Magento is the platform of choice today, for developing e-commerce sites. It has the advantage of being powerful, open source, scalable, customizable and extensible. So, if you are looking to build a fresh site or migrate an existing site to Magento you may require the services of a professional Magento developer.

We take a look at factors to consider while hiring a professional Magento developer.

Decide whether to go local or global – As per your needs and comfort you may require an onsite developer or remote worker. Telecommuting has become popular today because of advances in communication and collaboration software as well as technology. The advantage of hiring a local candidate is familiarity with language and culture. However, if local talent is beyond your budget you can search from a pool of global remote workers who charge less.

The developer should be fluent in your language – Many remote workers are poor in English, the leading global language for technology and commerce. Evaluate fluency in English so that communication misunderstandings don’t jeopardize or delay your project.

Acquire basic knowledge of Magento – Many developers claim to be expert in Magento but how do you judge the honesty. You can be easily tricked into hiring an incompetent Magento developer which can cost you losses in terms of valuable time, money and effort. Also, the project is likely to fail. So even if you are not a techie take pains to learn the basics of Magento. Also, prepare a list of questions pertaining to the technology to ascertain the competence in Magento of the potential employee.

Magento certification – It is better to hire a developer having a professional certification in Magento.

Experience – Do not make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced Magento developer. While it might cost you less it is risky for your project. Experienced developers will save you money and satisfy deadlines in the long run. Also, the former can anticipate future problems and tackle tricky challenges in the project.

Technical expertise – The developer should ideally have done multiple Magento projects in different domains. Go through his/her portfolio as well as client testimonials. Only a developer with deep and extensive technical expertise can execute complex and challenging projects within the deadline.

Don’t compromise on quality – While you should consider price as a factor in selecting a developer it should never be at the cost of quality.

Soft skills – The developer should have excellent communication skills. He should be self-motivated and capable of delivering results both individually and as part of the team. The attitude of the developer matters a lot in the successful execution of the project.

Finally trust your instinct and brainstorm with your staff to select the right developer for your organization.