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Developer Spotlight: Hire-Experts

Our Developer Spotlight is back! Eldar Galiev, from Hire-Experts, shares the inside scoop of being an active SocialEngine development team. These guys offer customization services and develop top-notch add-ons, pushing the possibilities of our SocialEngine platform. Thanks guys!

SocialEngine: First, thanks for the interview! Let’s start at the beginning, how did Hire-Experts get started with SocialEngine development?

Eldar Galiev: Thank you, Matt. It’s a pleasure for us to share our great team and our future plans. We’ve worked on SocialEngine for so long that it sometime seems I’ve done so all my life! It began quite simply. After developing many client projects with SocialEngine, we eventually fell in love with the software!

SE: Since Hire-Experts is based abroad, what do you say to people who are concerned about working with developers based in another country?

Eldar: Customers often ask about our location. We just simply say, “we’re far away from you!” Our company is located in a far city – Bishkek(Kyrgyz Republic). We celebrated our 3rd birthday recently, that’s a long time with SocialEngine, and we’re full of energy and desire to grow and create new plugins for the community. It is important for us to provide quality products and support services, and we work hard so customers are pleased to work with us. As a result, we have many clients whom we work with over the years.

SE: You’ve developed dozens of add-ons, how do you approach plugin development?

Eldar: Frankly, we’ve released so many add-ons I’ve lost count :), but about fifty something. Of course, we’re quite experienced with plugin development now. Our team is very responsible when it comes to plugin development – we constantly improve the process, host practice workshops with the team, thoroughly test using bug-trackers etc., consider each suggestion from our customers, and so on. But the most important, is the goal we set for ourselves – we are not trying to include everything that can be included in a plugin; we want to preserve the basic idea of ​​the website, and only supplement it with new features.

SE: Which of your plugins are the ones SocialEngine users MUST check out?

Eldar: If only I could I would mention every plugin we have :) I will try to distinguish the most important for most websites:

  • Pages Plugin enables social pages for businesses, brands, public figures, etc.
  • Wall Plugin provides an advanced wall feed with lists, privacy, and tagging.
  • Friends Inviter Plugin allows members to invite friends from popular social networks and email services.
  • Touch-Mobile Plugin provides rich features and a user friendly mobile version of SocialEngine.
  • Newsletter Plugin enables mass email campaigns, and can notify members of new content.
  • Credits Plugin allows members to earn credits for activity, and they can purchase and spend credits.

SE: Are you hired often for customization? How popular are your customization services?

Eldar: Yes, we are often asked to customize SocialEngine, maybe due to our company name? :) Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to help everyone, so we do our best to provide helpful consultation.

SE: So why develop for SocialEngine? What are your thoughts about our platform?

Eldar: We had worked with many different platforms for creating social networks, but decided to work with and contribute to SocialEngine because it is very flexible and limitless. It really allows you to realize everything you can imagine. We’ve tied our future to the SocialEngine platform, and we do our best to help SocialEngine grow and become even more popular.

SE: What can we expect from Hire-Experts in the coming months? Any new plugins in the works?

Eldar: In order to know what to expect from our company, you need to know the philosophy we adhere to – do not focus on a plugin, work on a complex solution. We work hard to provide plugins which cover all needs of our customers, and are perfectly integrated with one another. We don’t give you only shoes and pants, we also provide you with a shirt, tie and suit. The watch is missing, but we are working on that now :) To be more specific, very soon we are planning to release a new Badges Plugin, followed by a Coupons Plugin, followed by … many interesting and useful plugins, which are must-see. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about our plans!

SE: Thanks again for the interview. We look forward to your future developments. Any last words for the SE community?

Eldar: Thanks SocialEngine for the opportunity to share Hire-Experts with the SocialEngine community, and thanks to all our customers for their trust and support.

5 Comments

  1. Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Doesn't this make conflict for our understanding how Hire-Experts give the user FREE Mobile plugin, while the SocialEngine itself cost us 40$ for this service.

    My question is, Which one to choose and install with safe future for my installations and current date on my website

  2. c
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I love these guys.Keep up the good work.
    Charles

  3. Juan
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Congratulations for Hire-experts they truly are a great team and have helped me with my site a lot :)

    I'm very happy with their service and plugins 😉

    From a satisfied Client hehe

  4. Martin Balac
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Interesting to read about this company view. I am only bid disappointed they were chosen for this spotlight and sad to read too obvious emphasizing that they are experts with years of experience. We are tiny web development team and have purchased several of early 4.0 plugins from these guys, but we had only bad experience with it. We literally had to rewrite some of the code our self because it was not playing nice. The plugins were pretty and functional on the outside, but total mess in code, not keeping to good coding standards or techniques. But to be fair learning curve and therefore development for this technology (Zend Framework/Social Engine) is not as easy and so it is understandable there will always be bugs. Also we bought these plugins year and half ago, so these guys may have get better. And no, we are not a competitor to these guys, just a pro developers who dislike bad coding.

  5. Denis
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Friends Inviter Plugin from this company is not usable. Paid for it and struggling with them to make it working for almost 6 months, but they are releasing a buggy version everytime. So it was never working, even on their demo website.

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