Joomla is an excellent platform for building websites because it's flexible and allows you to build anything from a simple website to complex one. If you are a businessman, blogger, designer or developer who needs a website to showcase your products and services around the globe, then Joomla is the best choice for you.
Website building used to be all about coding (writing HTML). If you didn’t have this knowledge then it was impossible for you to make a website. Today website installation is much easier. With Joomla all you need to do is check out Joomla documentation and installation guides and watch a few YouTube videos on how to install Joomla and follow the steps. Within minutes your website is up and running. The best thing about Joomla is that is is Open Source, which means it's free to use without any charge.
There are, however, cases when you will not find a fuctionality, and do not have the skills to create it yourself. A Google search doesn't help you find the solution. In this case you need to find a Joomla expert. But how?
First, go to Joomla.org then click on "Community & Support" in the main menu, then find the word Joomla Resources. Once you are on that page you will find companies and individuals listed in the Joomla Resources Directory (I suggest to check on the map which makes things easy to find). Some people search via Google for Joomla experts, but I discourage doing that because there are many companies and individuals falsly claiming to be experts.
Second, check your Nearest Places in the maps to see if there are Joomla developers listed in your area. Why search in your area? It facilitates communication when working with someone in your time zone. But if you don’t find listed developers in your area you will need to hire a developer abroad.
Third, once you find a developer, check their products and services. You can only determine a good Joomla developer if the company or individual knows how to code. If the company or individual offers products such as Joomla extensions which are also listed in the Joomla Extension Directory or JED, you can be sure that person is also a contributor to Joomla. It means that their extensions have been verified and do not have errors. Check also to see if the individual/company offers templates. If they do, it is a plus and you will know their skill set is wide if they offer not only extensions but templates as well.
Fourth, check to see if the individual is active in the Joomla forums. This is another way to see if they are supporting and contributing to the Joomla project.
Fifth, contact the developer via email or the contact form on their website to ask your questions and discuss your needs, availability and negotiate the price. Prices will differ according to the project, and usually depends on the complexity of the functionality.
I hope this article helps you to find a Joomla expert!