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Finding WordPress Programmers

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I am on a quest to find good programmers that are well versed in WordPress.   After speaking with multiple investors it is obvious that to bring Store Locator Plus to the next level I need to have talented self-sufficient staff.    I need to “up the game” from part-time support and coding positions to a senior-level PHP/WordPress expert that can be my “right hand man” when I’m not available.   This is especially important as my new media entertainment company is getting a lot of interest and starting to command more of my time every week.

The quest for a WordPress programmer is on.

Seeking :  Senior WordPress Programmer

Only apply for the position if:

  • You are an INDIVIDUAL, not a company and not an individual representing a company.
  • You have hands-on WordPress theme or plugin coding experience.
  • You write and speak English fluently.

Key skills I am seeking:

  • Well versed in WordPress coding.
  • Understand hooks and filters and have experience implementing them.
  • Possess extensive WordPress theme and/or plugin development experience.
  • Utilize proper object-oriented methodologies in their PHP implementations.
  • Use version control, git preferred, and comment documentation in phpDoc format.
  • Know and adhere to WordPress Core coding standards.

I will give preference to applicants that are geographically closest to Charleston SC USA.   Communications improve with fewer time zone differences.   They are even better when we can meet over coffee or beer on a routine basis.

Where I’m Looking

Rather than use my usual “go to” sources to find local programmers or low-to-mid-range programmers, I decided my current needs are best served by scouring the WordPress community for people that are going to be a better fit and require little training.   The usual suspects like Elance and Craigslist have failed to produce quality applicants in the past.  I’m going to completely forgo Elance as I don’t need to be spammed with 300 applicants that don’t read the requirements and are programming sweat-shops in India or some other low-cost/low-quality production shop.    (No hate mail please, I know they are not ALL like that but in my experience 9.5 of 10 of responses on these types of site are EXACTLY that).

Code Poet : WordPress Developers on G+

Code Poet links directed me off the site in fairly short order and landed me in the WordPress Developers Google group.  This is a discussion group about all kinds of WordPress “codish” topics.   There is a jobs section.  Not sure how much traffic it gets.  We’ll see.

Read my “seeking WordPress/PHP developer” post.

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WordPress Developers on G+

WP Hired

Free listings, quick and easy to setup.   You can upgrade to 30 day listings for $60/month.  I would post the job listing, but it takes a bit of time to be approved and listed.   They do allow for formatting of your listing and will link to your site and social media accounts.  That is a nice feature.  Not sure about the volume of traffic though.

Jobs.WordPress.net

Another free listing site that is WordPress-centric.  Requires some basic HTML if you want to format the listing.  Another waiting period so no links to that posting to see how it looks.

Jobs WordPress Net
Jobs WordPress Net
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Senior WordPress Plugin Developer Wanted

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Join Charleston Software Associates

Charleston Software Associates (CSA) is the company that has created the popular Store Locator Plus WordPress plugin.   The plugin is running on an estimated 45,000 sites and has 5,000 registered users of the premium add-on packs. CSA is a single-man operation based in Silicon Harbor, aka Charleston SC USA.

The Agenda

It is time to take the company to the next level.   I need a “right hand man” to help me drive Store Locator Plus quality and presentation up a notch.     Once we are don a re-tooling of WordPress to create a full-blown SaaS Store Locator Plus implementation is on the agenda.

If you’re up for a challenge and want to create something cool with WordPress, this is your chance.

Your Skills

  • Well versed in WordPress coding.
  • Understand hooks and filters and have experience implementing them.
  • Possess extensive WordPress theme and/or plugin development experience.
  • Utilize proper object-oriented methodologies in their PHP implementations.
  • Use version control, git preferred, and comment documentation in phpDoc format.
  • Know and adhere to WordPress Core coding standards.

The “geek check list”:

  • PHP
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • MySQL
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • git

Bonus points:

  • Bitbucket
  • Grunt
  • VirtualBox
  • Vagrant
  • phpStorm
  • SmartGit
  • Selenium IDE

You Are A Fit If…

  • You are an INDIVIDUAL, not a company and not an individual representing a company.
  • You have hands-on WordPress theme or plugin coding experience.
  • You write and speak English fluently.

I will give preference to applicants that are geographically closest to Charleston SC USA.   Communications improve with fewer time zone differences.   They are even better when we can meet over coffee or beer on a routine basis.

Your Reward

This is my “first man on board” position.   That role will grow to be the “director and main man” over the coming months.   As the company grows the underlings will be under your control.   You will help set the technical direction and future release features.

The position will start at 20-30 hours per week through the end of 2014 as we build the relationship, you learn the code, and we get things organized.    By the time January 2015 gets started the goal is to make this a full time gig.

You tell me what your compensation should be.    I will do my best to make it work.   At the start you will be serving in a contractor/freelance role.   Once we start building the team this can transition to an employee role if that fits your needs.

Contact Me with your introduction.  When the dialogue begins you can email me your resume if you have one prepared.