When you are picking a developer to help you with the project, you are always going to be faced with the question of “how good is this developer?”. You can take the arduous route of checking out their website for a portfolio and testimonials and then following up their social media to check out their reviews, you might even do extra due diligence and chase up the people leaving them reviews and testimonials by checking out their websites and ideally emailing them to see what they have to say. Hopefully it will be something like “They did an excellent job!” and not “Who? Never heard of them? What do you mean they listed my website in their portfolio? That’s utter cockypop!”.
Fortunately, there is a much quicker way to guarantee whether an Umbraco developer or Umbraco development agency is worthwhile enlisting for you project and that is if they are an Umbraco certified developer
While anyone can proclaim they are an Umbraco expert, how can you really know without the rigmarole written above? It’s like they have to go out of their way to prove themselves. Either that or you do by doing your research on them. Do you want to go through all that?
Umbraco certified developers merely need to prove they are certified and that is it. You know they have gone out of their way to show that they are an Umbraco master and it is easily verified.
They can bring suggestions and ideas to the table
When you are dealing with someone in the Umbraco partners program, you know you are dealing with someone who knows the in, the outs and the extras of Umbraco. This means that not only will they do a proper job of Umbraco CMS development for you, but that if they suggest any changes or features to be implemented then not only can you trust that it might be a good idea, but that they will also be able to actually implement it properly.
They know how to build for the future
Now I am not claiming here that a Umbraco freelancer or somebody working at an Umbraco development company can tell the future just because they became Umbraco certified in the past.
I am claiming that an Umbraco certified professional had to demonstrate the proper procedure to build a website that can be easily modified and upgraded further down the line with features to achieve their certificated status. This is opposed to a standard umbraco web developer who will most likely be seeing the design files as the finish line and not consider future proofing for development and features you might want to implement.
Even if the alternative Umbraco web development professional is offering a cheaper price, whether it be hourly or project based, there is a good chance that the certified developer will end up costing less in the long run as they are more likely to do a better job, quicker.
Also, my point above. Down the line, when implementing new features or tweaking old ones, if the site is not set up for this then it will take considerably more time and ballache to do so.
An Umbraco certified developer is going to spend a lot less time nervously umming and arring about what to do and how to do it. You know that they are passionately intimate with the backend and how to finely finesse it. This means they get in and out quickly and make sure they do a good job that will leave you satisfied. No hesitation.
So if you need a job done reliably, well and quickly then an Umbraco certified developer is the way to go!