Our very own Steve Zehngut has a presentation up for consideration at SXSW this year. About 30% of the decision is based on the thumbs up of readers. (Personally, I think it’s just a ploy to get lots of links and site registrations, but hey, you gotta play by their rules. Right?)
Creative design is subjective. Whether a site can handle a traffic spike created by a link from a highly influential website, like The Drudge Report is not.
Problems are going to occur. The way your developer handles problems is what sets good developers apart from bad ones. I have never found a website that was 100% bug free; not even the largest websites. Knowing this ahead of time may help you handle problems more rationally.
Version Control is a system that saves each iteration of your code as changes are made. And, it is critical to your development process.
Planning is about setting expectations. If expectations are spelled out up front, there should be no surprises. If your developer lacks the skills to proactively set expectations, but you can take on this responsibility. The developer will probably thank you for doing so.
This is the first in a four part series about working with a developer to get a custom Wordpress site (or any digital project) built.