20 August 2019

Developer Connection - Helping us to help you

Hello and welcome back to another blog by Hussey Coding.

Today we are going to be starting a mini series, delving deeper into how Developer Connection works and what it has to offer.

In this mini bog we will be looking at
 - High quality, in depth information - helping us to help you

The first thing anyone does when looking for work or workers is to get as much information as possible. When going for an interview, we often google the company first to learn what we can about their ethics, work model and reputation. We do the same when we get a builder to come and work at our house, we search out any and all information on them to make sure they will do a good job for a reasonable price and the same is true of the traditional online marketplace.

However there is a fundamental issue with how the traditional market place works and that is the lack of information required and given.
While some clients are very good at presenting their projects in a detailed, professional and accurate manner, there are many that do not, giving only the bare minimum in specs, budget and length of project. Granted this is partly down to the clients not giving enough information but also a failing on the market place in not requiring a good amount of information.

The same can be said for developers, most of the time developers are given some tasks to complete, an exam or test of some sort and sometimes an interview before being allowed to join, which all sounds great but there is no taking into account a developers past accomplishments, reputation or contributions, nor does it take into account the developers work ethic, professionalism or people skills.

It is in this environment of information shortage we find the confusion and chaos that is the traditional marketplace, an environment where developers scramble to "win" projects that have little to no accurate information and then getting frustrated with clients when the project is much bigger or smaller than originally expected. On the other side of the coin is the client who has spent hours siphoning through endless proposals from developers who maybe don't have the skills to do what they need only to find the perfect one and discover that they are no longer available.

Here at Hussey Coding we are passionate about creating good, respectful, professional relationships through Developer Connection and so we are doing away with the traditional method of information gathering! When creating an account with Developer Connection you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire tailored to gather as much information from clients about projects and from developers about things like hours of work, specialities and background. As much of this information is mandatory this means that both client and developer will always have the information they need.

In our next mini blog we will look at what this means specifically for clients and developers alike but for now we want to leave you with this thought, this idea, this new reality that the old way of doing things is over, there is something new on the horizon that does away with the old method of scrolling and proposing, with vague project descriptions and unsatisfactory results and that new way is

Please, help us spread the word of this new and exciting Magento marketplace by firstly heading to www.developerconnection.co.uk and signing up to the newsletter and secondly sharing this and other blogs in the series on your social media accounts.
Thank you in advance for supporting Developer Connection and Hussey Coding, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing all those wonderful shares and likes but until then stay safe and have a great day.

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15 August 2019

Developer Connection - Changing the game

Hello everyone and welcome to one of the most exciting editions of the Hussey Coding blog that we have ever published!

Today we can finally reveal some details on the super secret project our team of developers have been busy working on over the past few months.

Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you...

In this blog we will look at
 - What is Developer Connection?
 - Why Developer Connection?
 - The traditional market place - How it works
 - What's different about Developer Connection?

What is it?
Developer Connection is a Magento specific marketplace for Magento developers and clients to connect, post projects, receive work and to create long lasting, professional and meaningful relationships.

Why Developer Connection?
Yes it's true, there are so many other market places out there already, UpWork, PeoplePerHour, GoLance, TopTal, so why on earth are we starting something new?
Simply, because we believe that we have a different take on matching quality clients with quality developers in a new and innovative way that's not found anywhere else in the wider market, but more specifically in the Magento market.

The traditional market place - How it works
As we've said, there are many other market places out there where you can post and acquire work, and in fairness there are some subtle variations between how they do things but for the most part they all operate the same way.

A client will create an account (usually free but sometimes not) and be asked to answer some questions before posting a project, things like what industry, project description, budget, project length, that sort of thing. Some times they may need to pay a fee to post and sometimes not.

Then a bidding war begins where developers will reply to a project post with offers of reduced cost or completion before the deadline in order the "win" the project. Of course that is all subject to what the client has posted in their project description, if that description is not accurate then a proposal to finish the work in 3-4 weeks could become longer, potentially bringing about an unhealthy sometimes strained relationship between client and developer.
Some sites will limit the number of proposals a client will receive or will match clients with developers based on pre determined specifics but ultimately it is down to the client who gets the project.

