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The 4 Best WordPress Projects To Outsource

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Big thanks to WordPress for being the #1 most used and most popular content management system on the web today. Why? Because of two reasons, 1) it’s built in PHP which is by far the most extensible and customizable of all coding languages and 2) it has created a web environment that is recognized by more programmers and designers than any other environment on the web today.

What does this mean exactly? It means you can outsource with effectiveness. Outsourcing can be dangerous, costly, and unproductive. But not when it comes to WordPress. This stable and practical web environment has allowed people to add features to their websites like never before. Here are the 4 best WordPress projects to outsource and get the most out of your investment:

1. Theme Improvements

This would be any UI or functionality you need added to your theme that doesn’t justify the development of a stand-alone WordPress plugin. In this scenario you would package up the files of your theme and send them on to a contractor with specific instructions for what new functionality you need added. Be as specific as you can be with descriptions and screenshots if necessary.

2. Social API Connections

Connecting to popular social sites via APIs and creating unique functionality on your site can be very very difficult. It’s also one of the biggest opportunities available for creating a better user experience and expanding your online business. The right outsourced contractors will be perfect for helping these connections happen for you. Think Facebook Connect for a minute and you’ll get what I’m referring to here.

3. Plugin Innovations

There is nearly a WordPress plugin for everything you can think of. But don’t let that stop you here. Here’s why, because nearly 90% of all plugins either a) don’t work entirely as promised or b) haven’t been updated to be compatible with the most recent version of WordPress. Add this to the fact that you’re always going to want your own “bells and whistles” it’s always a good idea to outsource your WP plugin development.

4. Mobile Capabilities

And finally, mobile. Mobile is tricky to say it kindly. You’ve gotta optimize your website for mobile phones, tablets, different types and models of phones and tablets etc. There’s a ton of work to be done here, and it makes perfect sense to leverage an outsource contractor. Also, don’t forget mobile app development which will require a contractor with a whole different skill-set but will be extremely valuable to you nonetheless.

Unless you’re a coder yourself, you need the help of a programmer to help you create new functionality for your site or blog. Outsourcing is a great idea for many reasons but primarily it has to do with cost. It’s cheaper than hiring someone locally. And because of how universal WordPress has become, you have more options than ever in hand-picking a developer to help you get the job done.

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query custom taxonomies

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WordPress 3.0 has brought a whole lot of new and interesting options to the table.  You can create you very own customer post types and taxonomies to go with them.

Cool – did you do it yet.  GREAT!  How do you pull them back out?  Red Letter Studio has a great post about just that.

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Search is hard – and it seems like it doesn’t get a whole lot easier in WordPress. WP Engineer has a great post about search and different options of how to integrate it into your WordPress site.

There are several ways to integrate search function into a theme for WordPresss, usually built in a template, which is included into the theme. This is not in all cases necessary and can also be realized by using a WordPress template tag.

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10 More Tips To Improve Your WordPress Theme

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I think 4 & 5 are some really good points:

4. Don’t use custom fields unnecessarily – so many themes have relied on this to put more of the pressure on the author.  I think theme authors should be looking at ways to improve and simplify the workflow when possible.

5. Custom write fields! – yes, yes and yes.  I think 2010 will see many plugins and themes take advantage of custom write fields and templates.

10 More Tips To Improve Your WordPress Theme

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