Using Yoast SEO with the Enfold WordPress Theme

This is a good question that came into my e-mail box:

I enable all my customers to use Yoast SEO since it helps trains them to enter the proper content. However it appears Enfold developers think Yoast should accommodate the use the Avia Layout Builder versus Enfold folks coding to use Yoast SEO. Do you know of a solution?

I decided I’d make a quick post about my thoughts about this so that hopefully others can benefit from the explanation.

The background here is that the Enfold theme has the option to use the ‘Avia Layout Builder’ within pages and posts instead of the standard WordPress editor. The ‘Avia Layout Builder’ is a very high quality builder with similarites to Visual Composer and other theme specific layout builders. It makes it really easy for a non-developer to build and manage more advanced page layouts and content.

The problem is that the Yoast SEO plugin doesn’t properly recognize content in the Avia Layout Builder so that ‘SEO Score’ or red yellow green ‘Traffic Light’ that Yoast produces on a page/post edit screen is not exactly accurate.

So how is an SEO amateur supposed to even use the Yoast SEO tool if they choose to use the Enfold theme?

First, let me say that the Enfold theme is my favorite theme currently to customize and develop websites with. Let me also mention that I use Yoast SEO on all my sites.

How I use Yoast SEO with Enfold

Let me start by addressing the main question about the using the Avia Layout Builder and the Yoast page/post optimizer dialogue. Personally, I predict this incompatibility is one that will get resolved between the theme and plugin authors Kriesi and Yoast in some time.

In the short term a workaround would be to not use the Advanced Layout Editor and the Yoast SEO page optimization dialogue will still work as normal with the Enfold theme. So, most blog posts, don’t use the Advanced Editor anyway, so you’re still all good. If you do need to use the Advanced Layout Editor, certain parts of the Yoast SEO plugin still work so just take the traffic light results with a grain of salt and move on. Just because the light is not green does not mean that isn’t optimized.

Furthermore, I personally think the page/post Yoast SEO optimization dialogue, the focus keyword, is the most over-rated part of the Yoast SEO plugin. I almost never use it these days, but sure I know a thing or two about SEO. But for someone who the tool helps them get closer to having a well-optimized post/page they also should not get caught up in having all green lights. I’ve even used some CSS to hide the little traffic light for some clients who just cannot get past it. These ‘rules’ are more like guidelines and really there is no formula for a well-optimized piece of content other than it being authoritative and resourceful from the users perspective.

Why I actually use Yoast SEO with Enfold

Yoast SettingsThe most under-rated part of the Yoast SEO plugin is with the other settings contained within the plugin I haven’t mentioned yet. The settings that should be set-up properly but yet are often ignored resulting in indexing issues that cause bigger SEO problems. Specifically the ‘Titles & Metas” section of Yoast SEO is one where you should have an expert help you get right for your site to avoid time-consuming head-aches down the road.

To provide you a resource on this please see my previously published post on How to Troubleshoot Google Indexing Issues which outlines these settings I’m talking about here.

Titles & Metas

So when I setup an Enfold site for a client and install Yoast SEO I do a basic configuration of these settings for the client to make sure they get started on the right foot. And leave the individual post optimization settings to them, but advise them to take that area with a grain of salt.

Conclusion: If you or your clients are obsessed with having a ‘Green Light’ on every page of their website that is the problem, nothing to do with Yoast or Enfold. My point is that I’ve had amazing SEO results with content where the Yoast tool showed ‘Red’. If there is still an issue with that answer, then try perhaps having your Avia Advanced Layout Builder pages optimized by a SEO professional or manually complete the Yoast checklist yourself. I’d assume the pages where Advanced Layout Builder are used are important pages on your website. Most the time for blog posts you use the Standard WordPress post editor anyway where the Yoast tool currently works great for optimizing new blog content as it’s created.

How to Hunt for Quality WordPress Developers

Finding High Quality WordPress DevelopersHave you been searching for the illusive awesome WordPress developer without luck? Do you have a simple development need or ongoing need to hire quality WordPress developers but seem to only ever find under-qualified freelancers who are unprofessional or not the right fit? Do you think all the best WordPress developers have jobs for Agencies who charge too much for you to be able to take advantage of the talent? If so, it sounds like to me that you need some help with your WordPress developer hunting skills in order to land you that prize developer you can brag about to all your colleagues when they nail your task/project.

