Custom WordPress Plugin Development

You can extend the functionality of your WordPress website with custom plugins. Pre-built plugins don't always offer all the features you need, so custom plugins are a great option! But before you hire a web developer, here's what you should know.

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Is a Custom WordPress Plugin really necessary?

A core tenet of any platform extension developer should be “prevent unnecessary customization.”  You should consider if the functionality can be achieved with a plugin that already exists for free, or for a license.  Purchasing a plugin license, even if it costs $100-$500, is still cheaper than hiring a developer to build it, both in the short term and long term. 

There are nearly 50k plugins available for WordPress built by developers around the world. You can search for them here.  If you can’t find a plugin that does exactly what you need to accomplish, many times existing plugins can be leveraged together, or work in unison with a custom plugin to reduce development costs.  If you don’t know if a custom plugin is right for your WordPress website, technology consulting with Next Galaxy Studio is a great place to start!

If you know you need a custom WordPress plugin, book a call, or continue reading to learn more!
Example:  A custom housing dashboard plugin built for ACCESS by Next Galaxy Studio, with an admin screen for managing housing listings, and views for displaying available housing.

Costs of Development: Short-Term and Long-Term

A term you’ll often hear in the custom software industry is “technical debt.”  Technical debt is often associated with hidden costs, when an initial budget seems reasonable, but you end up paying more in the long run to fix issues.

In the long run, any bespoke development of a plugin will come at a cost, including updates to the custom code as WordPress, PHP, or JavaScript libraries evolve.  The goal should be to reduce this long-term cost through high standards, testing, and a commitment to code quality. Quality custom WordPress plugins can cost anywhere between $2,000 to over $10,000 for the initial build depending on the level of complexity. 

For many organizations, this is a significant investment.  It is our goal to fully understand what you are trying to accomplish and find the most cost-effective solution that exceeds your expectations!

Next Galaxy Studio is fully equipped to provide you with after-development support for the long-term.  Whether you want to improve your plugin over time, add new features, or update your plugin(s) as WordPress changes, we've got you covered.

The Advantages of Hiring Developers Local to Southern Oregon

WordPress has been around since 2003, so there is no shortage of WordPress developers to choose from!  But we’re passionate about keeping things local, to include our growing team.  By choosing Next Galaxy Studio, you’re keeping your investment in our local economy.  

It can be difficult to tap into our local tech talent. The best local developers are often employed by companies outside of our area or by larger companies that need those in-demand skills. That’s why we’re building a vetted team with the top local talent, backed by experienced leadership with the highest standards for results.

Our clients are all based in Southern Oregon, from Ashland to Medford to Grants Pass!  In Southern Oregon, reputation matters - in fact, the majority of our new clientele comes from local referrals.  We’re motivated to ensure you have a positive experience!