Need a Shopify Developer? Here's how to find one FAST!

As a Shopify developer and partner, we are staggered by how quickly the platform has grown (Shopify now host more than 600,000 stores) — more and more designers, developers and marketers are starting to support the platform.

Now while having lots of Shopify developers to choose from is great from a merchant’s perspective — it makes deciding whom to work with much more difficult, and potentially frustrating.

To help reduce the frustration factor, we’ve created a simple scorecard which will allow you to easily assess each Shopify developer that you interview.

 

Download your scorecard (no opt-in required)

This will help ensure that you find the perfect fit for your next project.

Finding a Shopify Developer

The best place to find developers is the Shopify Experts portal — it’s great because it allows you to search by location and also skillset.

Another great option is to ask for referrals from friends and colleagues on Facebook or LinkedIn.

If both of these options don’t work out, you can also find Shopify developers on crowdsourcing websites such as Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer.

To shortlist your candidates, visit their websites, read any case studies and look at their portfolios.

Once you’ve developed a shortlist (between 3–5 experts) - call prospective candidates and organise a phone or in-person meeting to discuss your project.

Meeting the Shopify developer

You can use the scorecard before (to help with an agenda), during (to assess the Shopify developer) or after (to reflect upon) the meeting.

Just mark an ‘x’ in the box if the company was able to answer the question satisfactorily.

Once you’ve asked all the questions — tally up the results.

After you’ve completed all the meetings, compare the results and decide on your preferred candidate.

If there isn’t a clear winner — try to reduce the list to two experts (three at the most) — then request a proposal (based on your project brief) from these providers.

Once you’ve received all proposals, you should be able to make a final call on who is the perfect fit.

Download your scorecard (no opt-in required)

This will help ensure that you find the perfect fit for your next project.

Oh, and in case you are thinking of working with us — here are our answers to the scorecard questions…

Experience

1. Have you been in business for over three years?

Sure have! This is our 9th year in business.

Here's a list of our services

TIP: 5 years + is even better.

2. Are your team in-house?

We have an AWESOME team (seriously… love you guys!) and a number of FANTASTIC contractors (graphic designers, photographers etc.) that we use depending on the project requirements.

Our sales and project management team

Our development team in India

TIP: Look for an in-house team or a blend of in-house and contractors.

3. Are you specialists in conversion optimisation?

Our mission is to build and grow high-converting Shopify stores.

We’ve built, managed and optimised 250+ Shopify stores — this means we’ve developed a strong understanding of what converts and what doesn’t.

TIP: Work with a team that helps you improve your conversion rates - here's an article I wrote on growth hacking.

4. Can you walk me through a few of your portfolio pieces?

Happy to talk you through our work in person or over the phone (you can book a time here). Alternatively, here’s a link to our portfolio.

Here's one of our most recent projects:

TIP: Look for examples which show the agency solving e-commerce and marketing problems.

5. Can you provide references from 3 companies?

Yes, we’d be happy to provide references (names and phone numbers) from as many clients as you would like.

By the way, here are our Shopify verified reviews and our complete reviews(including non-Shopify projects)

TIP: If they cannot provide names and phone numbers this is a RED FLAG.

6. Do you have any client case studies or interviews?

Definitely, they are coming soon!

TIP: Look for examples which show the Shopify developer solving core business problems.

Process

7. Can you walk me through the build process?

Sure can — article coming soon!

TIP: Be sure they address site planning, development, design, content, SEO, and post-launch activities.

8. How do you manage projects, client expectations, and meet deadlines?

We use Basecamp (a project management software) to manage all of our projects.

All communication, deadlines, and approvals are managed through Basecamp.

From a client perspective — it’s as easy as logging into a portal.

TIP: Look for an easy to understand system and a highly communicative team.

9. How do you cater for mobile users in the design and development of a site?

We use mobile responsive themes and also customise for mobile were required.

TIP: Check yes if they can provide a responsive design and testing.

10. Will you provide a contract including a scope of work?

Yes, definitely.

TIP: This should include planning, design, development, and post-launch activities including migration if for a redesign.

Support

11. Do you offer flexible support and training?

As a teacher, I know how important in-depth training and support are — that’s one of the reasons we continually post and answer questions on Quora, YouTube, our blog and via our Shopify cheat sheets.

Flexibility is the key when it comes to our training — we train in-house, on-site or via video conferencing. The minimum training is 1-hour post-launch but this can be extended to a full day workshop if required.

In terms of support plans, we offer blocks of development time (development blocks) which are valid for 12 months.

Raksha was our operational contact who was outstanding and efficient. The training for the Shopify was excellent and the follow up and clarification on certain elements has been exceptional.

Rob Duncan

TIP: Look for one-hour training minimum & ongoing support plans.

12. Can you assist with marketing after the launch?

We sure can… we specialise in funnel development and conversion optimisation. We have partners who can help with Google Adwords, Facebook advertising and SEO.

TIP: This includes email marketing, social media, conversion optimisation etc.

13. What systems do you have in place to gauge the ROI on our marketing campaigns?

We use a variety of systems to measure and report on the ROI of marketing campaigns.

When we provide a quote we will give you a clear breakdown of costs and the reporting process.

TIP: This should include a clear breakdown of costs and regular reporting.