This article on Getting Help with Your Site lays out our recommendations for freelancers / agencies based on theme or eCommerce plugin types – most recommendations are at the end. We’ll summarize some here based on platform.
As a brief overview, agencies will be more expensive, but offer more “hand-holding” – someone will always answer your email, you don’t have to worry about your developer getting sick or being on vacation, and they can typically handle any projects. Freelancers are typically less expensive and you can typically develop a long-term relationship with a good freelancer.
If you’re looking for a very large agency, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction. Note that I may not have worked directly with everyone on the list that follows. However, if I’m including them, it’s because they’ve been recommended to me with positive feedback by several other parties.
Bill Erickson: Excellent Genesis theme developer with tons of freelancing experience – Visit
Clif Griffin: Clif also works with Genesis, and can do site development start to finish, as he also builds eCommerce plugins – Visit
Jared Atchison: Custom Genesis child themes along with plugin development. Jared specializes in membership sites – Visit
Bourn Creative: Completely custom Genesis child themes – Visit
Web Savvy Marketing: Also build custom Genesis child themes and sells stock child themes – Visit
- ArtsDigital – I’ve had them add WooCommerce support to a generic theme and they did a great job.
- Red Giant Design – creates custom WooCommerce themes, and did a case study on the WooThemes blog.
- WerkPress – WooCommerce theme and plugin customizations done by professions. Tell them Beka from SkyVerge sent you for the full treatment 😉
- CGD, Inc – CGD is led by Clif Griffin, one of the Shopp core contributors. His team takes on custom design and site development projects either from scratch or from a pre-built design.
I’m working on more, hold yer horses!
eCommerce Plugin Developers
The developers below can customize or extend each of these plugins. If you have a small job you’d like to farm out, you can also try Envato Studio (formerly Microlancer) or Elto, as I’ve heard good things about the developers here. Codeable is another source for developers, but can be hit or miss.
WerkPress also works with eCommerce themes and plugins, and I’ve referred several clients there from SkyVerge.
Here are some recommended developers for each plugin:
- SkyVerge: Not because I work there, but because we take pride in being perfectionists. We don’t have the capacity to take on many client projects, but can usually get you in touch with the best fit for the job.
- Daniel Espinoza: Avid WooCommerce developer and lover of plugins. Daniel is also a payment gateway specialist.
- Lee Willis: eCommerce developer extraordinaire who works with many plugins.
- Curtis McHale: Another WooCommerce-focused guy, but he also does membership sites.
- Justin Sainton: Lead developer for WPEC who has contributed to almost every eCommerce plugin.