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3 min read Matteo Duò
Editorials | codeable.io | Dec. 16, 2015

$1 million payout to WordPress experts in 90 days (and other numbers about our startup)

The last 3 months have been crazy at Codeable because we've reached not one, but two significant milestones for a less than 3-year-old company. Yep, confetti time it is!

$1 million payout to WordPress experts in 90 days (and other numbers about our startup)

Editorials | codeable.io | Dec. 16, 2015

The last 3 months have been crazy here at Codeable because we've reached not one, but two significant milestones for a less than 3-year-old company. Yep, confetti time it is!
You read that correctly: $1 million has been paid to our top experts in such short time. It's no secret we only work with high-quality developers and designers around the world who can provide high standard results (97% of all applicants who apply to become a coveted Codeable expert are turned down). But if they prove to be as great as they say, they're rewarded for their amazing work and helped to get new and qualified clients on a regular basis. They're one of our dearest assets. Therefore we're trying to make sure they grow with us. We treasure them.
With WordPress market share skyrocketing, the number of people who are in need of WordPress help is growing faster than ever. And with such high demand, business owners, entrepreneurs, and web agencies alike are having hard times finding reputable WordPress experts who can address their business needs in a timely, efficient, and stress-free manner. But when you know you have outstanding WordPress professionals on one hand, and average support response times of 11

3 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | codeable.io | Jul. 13, 2016

Codeable - Codeable.io announces share buyback and partnership with WooCommerce

This is a big news for Codeable Family. It is headed in the right direction.

Codeable - Codeable.io announces share buyback and partnership with WooCommerce

Community | codeable.io | Jul. 13, 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark: On Friday, 1st of July 2016 Codeable.io, a leading global outsourcing marketplace for high quality WordPress projects, today announced a share buyback from CAPNOVA and funding from several investors, including Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and WooCommerce. The company also secured a loan from the Danish Growth Fund.
In addition to the investment, Codeable will partner with WooCommerce, the world’s biggest e-commerce platform for WordPress, to offer site owners opportunities to connect with expert WordPress developers. “We want to give site owners as many opportunities as possible to have great WordPress or WooCommerce sites, and we believe supporting and partnering with code project marketplaces such as Codeable is a step in the right direction,” said Catherine Stewart, Automattic’s VP of Business Development.
In fewer than three years, Codeable has grown to be a leading global outsourcing marketplace for high quality WordPress projects. Codeable CEO Per Esbensen said, “I couldn’t be happier to have an amazing brand like Automattic as our partner. The past couple of months have been a lot of hard and rewarding work

Tutorials | codeable.io | Jun. 13, 2015

15 Cool and Useful WordPress Hacks that require no plugins

Few easy to implement hacks to gain some great feature.

15 Cool and Useful WordPress Hacks that require no plugins

Tutorials | codeable.io | Jun. 13, 2015

One of the things I love about WordPress is the easiness to empower it with (almost) endless features thanks to plugins. With 38000+ free plugins and an uncountable number of premium and custom ones, there’s a WordPress plugin for every need and budget. And if you look online to get WordPress tips, tricks or hacks, you'll surely end on a blog post that’s covering a list of (great) plugins that will provide you with what you were looking for. Actually, it's quite difficult to find a great list of WordPress tips, tricks and hacks that doesn't count a plugin in it. I know, they are powerful tools, but plugins aren't always required to enable a specific feature because WordPress alone can do cool things too.
So my question is: how many interesting features can be enabled on a WordPress website without installing a single plugin? I've put together a list of the best WordPress code snippets (or WordPress hacks, you choose) that you can play with right away and see for yourself you don't always need a plugin.
The following piece of codes can break your website, so please pay attention and make a backup before getting your hands dirty with them.
Let's start with one about branding: if you ever

13 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Jan. 19, 2016

The e-commerce world: how much it’s worth, who’s leading the market, and how much you should expect to pay

WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify and Squarespace are the leading e-commerce solutions. We ran the numbers to tell you how much each of them will cost you...