Where to Hunt for the Best WordPress Developers

If you are just starting your search or perhaps have even been searching for some time you need to first know the best place to find a quality WordPress developer. You wouldn’t go hunting in the desert for a moose so make sure you don’t go hunting on sites like Fiverr.com for a quality developer. Turns out, the best developers are usually hanging out in the best places for developers. Sure, often times the best place for a developer might be a well-paid position at a creative agency but actually many or most developers don’t want to work for an in-house agency and prefer the freedom to choose which projects they get to spend their time on.


Codeable
Freelance marketplaces, like codeable.io, are a great place to go looking for the highest quality WordPress developers. These marketplaces are like watering holes for developers where they go when they have gaps in their work schedules looking to satisfy their thirst for new work. Some of these marketplaces, or watering holes, are better than others which I have explained in my other post you should read, Freelance WordPress Developer Service Marketplaces Ranked. Not only do the best WordPress developer spend time on these marketplaces but the marketplaces actually make it easy for you to try new developers and many provide quality guarantees. Normally when you work with a freelancer it’s just you and them but when a company can step in the middle and provide some level of quality assurance it makes ensuring you get a great web development service even easier.

How to Hunt for the Best WordPress Developers

If you are walking through some woods that are filled with large elk and it’s open season you are going to be in a lot of trouble when you find one but can’t shoot your bow and arrow for the life of you. So now I want to advise on how you can be prepared to present your task/project the best way to the developer for the highest chance that they’ll want to take on the work for you. So how to arm yourself with the best rifle or and skills to land that big elk.

The most important thing to remember is this is a two-way street. These high quality freelance WordPress developers are not starving for work, they are very well fed by the demand for work. So from the very start of your contact with a new developer remember that they are evaluating your as a potential new client just as you are evaluating them as a new developer. This means that you must be careful in what you say so that you provide respect to the developer and their profession at all times. Remember also that often times when working with a freelance developer that there is no “account manager” or middle man to translate between ‘developer speak’ and ‘client facing language’ so be sensitive to that. I wrote another post, Two Red Flags Not to Say to a Web Developer, that gives a couple examples of how clients think they are helping but really they are unknowingly disqualifying themselves as a potential new client in the eyes of the freelance developer.

The best advice I can give on how to effectively communicate with a new WordPress developer is to treat them like the expert practitioners they are. That means treat them as you would your doctor, lawyer, or accountant. This will in return get you the respect from the developer you expect. I wrote a book review on The Win Without Pitching Manifesto that describes this mentality spot on and gives you an inside look into how the best WordPress developers think about their work.

Developer Poaching

Developer PoachingI’m one of the highly regarded expert freelance WordPress developers lucky enough to work for Codeable a service marketplace platform where I get awesome new work and new clients. Sometimes though, I get contacted outside of the platform by new clients who mention they found me on there but are trying to hire me outside of the platform, this is called poaching and is strictly prohibited by Codeable who has hand-selected and time tested each of their expert developers that they guarantee satisfaction.

To give the client the benefit of the doubt they usually get a warning but I do see clients who repeatably attempt to hire multiple developers after they have been told the work must go through the agency or the service marketplace. Put yourself in the shoes of the developer, they would never want to risk losing their chance to be able to get new work/clients on the platform by allowing a client to pay them outside the platform. And if I put myself in the shoes of the client there are many benefits to hiring through an agency or service marketplace that should be valued by the client.

Recently, I had a lady who attempted to reach out to me by e-mail after she hired me on a service marketplace and asked if I could just invoice her directly instead. I warned her that wasn’t OK and also reported her to the service marketplace. Instead of just continuing the project with me through the service marketplace she went around our backs again and tried to hire one of my associates on the same service marketplace who reported it to me and the platform and that clients was banned from the marketplace and left without anyone to help her out. She wrote me a “thanks a lot for telling on me” e-mail trying to ruin my day or something which I sent her a polite response saying I warned her and then proceeded to block her e-mail address so I would never hear from her again. She was not treating me like an expert practitioner and I have zero tolerance for that especially after the fair warning I provided.

Final Advice on Quality WordPress Developer Hunting

If your budget is small then you should be upfront and understanding about that. Try sites like upwork.com and you’ll have 1000’s of developers who will do the work for you for very small budgets. But also understand that the quality of work, customer service, communication, and professionalism will all reflect that.

