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WordPress Plugin Developer For Hire!

The internet runs on WordPress, with more than 59,000,000 blogs & websites running on WordPress.com (as well as potentially 100’s of millions of self-hosted blogs) you can’t deny that the well-known publishing framework is a substantial force in digital publishing.

Alongside the fantastic growth of WordPress an industry has risen up to support its users; people, businesses and organisations that are using WordPress to directly connect with their target audiences.

Many Millions of Us use WordPress Today

Image Courtesy of WordPress.com Stats

The WordPress Industry

The WordPress industry I’m referring to is that of Themes, Plugins and Services created specifically for WordPress, a world of communication customisation. As with all fledgling industries there is still an inefficiency driving its inhabitants out to the long tails, new Themes and Plugins are popping up hourly, it’s becoming a very, very busy marketplace.

Amongst all this hustle there is some fantastic software being produced, but unfortunately also a lot of mediocre, quick-buck chasing, unsupported bad code-work.  This is a shame and a common pain point I heard numerous times last year. The industry is young, it needs to build better ways to rate & moderate its content.

In this busy marketplace StormGate offers you a calm, bespoke solution: Professional WordPress Plugin Development based in the UK.

Get Your WordPress Plugin Developed Here

“I need WordPress to do X but I can’t find a solution…”

First up it’s probably a good idea to check out a marketplace which sells existing plugins (try CodeCanyon) – here you may well find something which does 50-75-100% of what you want. Great, if you have a small budget and potentially hours to spend stressed and trying to manipulate it into place [some do, just work]. Still, there is value there (like our Social Gallery.)

If you need something special or want Your Own Plugin, I propose a solution: Drop me your email address via the form below and let me take care of it.

Getting the WordPress Plugin you want:

1) Check if it already exists and buy it if it does (cheaper for you)

2) Get us to custom-build your plugin

We Develop WordPress Plugins [UK]

Having developed many WordPress plugins, from private releases to popular ones, I am confident we can build something which is 1) Totally bespoke to your needs 2)  Easily marketable to profit (if desired). Yeah – we have you covered, whether you want to create a WordPress plugin which you intend to market & sell or you just need something solved in WordPress. Our service is second to none.

I must admit though, we aren’t super cheap.

Quality, Communication and Innovation are three principles here – we don’t do “bad” or “cheap” work – if you’re looking for a cheap developer you will want to look elsewhere. We do, however, complete outstanding jobs, promptly – as many of our clients have agreed:

 ” Woody did a seriously high quality job in an unbelievably short space of time, without cutting any corners. Don’t hire another developer, hire Woody, they’ll under quote to get your business and take longer to do it, Woody [StormGate] gets it done on time and on budget ”

David Whitehouse

” Woody came up with a great solution for us, he implemented a system which enables us to take leads from our [WordPress] website and automatically add them to our CRM system for our sales team to follow up. Woody produced the work on a tight deadline and met the specification perfectly; I would not hesitate to use him again and will certainly be recommending him to my business associates ”

Tom Smedley, TJS Marketing

” Honestly what you have managed to do there in such a short space of time, considering from the other people I contacted all told me it couldn’t be done, is incredible! ”

Marius Fermi, Tactical Sales Training

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With turnarounds as fast as 24 hours and prices from under £800 you could see your WordPress plugin professionally developed in no time at all! Contact us now – Get Your Plugin Made!

 

Requests for WordPress Plugin Development

WordPress plugins can add or enable almost any feature you could imagine to WordPress – from complicated statistical analysis to crafting the supreme content management system. Here are some ideas of the plugins we have been asked to make:

  • Unique Google Maps Plugin’s
  • Custom Contact Forms & Mailchimp/Aweber Integration
  • Custom Lead Generation Plugin’s
  • Custom Mobile WordPress Plugins
  • Custom Slider WordPress Plugin
  • Bespoke WordPress Social Media Plugins & Integration
  • Custom WordPress Plugin for Search & Sharing

… but the sky is the limit – let us know what you need and I am sure we will be able to develop your dream plugin!

Our Most Popular WordPress Plugin

Social Gallery is The Ultimate Lightbox Plugin for WordPress

Social Gallery has been very well received, here’s what some users have said about it (read the full list of customer quotes):

 

” I’m very happy with the plugin. I think its genius, this is the most incredible plugin I have ever seen ”

Heather Wood, Ravenous Raven Design

” Really happy with this amazing plugin ”

Waisen

” It worked perfectly! It’s amazing plugin! Congratulations! ”

João Paulo Pereira

” This is by far the best gallery plugin for wordpress, because as it stands right now there’s no way to pin individual gallery photos from wordpress to pinterest, and this makes it extremely easy to do so. ”

Brandon Schlichter

” Thanks for your hard work on this wonderful plugin. Works great in WordPress. ”

Tonda

 

Common typo’s include “Plug in’s, pluggins, etc.” – we refer above to WordPress Plugins (add-ons for WordPress.)

