Introducing WPCandy Pros, the place to be found as a WordPress professional

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I’m very excited to announce a new WPCandy project this morning called Pros. Live as of this morning, Pros is the place WordPress professionals can list themselves and be found by clients based on location, skills, and project cost.

Pros will help you find the right WordPress professional in your area. If you are a professional, you can list yourself and get more WordPress work.

Visit Pros and try it out.

Pros is like a reverse job board

How many times have you seen someone, on Twitter or somewhere else, asking for someone in specific city with a particular WordPress skill? Pros is the place you can send them from now on.

If you’re a WordPress professional, you should list yourself in Pros. A Basic Pro listing is free (see below) and takes only a couple of minutes to set up.

If you’re looking for WordPress professionals, you should be using Pros to sort through and find the perfect person for your project. We’ve just launched this morning, but with WPCandy’s wonderful (and might I say very attractive) readers we’ll see a strong representation in Pros in only a day or two. It’s my hope that Pros will be useful, and become one of the first places people look for WordPress professionals.

Our priority with Pros is to have a high quality place to find the best WordPress professionals in the world. To that end, every pro submitted will be reviewed before it is published to maintain the highest quality listings.

But we can’t find the best without you submitting your information. You should be a Pro.

Basic Pros and Sweet Pros

Pros come in two different flavors: Basic and Sweet. Basic Pros are free, and sit in the search results alongside everyone else. Sweet Pros cost $20/month and are given priority in searches (that means they’re at the top), include descriptions and a portfolio image, and are much larger.

One of the primary reasons for charging for a certain Pro level is to allow those who might be a bit more serious about WordPress client work to float to the top and be seen that way. At $20/month you’re looking at just over $200/year for a high profile listing in a professional directory specifically targeted toward the WordPress community. With a single paying job it will pay for itself, which we think makes it a pretty fair deal.

Keep in mind that upgrading to a Sweet Pro will not only improve your ranking within Pros search results, it will also support WPCandy and what we do here. Clients plus warm fuzzies? Win win.

You want even more? Okay then, how about this.

Brand new WPCandy shirts meet “Sweet” launch deal

Along with the launch of Pros this week, WPCandy has a brand new set of shirts (see our last batch). Seems like a no-brainer, right?

The first 100 Pros to set up a Sweet Pro, or to upgrade from their Basic Pro to a Sweet Pro, will receive one of the new WPCandy shirts pictured to the right. That’s like receiving your first month for free, and staying super cozy while doing so.

So go get your Pro created, and remember to select Sweet during the signup process.

Plenty more to come this week

Later this week I’ll be posting more about the development of Pros, what it’s built on, and how long it took to put together. I documented the bulk of the development process this time around, so that should be fun to look back and reflect on.

In the meantime, please give Pros a try and let me know what you think. I think you’ll like what you see.

26 thoughts on “Introducing WPCandy Pros, the place to be found as a WordPress professional

  1. Loved this idea when Sortfolio hit, and after getting some exposure as a web design professional, 90% of the emails I received from it were from other tech ‘professionals’ to got my contact info and wanted to sell me their products/services – even after removing my email from the listing. Please don’t let this happen to Candyland Pro. PLEASE have some sort of clause regarding the kind of solicitation that borders on spam.

  2. This is great! I’ve been looking for someone to do some coding on my website and help me hook in with a payment processor. However – the tags you are using are confusing. Can you add coding to it? Or… which other tag means that?

    • Hey Shane, you either want a Plugin Developer or, more likely, you just want a plugin that has already been developed. I suggest checking out Cart66, Shopp Plugin, or WP e-Commerce. If none of them fit your needs completely, then I’d suggest hiring a developer to code some additions for you.

  3. Thank you very much Ryan and WP Candy crew. I think it’s a great idea and looks awesome. I’m honored to be listed with y’all, and look forward to learning from and supporting the community as much as I can.

  4. nice custom post implementation Ryan! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your development process for this :)

  5. Excellent Idea Ryan.
    It’ll be very interesting to see how this project evolves.
    I’ll be looking forward to further enhancements and improvements

    Well done, all the best:)

  6. Sorry to crash the party, but I can’t really see the problem that this initiative solves above and beyond a well executed WPCandy enrichment project. As a potential client looking for a WordPress theme or plugin developer, I don’t want to trawl through hundreds of profile pages with people offering essentially the same thing, give or take a couple of variants. So how do you find a suitable designer to work with you might ask? How about the good old fashioned ways? 1) Word of mouth. 2) Scouting good design 3) (Worse case scenario) Google.

    • It’s nice to have everything centralized. Your proposal to search the web will take even more time than searching WPPros.

      Nice work Ryan, glad you went ahead with this one :)

  7. Some constructive feedback:
    - if you want to change your avatar and upload another image it will be included automatically in the portfolio images with no way of delete it
    - server is way to slow. C’mon guys, even if you move to Bluehost with $7 / month you get better speed. If we are to pay $20 a month I don’t want waiting 20 secs to update my profile or visitors waiting to long

    • Thanks for the feedback. You should be able to delete images you’ve uploaded now.

      We’re working on improving speed for everyone, both for visitors and for Pros. It’s definitely something that will improve in time.

  8. Done. I’m in :) My suggestion: You could add WooThemes and ElegantThemes to the Experienced with list. :)

  9. Hi, first of all thank you for this great opportunity, however there is a small bug, at least on my pro account, i change my previous profile picture all good here, how ever now my old profile picture is at the top of my portfolio and i don’t have it on my media section. can anybody help me?

  10. add endorsements
    Not a just a “he’s cool”, but a legit: I [real peson] paid [real money] for [real project] and am [real emotion] with it.

    Try to limit the popularity contest aspect.. but provide legit social proof to the ‘pros’ that earn it.

  11. I would like to spread the world that I’m a wpcandy pro, but I can’t find the little add that you provide. Can’t remember where I saw them?

  12. How do you upgrade once you’ve actually created your Pro? I can’t seem to find my way back to the page where I had that option.

  13. Brilliant idea neatly executed ! Hope this turns out to be a good business model besides the unique “Power WPcandy” mode.

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  15. Thanks for WP Pros! I have gotten work thanks to this site!

    I have a question about it, though. I’m thinking of launching something similar for freelance systems administrators (it’s surprising how many of them are out there, and darn near impossible to find them). Are you using a plugin to manage all of the pros, or did you write something just for this site?

    Thanks!

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