If your budget is fair or flexible then you should have no problems when hunting for a high quality WordPress developer if you follow my advice in this post. Again once you’ve located the developer it doesn’t end there, you must setup the project properly and define everything as upfront as possible before the worked in funded and/or started to ensure the quality you are seeking. And remember that the developer is also rating you the client and this will determine if they want to work with you again in the future and how much they care to go above and beyond to ensure your complete satisfaction. Quality developers work with many different client types and they recognize quickly who they are compatible with or not so be conscious of that.

 

5 Different Types of WordPress Developers

If you ask a WordPress developer or a client what makes a great WordPress developer you will likely get a different set of answers. This is because there are different types of WordPress developers each with their own specialties within WordPress. You see, it depends on what you are looking to get out of a WordPress developer that dictates what qualities that developer should posses.

Types of WordPress Developers

1. The All Code, No Design WordPress Developer

This type of WordPress developer is 100% focused on providing the absolute best possible code. They want your website to be the fastest WordPress site on the block with the leanest code, they trim ALL the fat. This type of developer admits they know nothing about design, wish they did, but have no desire to learn it. They will however be able to talk your ear off about the future of WordPress development, technologies and use acronyms you’ll likely have to Google to understand but don’t worry they got you.

If you’re the type of client who needs a plugin created or customized this is the developer for you. If you want a custom theme created instead of modifying an existing theme to fit your design this is your developer. If you have a designer and your website is more complicated than the standard business website, perhaps with e-commerce integrated then you want this developer to make sure you get the most out of how your site functions.

2. The Design Only WordPress Developer

This type of developer is a premium theme customizing master. They will choose the best premium theme out there and customize it, to an extent, to fit your brand. Ask them to code the theme from scratch or from bootstrap or genesis frameworks and they will run away. Don’t get me wrong they will be very capable of building you a very well designed finished product. They’ll likely also be able to ensure the site’s UI/UX is top notch as well with user-centric design consideration.

If you’re the type of client that can’t afford both a web design and web developer and your needs are not more than a standard business website for example then this could be the developer for you. The beauty of WordPress is that developing a basic website that is beautiful is not hard and many savvy designers are more than capable of using WordPress to bring their designs to life with very little actual development skills. Some things need to be engineered, other things should be designed.

3. The Business Savvy WordPress Developer

This type of developer understands what it’s like to be in the clients shoes. They have business experience and completely understand the VALUE of their work. They will prefer project based pricing over hourly but will be conscious of project budgets and to say it again, the value of their work for the client. This means that the developer will be able to make helpful recommendations in order to get your project done most efficiently within the constraints of features and costs.

If you’re a client who needs a WordPress project done but is not sure of the best way to approach or get it done this is your developer. They will be able to help advise on the best route to take in order to complete your job. This developer has worked with businesses of all sizes and knows how to speak and project manage appropriately for each. If you want your website to give you the most marketing value this type of developer will be best suited for that as well with an understanding of tactics like content marketing and SEO for instance.

4. The Complete Package WordPress Developer

This developer likely has over 10,000 hours of practice within the realm of web development. They come from a diverse background of business, coding, design, project management and administration. They are an agency packed into one person, a very rare breed of developer. They also know their value and you can expect large price tags to go along with that but it’s worth it if you can afford it. This is the developer who you can depend on no matter what you need. You will never fully understand how they are so good because you’ll never be on their level. This developer always seems to be available and in a good mood smothering clients with kindness so much you can’t possibly be unhappy as a client.

If you’re a client looking for the unicorn equivalent of a WordPress Developer this is what you’re seeking. But seriously, these guys are out there I know a few and they always get paid what they ask for and on-time by great clients. If you find one, it’s likely they’ll only want to work remotely or you better have a really awesome company that aligns with their interest, including great pay, if you’re trying to bring them in-house.

5. The Wannabe WordPress Developer

I added this developer originally as a joke to add perspective but turns out this is actually a very worthy type of WordPress developer. They have many similar qualities as the design only and business developers in that their coding skills might be lacking a little but they can help suggest great solutions for getting your WordPress job done. This developer is frustrated deep down because they feel by this point they should be better at coding than they are which leaves them feeling capped. They also feel they have an advantage because they understand the business side and the tech side.

