Many breeds of web developers are available in the market. As such, the term “web developer” is a broad term including distinct profiles.
Some traditional web developers have a mix of backend and frontend skills (such as PHP, Java, HTML, CSS), and work with known frameworks and platforms such as Magento, WordPress, Spring, Hibernate, etc. These engineers tend to know the entire stack but are not necessarily deep experts in both backend and frontend.
Other engineers have strong user interface design skills and produce attractive user interfaces, without necessarily developing and integrating their work with a backend platform.
All these skill sets can be found in the Philippines market, and it is important that we figure out what skillset is right for you.
A good web developer typically has a few core skills:
- Deep understanding of HTML language
- Understanding of different browsers families and behaviors
- Ability to handle responsive UI for mobile, tablet and desktop resolutions
- Ability to debug issues inside a browser
- Sensitivity to alignments, fonts, sizes, colors and shapes
- Curiosity about latest web related technologies
Web development outsourcing has been a commonly outsourced task for many years. The challenge remains, however, to understand what kind of web developer is needed and make sure the development process is designed to properly include both onshore and offshore employees. A number of software collaboration tools are available (Jira, Taiga, Asana, Slack, Trello, etc) to help with this aspect.
Cost plays a big role in outsourcing web development. Studies show that savings typically reach 50%, sometimes up to 70%, compared to the total cost of ownership of an onshore engineer.
Team velocity increases in an outsourced model. Getting web development done in a different time zone creates a globally distributed team and enables faster product delivery. Development (and usually QA) using a “Follow The Sun” model typically has a higher velocity.
Why the Philippines?
The Philippines has a vibrant community of software developers well versed in modern software development methodologies. We carefully recruit from top tier universities with Computer Science or software related degrees, focusing on software fundamentals and algorithm skills.
The Philippines is located in a convenient time zone for a number of developed markets in Europe, Asia and North America.