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How to Hire the Best Shopify Developers

Shopify is one of the leading e-commerce platforms that allow businesses from independent sellers to large retailers to create an online store to sell their products or services. The platform is written in Ruby and uses an open-source language called Liquid that is specifically created for Shopify. Since 2006, Liquid has been the foundation of Shopify themes and has been used to load dynamic content. It has also since been used by other web-hosted applications as well.

When you hire the best Shopify developers, you can easily establish your business online. A Shopify developer can easily customise your website or webpage according to your brand. In addition, the platform allows businesses to easily market and sell their products or services anywhere from your e-commerce store to your business’ social media. Managing all orders and payments are also made easier as Shopify organises everything you need in a single dashboard.

According to Shopify, the platform has already garnered $82 billion of total sales from countless businesses using the platform. Indeed, Shopify has made its mark as one of the leading e-commerce platforms for independent sellers and large businesses.

Why should you hire a Shopify developer?

Hiring a Shopify developer can help you with the following advantages for your online business:

Build an appealing and brand-consistent online store
The first thing that will attract and keep a user on your website or web page is if it is visually attractive and engaging. A neat design and user-friendly interface would immediately boost your store’s credibility. On the other hand, a poorly-designed and unresponsive site will definitely drive away potential customers as your site may seem unreliable

Fortunately, Shopify has over 100 professionally-made themes that are classified according to industry so you are sure you can find a web design that suits your business. Moreover, hiring a Shopify developer allows you to further customise your website and to align it according to your brand. This way, your brand is properly and consistently represented throughout your platform.

Using technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Liquid, an expert Shopify developer can easily customise the look of your website. In addition, professional Shopify developers knowledgeable in Bootstrap and Timber (Shopify’s Theme Framework) can make your website design responsive on all types of devices.

Improve your SEO
Short for Search Engine Optimisation, SEO is the practice of optimising sites to make it rank higher on search engines such as Google. In theory, the higher a website’s rank, the more visible it is to users and the more traffic it will generate.

With a Shopify developer, your online store can also be optimised to become more search engine-friendly. Remember, your efforts in developing your online store’s visuals, responsiveness, and great products will all be put to waste if customers can’t find you.

Focus on selling products and managing your team
As the founder or manager of your online store, you definitely want to focus on selling your product and expanding your business—not to create your website. While it’s also necessary for you to keep an eye on your website, it is highly recommended to leave customisation and maintenance in the hands of expert Shopify developers.

When you hire a Shopify developer, you hire someone who is knowledgeable of the e-commerce platform and who is committed to keeping your website updated and bug-free. In addition, an experienced Shopify developer can apply useful tips and tricks to attract more users, generate more traffic, and run a successful Shopify site. Let your Shopify developer do their magic while you do yours.

Use Shopify’s capability to integrate social media
One of the advantages of using Shopify is its social media integration. Online business owners can easily integrate a user’s shopping experience into the business’ social media channel. Shopify has an in-platform shopping functionality which engages followers and drives traffic from the channel to their online site.

For example, on Twitter, businesses can embed a “Buy Now” button on their tweet. When buyers click the link, it allows them to see the product information and to buy the item without leaving the app.

Extend Shopify’s core functionality
Shopify’s themes and features may already be enough for you to design and run your online store but hiring a Shopify developer enables you to fully maximise and customise Shopify’s platform.

A Shopify developer can easily connect your email marketing with MailChimp, and expand your store by selling on other platforms such as Amazon. In addition, there are a vast number of plugins and apps available in Shopify’s App Store that you can use according to your needs. These features and functions include Marketing, Store Design, Finances, Reporting, Sales and Conversion, and Inventory Management, among many others.

What technical skills should you look for when hiring Shopify developers?

