I like free, so I tackle most of my blog tweaks using a very scientific method of googling the problem until my eyeballs fall out.
But let's face it, sometimes you run into an issue with your site and it would just be nice to let someone else fix it for you, right?
Pay per tweak. I like it.
A year ago I got a nice email from a guy named Ned who started a company that will make tweaks to your blog or website for a flat fee. In other words, you pay per tweak.
I like this because I'm a fan of dipping my toes into situations. This gives me the ability to test the waters without having to commit to an ongoing relationship. If it doesn't work out, I'm only out a few tens of dollars instead of a few hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Before I tell you about the company, I want to make sure I tell you that I went through the process of using the service just like any other customer would. Despite the kind email from Ned, I did not get a special deal. I did not get special treatment. I paid regular price. Having said that, after I paid for my tweaks, I did grab my referral link (included in this post) which gives you and me a discount: $10 off your first tweak and $10 off my next one. It's a win-win.
The company is called Tweaky.com and here's how it worked for me.
A few weeks ago I had this idea that I wanted to make my contact page shorter by hiding the answers to the questions. (You can see what I mean here. Click on any of the questions and watch the answer magically appear. Click again and watch it disappear.) Of course, because I don't like to use plugins, I didn't want to use a plugin. I wanted it hard-coded.
Naturally, I googled. I found some tutorials on the subject and followed one of them. But I did something wrong in the process and it didn't work on the first try. Then I got frustrated because I just didn't have the time or patience to deal. And then I remembered Tweaky.com and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to give it a whirl.
How it works
- Sign up and fill out a simple project form. You'll be assigned a project manager who makes initial contact.
- Find out the cost & pay. At this point, you're told how many tweaks your project will entail. This is good to know because even if it seems like a pretty straightforward tweak to you, it may get broken down into smaller chunks ("tweaks"). In my case, my project included 2 tweaks: writing the jQuery logic and adding a shortcode. In other words, I paid $78 for this project.
- Provide any additional needed info. Also at this point, my project manager asked for the login info to my site. I made a new guest user profile in WordPress (Dashboard –> Users –> Add New) with Administrator rights so I could delete it once the project was done. He also needed my FTP login info. You can change your password here too, after the project is completed. This is just to ensure your login info isn't floating around.
- Meet your developer. Once you and your project manager are on the same page, he/she assigns a developer to your project. The developer contacted me right away notifying me that he'd get started immediately. He also threw in his office hours which I thought was a nice touch since it was clear we weren't in the same time zone.
And then I just did my thing until I got an email telling me it was done. In my case, it took less than a day. Easy peasy. It was worth not having to watch my eyeballs fall out from googling.
Granted, my experience is limited, but I do think Ned has a good idea here. I feel I can recommend them since I would definitely use them again.
If you'd like to give them a try, click here to get $10 off your first tweak.
Anyone else have experience with Tweaky.com?