Wannabe WordPress developers are good for clients who want to do it themselves and need hand holding. The wannabe developer will be willing to take the time to help the client learn side by side with patience. This developer likely knows a few really talented developers who can help if needed so the client need not worry. Oh and if you have any doubts about WordPress being the right CMS or platform for the job this type of developer will be glad to re-assure you WordPress is the only way to go.

Conclusion

As you can see not all WordPress developers are created equal. It’s for this reason that I myself know I will not always be the best fit for certain jobs, projects or clients based on my own developer type. As a client or a developer you should know your types so that you can produce the best results for a given WordPress development scenario.

I should also mention that it’s possible for developers to be a mix of developer types. Just ask a developer they’ll tell you where they fit because they don’t want to take on work that isn’t right for them. Developers are most happy when they have clients and jobs that are best suited to their qualities as a developer.

Which type of developer are you? Did I leave one out? Leave a comment below and add some value for the readers of this post.

Freelance WordPress Developer Service Marketplaces Ranked

Comparing WordPress Service Marketplaces

If you need to hire a freelance WordPress developer you better be looking in the right place. There are many online marketplaces where developers set up profiles to be hired for jobs large and small but not all these marketplaces are equal. As a developer myself I can tell you that the best developers choose the best marketplaces to pick up new work. That means if you are looking for a developer on the wrong marketplace you could likely end up with a poor developer who is unhappy to be working for you. Alternatively, if you are selecting a developer from the best marketplace you are more likely to find a successful developer who loves taking on new clients and work through that marketplace.

In this post I want to dive into some of the pros and cons of the different WordPress development marketplaces to give other developers and clients a better idea of where to look for work or talent. I’ve interviewed a handful of my associates who are also freelance WordPress developers to get a better idea of their experiences on the various service marketplaces out there today. My general findings is that there are actually very very few marketplaces where the best developers enjoy getting new work from. This means if you are looking to hire a new developer you want to make sure you are going to the right place so that you aren’t working with a developer who hates their life which is no fun for anyone.

As you continue to read through this post you’ll be inclined to think I’m being a little biased based on my conclusions but I assure you I’m not the only developer who agrees with what I’ve wrote below. It’s also going to seem like I am bashing some of these companies which is not my intent at all but instead raising my doubts that have shaped my opinions, please take my comments with a grain of salt.

Best WordPress Service Marketplaces Reviewed and Ranked

1. Codeable

Codeable.io is hands down the very best marketplace for finding a top-notch WordPress developer for your task/job/project large or small. As a developer I have never seen anything like it from my perspective or the clients perspective. I wrote another post, Considering Codeable.io? Developer Q&A with New Client, which you should read that gives a ton of information on how codeable works.

I want to elaborate here on why if you ask any developer who freelances on codeable why they agree codeable is the very best WordPress freelance marketplace for outsourcing your WordPress development work. I recently did a video interview which will be published soon for a content series Codeable is producing called ‘Changing Lives’ that I will post here but you should also hear from three of my Codeable developer associates who have already been featured:

Changing lives: Alexandra Spalato
Changing lives: Nathan Reimnitz
Changing lives: Spyros Vlachopoulos

Update: My Changing Lives Interview Video.

These interviews showcase what a very happy developer looks like. Happy developers = happy clients. Think of it as related to any other industry… have you ever received service from someone you know hates their job? How was that service? Developers at Codeable love their job because Codeable makes it easy for them to do a really great job and be compensated fairly.

Codeable does not support ‘bidding’ like most marketplace which is simply a race to the bottom, not good for developer or client. Instead, Codeable developers are only allowed to ‘estimate’ a task in which they know they can complete for the client at 100% satisfaction. These estimates are averaged together which is the price the client sees making sure the estimates are fair for both parties.

There are many other aspects to the Codeable platform that I described in my other post and can be heard in the interviews posted above that put Codeable a notch above the rest. If that’s not enough for you then I suggest you watch this interview by Patrick Rauland of speakinginbytes.com with Per Esbensen, Codeable co-founder and CEO, that although slightly dated really puts a nice punctuation mark on my comments above:

2. There is no equal to codeable.

When ranking the WordPress service marketplaces it was extremely difficult to decide who to put at #2. So difficult, I decided it would serve the reader best to just re-iterate how much better Codeable is than any other option out there for finding a high quality WordPress developer.