Why Releasing Early is Great for Startups

In this guest post by Marius Fermi of Tactical Sales Training, Marius explores the benefits and pitfalls of releasing your minimum viable product early, both as a boot-strapped start-up and as an established business.

Enter Marius

Normally everyone would say that before you launch or release any product or service, you need to make sure you’ve got yourself a die-hard set of metrics to back everything up. Take no notice, its better if you release early.

When it comes to this day and age of new start-ups, especially in tech, there is an increasingly small chance of delivering a great project on your first attempt. It never helps that our need for speed is increasing and our attention span seems to last no more than 3 seconds, getting easily distracted by a pretty word or colourful banner or button.

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5 Crucial Points to Hiring a Developer

Disclaimer: I am a developer/director who has worked on both sides of the developer-client relationship. I write this with the sole intent of guiding those who are looking to get an early-stage web app or website prototype built. Do let me know what you think at the bottom.

Developer-client relationships go wrong. It’s a fact. Developers that weren’t up to the job, projects that get abandoned, whole web-apps get written that never get used. Hopefully you haven’t experienced this yourself; if you have I am sure that there were some deep lessons learnt from the experience.

The “Win-Win” of web development
It’s not good for either side of this relationship for it to end out of turn, aside from the “cosmic karma” of wrongdoing to others it’s not good business for either party if a software project doesn’t make the cut. To this end, producing a new website or app should be a shared goal between the client and the developer, that’s what the following 5 crucial points try to help you accomplish, a joint vision of a web based outcome.

 

All the points are crucial, but you can jump here:

  1. Have a clear vision
  2. Developers will
  3. Validate developers and test them
  4. Clients will
  5. The three crucial documents

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Top 5 Festivals 2012

As we continue to develop ChooseFest we are going through lots of festivals, reading, learning and improving our site all the time. In the mix we come across lots of new ideas, new music and new festivals as you would expect in such an industry, which is fantastic. We have had some really great feedback from several early adopters who we won’t forget as we grow. While we endeavour to improve our user experience and add more and more value to ChooseFest we have realised a few early assumptions we had made were wrong, for example how many festivals would you say run in the UK every year? We didn’t think it was as many as we have now added, we were really surprised at just how many festivals are established and regular, even more so at the healthy crop of  new festivals. A major learning curve.

How about which festivals are most popular? You would be surprised how everyone has a different answer to this one. As our knowledge grows through these little realisations we will share more and more of our festival statistics with you here, for an industry so seemingly disconnected from our financial turmoil there seems to be far to few shared statistics. ChooseFest will be open in this way, with an API on our roadmap we intend to share our lists and this information freely.

So what are the Top 5 Festivals of 2012?

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Have you read that one about the lean start-up eagle?

StormGate now has an about page. Check it out, it has an eagle. It talks about who we are and metaphorically, where we are charting course for, it’s all that a vision should be and it’s the map we are following. But where is the juicy stuff? What? This metaphorical eagle doesn’t satisfy your inner-geek? That’s what this post is for, tech-heads and assuming clients.

We build Apps, Websites & Communities

People love talking about the code they write, we do it too and while the most important thing is actually at the other end of the process (the value added not the specifics of its addition) we do still want to tell you about it. We write web apps in PHP/MySQL and use jQuery more than we eat bread. We are purists and we write code naked, (ok the naked part is a joke to check your still awake.) We know there are other languages but PHP can be beautiful too, and the world runs it, that’s undeniable. (We also write real apps in C# to supplement our dev. process!) Manoeuvrability, freedom and value are just some of our reasons for using this stack. We aren’t tied to it but it really, really works, for us. We use AWS (Amazon Web Services) and you should too. We think this is the decade of Amazon, so grab a surf board and get into the surf.

Primarily we build websites, some in the form of web apps and others just for information. All of our sites looking forward will have social elements and feature some sort of growth hacking. We are also expanding into mobile apps. Everything we build must add value.

We run ads

A wondrous thing about the internet today is advertising. Over the years markets have opened up through various advertising channels to get your intent in front of lots of people, now, as it is today, facebook, google and other platforms allow you to get that same intent out to millions of people, almost instantaneously, what’s more its laser targeted, statistically responsible and affordable. We run ads at an ever increasing rate because in the end it doesn’t matter if we create something amazing, what matters is that it’s shown to the people that will find it amazing, otherwise the diamond stays hidden, underground, hoping for fluke excavation.

We write

Today we will write code, but we will also write other useful characters. Reports – from SEO to PPC to UX – we are constantly reminding ourselves of the lessons learnt, looking forwards we will share more and more of these lessons. Ridiculous metaphors are also common place here, like our eagle vision; we love to explain things in new ways (incidentally we find this works for ad copy too, don’t you think?)

If you like lean start-ups, innovative web stuff and ridiculous metaphors follow us for more regular ridiculousness.