When you hire Shopify developers, employers must evaluate a candidate’s skills and compatibility with the given responsibility. Aside from a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any related field, here are the ideal technical skills employers should look for:

  • Preferably with previous experience in Shopify development
  • Proven expertise in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Competent in version control systems such as Git and SVN
  • Good understanding of cross-browser/platform issues and code solutions
  • Proficient knowledge and experience of Liquid programming language
  • Knowledge of creating Shopify themes from scratch and altering an existing template
  • Preferably familiar with other e-commerce platforms such as WooCommerce and Magento
  • Knowledgeable in wireframing, UI/UX, and web traffic metrics

It’s also an advantage if your candidate has the following technical skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of conversion rate optimisation or data-driven product development such as analytics and A/B testing
  • Knowledgeable with prototype frameworks such as Foundation and Bootstrap, among others.
  • Knowledgeable in full stack JavaScript such as Node, Express, and Vue

Remember that technical requirements may still vary depending on your project scope and specifications.

How much is the usual rate for Shopify Developers?

To know the rate of a Shopify developer, here’s a quick list of a Shopify developer’s salary and hourly rates based on three different countries. All salaries and hourly rates are based on IT Jobs Watch, Neuvoo, and PayScale.

  Average Shopify Developer Annual Salary Average Shopify Developer Hourly Rate
United Kingdom GBP 40,000 GBP 35
United States USD 88,875 USD 45.58
Canada CAD 36,400 CAD 18.67

To effectively cut costs on recruitment and operations, many small to large businesses opt to outsource their software development instead by availing services and partnering with a reliable IT offshore agency.

At Cloud Employee, our mission is to give cost-effective business solutions to companies that want to expand operations without the risk, high cost, and hassle. As such, we offer competitive industry rates for hiring offshore Shopify developers to make IT outsourcing more convenient and available to businesses in the UK and across the world.

If you want to learn more about IT offshore rates, here’s a helpful article on offshore developer rates from different outsourcing regions.

What interview techniques should you use to hire the best Shopify developers?

When you hire the best Shopify developers, remember that the purpose of the interview is to have a good understanding of a candidate’s capabilities in just a short amount of time. The interview process does not and should not aim to intimidate candidates with difficult or puzzling questions. As such, here are a few recommended interview techniques and questions that hiring managers can do or ask to hire the best Shopify developers.

Ask to describe the structure of their recent project
Have the Shopify candidates discuss the most recent application they finished. If possible, provide them with a sheet of paper or a whiteboard so that they can further illustrate and discuss their project. By using this interview method, hiring managers or recruiters can determine two things:

First, recruiters can immediately recognise whether a Shopify developer has a solid background in web development and the Shopify platform. By discussing their recent project, it can also show other skills a candidate may possess that is not included in their CV such as knowledge of other tools and technologies, and soft skills such as good collaboration skills. In addition, recruiters can see how involved or committed the candidate was with the project with how they can clearly elaborate project details.

Second, recruiters can assess a candidate’s ability to clearly explain a technical concept. Can the discussion be easily understood from a non-technical person’s point of view? Aside from this, it is also recommended to keep an eye on the candidate’s non-verbal cues when presenting to see if a candidate possesses ideal soft skills such as public speaking and leadership. The ability to explain technicalities to a non-tech person is a necessary skill to look for especially if you are hiring for a leadership role.

Conduct technical tests
Unfortunately, conducting a technical exam is a process that is often overlooked by most companies when hiring Shopify developers. To thoroughly screen candidates, developers must demonstrate their expertise by passing a technical test. Recruiters may opt to conduct free or paid online programming tests that give an insight into how a Shopify developer thinks and works. When you hire the best Shopify developers, it is recommended to look for candidates who are not only good at coding, but also great at problem-solving.

If it’s not possible to give an online technical test, employers may ask candidates to demonstrate their expertise by writing sample code. This can give recruiters an idea on how knowledgeable a developer is with his framework or language with just an average of 5-10 lines of code (two or three sample codes).

Here is a sample test question that you can ask your Shopify candidate to code.

Q: Let’s say you are working on an apparel shop where it requires to have a set of products with the same product description but the customer needs to be informed of the different washing instructions per apparel such as washing with hot or cold water. How will you do this with just one product liquid template?