In all honesty, each of the following WordPress service marketplaces I would not even put in the same category as Codeable. Each marketplace below has a different approach to how they setup the client/developer relationship which make them all unique but not necessarily better than one another.

Codeable truely values their hand-selected and time-tested team of expert WordPress developers and puts them first, ahead of clients. You might think it’s crazy but it shouldn’t be news to you that the client is NOT always right. Codeable goes above and beyond to protect their developers from abusive clients and have systems in place to keep their developers happy. I’ve never seen this level of support for the developer from any other platform or service marketplace out there.

3. Upwork (formerly oDesk)

The elephant in the room earned the 3rd place on my list here but not because they are the best but because they are the most well-known. Many of the best developers I’ve spoke with have at some point done work through Upwork but they have since started working for Codeable they no longer bother with bidding on jobs at oDesk.

It doesn’t take much to see the problems with Upwork, just post a task on there and you will see. Sure, you’ll likely get a much cheaper estimate than most service marketplaces but that doesn’t come without a greater cost down the road. Have you ever heard the saying “Price buyers are twice buyers.”? Well that holds especially true with Upwork because many clients will simply choose the lowest bid that looks good to them. This results in a “race to the bottom” for developers on who can post the lowest bid the fastest gets the job. As a developer who focuses on quality above all else I’ve vowed to never compete on price because I believe developers are expert practitioners.  You can read more background on my beliefs about this in a book review of The Win Without Pitching I wrote here.

I’ve got word from my associates that Upwork is actually starting a program called Upwork Pro that will be more of a curated marketplace with only the best developers. The problem with this though is that ‘the best’ developers for them are the ones who have already proven themselves on Upwork by being the best at the race to the bottom while still satisfying clients. Client satisfaction with high quality work is everything but I just can’t see Upwork being able to bridge this gap even with their re-branding. Why did Upwork re-brand from oDesk anyway? Perhaps I could suggest because their reputation was not the best as oDesk, but they say it’s because of a bunch of new features, features that don’t really help me as a developer.

4. Envato Studio

Envato Studio has a great reputation but a different approach. You can read about how Envato Studio works but the gist of it is that you select talent(developers) THEN supply the brief. This is a client-centric approach in that the client gets to pick who they want to give a chance to see their brief then decide to hire or not. This same setup is also available on Codeable with ‘preferred contractors’ but the problem here is that the developer may have no interest in taking on your project based on their availability, your brief, or a multitude of other reasons. A developer-centric approach would be that the client posts a brief that developers can review and decide if they want to ask questions or estimate.

When I get selected as a ‘preferred contractor’ I rarely ever actually take on the development job if it’s for a new client. I have a good eye for spotting briefs that fit my skill set or not. So more often than not I’m faced with having to explain to the client why I am unable to take-on or estimate their job because I was never interested in the first place. This is a big waste of time for me and the client.

I should note I did apply to be a web developer provider for Envato Studio but never heard back other than the confirmation they received my application.

5. peopleperhour

My associates informed me that this marketplace has lots of good things going for it. It’s pretty strait forward as developers are able to offer “hourlies” they call it where you can hire by the hour.

I just applied for a profile here and was advised it would be reviewed within 3 days. My assumption is that this is a great service marketplace but you can’t expect work to just come to you through it. I’ll add more here once I have a chance to get my hands dirty on the platform.

Update: I was ‘Approved’ about 12-hours after submitting my application. Thing sounds really promising, “we are delighted to welcome you to the highest quality freelance marketplace online today” looking forward to getting started.

What impressed me the most is that similar to Codeable, they use a ‘trial period’ with certain requirements which they’ve actually defined for me and included some tips. re:

we expect new Freelancers to complete two separate projects and receive a 4+ rating from Buyers within the first three months of joining.  PeoplePerHour will facilitate by promoting you to different Buyers and routing you only the most relevant jobs.

We’ll see how it goes. The platform is really well-design and has a cool user experience.

Looks like there is currently 557 WordPress developers on PPH… Codeable has about 100 active or so which means less competition between developers (there is actually no competition on Codeable).