The e-commerce world: how much it’s worth, who’s leading the market, and how much you should expect to pay

Community | codeable.io | Jan. 19, 2016

With more than 1.2 billion digital buyers worldwide in 2015, online shopping is a growing trend no one should ignore. With that number growing 7.5% in the next year, e-commerce websites sure look like a great opportunity from an entrepreneurial perspective. Selling products, whether they're online courses, handcraft jewelry, t-shirts, and so on, is an excellent way to broaden your website's current offer. With so many buyers, one question is popping up into my head: how much is the e-commerce world worth? How much money are people spending online to buy stuff around the world? Let's see.
The e-commerce world in U.S.
The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce estimates that U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the Q3 of 2015 was $87.5 billion (+ 4.2% from the Q2 of 2015) and 15.1 % from the Q3 of 2014 (PDF file).
The e-commerce world in Europe
According to the Forrester European forecast, online retail sales are projected to reach $247 billion by 2017, growing from $165.6 billion hit in 2013.
The e-commerce world in Asia-Pacific
A PwC research (PDF file) for the Retail and Consumer Products Sector in Asia Online says sales in Asia Pacific are expected to reach a total of US$1.3 trillion

11 min read Matteo Duò
Business | codeable.io | May. 31, 2016

WordPress Page Builders: love 'em or hate 'em?

WordPress page builders, also known as drag & drop theme builders, are a hot topic within the WordPress community. But what are they? Are they any good? We answered that burning question!

WordPress Page Builders: love 'em or hate 'em?

Business | codeable.io | May. 31, 2016

The WordPress community is continually bubbling with creativity, innovations, news, and updates, from the latest and greatest theme to a fabulous new plugin that is revolutionizing SEO. In 2016 alone so far, we’ve seen the release of WordPress 4.5 "Coleman" and learned from WordPress is used by 59.4% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 26.4% of all websites. Over the next several weeks, we're going to examine some of these current WordPress "hot topics" more closely and answer some of your burning questions. We'll also include some of our own WordPress experts' opinions and advice.
What better topic than this one could we start with, uh? Page builders, also known as Drag and Drop theme builders, are an interesting topic within the WordPress community (as well as in others) because you either love them or hate them. There's no room left in between; users and professionals, like web developers or web designers, don't even agree whether these tools are more useful or a threat to them.
So let's start diving in and look at what's good in these page builders that makes them appealing.
Great for people without programming knowledge

2 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Jan. 14, 2016

It's Codeable's 3rd birthday: look how far we have come together!

As days pass by, you don't always have the chance to stop and realize how far you've come. But today we're pushing the "pause" button, taking a moment to celebrate our 3rd birthday with you!

It's Codeable's 3rd birthday: look how far we have come together!

Community | codeable.io | Jan. 14, 2016

As days pass by, you don't always have the chance to stop and realize how far you've come. We're constantly focused on the next thing on our to-do list, and always keep looking forward on our future to plan our lives. But today we're pushing the "pause" button, taking a moment to celebrate our 3rd birthday with you! Yes, Codeable is now a 3-year-old super happy company!
We've experienced such a tremendous response from the WordPress community along the road, and have clients and experts around the world telling us how we've been able to change their lives for the better. In these 3 short years, we've been able to achieve some pretty incredible milestones, but that's something you already know.
So here's a cool infographic summing up never-released data you might find interesting:
Here's to a great 2016 and we wish y'all the very best!

14 min read Matteo Duò
Tutorials | codeable.io | Apr. 11, 2017

The Step-By-Step Process To Properly Test Your WordPress Website Before Updating It (Workflow, Tools, & Scripts)

Updating sounds like a breeze, but it's not! What if your checkout pages break after the update? What if your opt-in forms no longer work? Learn all the steps, tools and scripts to properly run tests on your website.

The Step-By-Step Process To Properly Test Your WordPress Website Before Updating It (Workflow, Tools, & Scripts)

Tutorials | codeable.io | Apr. 11, 2017

It’s easy to just go ahead and update your WordPress website, your theme, and plugin files by yourself. You just hit the “update” button three times and the job is, well… mostly done. You think that.
Everybody thinks that too.
But that’s not where the real challenge lies and where some issues might arise eventually. The “real deal” happens seconds after your updates, when you’ll need to check and test if your website is still working the way you want.
What if you’ve just updated your live site and you broke it? That’s going to be painful! And this is isn’t the worst scenario: what if the website breaks only on certain devices but you don’t realize it because you are viewing it from your desktop? To you everything seemed okay, didn’t it?!
I could go on with other examples, such as:
What if your checkout page is not working on iPhone anymore?
What if your contact form is not working on Safari?
What if your mobile menu is not opening on Android?
What if your product reviews do not show anymore on Firefox?
What if your footer disappears on Edge browser?
The list is almost endless. And you thought it was just

28 min read Milan Ivanović
Tutorials | codeable.io | May. 10, 2016

The WordPress developer's introduction to Docker

Friendly for a beginner but still a bit advanced guide on Docker and WordPress.

