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    PHP expertise

    I have aquired a client that hosts a site in Canada, I am based in the UK, it has caused me a real headache when tring to fix problems on the site because of the time delay, it is a stuggle to get anything done by them, there is only a 2.5hour window before the end of my working day, I'm happy to work into the evenings but by the time they are ready to fix my problems it is just to late in the evening and when the problems go on for days and days it just so frustrating!

    The site is coded in HTML, CSS, of which I can manage myself, PHP and MYSQL. My question is, is it easy enough for somebody in the UK to help with my problems, ie an expert in PHP/MYSQL. Can I source a freelancer based in the UK? Or would the expert need to work directly on the server?

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    I would think that as long as the server had PHP/MySQL installed and properly configured then theres no reason why your developer shouldnt work from the UK, or anywhere else for that matter. As long as they could upload to the server, directly or through you then shouldnt be a problem. If however, there needed to be some changes in config on the server, which i dont know exactly how likely it is, but I've never had to do, then the time gap may prove to be a problem, unless your client's host got their arses in gear and got the changes made sharpish when asked!
    Basically tho, I would think that the advantage of having a developer working to the same times as you would outweigh the disadvantage of possible problems changing server settings.
    Just my opinion!
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    Great, so how would I find a freelance PHP coder? Yell.com or Google? My preference would be to find someone in my home town but it's such a specialist field that it's probably unlikely.

    What do they charge? Hourly rates or Project rates?

    Of course the anoying thing about this is that I have to pay for it when I have already covered the cost to have the host developer fix problems badly.

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    try www.freelancedesigners.com they seem to list lots of freelancers by location. Failing that then fork out $10 and put something on the 'Looking To Hire' forum on here. More expense I know!

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    where is your home town?
    Finding a UK freelancer shouldn't be too much of a problem depending on the project and spec.

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    My home town is Cheltenham, I need more support than to hire for a complete project, do freelancers just step in every now and again on a support basis? I guess if I where to develop a good business relationship with a good freelancer then I would put more bigger projects their way, having a Graphic design background myself it could be a good combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigalreturns
    try www.freelancedesigners.com they seem to list lots of freelancers by location. Failing that then fork out $10 and put something on the 'Looking To Hire' forum on here. More expense I know!

    Alex
    Thanks Alex I'll check it out.
    Cheers much appreciated.


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