Another Update: Attempting to land my first job there has proven much more difficult than codeable. The briefs from clients are much less quality. When I attempt to ask questions on the ‘clarification board’ it tells me I’m not allow to ask questions until I submit 3 proposal first? How backwards is that? How can I submit a proposal if the task is not clarified. For example this task was for a WordPress migration but the client stated nothing about if e-mails were involved or what the current site url is to see size of site…

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Furthermore, when I try to submit proposals, although my settings are to use USD it asks for my proposal in Euros…

6. Toptal

Toptal claims “Hire the top 3% of freelance talent” which actually translates to the 3% who actually complete their screening process. I’ve spoke to a handful of some of the best WordPress developers in the world who all told me they closed their application with toptal before completing it because the screening requirements were “impersonal” and “unrelated to real world applications”. These are developers who make regular commits to WordPress core, esteemed theme & plugin builders, and names you’d likely recognize from very helpful/informative articles across the web. And NONE of these guys I spoke with actually want to work for toptal or bothered completing the screening process. So just be warned you are not actually getting the top 3% of freelance talent.

I also applied for Toptal just to see for myself and had exactly the same experience eventually providing my feedback for them which you may read below:

  1. Nowhere could I find the benefits of working at toptal in terms of compensation. Although there are many other great benefits. They say you choose your own rate as a developer but when searching web forums you find toptal developers who disagree saying their rates were dictated by toptal. Not sure why they can’t just be transparent about this and post on their site how developer compensation actually works.
  2. I’ve heard multiple reports of developers not being supported by toptal if a project starts off on wrong foot. Gotta stand behind your developers toptal support.
  3. Skills test, and application process in general, appear to be relatively time-consuming and in my opinion a very poor way of evaluating what makes a great developer.

Lastly, as a developer, I want to work for awesome companies and awesome people. This post has haunted toptal for awhile now: http://yuriybabenko.com/blog/my-experience-joining-toptal and you can see the CEO has created a PR mess for himself in the comments there. And if you want to hear more from actual toptal developers you can read here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10107448

What’s funny to me here is at time of writing they are actually looking to hire a ‘Head of Public Relations’ position: http://www.toptal.com/careers/head-of-public-relations which I’m normally not a huge fan of “PR” in general but in this case would do wonders for the company.

7. GoDaddy Pro Marketplace (Elto)

They are still young and I do have high hopes from GoDaddy with this service marketplace. Their deal is “Find an expert wordpress freelancer for any project. Get three free, no-obligation quotes from expert WordPress freelancers.” which seems like a pretty neat service from a trusted name.

GoDaddy bought Elto, which my associates don’t have good things to say about that old platform. But we’ll see what GoDaddy does with it…

I applied as a “pro” with godaddy and took a few of their tests and found the test to be very poor in terms of what actually makes a great freelancer or WordPress developer. It seems as though I was not approved for some unknown reason. I see other developers who were approved although they are only ‘familiar’ with WordPress according to their test results you can see the directory here: https://marketplace.godaddy.com/directory

I think the platform is just still young and think they are working on it to improve and this might be a good marketplace in the future. If only I knew why I wasn’t approved seeing as 100% of my tasks on Codeable have been rated by the client with 5 of 5 stars… I like to think I’m qualified but I guess not.

It’s cool they choose 3 developers for you based on your brief you submit through their form. But inherently this has the same problem as Envato Studio above in that the developer may be too busy or have no desire to take on the project. Shouldn’t the developer be the one to decide if they are able to do a great job for the client? I know every time I have to convince myself to take on a job I usually regret it and wish I had said no to enable me to say yes to the right job.

8. Gigster

Name dropping

Source: http://imgur.com/gallery/gU9oj

Seemingly newer on the scene, but not to be ignored, is Gigster claiming “Gigster connects you with Silicon Valley based product managers and top 1% software developers from our vetted talent pool.”

Some really innovative aspects of this platform is an artificial intelligence engine and project managers manage jobs not client throughout the entire development process. You can learn more about Gigster in this TechCrunch article. Comments on that article tell a good story as well.

I have not applied here yet as I don’t see myself working for this company based on the claim above. I’m actually just confused… top 1% from their vetted talent pool? So they have a pool of software developers but only connect people with the top 1% of those?

Sure ‘Silicon Valley’ is a buzzword for big tech but just because your ‘based’ out of the Silicon Valley really has no relation to being good at managing projects. But they do deserve credit for their innovation and I would ‘venture’ to guess they produce some high quality work from happy developers.

