How to Hire the Best Sitecore Developers
Founded in Denmark in 2001, Sitecore is an online platform that provides businesses with web content management, and multichannel and contextual marketing using automation software. Currently on its 9th version, Sitecore offers a variety of features ideal for growing your business’ online presence such as personalisation, machine learning, email marketing, and analytics, among many others.
Combining commerce, content, and personalisation, Sitecore provides an easy and flexible digital experience for marketers. Using the platform, marketers can create personalised experiences for each customer or target audience across every channel. Many businesses use Sitecore to provide the best possible customer experience.
When you hire the best Sitecore developers to work on your platform, it means that you are putting your customer’s experience first which will ultimately increase your web traffic and engagement. This will then result in an increased sales conversion.
Why should you hire a Sitecore developer?
When you hire Sitecore developers, they can help you develop a flexible multichannel web content platform according to your business needs. In addition, your business will gain the following benefits:
Develop digital strategies based on data and insights
Sitecore allows you to collect and store user information such as real-time data about their interactions and what device they use. The platform conveniently presents each user’s data in one page and already interprets and analyses the data gathered based on the rules you have set. Using these insights can help marketers develop better strategies to reach out to a larger target audience and to convert more leads and sales.
Provide better customer experience and engagement
Using robust web content management, multichannel delivery, and customer intelligence, Sitecore helps to better manage high volumes of quality content, and automated and personalised interactions to deliver relevant content or messages. Delivering targeted content to users helps retain users and increases a business’ sales conversion.
Scale your business easily
Designed for high performance and limitless scalability, the platform can conveniently support a business’ digital marketing needs. As such, Sitecore is recommended for businesses with plenty of content and multi-national websites.
What technical skills should you look for when hiring Sitecore developers?
When hiring Sitecore developers, employers must know how to properly evaluate a candidate’s technical and soft skills. Aside from having a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT, or other related fields, here are basic technical skills that employers should definitely look for when hiring Sitecore developers:
- Must have good knowledge and experience in the latest Sitecore version, C#, REST and SOAP API experience
- Knowledgeable of the .NET framework
- Experience in web design and development
- Knowledge and experience with Bootstrap and responsive design
- Ideal soft skills are strong communication skills, and willingness to learn and improve
Take note that these technical requirements may still vary depending on your project requirements.
How much is the usual rate for Sitecore Developers?
How much does hiring a Sitecore developer cost? Here’s a quick table comparing their average annual salary and hourly rate in these four major countries. All salaries and hourly rates come from IT Jobs Watch, ZipRecruiter, Neuvoo, and PayScale .
|Average Sitecore Developer Annual Salary||Average Sitecore Developer Hourly Rate|
|United Kingdom||GBP 52,500||GBP 24.11|
|United States||USD 117,269||USD 56|
|Canada||CAD 82,875||CAD 42.50|
|Australia||AUD 60,432||AUD 25.82|
To significantly reduce operational and recruitment costs, startups to large tech firms across the globe choose to outsource their software development. For a successful outsourcing service, it is crucial to find a reliable offshore IT partner.
At Cloud Employee, we offer an efficient and cost-effective solution for companies who want to expand their business without the risk, hassle, and high cost. As such, we offer competitive industry rates when you hire offshore Sitecore developers, thus making IT outsourcing more convenient and accessible to businesses in need of software developers in the UK, the US and abroad.
If you want to know more about IT offshore rates, here’s a must-read article on offshore developer rates from the world’s most popular outsourcing regions.
What interview techniques should you use to hire the best Sitecore developers?
After posting Sitecore developers for hire, it is important to remember that the interview process is meant to carefully evaluate a candidate’s skills in just the short amount of time given. Recruiters or employers should not intimidate candidates with difficult questions or tasks. As such, here are a few recommended interview methods and questions that can be applied or asked to hire Sitecore developers.
Have them describe the structure of their recent project
Ask the candidates to explain the most recent application or project they finished. Allow the candidates to illustrate their project using a piece of paper or a whiteboard, so be sure to have these at hand in case the candidates might use it. With this, recruiters or employers can determine two things:
First, a recruiter can immediately know if a Sitecore developer proves to have a solid knowledge of content management systems and Sitecore’s platform. In addition, recruiters can check what other important skills or experience a candidate may possess that is not stated on their CV. Having the candidates discuss their project will show recruiters the candidate’s level of involvement and commitment during the project.
Second, a recruiter can know if a developer has the crucial ability to clearly and accurately discuss a technical concept. Can a non-technical person understand the technical concepts or processes presented in the discussion? In addition, keep an eye on the candidate’s gestures or non-verbal cues (e.g. maintained eye contact) when talking and check for necessary soft skills as well such as confidence and good communication skills. If you are hiring for a lead or senior developer role, it is necessary to find someone with the ability to clearly explain or simplify technicalities to a non-IT person.
Conduct technical tests
When businesses hire Sitecore developers, many would think that technical testing is a normal part of the recruitment process. Unfortunately, this crucial step is often left out by many companies when hiring developers.
To thoroughly and effectively screen good candidates, a technical test must be conducted by recruiters. One can use a free or paid online coding test to conveniently assess how a candidate thinks and works. When you hire the best Sitecore developers, you should hire developers who are not only great programmers, but also innovative problem solvers.
