Know What You're Really Getting with a Wordpress 'Specialist'
What To Know
It's shocking how many people claim to be WordPress developers and can't read a single line of PHP, which is a general scripting language. While it's fine for agencies to install websites and sell them as a service, the issue is when they call themselves developers - and charge you for it. So, it's smart to know what you're really getting.
It's also good to know that if you go the route of a WordPress theme, you might have bumps along the way. Templates can be an easy and affordable solution, but they're not perfect. WordPress users can get hacked, suffer slow page loads times, deal with broken links, and experience issues from their plugins. You would need an experienced web developer who knows the ropes and how to fix issues as they arise.
What To Ask
Also ask for examples of their work. One of the best ways to measure the quality of a site is to see it in action. Get links to several sites and check them out on your phone and laptop to see how they function. We also suggest clicking on the "contact" information and reaching out to some of these companies to see how they like their site and if they've experienced any issues since the launch.
Another smooth detective move is to use a tool like https://builtwith.com/ to search some of their client's websites, and even their own site. If it lists a theme, you can see how much they spent versus how much they might be charging you for a similar option.
If you think found a good WordPress developer, but you're still not sure if a template is right for your business, we wrote an article on this topic for you.