Freelance Gatsby developers create faster, more secure, SEO-friendly static websites that provide a high-quality user experience for many types of organizations, businesses, and e-commerce. GatsbyJS is a free open-source framework for front-end development based on top attributes from React, React Router and GraphQL. It’s considered developer friendly, and offers more templates and themes than other frameworks to facilitate faster web development.
The cost of hiring a freelance Gatsby developer depends on several factors. It’s important to have a detailed explanation of the website and/or web apps you want to build and a budget estimate, so your prospective Gatsby developer can accurately determine whether their skills fit your project and whether your requirements fit within your budget.
Static websites are simpler and quicker to build, but can be time intensive to maintain because each page must be changed individually. Dynamic sites are more complex to develop but require less updating since the server delivers customized content. Consider whether you want to use the preferred headless content management system (such as Storyblok) in the Jamstack architecture (Java, APIs, markup) or a database with APIs on the back-end that can deliver some dynamic aspects.
If you are unclear or lack the technical savvy to develop a plan up front, a more experienced Gatsby developer may be better able to guide your project.
Experience and expertise
Depending on your site’s complexity, a developer’s years of experience can be a critical factor in creating an efficient user interface. An entry-level Gatsby developer may be fine for simpler projects and will often have lower pricing ($25-$40 per hour) as they try to build a client base.
An intermediate-level Gatsby developer will have years of experience, but command a higher rate, typically $45-$75 per hour. Their experience enables them to be more efficient, have a better eye for pitfalls, and problem-solve. They may also have project management skills.
An expert-level freelance Gatsby developer has mastered many skills and might even be a full-stack developer who can conduct front-end and back-end development from scratch. They charge between $60-$100 per hour. These freelancers can solve difficult build tasks, work efficiently, quickly problem-solve, and offer project management skills.
Scope of work
The complexity of your website will drive the experience you need in a Gatsby developer. Entry-level programmers might be fine for a simpler business website, but intermediate to expert developers bring higher levels of experience and skill sets for more complex projects and e-commerce sites that often require critical decision-making up front.
Most freelance Gatsby developers charge an hourly rate, and complex projects can become very time intensive and expensive. Web development can take weeks to months, so more experienced Gatsby developers may be significantly more efficient (saving time) and proficient (fewer bugs), minimizing your timeframe and snags in the development experience. Consider your budget and the complexity of your project, and try to strike a balance between cost and experience.
Location may have a significant impact on the rate that a Gatsby developer charges. For example, a freelancer in a large coastal city with a high cost of living is likely to charge more than one in a small city in the Midwest. Developers are most expensive in North America and Western Europe, while contractors in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and many Asian markets typically charge far less. Evaluate the possible effects of communicating with offshore Gatsby developers during the vetting process, both in terms of time lag and language skills.
Popular Gatsby developer projects & cost examples
Developing your website depends on many factors. Do you also need to contract for site content and web design, or any other specialists in addition to your Gatsby development?
Site for a business or organization
Create a static five-page corporate Gatsby site that offers information on the business and its products with lightning-fast speed. The business only occasionally updates or changes the information. The development will cost roughly $1,000 to $2,000 depending on customizations.
Build a small e-commerce site utilizing Shopify or Amazon Web Services (AWS) e-commerce platform on the back-end to capitalize on Gatsby’s fast load times and SEO efficiency on the front-end.
Create a 10-page business-to-business Gatsby site with the primary purpose of creating conversions. This type of static site changes little and offers an efficient user experience. The development will likely cost $2,000 to $4,000.
Personal blog site
Develop an inexpensive static site for a blogger. Utilize WordPress along with Gatsby’s excellent user experience, capitalizing on cheaper hosting fees while getting fast downloads and strong SEO performance to gain readership.
Find Gatsby freelance talent at the world’s work marketplace
Freelance Gatsby developers of all experience levels are on Upwork ready to build any type of website you need. You can check their profiles which list their skills and contain customer reviews to help you find the right fit for your project.
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