The site will then encourage clients to stick with and work through their site with a range of different options like direct messaging with developers, tracking developers work using the sites log system and being able to pay the developer through the site, everything in one place where you can see it all and keep track of every little thing that's happening, that's amazing ... right? maybe not.

Lets say a client needs some updates to their code, project length is 3-4 weeks.
They post their project, find a developer they like after an hour or so of scrolling and reading and offer them the project.
Now lets say that the developer takes home £2,000 from the project, then the site will take between 7% - 20% (depending on the site) of that £2,000 as a cut for the privilege of working through them meaning that the developer either needs to charge you more (£2,140 - £2,400) or take a pay cut (£1,860 - £1,600).

As a client this is not something that you hear about that often, in fact all but one of the websites that we went to, which are all geared to attracting clients, never mention this process happening at all, and the one that did mention this process required a little bit of digging to find it, but all encourage clients to work through them. The other thing is that developers risk being banned from market place sites for attempting to or doing work outside of a site that has provided a connection. As it stands those market places are where a lot of developers find the work they need to live and so can't afford the risk, so what looks like a great deal for the clients actually ends up costing them more.

What's different about Developer Connection?
 - Magento Specific
Developer Connection is specific to Magento, you won't need to be searching through a general marketplace looking for clients or developers for that perfect Magento match, they will all be in one easy to find place.

 - Gathering information
The process of creating a profile is simple but more in depth, giving both clients and developers as much relevant information as possible about each other and the projects posted right from the start. Clients will be able to easily post detailed projects with useful specification and developers will be able to create an in depth profile to both showcase the work they have done and highlight the skills they have.

 - It's easy to use
For clients all you need to do is join, create a project and be matched with developers.
For developers it's much the same, you join, create a profile, subscribe and get matched with clients.

We'll go into posting projects, creating profiles and how matching works in other blogs coming soon, but I promise you it's literally that quick and easy!
There is no need for Developers to write proposal after proposal after proposal any more, and no need for clients to spend half a day scrolling through a multitude of offers, the reality is that even though traditionally it needs to be done, no one really has the time for it.

 - We work with you
There is nothing worse for clients than having a developer with only one eye on the ball and for developers to be juggling to many clients. Developer Connection will help with that, as a developer all you need to do is enter the number of hours you are available to work in a week, and when you become involved in a project this will be automatically considered before matching you to any new projects. Meaning that for clients, you can be sure that all developers matched to your projects are actually available to work on them and for developers, you won't become snowed under with more work than you can handle.

 - We just connect you
Developer Connection is there to match clients with developers and that is all!
You do not need to work through us, we take no cut of the work that is done and you are free to communicate between yourselves outside and independently of the DC service, no strings attached.

So lets take that example project from earlier and run it through the DC service to see how it compares.

We said that a client needs some updates to their code and the project length is 3-4 weeks. They post their project on DC and are matched with their chosen amount of developers (more on that in another blog). They pick the developer they like and offer them the project.
Now lets say that the developer takes home £2,000 from the project, DC takes no cut for the privilege of working through us meaning that the client pays £2,000 and the developer receives £2,000. It's that simple.

For more information on Developer Connection just follow this link to our landing page - https://www.developerconnection.co.uk/
and don't forget to stay tuned here and on our various social media outlets for more exciting news and updates coming very, very soon!

Thank you so much for reading, we hope that you are as excited about this new project as we are, please feel free to share and post this blog and we look forward to reading and replying to any and all questions and comments that you may have.
Until next time, stay safe and have a great day.

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14 June 2019

Meet Magento UK '19 - The day

Welcome back everyone to another of Hussey Codings mini blogs.

Today we'll be looking at what's going to be happening during the day at this years Meet Magento UK and throwing in some extra info that you may not be aware of along the way. It is important to point out here that all the information below and more can be found on the Meet Magento UK website and this mini is here to serve as a quick guide to the day.