9. Fiverr

Fiverr can be great for some things. WordPress services… not so much. Here you can browse all their ‘gigs’ available starting at just $5:

https://www.fiverr.com/categories/programming-tech/wordpress-services/

I’ve added Fiverr here to provide some perspective on the low-end of things. I think Fiverr has a great business model and really recommend you check out the platform if you never have.

I just don’t know if I’d trust someone to fix, speed up, or work my site for $5.

Conclusion

I’ll update this post as time goes on to make it more informative but I hope you’ve found it resourceful. I’m sure some of the companies mentioned will not be exactly stoked on my review. I was extremely motivated to write this post position Codeable the way I have as compared to the other WordPress service marketplaces. I’ve never heard of any other platform where the developers are as truly happy as my associates on codeable. As for the clients, the key performance indicators listed on Codeable’s homepage are a true testament to what you will experience there. 98.9% of all tasks rated with 5 of 5 stars. You can view my profile on codeable here: https://codeable.io/developers/raleigh-leslie/

2 Red Flags Not to Say to a Web Developer

I’ll admit I’m very picky-choosy about freelance web development tasks/jobs/projects that I end up estimating and working on. Just one bad job can lead to me being unproductive for days or weeks. This unproductiveness isn’t because I get too busy from taking on a small job that turns out to take a ton of time but instead from a mental block caused by a let down in humanity. Over the years I’ve learned to spot ‘red-flags’ in client briefs that very often lead to me saying ‘no’ and turning down opportunities for potential development work. Lately, I have seen two particular statements that always rub me the wrong way and result in me declining to work on the task. These two statements come from the client with good intentions but unfortunately for a developer are major red flags.

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Sorry, No Calls for New Clients

My friends and associates have been laughing with (at) me about how I go about responding to new client leads who e-mail me or call my voicemail requesting me to give them a quick call. These people usually find me from my blog or through referrals and decide they need to talk to me on the phone before they can tell me anything about their task, job or project they are seeking a skilled developer to help them complete. I am always very interested in hearing about new prospective work with new prospective clients and always keep a little availability to take on the right projects that come my way. The problem is when these prospects build their own barrier by requiring me to speak with them on the phone first as if they need to hear my voice for me to help them.

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Get Your Work Done with a StandStand Portable Standing Desk

As I’ve posted about before I recently started picking up WordPress development jobs at codeable.io and the other week I had a job come through to help out with the site https://www.standstand.com

Upon visiting the site to understand what this fellow, Luke, needed help with exactly I realized I had stumbled across a really cool product I’d never seen before.

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Considering Codeable.io? Developer Q&A with New Client

How Codeable.io Works

Someone I had met at a networking event reached out to me and congratulated me on becoming a WordPress developer for Codeable.io recently. They wanted to reconnect and admitted they needed help with WordPress and wanted to chat about how Codeable works.

We connected on Skype and this is what I summarized the Codeable experience as for her from the perspective of a Codeable developer.

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Stop RKHunter Warning E-mails on Media Temple DV Server

This is an issue with new Media Temple DV servers that took me a minute to find out how to disable the e-mails from being sent or change where they get sent.

Note: Do not turn these e-mails off unless you are sure that the warnings being found are not a threat and you wish to no longer be e-mailed when any warnings are found. If you are concerned about this you may also update the e-mail address these are sent to for a more appropriate contact.

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Can’t Add Social Media Profiles to Google Search Console

Today my live chat on my site rang with a visitor who was having issues with Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools).

He sent me this photo:

Turns out he was trying to add his social media profiles like twitter and linkedin as properties in Google Search Console which is not possible.

This site visitor was from India so there was a bit of a language gap but here is what I told him:

You will only be able to add a property to Webmaster Tools that you have control over the hosting for. So sites like linkedin and twitter you won’t be able to verify therefor you will not be able to add the to google webmaster tools.

have you seen: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35179?hl=en ?

Verification is done through your existing already connected google analytics account OR by adding a file or some code to the hosting server… which you are unable to do with linkedin and twitter for instance. So you’ll need to either have Google Analytics setup properly already or you’ll need to verify any site you want in there by placing a file on the hosting or a meta tag in the head.

He thanked me for pointing that out for him and our conversation was over. I thought I would post a quick blog in case others were having this same issue when trying to add sites they do not have control of hosting or backend access for verifying with Google Search Console.