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WordPress Plugin maintenance & development
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 14 minutes ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

We are looking for someone to develop features and functions in our WordPress page builder and translation plugins. The roles will inc…

CMS Developer JavaScript WordPress Plugin Plugin Development
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$2,000
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

our website basically finished but needs still quite a bit of integration, cleaning and customization among these main plug-ins: wooco…

CMS Developer WordPress WooCommerce PHP Website Customization BuddyPress
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Breakable Classified Wordpress plugin Development
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 3 hours ago

$300
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I would like to hire Advance Wordpress Plugin Developer to create the Classified Plugin based on Wordpress that has 1. Basic classifi…

CMS Developer WordPress WordPress Plugin PHP WooCommerce MySQL JavaScript API Web Development HTML WPML
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WordPress
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Iam starting a WordPress please entered my account on up work

CMS Developer WordPress
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Custom WordPress Plugin Want to Create
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 hours ago

$500
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I want to build a custom WordPress plugin. Options I need in Wordpress plugin 1 . It needs to work as a browser with proxy option. 2.…

CMS Developer Python PHP-Nuke Jobs Landing Page PHP WordPress Plugin JavaScript MySQL CSS PHP Developer Jobs PHP Script
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I need a DIVI WordPress Developer
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$250
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

I have a website and designs are ready and looking for wordpress developer who can help us

CMS Developer WordPress CSS HTML PHP
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Wordpress Speed Optimization
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 hours ago

$85
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

We are looking for an experienced WordPress developer to optimize the speed of our website. Our goal is to achieve an A rating on both…

CMS Developer WordPress Page Speed Optimization JavaScript PHP CSS WooCommerce
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Fix broken wordpress migration
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Used Scriptaculous to migrate a wordpress site to a new domain but it has errors. Need the migration fixed. Possibly would be easier…

CMS Developer WordPress PHP MySQL WooCommerce WordPress Plugin
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Deploy Wordpress from backup
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

$10
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Deploy WordPress via backup zip file. Google drive. Requirements: Strong proficiency in HTML, CSS, and PHP Experience with custom Wo…

CMS Developer WordPress PHP MySQL Web Development Linux System Administration DigitalOcean Web Hosting JavaScript Amazon EC2 CSS
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Looking for Entry Level Wordpress Developer
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 10 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Hey Folks! We’re looking for a rockstar Wordpress Developer to work with us and deliver amazing results to our clients. All positive…

CMS Developer WordPress
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CMS Developers on Upwork
can earn $15–$80/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
CMS Developer average prices bell curve

$15 $80

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How to Become a Freelance CMS Developer

Content Management System (CMS) developers work in tandem with designers and content creators. They build tools that help others publish, edit, and maintain websites. These tools might be in the form of a website builder or a specially designed content management system.

Some freelance web developers consider it beneficial to focus on one or a few types of business clients to streamline their workload. By being more focused, developers find optimal ways to build systems for a specific type of business, then are able to reuse some code and ideas on each subsequent client. Starting from scratch to understand the business of each client will be more challenging and time consuming

Less-skilled programmers or noncoders might build functional but simpler content management portals for businesses or individuals by using WordPress, Drupal or Joomla.

What does a freelance CMS developer do?

Freelance CMS developers will need to know how to use web development languages like HTML and CSS to build easy-to-use portals for users to post, update and manipulate written (articles, marketing materials, blogs) and visual (photos, slideshows, videos) content on their websites without technical assistance

What skills do I need to become a freelance CMS developer?

Among the most important skills for a freelance CMS developer are HTML and CSS programming language fundamentals; familiarity with JavaScript, PHP, or MySQL, and a methodical way of deriving customer needs.

These freelancers need to have knowledge of the front-end development and back-end development of a website, like understanding databases, portals, and web servers. Finally, CMS developers need to know how to work with templates and site architecture because they’ll be building tools that help others do their work.

It’s important for freelancers to clearly understand what the client needs and to provide a system that meets their current needs and foreseeable business plans. While you might be capable of building a Lexus, provide a Hyundai if that’s what will best serve your client’s needs.

Running up your costs (time) and pricing for your client’s bill will not build your reputation and fuel success.

​​Here are some supplementary skills these freelancers need to become experts, according to skill requirements aggregated from multiple CMS developer job descriptions.

  • Be able to develop custom solutions using one or more content management systems
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills to understand customer pain points and desired business outcomes
  • Capability to work with back-end engineers to create and maintain integrations with databases as well as external SaaS products and plugins
  • Create and regularly maintain website templates, modules, custom widgets, and plugins to ease content system development in the future
  • Ability to test CMS implementations for functionality, performance, security, data integrity, and data optimization
  • Be able to cooperate with web developers and front-end designers to ensure that delivered solutions meet expectations
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to deliver new capabilities and features
  • Expertise in creating technical documentation and training tutorials for clients
  • Keep up with evolving trends, best practices, and technologies
  • Create a portfolio of your work for potential clients to review; ideally, create a personal professional website to highlight your digital portfolio, including testimonials from satisfied customers, and market your services

What are a freelance CMS developer’s work responsibilities?

By creating and implementing a content management system for a company or other user, freelance CMS developers ensure that content creators and graphic designers have a conduit for placing and updating content on their site.

These are some of the responsibilities freelance CMS developers have:

  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code with standard best practices for a custom CMS; establish a system using CMS frameworks such as Drupal and WordPress; or use a combination of the two approaches
  • Create and maintain clients’ basic sites and user interfaces (UI) by developing custom systems
  • Integrate data from multiple back-end services and databases as well as third-party SaaS providers
  • Gather and refine specifications based on technical needs and project requirements
  • Create and maintain technical software and UI/UX documentation
  • Availability to maintain or expand the system if necessary
  • Remain current on emerging technologies and industry trends

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