The WordPress developer's introduction to Docker

Tutorials | codeable.io | May. 10, 2016

In order to follow this tutorial, make sure you have Docker installed and working on your development computer (verify it by running $ docker -v in your command line). You don't need to have any prior Docker experience as I will try to explain things from the ground up. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
Last but not least a word of caution; while Docker is supported natively on Linux, it requires an additional layer to work on Windows and Mac (which, if you installed it, you already know). This problem slightly undermines the advantages of using Docker now, but since I have access to the beta (and you can too! Apply here) I can assure you these issues will go away soon. The issue is that you still need to have a virtual machine running, but the good part is that it's only to run a tiny wrapper Linux distribution, called boot2docker.
In order to understand what Docker is, let's look at a couple of problems we (and by we I mean WordPress developers) face on almost a daily basis.
We've all been in situations where we needed to share our code with another developer (or many of them). Once we committed our code to GitHub (you do use, Git, right?) and they

9 min read Matteo Duò
Business | codeable.io | Mar. 15, 2016

The Power of "No" for Your Freelancing Career

With an ongoing stream of "Yes" to bad projects, or what social psychologist Susan Newman calls it "a yes treadmill", your freelance career will be sentenced to death.

The Power of "No" for Your Freelancing Career

Business | codeable.io | Mar. 15, 2016

It's common sense that the word "No" it's always harder to be pronounced. When it comes to either go to your favorite restaurant or go to that fast food your friends always want to go, many times you've said say "Yes, of course. Let’s all have a burger there", even if you didn't want to. This mundane example opens up the topic about how life has made so hard to say "no" while, at the same time, not feeling either ashamed, sorry or like we're missing out on something. Lacking a culturally-reinforced skill of being able to say "No" is something that can quickly turn our life, both personal and professional, into a living hell.
Linda Adam, President and CEO of Gordon Training International, lists the most common scenarios in which we all fall for that. Specifically, we tend to say "Yes" because of:
Desire to please. “What will she think of me?” “I know it would make them happy.”
Fear of hurting someone. “I don’t want to disappoint her.” “I’m afraid I’ll hurt his feelings if I don’t go.”
Guilt. “I’d feel so selfish.” “How could I turn them down?”
Surprise. “Well, I guess I could do it.” “I don’t know…well, O.K.”
Deference to authority. “She’s the boss.” “Yes, sir!”
Reciprocation. “I may

2 min read Matteo Duò
Business | codeable.io | May. 24, 2016

WordPress pricing debunked [Infographic]

The ultimate answer to #1 question about WordPress: how much does a WordPress website can cost? How about an e-commerce based on WordPress? Check this out!

WordPress pricing debunked [Infographic]

Business | codeable.io | May. 24, 2016

I've been using WordPress for 10 years now and there's one question that never stopped popping up while talking with friends or professionals from outer markets. If you think about it for a couple of seconds I'm sure you'd be able to picture THAT question. Just to clear the air here: I'm talking about the often-asked, never-thought-through-enough, so-wide-to-answer-extensively question many people who need a professional website ask about WordPress:
How much is a WordPress website going to cost me? More than often it comes with its buddy-question: How much does an e-commerce will cost me?
Today we're publishing something that anybody looking for numbers, prices, and costs related to building up a WordPress website and/or an online shop based on WooCommerce is going to love.
I introduce you to our latest infographic: WordPress Pricing Debunked, a pretty neat useful resource with real business examples and also info/experiences from other professionals.
Want to share it with your followers immediately? Go for it: tweet this infographic!
If you'd like to embed the above infographic just copy-paste the following code:
Need help enhancing your WordPress website? Want to build up your e-commerce?

