Ok, ok. This is a rant. Be prepared!

I recently tried to find a good WordPress plugin developer to develop a plugin for me. I commonly use the platform odesk to find new people and I’ve been horrifed by a trend that has emerged on these types of service type sites.

The folks on odesk have gotten very expensive! Did I say very expensive! Oh ya. Here’s what happened to me. I contracted to find a WordPress plugin developer as I mentioned earlier. The cheapest price – with my hesitation came in on a bid of $200. The average bid was between $500 and $1000!

You did hear me right. Well, I was a little taken aback and decided to see what it would take to just write it myself and how long it would take. I’ll tell you that I’m no master programmer. I do know a lot about WordPress, but again, I kind of hack together what I need.

The end result? After three hours, I completely wrote the plugin. Turned out to be 10 to 12 lines of code! Now, you would have to know what to write, but in my opinion it was too simple. Turns out my time was worth close to $200 per hour or $100 per line of code!

It comes down to the fact that a lot of the India programmers have gotten smart to the ways of North Americans. Why write it yourself when you can contract to someone in a foreign country and get it down for a 1/10th of the price!

Initially when you look at the cost per hour, it looks really good. For example the average programmer price was around $9 to $12 per hour. But they kept telling me that it would take a solid week of building and testing! Yep, it was a load of do-do for sure. For me being a hacker/programmer, I got the job done in under 3 hours.

So, what are we to do? Well, I did find a partial solution to the problem. Whenever I ran into trouble, I’d post a job on odesk asking for a line of php code to solve the problem. Turns out there’s a lot of great programmers who will charge a dollar or two for a solution! With that in mind, I was able to put the code together in no time flat and for under $1.50.

Also, make sure you know what you need. This will mean that you are going to take some time and develop the layout of what is going to happen and what, where and how it will look in the end. Many times, you can find the pieces you need with good old Google searches. This pretty much what I did.

The clearer the job, the cheaper it will be in the end. Even if you do sub it to a wordpress plugin developer.

All in all, my recommendation to you is just be sure of what you want, and how much you think it should cost. And hammer down the developer to a price.

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