The Schedule
With 18 known speakers on the card this is one packed line up folks! Hopefully by now you have read all our mini blogs on the seminar speakers and have a better idea of who you would like to go hear, if not don't worry, just click on a name to be taken right to their mini blog.

We're all starting off in the main auditorium and will be staying there for about an hour as we hear Jamie Huskisson open up and pass onto our first 2 keynote speakers Guido Jansen and Ramadass Prabhakar.

There is a 30-40 min break where you can grab some refreshment and have a little nosey around and then at 11.00 is where it all gets fun, especially if you want to be listening to seminars from different tracks. Please do remember, if you are moving between tracks, you'll only have a 5min window to do it in so it may be worth using this time to find your way between the two locations.

The MERCHANT TRACK will be staying in the main auditorium for the day and will be bringing you the seminars by
Andy Mulcahy – 11:00 – 11:30 - Optimising Online Retail Performance

Dan Coleman – 11:35 – 12:05 - From Bigamy to Polyamory: Managing Complex Agency Relationships

Rob Long – 12:10 – 12:40 - Panel – Convert More Mobile Visitors to Buyers: Surprising Findings from a Magento Community Study

Kam Chovet – 14:00 – 14:30 - FLOWERBX – Scaling a Flower Disruptor

Eric Erway – 14:35 – 15:05 - Onward and Upward: Going Progressive in 2019

John Baxendale – 15:10 – 15:40 - Forever New: Streamlining and Scaling For an Omnichannel Revolution

Jonathan Roeder – 16:20 – 16:50 - Magento’s Data-Driven Future

and the TECHNICAL TRACK will be held in the Newgate Suite, shown above, and will be hosting the seminars of
Katie Hempenius – 11:00 – 11:30 - Performance Budgets: Get fast, stay fast

David Deppner – 11:35 – 12:05 - Practical Magento Security for Managers and Marketers

John Hughes – 12:10 – 12:40 - Stop refreshing the @#$%&! indexes

Tom Erskine – 14:00 – 14:30 - Automated Testing – Plans, platforms and Marketplace extensions

Antonija Tadic – 14:35 – 15:05 - 10 Tips to Get the Most of Your Dev Team

Shane Osbourne – 15:10 – 15:40 - PWA + Magento, how’s it actually done?

Sergii Ivashchenko – 16:20 – 16:50 - GraphQL

Lunch will be between 12.40pm and 14.00pm and there is another break between 15:40 - 16:20. Hot and cold drinks will be available through the day and lunch will contain a variety of hot, cold, vegetarian and vegan options, however if you have any extra dietary requirements you can contact
the team at uk@meet-magento.com.
Please be aware that you are not permitted to bring your own food into the venue and that you will be asked to get rid of any food when you arrive. 

At 16:55 - 17:25 we will all be heading back to the main auditorium for Phillip Jackson's closing keynote seminar who will hand back over to Jamie Huskisson to close out the main body of the day. 

After Jamie has closed the day out for us, we are all invited up to the sponsors marketplace located in the upper river room, where there'll be a drinks reception offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to celebrate what we're sure will be an amazing event.

But the party doesn't stop there, at 20.00 there is an after party at the Core bar not to far away from the Mermaid where we are invited to mingle, celebrate and chat the night away with the speakers, sponsors, staff and everyone else that attended this years Meet Magento UK. Make sure to hold onto your name badge though as you can't get in without it.

And that ladies and gentlemen is your schedule for the day.
If you still don't have tickets head on over to https://uk.meet-magento.com/tickets to get them now and don't forget to check out, like, follow and subscribe to all of the Hussey Coding pages to keep up to date with all manner of Magento news.
Thank you for reading our slightly longer than normal mini blog today and hopefully we will see you in just a few days at this years Meet Magento UK, but until then, stay safe and have a great day.

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You can mail us at info@husseycoding.co.uk
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