Becoming a WordPress developer/designer

A little bit about being a WordPress Designer or Developer

We know you. You’re the person who enjoys building and editing sites as a hobby. The one that friends and family go to when they need help with their website. But did you know you could turn that knowledge into a side-hustle or full-time job using WordPress? 

It’s the world’s most popular tool for creating websites, that one out of every three websites on the Internet is using.

In order to help you understand what goes into being a professional WordPress designer or developer, we did the research and found out if they are self employed or work for a company, how much time they spend on building sites and how much they make.

A little bit about being a WordPress designer or developer

We recently conducted research and the results offer some interesting insights into what it’s like being a WordPress developer in the US. 

  • 1 out of 6 developers are self-employed
  • US-Based WordPress web developers make on average USD $50k a year
  • More than 7 million websites are created each year by US-based web developers 

Every day, more than 20,000 websites are published. These sites range from simple one-page to full-fledged ecommerce-enabled enterprise level websites. While there are that many published each day, there are many more waiting to be published, and behind those sites are frustrated individuals trying to get online right now.

They need help. This is where the need for WordPress website developers and designers comes from, creating an opportunity for a side-hustle or full time job, while helping folks create their dream website. It’s a win-win situation.

Around the world, 75 million websites are using WordPress right now. According to a May 2017 GoDaddy survey, website developers are creating websites for a variety of industries, including retail, travel, creative, education and real estate, just to name a few. 

 

75 million websites are using WordPress right now

 

Once up and running as a developer or designer, time management becomes an issue. Managing WordPress, updating plugins, making sure websites load fast are a day-in and day-out job. This is in addition to working with clients, finding new business opportunities and taking the time to actually design and develop.

With those issues in mind, GoDaddy created Managed WordPress. We know web professionals. We know the tools they need to be successful. We know they sleep easier at night when the websites they manage are up and running, 24/7/365.

We also have provided tools that let developers and designers focus on their passion, creating websites for customers.

Managed WordPress

With more than 10 million hosted sites, we are the leading web hosting provider, offering basic web hosting you can trust and with industry-leading load times. 

Our plans offer a streamlined, optimized hosting platform for building and hosting WordPress sites. This platform is the world’s largest paid managed WordPress product and the entire hosting environment is built around making your WordPress sites run faster and more securely.

Switching from hobby to side-hustle means you need to make the most of your time. As you know, when setting up a new WordPress site, developers will often be required to take part in several time-consuming tasks such as WordPress installation, backup setup, plugins installation to optimize page load times, security setup, and staging site creation for development and testing. 

We understand the tools you need to be successful. Managed WordPress is a one-stop shop for handling basic hosting administrative tasks, such as installing WordPress, automated daily backups, WordPress core updates, and server-level caching. Managed WordPress automates these setup tasks and saves you more than 3 hours a month on every site you manage. 

 

Managed WordPress can save you more than 3 hours a month on every site you manage

 

The time saved allows you to take on more clients, run a more successful and efficient business, and ultimately make more money. This also helps to build your reputation with clients and businesses, and on the client side leads to increased satisfaction. Booyah! 

Our research found that 9 out of 10 website visitors will switch to a competitor’s website if the company’s website fails to load. For this reason, we boast a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means sites are up and running with no downtime. We also offers 24/7/365 WordPress Hosting Support to help answer technical questions and provide site-related advice.

Managed WordPress isn’t just for pros, it’s for the everyday developer. That’s why we offer a variety of WordPress plans to meet your specific needs, including Basic, Deluxe, Ultimate and Pro 5+

Each Managed WordPress Plan from GoDaddy includes the following: 

  • 99.9% uptime promise and money-back guarantee 
  • Free 24/7 support
  • Automatic WordPress core software and security updates
  • One-click migration tool
  • Access to thousands of free themes and plugins
  • Latest version of PHP 7
  • SFTP access (Deluxe and Ultimate plans)
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 email for one year with the purchase of annual plan 
  • Temporary domain name
  • CDN Boost for up to 50% faster load time

To view the full list of inclusions for each plan, read more about Managed WordPress

WordPress Pro5+ 

If you’re looking to expand your business, and are managing multiple websites, you know that you have to wear many hats and the Pro5+ is a great option for helping to do it all. 

With its host of upgrades, the Pro5+ plan offers performance you can bet your reputation on by giving you the tools you need to build a site that is ready to go in less than two minutes. 

The plan includes increased security for your clients to help prevent hacking and features a dashboard to quickly view each client’s website. This gives you the ability to see at a glance when updates are needed and make theme and plugin updates with one click. This also alleviates the need to login using each clients WordPress admin. 

This plan includes access to our team of experts. The team can quickly and accurately communicate site issues and offer help on each of your client’s sites in no time, and with multiple sites, this extra hand is crucial.  

The full list of Pro5+ Plan features include: 

  • 5-50 websites
  • 50-200 GB storage 
  • Ideal for up to 800K monthly visitors
  • Free daily backups with 1-click restore 
  • Automatic daily malware scans 
  • Built-in signup forms powered by Gravity Forms ($59.00/yr value)
  • Free domain with purchase of annual plan
  • One-click staging site
  • Free SSL Certificates – 1 per site 
  • Free site-maintenance tools 
  • Real-time performance and uptime monitoring 
  • Automated client reports 

https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/wordpress-hosting 

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Patrick Pulvermüller
As GoDaddy’s Senior VP and General Manager of Global Hosting, Patrick Pulvermüller is responsible for setting the strategy for GoDaddy’s hosting team around the world, developing fast and reliable solutions to make GoDaddy customers’ sites visible on the web. Patrick holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Open University and is a Member of the Board at PlusServer. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his five kids and skiing.