IN THIS APPENDIX
Top consultants in the WordPress community
Directory of Automattic-recommended consultants
The beauty of free open source is that it creates an entire ecosystem of jobs and business around it. In a typical open source community, the software is free, but the services often are not. WordPress is no different. There are literally hundreds of providers that perform professional services around WordPress. Many of these services are highly specialized.
Most of the time, WordPress professional services involve things like writing or modifying a plugin, creating a theme, or migrating a blog onto WordPress. It's the everyday things in life that people need the most help with. Other times, professional services might include building out a WordPress MU (Multi-User WordPress)/BuddyPress social network or tying WordPress into enterprise systems.
For all of these jobs and more, individuals and businesses have recognized WordPress as a quality platform and want to use it for projects. However, sometimes the expertise or time is lacking and paying professionals to get the job done is more effective.
As a point of full disclosure, I make my living providing WordPress-based services. These services are mainly geared toward small businesses and my specialty is migrating large blogs onto the WordPress platform, and creating specialized WordPress plugins (intellectual property) for clients.
In this appendix, I recommend professional ...