Use the following namespace, key and value:

 Namespace Key Value
Instructions Wash Cold water
Instructions Dry Tumble dry

A: The developer should be able to use metafields and use the four components above.

For washing instructions:

Input:
{% assign instructions = product.metafields.instructions %}
{% assign key = 'Wash' %}
<p>Washing instructions: {{ instructions.Wash }}.</p>
Output:
Wash instructions: Cold water.

For drying instructions:

Input:
{% assign instructions = product.metafields.instructions %}
{% assign key = 'Dry' %}
<p>Drying instructions: {{ instructions.Dry }}.</p>
 Output:
Drying instructions: Tumble dry.

How can Cloud Employee help you?

A UK-managed offshore IT service provider, Cloud Employee bridges the gap between tech companies and the best offshore software, web, and mobile developers. Hiring offshore Shopify developers enables online independent sellers and established businesses to easily grow or reduce operations or development and to offer more services or products. With us, hiring Shopify developers can save teams and businesses from losing time, money, and effort.

To start hiring offshore Shopify developers, simply send us your job description and requirements such as your preferred programming expertise and technical background, years of experience in the field, and other requirements. Our dedicated team will then conduct a custom search for the best available Shopify developers who match your criteria. We will then forward CVs of shortlisted applicants and from this list, you choose the Shopify developers who will move forward to the online interview and technical testing. We will not hire a candidate until you are fully satisfied with a developer’s skill set.

Once onboard, your offshore Shopify developer will exclusively and directly work with you during the same time zone and work hours as yours inside our modern offices. As your reliable offshore partner, Cloud Employee will also provide and support your offshore Shopify developer with the necessary software and hardware based on your technical specifications. We also provide a fast internet connection and full technical support so that communication and collaboration are seamless between the in-house and offshore team.

Aside from these, Cloud Employee goes beyond recruitment and technical support as we also handle all general administrative and back-office tasks such as HR, taxes, payroll, licences and more. This enables you and your offshore Shopify developer to focus on managing and developing your application or project.

With Cloud Employee, you can hire offshore Shopify developers with a broad range of skill sets in related technologies like Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Liquid tempting languages, front-end technologies (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript), REST, SQL, SASS, AJAX, XML, SSL.

What is the dedicated hiring model?

The Dedicated Hiring Model allows both in-house and offshore teams to communicate and collaborate seamlessly as both teams working during the same time zone. As such, this model minimises communication and remote work issues on both teams and enables the offshore Shopify developer or team to be part of the in-house team’s infrastructure and methodologies.

Because of these benefits, many consider it to be one of the best engagement models for companies with offshore teams. In addition, in-house teams can flexibly request additional offshore developers and other resources at any given time during the project’s development. As such, companies, from startups to large firms, can easily grow or minimise team members.

Pros

  • This model works best for long-term projects with indefinite or undefined project scope and requirements
  • Even though the project scope is undefined, the budget is still predictable.
  • For hands-on clients, they can flexibly control and monitor recruitment and management of their offshore team
  • Ensuring the quality of every product or software is easier since clients can check and evaluate the progress of an application’s development
  • The offshore Shopify developer gains a better idea of his or her in-house team’s objectives and expectations
  • The offshore developer or development team work exclusively for you

Cons

  • If little tasks are given to the offshore team, it can be quite financially impractical for the client.
  • It can be tedious for clients who don’t have enough time to directly work or communicate with their offshore Shopify developer

This model suits businesses that:

  • Prefer to work with a dedicated Shopify developer
  • Prefer to cut down on costs especially in terms of recruitment and operations
  • Would need a scalable and flexible offshore team during the project’s development

Combining the dedicated hiring model and Cloud Employee’s 20 years of experience in the IT outsourcing industry, our dedicated team offers a truly effective and unique business model. Our dedicated developer model has simplified the difficult and tedious recruitment process, made working practices more efficient, and bridged the gap between the local and offshore teams—all for a  competitive industry rate. As such, Cloud Employee believes our business model works better than IT outsourcing.

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