• December 5, 2016 Business

    WordPress Salary Requirements Revealed and Company Pricing Breakdown

    A known problem in the WordPress industry are the $500 projects and hundreds of thousands of clients looking for free and warez plugins and themes, unwilling to pay a few pennies for a premium solution, and completely baffled by any estimate that is equal to the actual salary of a developer. They often proceed with […]

  • October 11, 2016 Business

    The Risks of Premium Themes for Successful Businesses

    I did a review of Envato and ThemeForest last year discussing the race to the bottom and the financial challenges for both business owners, and theme authors. The focus, however, was on the existence of the marketplace in the first place and the lucrative vision of the millionaire theme author in the context of the low-cost […]

  • November 15, 2015 Development

    Don’t Call Yourself a Developer If You Don’t Code

    For some unknown reason, the number of “WordPress Developers” out there is probably nearing the number of Java developers, despite of the fact that all Java developers do program extensively whilst the WordPress developers far too often have no idea what’s going on behind the admin panel. I do conduct interviews on a weekly basis for various […]

  • September 15, 2015 Business

    On WordPress Development Retainers

    With over 40 people working at DevriX right now, we have revised our service solutions and focused on promoting a type of service that combines our recurring revenue goal with iterative development solutions for some of our clients. While we do provide maintenance services, we realized that a development retainer would be incredibly useful for most of our leads. This month […]

  • August 24, 2015 Business

    The Problem With Investors And Scaling – Uber Examples

    Note: I started the post a few months ago, so there may be some slightly outdated facts. I’m a great proponent of bootstrapped companies, and I’ve always admired successful businesses that managed to grow without taking on seed funding or various types of investment. We’re in our fifth year as a team at DevriX and while […]

  • July 13, 2015 Business

    7 Reasons Why I Avoid Estimates

    Every time I need to do estimates, I cringe a little. I no longer do estimates for small and medium clients since it creates false expectations and takes a huge amount of time. Which is why I talk about pricing and budgets a lot: An Estimate is Not a Deadline Estimation is Arbitrary – Risk is Out […]

  • June 1, 2015 Business

    WordPress Outsourcing and Hiring Talent (A Complete Guide)

    With a 33% market share across the web, WordPress is the most sought-after technical platform. This commands the need of hiring professional WordPress developers who serve tens of millions of businesses utilizing the platform. While this guide on hiring and outsourcing uses WordPress as a leading context, it’s just as applicable for other technical stacks […]

  • April 30, 2015 Business

    Your WordPress Business is Not There Yet

    Given the large number of WordPress-based discussions on pricing, costs, consultant’s fees and product licenses, it’s no wonder why some people get frustrated about the Community and the understanding of Open Source. Other than the mentality and the usual incompetent statements such as: “But WordPress is free!” or “There should be a free plugin to […]

  • April 22, 2015 Business

    The Challenges Of Building a Site For a Friend

    I often receive referrals or friends asking me to set up a WordPress website for them. It’s usually something fairly small – such as a 5-page business website or a simple magazine website. They are close friends of mine or have been recommended through my network. They have received some offers, but are looking for a […]

  • April 2, 2015 Business

    Why “WordPress Expert” is Not a Real Title?

    While discussing the WordPress industry and the rest of the business world, my friend Ajay reminded me of why “WordPress Expert” is not a real title. His comment made me think about the misconception of “expertism” that seems to be getting popularity around the WordPress experts who offer their services: The issue with the WordPress […]