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    weizhou
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    Hi guys,

    My business website is currently being built by some developers in India who I found on elance. The website uses WordPress as the CMS and has a lot of customised plugins. As I am not a tech expert, I do not know whether they have coded things properly, have built functionality that can cope as my business scales up, etc.

    What can I do other than test the functionality from the front-end myself? Are there local professionals I can hire to QA my site from the back-end, fix any bugs, etc. before I launch?

    Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Wei

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    natedamman
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    I can take a look at it if you would like?
    let me know when it’s ready to have it looked over :)

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    weizhou
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    Thanks natedamman. I will get in contact once the site is ready. How long does it normally take to audit the backend of a WordPress site with about 10 different plugins and 20 different pages?

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    sam_leader
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    Hi Wei,

    Welcome to Flying Solo. Just a word of warning, in my experience coders aren’t often very complimentary of each other’s code, so don’t panic straight away if someone is critical of what they find on your site’s back end!

    Cheers,

    Sam

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    weizhou
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    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for the tip.

    Cheers,
    Wei

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    Trent
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    Hi Wei,
    I’ve been outsourcing for over 18 years – ugh I feel old now! :P

    I’m a project manager, not a coder. So I only care about results and the big picture; not poopooing someone’s code ‘just because’

    In my experience, only desperate (read cheap n nasty) coders waste their time belittling someone else’s code unless it’s truly spaghetti code. So when I hear someone say most do this, it says more about the quality of the programmers they’ve been exposed to and there are a LOT of Indian chop-shops out there marketing themselves like crazy at $2-10/hour so it’s understandable…

    Pay bananas, get monkeys.

    Auditing
    There’s no way to tell how long it will take to audit the plugins – I’ve had a plugin customised for one of my websites to the point where the new code outweighed the original code, whereas most customisations won’t add that much coding ‘bloat’

    So the short version is you will be up for an hourly rate for a reliable QA/coder team to go over your site; locals starting at around $70/hour (a student will be perhaps half that – but do you really want a student doing QA? ;) )

    The good news is it’s always cheaper when you’re getting started – so don’t skimp now

    Notice I said a team. You want someone with front-end experience as well as a coder who is used to working based on the QA specialist’s recommendations – not just assuming the obvious code holes the programmer finds in the back-end will be your only source of problems ;)

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    Dave Gillen – Former FS Concierge
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    Hi Wei,

    Some good advice already. I would just add that you should try to give clear instructions about what you want tested/fixed. For example whether your main concern is speed, scalability (for site size or traffic increase?), security, or whatever.

    Some code issues might never be a problem for you, so it could be a waste to pay $$$ to fix every single code inefficiency without a clear purpose.

    Good luck!

    Dave

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