Recommendation Please for Drupal Expert

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  1. Tin

    Tin Just an SEO Staff Member

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    As the title of this thread says, I'm looking for recommendations from members who know of or have used a reliable, knowledgeable Drupal developer. I'm in need of one so recommendations gratefully accepted :)

    Cheers
     
    Posted: Jan 13, 2018 By: Tin Member since: Nov 14, 2005
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  2. karmacomputing

    karmacomputing UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Tin,

    Will keep this Drupal specific since there's loads of really helpful guides on selecting a generic web developer. These are not recommendations of particular devs, just general guidelines.

    Drupal Version- Which one is it?
    This matters a lot of late because the latest version (version 8) significantly changes the way Drupal sites are built. Drupal developers are still catching up to this change. Therefore, if it's a new site it's best to start on Drupal 8, but be aware that an understanding of Drupal 8 is needed. It's sounds like it's an existing deployment though. Is it version 7?

    How active are they
    Like any framework/cms, the more time you spend with it the quicker you become at solving tasks. In the Drupal world this might be:

    - Which modules are you most familiar with?
    - Are you familiar with the rules module? (Note this isn't ready for Drupal8 yet)
    - Do they have a Drupal.org profile, do they commit code back or discussions?
    - With non-Drupal developers, there's a tendency to jump into writing code when actually there's already a module which will do that specific task (There's a chaper on this in the book "The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7") and is still relevant to Drupal 8.

    Type of work- theming or logic
    More so in Drupal 7, a theme developer requires a lot of experience. The theme system in Drupal 7 cannot be described as simple. Therefore people tend to specialise as Drupal themers, and let others focus on the logic. You might find it better to focus your search on a team of people who can cover both programming logic (aka "back-end") and theming.

    Whilst I've no data on this, Drupal seems to be the tool of high budget projects (define high?) this may be due to the complexity and planning required when building a Drupal site; the same can be said for any development. The planning is important, not always the chosen platform. I raise this because unless you find a very seasoned freelancer, it's unlikely they'll be experienced in both themes and development.

    Finally, Drupal is about community it has the saying "come for the code, stay for the community". Don't be alarmed if the developer(s) you find are always engaging in forums on Drupal, asking questions to find out how to solve things you ask of them- this is a good sign that they're checking to see if the community has already solved it (and usually it has) rather than re-inventing the wheel.


    Hope that's useful :)
     
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    Posted: Jan 13, 2018 By: karmacomputing Member since: Jan 2, 2018
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  3. Tin

    Tin Just an SEO Staff Member

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    Thanks for your very detailed and informative post and apologies for this late response. You've certainly opened my eyes a bit on Drupal and given me plenty of food for thought.

    You seem to be very knowledgeable about Drupal, is this something that you yourself work with? Or do you know of such a company that could handle both the themes and coding well? If I had to choose a single skill I'm needing it'd be coding.

    Cheers
    Ray
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2018 By: Tin Member since: Nov 14, 2005
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  4. karmacomputing

    karmacomputing UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Ray, good afternoon

    I'm glad you found it informative, thank you :)

    Yes, I've (with help from my team) worked with Drupal 7 on and off for about 4 years and attend "Drupal North East" for networking when I can- experience building Drupal sites, and attending Drupal North East is the source of my learning Drupal. We're building a Drupal 8 site at the moment for our internal use (eat our own Dog food).

    I can highly recommend Consult and Design who are based in Sunderland. They have a much larger team than us if that's what you need, best suited for large projects.

    If you'd like share (perhaps privately) your requirements and what version of Drupal the site in question is? I would then be able to say if it's something suited to us (and quote for it) or better suited to a larger affair like Consult & Design.

    Have a good Monday!

    Regards,
    Chris
     
    Posted: Jan 15, 2018 By: karmacomputing Member since: Jan 2, 2018
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  5. Tin

    Tin Just an SEO Staff Member

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    Chris, you've been PM'd
     
    Posted: Jan 15, 2018 By: Tin Member since: Nov 14, 2005
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  6. Bruce.D

    Bruce.D UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    PM me the Druapl problems you have, maybe I can help with.
     
    Posted: Jan 16, 2018 By: Bruce.D Member since: Jun 22, 2016
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  7. Tin

    Tin Just an SEO Staff Member

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    This thread is asking for recommendations and I don't have any Drupal problems but thanks anyway.
     
    Posted: Jan 16, 2018 By: Tin Member since: Nov 14, 2005
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