8 min read Matteo Duò
Plugins | codeable.io | Oct. 28, 2015

The minimum viable WordPress plugins setup for your new website

Having a new WordPress-powered website is just the beginning. These 9 plugins should be installed in any new website.

The minimum viable WordPress plugins setup for your new website

Plugins | codeable.io | Oct. 28, 2015

As of today (end of October 2015), the WordPress plugins repository accounts for 40k+ plugins, which generated more than 1 billion downloads. Wow, right? Numbers aside, plugins are one of the main factors that make the WordPress ecosystem growing its user base so rapidly. WordPress plugins are the first choice for many when they need their website to "do something". There's a plugin for any particular needs: galleries, backups, SEO, contact forms, spam. The list is pretty huge. And if you take into account premium WordPress plugins, those numbers skyrocket.
With so many different types of business out there on one side, and the immense repository of plugins available on the other, does it make sense to have a list of essential plugins all new WordPress websites should feature, right from the beginning?
The answer is "yes".
Whether you're a blogger, an entrepreneur or create websites for your clients, all these scenarios share the same DNA: WordPress. This means that, before turning into a personal blog, a membership website or an e-commerce, you should address the 3 first requests of any internet site:
Make it secure
Make it run smoothly
Make it a business tool
With the increasing number

Tutorials | codeable.io | Feb. 6, 2015

Speed up WP admin with Redis and HHVM

A detailed step by step tutorial on running WordPress on HHVM and redis for performance optimization.

Speed up WP admin with Redis and HHVM

Tutorials | codeable.io | Feb. 6, 2015

by Tomaž Zaman, Founder & CTO of Codeable on
When we asked our readers what topic they’d like to cover in our tutorials three stood out the most:
Site speed optimization
Security
WP Admin speed optimization
We’ve covered the former two in our previous tutorials, so today, it’s all about optimizing your belowed wp-admin.
Due to it’s dynamic nature we can’t do page caching, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it snappier!
Note: The techniques I’ll show you here speed up your WordPress in general (not just the admin), but if you do any kind of page caching (described in another tutorial) then it won’t have much impact on the visitor-facing side.
Before we get started
In order to follow this tutorial, you’ll need your own virtual private server (see this tutorial if you don’t have one), running Ubuntu 14.04 x64 and Nginx as the web server.
Note that actions we’ll perform here may not only break your WordPress but the server as well, so make sure you have backups – or even better – try it out in a staging/testing environment first.
Y U slow wp-admin?
There are two processes that take place once we load any wp-admin page: PHP processing (compiling PHP code into code that computer can understand)

14 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Feb. 3, 2016

How Codeable changed my life with Alex Belov

Each month we sit and talk with one of our WordPress developers to hear their story during our "Changing lives" segment. This time is all about Bogdan Belov's unique story. Enjoy :)

How Codeable changed my life with Alex Belov

Community | codeable.io | Feb. 3, 2016

In this new episode of Changing lives, we'll meet with Alex Belov an experienced WordPress developer who's specialized in several areas like Woocommerce, jQuery, custom post type, responsive design, PSD to HTML, just to name a few. During the interview, he'll share with us his insights and thoughts about:
freelancing and what's good/bad about it
his past working experiences
why he decided to go freelance (and apply for Codeable)
what type of clients he works with
how being a Codeable expert changed his life
Hire Alex Belov or just post your task and have one of our other experts take care of it immediately.
Changing lives #1: Spyros Vlachopoulos.
Changing lives #2: Nathan Reimnitz.
Changing lives #3: Alexandra Spalato.
Changing lives #4: Raleigh Leslie.
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Matteo: Hi everyone! This is Matteo, from Codeable. Today we are here with Alex Belov who will share with us his story and experience working as a freelancer. He will also tell us more about working as a Codeable expert, letting us know how this experience changed his life as a freelancer. Hey Alex, thank you for joining us in this episode of Changing Lives.

11 min read Matteo Duò
Plugins | codeable.io | Apr. 25, 2017

How To (Happily) Survive Upgrading Your Website To WooCommerce 3.0

Do you run an eCommerce store based on WooCommerce? Cool! Here's your guide to correctly upgrading your website to WooCommerce 3.0.x without breaking anything.

