How to Hire the Best Joomla Developers
Before hiring Joomla developers, it is essential for employers and hiring managers to have a solid understanding of this content management system, its importance in building powerful and dynamic websites, as well as alternatives and hiring solutions you can choose to hire skilled Joomla developers faster and easier.
What is Joomla? Coming in second to WordPress, Joomla (stylised as Joomla!) is one of the most powerful open-source content management systems (CMS) used to power millions of websites of all types and sizes. It is the closest competitor to WordPress which enjoys a CMS market share of around 60%.
With an intuitive management interface that controls the features and functionalities of this CMS, Joomla helps developers to easily create and manage dynamic websites. It is easy to install and simple to manage, providing developers with the balance of power, flexibility, and convenience.
Aside from its inbuilt features and functionalities, Joomla also has various free extensions which web developers can use to extend the functionality of their website.
Moreover, Joomla has a large global community of developers and volunteers who help each other ensure that the content management system is user-friendly, extendable, multilingual, responsive, search engine optimised, and more.
According to W3Techs, about 3.1% of all websites from all over the world run on Joomla. In addition, their statistics also show that nearly 6% of all websites using a well-known CMS rely on Joomla. Despite the rise of WordPress use, Joomla’s market share has remained stable--a good sign that Joomla is holding its own despite the competition.
According to Built With, there are over 2.5 million websites in the world which use Joomla, and a lot of these are in the US.
Joomla.org lists down some of the numerous projects in which Joomla can be used for:
- Corporate websites or portals, intranets and extranets
- Small business websites
- Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
- Government, non-profit and organisational websites
- Community-based, school and church websites or portals
- Personal or family homepages
What should you hire Joomla developers?
Joomla is a powerful content management system that can support all types and sizes of websites: business websites, corporate websites, online publications, non-profit and organisational websites, government websites, family or personal websites, community-based portal, and more.
With a skilled Joomla developer in your team, you will be able to maximise this CMS to build dynamic websites. Here are more advantages of using Joomla and hiring Joomla developers to create your website:
Build simple and high-performing websites
As mentioned above, Joomla is built to develop different types of websites. Joomla is not only a content management system, it’s also a lightweight PHP framework that allows web developers to write web and command line applications in PHP.
Moreover, it is also suitable for developing multi-user and interactive websites like e-commerce sites, forums or social networking sites, intranet platforms, and the like. With its advanced user management system and a wide variety of customisation options, the Joomla developer you will hire can implement small customisations with minimal dependence on extensions.
Find the right extensions according to your needs
Joomla has almost 8,000 plugins and themes in its own ecosystem which are efficiently categorised as plugins, templates, components, language, library, module, and package. This categorisation according to functions helps lessen slowdowns and compatibility issues which usually affect website development with other content management systems.
Every extension is clearly labelled and given a rating and reviews (according to functionality, support, ease of use, and documentation) to indicate how helpful it is for users. With a Joomla developer in your team, you can get the most of Joomla’s various extensions to build a functional and interactive website.
Drive traffic to your website
Joomla has inbuilt search engine optimisation tools which developers can readily use:
- Metadata creation and modification
- Keyword planning and monitoring
- Support for SEO-friendly URLs
- Sitemap generation
- Menu creation
Expert Joomla developers can also install extensions to extend the SEO capabilities of this content management system. There are extensions that provide native analytics, some URL redirection functions, and link management.
Other beneficial features
Joomla supports over 70 languages through its language extensions, thus allowing web developers to develop multi-language websites conveniently. There are also other helpful functions such as caching and GZIP compression, image optimisation, and plugin and HTTP requests restriction.
What skills should you look for when hiring Joomla developers?
All web developer must master the basics of coding and markup language. HTML is used to build websites and pages and how they function. On the other hand, CSS is used to modify how the contents on the website are displayed; this covers a website’s font, colours, layout, etc.
If HTML builds the skeleton of a website, CSS gives the website its look.
Aside from strong technical skills, great Joomla developers also possess significant analytical skills. They must not only build functional and visually-pleasing websites, they must also build websites that understand consumer behaviours well. Understanding consumers is an essential factor in building websites that sell.
To understand web consumers well, there are a number of tools that help in gathering web statistics, such as Google Analytics, MOZ Keyword Explorer, and SEMRush. Skills in analysing web statistics enable developers to better understand specific target audiences and think of strategies to implement to appeal to them.
Websites need SEO to rank better, attract traffic, and ultimately secure leads. Although this is a skill that is usually required in marketing, web developers with at least a basic understanding of SEO and its best practices will be able to help you build a website that performs well on search engines and shows up high enough on result pages.
Some SEO skills that you can look for in your potential Joomla developers are knowledge and experience in boosting page upload speed, domain credibility, and keyword content.
Nearly 60% of online searches occur on mobile devices. That being said, more and more web consumers use their mobile devices. For your website to stand out from the competition, you must make sure it displays or functions well even on mobile devices. Websites which aren’t functional in mobile devices normally drive off web users, consequently increasing their bounce rate.
What is the usual rate for Joomla developers?
The cost of your web development project will depend on the complexity and size of your website, its functions and features, the project duration, and the level of expertise you need. Even so, there are cost estimates and similar guides available online which you can use for reference.
