How To Choose A Shopify Developer

By Andrei Babor

The time has come for you to build a new Shopify store, or make major upgrades to your existing store. You’re excited about the possibilities of an overhaul, and know that getting your store right could mean a lot of extra sales and opportunities.

But before you get to that rosy end result, you have to find a Shopify developer that can actually do it, without breaking the bank. That’s often easier said than done, so in this post we’re going to outline exactly how to choose a Shopify developer so that you get exactly what you’re looking for.

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What Are the Most Important Things to Look For In A Shopify Developer?

  1. Any developer worth their salt will have a good-looking website, with a real portfolio and links to the websites they’ve built. (The images on the developer’s website should look like the actual site when you visit them so that you know it’s current and hasn’t been re-done by another developer).
  2. Do the sites in their portfolio look like they are making sales?  Do they look professional, or just a template slapped onto a store? Make sure you click around on the sites to get a feel for how they all perform and to see if they’ve got any interesting features you can ask the developer about.
  3. Clear pricing. While the prices may not be available on the website, it shouldn’t be a struggle to get a number out of the developer. If you give them a solid brief with details of your business and a clear description of what you want, they should give you clear pricing. If they don’t want to give you a quote, then move on.
  4. Does the Shopify developer write clearly in their emails, answer your questions thoroughly and do their research? Communication is a critical part of any web development project, and it’s important that they are proactive and open in dealing with you.
  5. Do they seem friendly and fun, like someone you would actually enjoy working with? Building a new store can take a bit of time, and you’ll be interacting with each other a lot, so it’s key that your Shopify development is a good fit for you and your team.

How to choose a Shopify developer

 

What Are Some Red Flags to Look Out For With A Shopify Developer?

  1. Most people are creatures of habit, and developers especially so. If they take a long time to get back to you at the beginning of the project, they’ll probably be slow throughout the entire thing. This can cause a lot of issues as you get closer to the new store’s launch date and creates unnecessary stress for you to manage.
  2. What tools do they use to handle the project? Are they going to bombard you with 20 emails every day? Or do they have a project management tool like BaseCamp, Zendesk, or something similarly professional? When a Shopify developer has a tool like this, it shows that they have done a lot of projects and take your business seriously.
  3. Do they have professional-looking email addresses? If they are operating from a normal email provider, like Gmail, this is a dead giveaway that they are a freelancer, and probably offering their services on Upwork and other job sites. It’s very unlikely that you’re going to get a high-quality Shopify developer that doesn’t have their own, established business.

What Should You Expect To Pay A Shopify Developer?

This question, while it’s one of the most common ones, is among the most difficult to answer. It really depends on what you need for your new store. While it’s impossible to give a specific answer without knowing the specifics of your project, we have a general rule of thumb that should give you a rough idea.

For small projects, expect to pay around $3000 to $5000. Medium-sized projects will usually come in between $5000 and $10,000, and a good Shopify developer will usually charge $10,000+ for a big or very complex project.

To control pricing and help our customers feel comfortable and confident, we always do fixed-price quotes based on the customer’s requirements. At the quoting stage, we’ll often do mockups of the project details using Balsamiq to make it all easier for the client to visualize.

How to choose a Shopify developer

What Makes Blackbelt Commerce Different?

Firstly, we’ve run our own Shopify stores, so we know the ins-and-outs of actually owning a shop. We understand that building the store is just the start — once the website is live, you’ve got to start selling! We keep this in mind all the way through the project, building the features and user experience to drive sales, not just look nice.

We’ve also got some of the deepest experience in the industry. Having worked with over 400 Shopify stores, including Deakin University, the LA Lakers, and Quad Lock, we’ve worked on the full range of what the Shopify platform can deliver.

(Even for these huge e-commerce stores, we always work on a fixed-scope, fixed-price basis with a concrete quotation at the start of the project. We want to avoid any of the nasty ‘surprises’ you hear about when the client asks for one tiny change and the Shopify developer slaps them with a fat fee because ‘it was out of scope’.)

We Really Care About Our Clients’ Businesses.

Having built businesses ourselves, we know how important it is to take great care of their businesses. We go out of our way to provide proactive suggestions that will make the store perform at the best possible standard, rather than just passively building the store without any thought about how it could be even better.

Thank you for keeping up with our Shopify Insider Blog @ Blackbelt Commerce,  we have many other valuable and informative posts that will help you to continue to optimize your website. Here are our top recommendations; Going Global With Shopify Internationalism and The Best Shopify Resources For Boosting Your Store

If you’re on the lookout for a Shopify developer and would like to hear more about working with us, then check out our services page or tell us about your project.

Do you still have questions about how to choose a Shopify developer? Leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you!

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