How To (Happily) Survive Upgrading Your Website To WooCommerce 3.0

Plugins | codeable.io | Apr. 25, 2017

On April 4th, 2017 a major WooCommerce version was released. Version 3.0.0 or WooCommerce “Bionic Butterfly”, brought in some great features for developers, store managers, and even clients. While version 2.7 had existed for a while, it was decided to “jump” directly to WooCommerce 3.0.0 because of the major leap the software has taken when compared to the previous 2.6 version. With its 3.0.x version, WooCommerce introduced great changes and new features both store managers and developers are going to love. Let’s see what they are!
Woo
The first thing you may notice is the new product gallery. It now has zoom-in functionality on mouse hover and you can also enlarge the image to be displayed in full-screen just by clicking on it. This has been a long-requested improvement that now also works great on mobile devices. However, your theme needs to support this feature eventually, so do not be surprised if it is not enabled in your case.
Noticeable improvements have been also deployed on the speed and performance of the software. Specifically, DB queries have been reduced, order emails have been delayed on purpose, some DB data has been removed, while other

18 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Mar. 8, 2016

White Screen of Death, Internal Server Error and Other WordPress Nightmares You Should Know How to Handle

As a WordPress user, you'll experience many WordPress issues in your life eventually. In this article, you'll learn how to fix the 10 most common ones and live a happier life.

White Screen of Death, Internal Server Error and Other WordPress Nightmares You Should Know How to Handle

Community | codeable.io | Mar. 8, 2016

Next time somebody tells you: "Yeah, I know WordPress. I hear it is good for blogs", please flick 'em on the back of the head while saying "Not true buddy". WordPress powers up around 25% of the entire internet, and there are plenty of e-commerce websites that successfully run on WordPress. NYT, Time, Walt Disney Company, and many more run on WordPress, so there's no room left for arguments like that. The problem is that issues and unexpected errors are part of life. As great as WordPress would ever be, it's affected by human limits that resolve in issues affecting your website, your clients', and your business eventually. Even if every WordPress installation is different than all the others, it'd be useful to have a list of the most common issues that have been experienced by the WordPress users to use as a quick reference and check it out every time you'd need help.
I know: such list make sense to newbies and those with a just a couple of years of experience, but don't forget: if you are an experienced WordPress user, you've grown thanks to these issues!
So this is what you're getting: here's some of the most common WordPress issues with their actual fix, all listed. Are you eager

15 min read Nathan Ello
Community | codeable.io | Oct. 26, 2016

How To Move Your WordPress Website To A New Domain Without Hurting Your SEO Rankings

When you need to move your WordPress website to a new domain address, it's not just a matter of copy-pasting some file to a new "home".

How To Move Your WordPress Website To A New Domain Without Hurting Your SEO Rankings

Community | codeable.io | Oct. 26, 2016

As many people have had to move homes (for whatever reasons), sometimes websites also have to move their "home", which is their domain address. But when you transfer a website to a new domain you should also pay attention to something that has no counterpart in our home-moves: SEO rankings. When you need to move your WordPress website to a new domain address, it's not just a matter of copy-pasting some file to a new "home". It's a matter of making this process as smooth as possible and doing all you need to lower any loss within your SEO rankings that you gained with your old domain.
But how is this possible? What should you take into account to properly move your WordPress website to a new domain and prevent it from losing its SEO rankings?
I'll get through all of these points, but first, let's start with a key clarification: what's a domain name? Roughly said: what you usually type on your browser bar is a website's domain name.
For example, codeable.io is a domain name, google.com is another domain, facebook.com another one. Domain names have been introduced to help users better remember a page's unique IP address, which is made up of numbers.
I bet you'd remember

2 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Jan. 10, 2017

Meet The 4-Year-Old Codeable

This week marks Codeable's 4th birthday. Have a slice of our data-backed pie and see how far we have come together!

Meet The 4-Year-Old Codeable

Community | codeable.io | Jan. 10, 2017

When 2017 kicked in some days ago, we already were hyped because we knew this moment would come and today we're sharing it with all of you. This week we turn 4-years-old

8 min read Matteo Duò
Editorials | codeable.io | May. 21, 2015

What to do when you need help with WordPress

You just don’t shoot some keywords on forums and wait for people to bring up all the answers. You need to do your part as well.