Here’s a quick table comparing the average annual salaries and hourly rates of Joomla developers from the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia. These figures are gathered from PayScale.
|Average Joomla Developer Annual Salary||Average Joomla Developer Hourly Rate|
|United Kingdom||GBP 28,363||GBP 19.24|
|United States||USD 49,495||USD 25.78|
|Canada||CAD 50,130||CAD 24.81|
|Australia||AUD 61,445||AUD 30|
Companies from startups to large firms are now looking for more cost-efficient and quick alternatives to hire the tech talent they need. Although hiring locally is the conventional method to do this, businesses are now opting to partner with IT outsourcing providers for their staffing needs.
With Cloud Employee as your IT outsourcing partner, we help you find highly-skilled Joomla developers at competitive industry rates, allowing you to build a great offshore development team while cutting down on overhead costs. For more information on our offshore developer rates, you can check out this blog.
What interview techniques should you use to hire the best Joomla developer?
The first thing that you should remember before you head into your interviews with your candidates is that it’s not enough to ask difficult questions. Rather, you should strive to ask significant questions—the kind of questions that will help you properly gauge a Joomla developer’s ability and get a feel of their personality within a short period of time.
After asking the introductory questions to get to know a candidate’s background, previous work experiences, and their work ethics, it is highly recommended that you also conduct technical tests to assess what your applicant can do. Remember that you shouldn’t hire Joomla developers who only know the concepts, you must hire someone who applies them and uses them in his/her work.
With that being said, below you will find sample technical questions you can ask your Joomla developer applicant:
Q: What are Joomla modules?
A: Modules are small content items which can be shown anywhere through the module manager in the administrative interface, and they extend the capabilities of Joomla by adding new functionality to the software.
Modules are installed in the Admin Section, and they may include the following:
- Main Menu
- Top menu
- Template Chooser
- Hit Counter
Q: What are mambots and plugins?
A: A Mambot is a small, task-oriented function, mini-program, or plugin that modifies content before it is displayed. They are also used to manipulate content, extend site search, add functionality, and more.
In Joomla! 1.5, mambots are renamed “plugins”; additionally, some third-party components, modules, and mambots themselves now have plugins.
Q: Name the files required to build a module?
Q: Name the files required to build a component in Joomla.
On the admin side:
On the front side,
How can Cloud Employee help you?
Cloud Employee is a UK-managed IT outsourcing company giving startups, SMEs and tech firms access to the deep pool of IT talent in the Philippines. Outsourcing is proven to minimise operating costs while maximising profits. When you hire offshore Joomla developers with us, you avoid the risks and uncertainties of traditional outsourcing.
We help you hire offshore Joomla developers fast and easy with no recruitment fees. Simply send us your job specifications, and our team searches for candidates who meet your criteria. We get back to you with a list of pre-screened candidate CVs. From this list, you personally select the Joomla developer you want to interview and do a technical test with. Our custom-recruitment process helps you find the best Joomla developers in only 2-4 weeks.
Once hired, you now have a dedicated Joomla developer working exclusively for you. Our developers report directly to you from our modern offices in the Philippines, and they also use only your preferred tools and standards.
As your IT outsourcing partner, we take care of HR, payroll, hiring legalities, and regular evaluation of your outsourced developers. We also make sure that your Joomla developer is provided with the necessary equipment and a designated workplace to get the job done.
What is the dedicated developer model?
Here at Cloud Employee, we always strive to provide quality outsourcing services to our clients. To do this, we employ the Dedicated Hiring Model in which the tech talents we provide for startups and organisations are not just outsourced developers—we call them dedicated developers.
The dedicated developers you hire with us will work 100% exclusively for you and your project. This means that they report directly to you, use only your processes, tools, and standards, and most importantly, mirror your working hours.
With all of these features, the dedicated hiring model is considered to be the best engagement model because of the flexibility and scalability it offers. Your Joomla development team at Cloud Employee grows with your business—we’re ready to scale your team according to your requirements any time you require it.
To top it all off, we make sure you only pay for the services you avail; you only have to pay a single sum of money which already covers the offshore team member’s monthly salary and the outsourcing provider’s fee.
- Ideal for short-term projects with definite project scope, as well as long-term projects with a constantly changing scope and undetermined project specifications
- You gain total control and participation in the whole process from the interviews to the actual management of your outsourced Joomla developer or development team
- The outsourced team reports directly to you and follows the standards you set for quality assessment
- You gain a dedicated Joomla developer or development team whose time and attention aren’t divided; with this, they are more engaged in your expectations, targets, and goals
Cloud Employee has helped more than a hundred startups, SMEs and blue chip companies from all over the world to build their highly-effective offshore development team with this client-oriented model. Further, we are also able to reduce the risks of miscommunication and other disadvantages commonly found in traditional outsourcing setups.
To help startups who are struggling in the competition with bigger businesses to hire great tech talents, we offer all these services and benefits at competitive industry rates—you can check out some of our pricing schemes in this page.
WHY HIRE OFFSHORE JOOMLA DEVELOPERS WITH CLOUD EMPLOYEE
- Access to the best tech talent in the Philippines
- End-to-end client control from custom-recruitment to direct developer management
- 100% Dedicated Developers working on mirrored working hours
- Full client support from our After Care Team
- Savings of up to 65% or more
"Been with Cloud Employee for years and I’m very happy with Clarence, he is doing great. He is very polite, and confident in giving suggestions and feedback."
Steven Brown, Justfone
"From the very start the quality of service we've received from Cloud Employee is second to none. Two weeks down the line we now have a great relationship with a senior developer. The speed and quality of the work is outstanding and as a small business having the option to upscale with minimal risk has put us in a great position to take on more business."
Niki Gattrell, Pear Digital, Newcastle
- SEE MORE