If you are unable to do a technical test, recruiters may ask the candidate to write two to three sample codes, or roughly 5-10 lines, instead. This is enough to give employers an insight into the developer’s knowledge of the Sitecore platform.
Here is a quick sample test that you can ask your Sitecore candidate to code.
Q: Can you create a sample markup for the layout. It should contain a header, footer, and a content field.
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<link rel="Stylesheet" href="/components/design/css/default.css" />
<form id="form1" runat="server">
<sc:placeholder runat="server" id="HeaderRegionPlaceholder" key="HeaderRegion" />
<sc:placeholder runat="server" id="ContentRegionPlaceholder" key="ContentRegion" />
<sc:placeholder runat="server" id="FooterRegionPlaceholder" key="FooterRegion" />
Q: Setting up the cache for a site can be set up in two ways: 1) by specifying the parameters htmlCacheSize, registryCacheSize, viewStateCacheSite and xslCacheSize, and 2) by setting it in the /configuration/sitecore/cacheSizes/sites section of the web.config. Write the code for each method.
< site name = "website1" hostName="www.domain1.com" rootPath="/sitecore/content" startItem="/home" cacheHtml="true" htmlCacheSize="10MB" registryCacheSize="0"viewStateCacheSize="0" xslCacheSize="5MB" [snip]
< sites >
< website1 >
< html > 10MB</html>
< registry > 0</registry>
< viewState > 0</viewState>
< xsl > 5MB</xsl>
</ website1 >
</ sites >
How can Cloud Employee help you?
A reliable UK-managed IT offshore partner, Cloud Employee connects different startups, SMEs, and large companies from different fields and industries across the globe to highly-skilled offshore developers for web, mobile, and software applications.
As the leading IT offshore provider in the UK, the US, Australia and abroad, we help businesses easily expand their software development team, operations, and their business as a whole, without the high costs and risks. When you hire your offshore Sitecore developers with Cloud Employee, you can save your business from unnecessary time, budget, and effort.
To start hiring your dedicated offshore Sitecore developer, you may send us a quick message and let any of our account managers know your staffing requirements. You may list down your required technologies, length of experience in the industry, and other skills or technical background that you need.
Our dedicated team will then search for available Sitecore developers who meet these requirements. After that, we give a short list of the candidate’s CVs who passed our initial screening. From this list, you make the call on who will move forward to the online interview and technical test. Our recruitment policy ensures that no hiring will be made until you are fully satisfied with your offshore Sitecore developer.
Once you hire your offshore Sitecore developer, he or she will immediately board your team via our modern offices. Your offshore Sitecore developer will directly report to you and exclusively work with you following your terms and guidelines during the same working hours as yours.
As your trusted offshore partner, Cloud Employee also supports your offshore Sitecore developer with their technical needs such as your required operating system, software, technical hardware, and more. In addition, we also provide daily full technical support including high-speed internet access and standby IT staff to provide or fix any technical requirements or issues you and your offshore developer might need. This allows your in-house and offshore team to build a seamless communication and collaboration.
Aside from these, what makes Cloud Employee a truly unique and reliable IT offshore partner is that our job goes beyond scouting and hiring developers and supporting your offshore developer’s day-to-day activities. Our dedicated staff also takes care of all necessary back-office tasks such as human resources, licenses, payroll, and taxes, among others. We take care of these time-consuming work, so you can direct your full attention to managing your offshore team and growing your startup.
What is the dedicated hiring model?
Highly recommended for businesses that are planning to outsource, the dedicated hiring model helps an in-house and offshore team to efficiently and effectively communicate and work with each other. As a result, communication issues and remote work problems are reduced and it also allows the offshore Sitecore developer to become an extension of the in-house team.
With these benefits, it is one of the best outsourcing models to adopt for companies who will work with an offshore developer or team. In addition, one lesser-known advantage of adopting the model is the team’s flexibility to add more offshore developers at any point during the development. This practical arrangement enables businesses to easily scale their offshore development team.
- Ideal for long-term projects with no specified scope and details.
- The budget can be approximated despite no clear details.
- Ideal for hands-on managers or entrepreneurs who prefer to directly collaborate with the offshore developer.
- Managers or entrepreneurs can easily monitor the offshore developer’s progress and the product’s quality
- The offshore Sitecore developer better understands the in-house team’s objectives and expectations, thus making them an effective and efficient part of the in-house team.
- The offshore developer works exclusively for you.
The dedicated hiring model is ideal for companies or teams that:
- Need to directly work with a dedicated offshore Sitecore developer
- Need to save on costs especially in terms of recruitment and operations
- Need to flexibly and easily add or reduce offshore developers during development
Combining the benefits of the dedicated hiring model and Cloud Employee’s 20 years of expertise in the IT offshore industry, our dedicated team offers an efficient, flexible, low-risk, and cost-effective business model.
Our dedicated developer model has been modified to streamline the time-consuming and difficult hiring process, to make flexible and productive working practices, and to bridge the gap between expert offshore developers and innovative startups—all for a competitive industry rate. As such, Cloud Employee is confident that our business model works better than any other IT outsourcing models.
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