What to do when you need help with WordPress

Editorials | codeable.io | May. 21, 2015

It happened to everyone, at least once: you're experiencing an issue on your WordPress website. A new plugin you installed that conflicts with your installation, a custom code your wrongly added in the functions.php file. Whatever could go wrong, it did. At that moment, we find ourself sweating bullets because we think we've broken our website (or at least a part of it). Novices to development and WordPress may even freak out a little. Inevitably everyone does what's best in these case: they look for help.
WordPress has no phone number to call to get help, nor a plugin to install and fix everything instantly. As in many activities, there’s always a bad (poor) and a good (effective) way to do things. And asking for help with WordPress is no exception. Let's see how.
Think about what you did
Something went wrong, and you're experiencing some issues. Before looking for help immediately, you should try to understand what caused the problem and try to think backward to what you did right before it occurred. Most common problems can fall under one of these categories:
WordPress fail update
Plugin conflicts with other plugins or themes
Incorrect syntax or missing part of code
Trying to understand

5 min read Liam Bailey
Tutorials | codeable.io | Mar. 29, 2016

Codeable - How to Extend a WordPress Plugin - My Plugin Boilerplate

Shows my chosen method for extending WP plugins, for example making WooCommerce extensions.

Codeable - How to Extend a WordPress Plugin - My Plugin Boilerplate

Tutorials | codeable.io | Mar. 29, 2016

Most of you will have heard about WooCommerce extensions by now, and WooCommerce sure is great for extending because it has loads of hooks and filters to play with, but in truth you can extend any WordPress plugin in pretty much any way you want and without touching any of the plugin files. Here is my personal choice on how to do this, along with some handy hints on getting around the problem of not having the right hook in place etc.
I have a template which I call a boilerplate, which I will embed below:
So the first thing to do is change all instances of PB to the name of the plugin you are creating, which, as it is an extension, should probably be the name of the original plugin plus something unique to your extension - possibly what it does. I once built an extension to the events manager plugin that allowed the site owner to pay commission to those who posted events - I called it Events Manager Commissions (events-manager-commissions).
If you do a find/replace for PB to Events Manager Commissions you are good to go except for the classname is no good, so it is better to do find replace for PB to Events_Manager_Commissions and then you only have the Plugin Name (in the top comments)

14 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | May. 23, 2017

The Business Playbook To Adding New Features To Your WP Website

What should you do at first when looking for custom WordPress development? How much is it going to cost you? Here are all the answers you've always looked for.

The Business Playbook To Adding New Features To Your WP Website

Community | codeable.io | May. 23, 2017

If I had to pick one and only thing that led me to using WordPress is the abundance of plugins. In the official WordPress repository, as of today, you can find more than 50k of such “chunks” of software you can add to your website and eCommerce store. And if you add premium ones (paid plugins) on top of that number, there’s no shortage of ways for you to extend your website/store functionality.
Do you need a more convenient way to edit your metadata info for your on-page SEO activity?
Do you need to add PayPal as a payment method to your eCommerce?
Do you need better ways to manage your cache?
Thanks to plugins, you’re (almost) covered!
But what if nothing on the market addresses your current needs?
What happens when your needs are so specific that go beyond what a given plugin can provide you with?
Each business has its own needs and, based on them, its own path to being successful and profitable. That’s why the very same plugin can be good enough as is for a business website, while in need to be further customized for another. Or maybe none of this is even slightly applicable in some cases and only a brand new, developed from scratch plugin would make

12 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Jun. 27, 2017

The 5-Word Syllabus You Need To Master For Hiring Remote WordPress Developers

There's a semantic world that developers do care about. This world accounts for and is framed around 5 key notions.

