - desktop / tablet / mobile, etc. • Hire a killer designer, not a killer for a designer. Thank me later. • Identify a clear time table for your project, so your consultant places you in priority. • Seek a collaborative approach with building your project. codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  20. 20. QUESTIONS? codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  21. 21. QUESTIONS? codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
  22. 22. THANKS! codyl.com | @codyl #wcsdSaturday, March 23, 13
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