The 5-Word Syllabus You Need To Master For Hiring Remote WordPress Developers

Community | codeable.io | Jun. 27, 2017

Project scope, scope creep, gold plating, feature creep, scope discovery. What do they mean? The first time I hired a developer to work on my personal website, I had never have heard of them and had no idea these words were so important when working with an outsourced WordPress developer. I learned it though as the developer, at that time, pointed out I was requesting changes that were off what he and I had agreed upon.
At that time, I hadn't realized I was going a bit over my requests and I had no idea this "approach" had a name too: scope creep. That's what I was doing.
After apologizing to my developer, and saying I was really sorry for doing that (in my defense: it was literally my very first time outsourcing development = #noobalert), I wanted to know all about scope creep. So I started to do some research. And the more I researched, the more I discovered a semantic world that developers do care about.
This world accounts for and is framed around 5 key notions.
As they're still obscure and not 100% grasped to many, I wanted to shed some light on them and help you understand what they mean, when they occur and why they're bad for your client-expert relationship.
Getting

12 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | Jun. 14, 2016

Everything you need to do while hiring a WordPress contractor

A step by step guide to hiring WordPress contractors (and happily work with them) for small businesses.

Everything you need to do while hiring a WordPress contractor

Community | codeable.io | Jun. 14, 2016

How would you feel if I told you that you may not know as much as you think about hiring and working with WordPress developers as you think, or worse - you may be getting it totally wrong altogether? Whether you're looking for someone who's able to fix all issues your website is experiencing, you're looking for someone who could set up your e-commerce website, or you're looking for a reliable developer to scale your business, you should learn how to work with such professionals. Why? Working with remote developers and designers is becoming a standard, or at least a pretty common method, in today's world because of its many advantages. As such, it may need to be learned as a new skill by business and website owners like you.
Learning and getting better at working with remote WordPress developers/designers affects your business. So I'll guide you through all the steps towards being a pro in dealing with contractors working on your project.
To make it more digestible and detailed, I'll be covering the topics in a multi-part blog post series, with the first right below. If you don't want to miss the series, subscribe here.
How to ace your WordPress hiring process and get the best contractors

14 min read Matteo Duò
Business | codeable.io | Mar. 30, 2017

How To Integrate Outsourcing Into Your Agency Workflow

Many well-known companies scaled by taking advantage of outsourcing. But how could you do the same with your agency? Here's the guide you've been waiting for on how you can merge outsourcing into your current strategy!

How To Integrate Outsourcing Into Your Agency Workflow

Business | codeable.io | Mar. 30, 2017

Back in the days, when I had just started to work, I was sharing a condo in Rome, Italy with some friends. We all worked at that time, but we also enjoyed cooking and inviting neighbors over. Problem was, it was hard for the four of us to go to the grocery store, or supermarket, and prepare a nice dinner for everybody with short notice. We needed more time, but adding hours to a given day doesn’t fall into our "mortal" domain as human beings. We needed to find a solution, a quick fix to that recurring scenario. And that’s why we agreed to rely on one another to buy desired ingredients or specific food. If I was stuck at the office, for example, I’d ask one of the other three to “merge” my list into theirs, so I could still help them cooking.
Without even noticing, we started to see and learn the huge benefits of delegating tasks to someone you trust.
Since dinners became more popular and frequent (who doesn’t like a homemade Italian dinner?!), we had to come up with a solution and take “delegating stuff” to the next level: we delegated the grocery shopping, just for our party dinners, to one of our neighbors.
Yes, we scaled thanks

17 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | May. 16, 2017

Your Money is Worth More with Agile WordPress Development

Working on your new MVP website? Here's how to build it via an Agile WordPress development to squeeze the maximum value out of all the money you'll spend!

Your Money is Worth More with Agile WordPress Development

Community | codeable.io | May. 16, 2017

7 years ago, I’ve spent around $200,000 on a product that never took off. That was my own money, earned from outsourcing, and I’ve learned some expensive lessons down the road which I’d like to share with you today. Here’s how it all usually begins...
Finding the product/market fit is very hard
You’ve got an idea for a new online business, you’ve set aside some money and you are eager to get started. But how can you maximize your chances of succeeding with your new venture? How can you avoid the mistakes I made without squandering a fortune and actually get nothing in return?
There are many things you’d need to get aligned before you’ll have a successful business backed up by your website. When we talk about complex websites that power your business, one of the most important things here is to find the sweet spot within:
What website features your market needs
What website features you think your market needs
How much you can afford to spend on building the key features of your website
For example, if we talk about an eCommerce website that sells air cleaning devices, you might want to answer questions as:
Does your market require a product