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19 Sites to Hire a Developer or Designer

One challenge in hiring a web developer or designer is where to find one. Fortunately, there are a number of online spots where designers and developers post their work and look for projects.

Here is a list of places to find a developer or designer. There are job boards at portfolio sites, professional organizations, and publications where you can post your project requirements. Also there are freelancer sites where you can hire freelance help and manage the project to completion.

Before you hire anyone, be sure to read “5 Considerations for Choosing a Developer or Designer,” our previous post on that topic.

Sites to Hire Freelancers

Coroflot. Coroflot is a site for professional designers to showcase their work. It has a well-followed job board. Post a job, and then review the candidates’ portfolios. Edit and manage your job posting at any time. Price: $275 for a single job and 90-day posting.



Behance. Behance is an established portfolio site with an active job board. When designers apply for your job, you have immediate access to their portfolio, within the same interface. So you can quickly sort and decide. Price: $199 for a single job and a 60-day posting.



Smashing Jobs. Smashing Magazine is an online publication for professional web designers and developers, with more than four million monthly users. It also has a popular industry job board. Price: $75 for freelance job posting, $225 for full-time job posting.

Smashing Jobs.

Smashing Jobs.

Krop. Krop is a creative industry job board and portfolio hosting website. It began as a private mailing list among designers. Today Krop is visited over one million times a month. Price: $199 for a single job and a 30-day posting.



AIGA. The American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. The site also has a portfolio gallery, displaying the work of its members. Its job board is a good place to find a designer. Price: $195 for a single job and a 45-day posting.



Boxes and Arrows. Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design. It has 20,000 unique visitors a week, a newsletter reach of 6,500, and over 17,000 RSS subscribers. Job listings appear on the job board, the magazine, RSS feed, and newsletter. Price: $250 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

Boxes and Arrows.

Boxes and Arrows.

Slashdot Job Board. The Slashdot job board is the job board for developer content sites Slashdot, SourceForge, and Freecode. The three sites reach over 50 million monthly visitors. Price: $295 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

Slashdot Job Board.

Slashdot Job Board.

ProgrammerMeetDesigner. This is a site for programmers, web developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and writers to find each other and work together to create websites. Post a job for the nearly 32,000 users. Price: Free.



FreelanceSwitch. FreelanceSwitch is a community of freelancers, with a blog, forums, directory, and a job board. The site is by Envato, owner of developer sites ThemeForest and NetTuts. If you’ve got a job you need doing, you can put up a free job ad on the FreelanceSwitch job board to find a professional designer, developer, blogger, photographer, illustrator or any other type of freelancer. Price: Free.



Authentic Jobs. Authentic Jobs is a job site for designers and developers. Post a listing on its site and it’ll be featured across a network of partners. You can access statistics for your listings, such as views, clicks, and referral sources. Price: $99 for a freelance job and a 30-day posting.

Authentic Jobs.

Authentic Jobs.

Dribble. Dribble is a site for designers to show their work, promote themselves, and explore design. Creatives share small screenshots of their projects. While running an ad, you’ll have search access to find designers by location, skills, availability and other criteria. Price: $275 for a single job and a 30-day posting.



CrunchBoard. CrunchBoard is the official job board of the TechCrunch network of technology news sites. Get access to the readers of TechCrunch, MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, TechCrunch IT. Price: $200 for a single job and a 30-day posting.



Elance. Elance is a popular freelancing site. Post a job using the site’s tips and templates. View proposals and browse freelancer profiles, portfolios, job feedback and work history. Track a job’s progress, set milestones, view work in progress, video conference, and more. Price: Quote submitted by freelancer includes an 8.75 percent service fee.



99designs. 99designs is an online graphic design marketplace. 99designs pioneered the design contest, where designers submit competing designs in response to a customer’s design brief and the winner receives a cash payment for their work. Price: Projects start at $299.



Upwork. Upwork is an online workplace for freelancers. Submit a project, and review candidate work histories, past client feedback, test scores, and portfolios. Monitor project activity, send messages, and review work-in-progress snapshots. Upwork has 3.1 million registered freelancers. Price: Quote submitted by freelancer includes a 10 percent service fee.



crowdSPRING. crowdSPRING was started to help people access creative talent and to help creatives find new customers. Choose from 43 design categories, name your price and your deadline. Typical project get 110+ entries from a pool of nearly 140 thousand designers and writers. Projects start at $269.



MycroBurst. MycroBurst is a community of more than 40,000 graphic designers who compete for your business. Determine the amount you want to pay for your project, and receive at least 30 concepts. Provide feedback to the designers, and choose the winning design. The site provides design packages to help fulfill your design requirements. Projects start at $99.


MycroBurst. is the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. Browse developers, designers, and content writers. Post a project, or post a contest and put up a prize for work required. Freelancers compete by submitting ideas. Once work is underway, see screenshots of your freelancer’s progress. Price: Projects start at $10.

Guru. Guru is another freelancing site for designers and developers. Search through a pool of technical, creative or business specialists. Hire from a select list of qualified talent, comparing stats such as earnings and repeat business. Manage your project with milestones and tasks, and communicate with your freelancer through the site. Price: Projects start at under $250.



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  1. Cristina Sierra July 25, 2013 Reply

    I’ve used 99Designs several times for illustrations and have been pleased with the results. I find it’s hard to use any of these sites for more complex work as a lot gets missed in translation. Do you know if any of these sites have expertise in helping companies develop an email campaign strategy?

  2. Victor Pena July 26, 2013 Reply

    This is a great list! Finding freelancers is hard. is missing, they help you find the best US based freelance developers.

    Check out this blog post on how to pitch your idea to developers.

  3. Michael Tsaryov July 29, 2013 Reply

    Thank you. It’s great.

    But if you wanna find developer you also can try:

  4. JoeOHara August 13, 2013 Reply

    Great list for start-up entrepreneurs! In a dynamic field like the software industry,where the demand for language proficiency change every now and then, hiring programmers even from these sites could take some time.

    It can be the little known ‘indirect’ costs that take many employers by surprise. Time is money, and employers that don’t take the necessary time to make the right hiring decisions may unfortunately pay a much higher cost in the long term.

    We recently performed a study into the hidden costs of hiring a software developer, statistics indicate a new hire can really cost up to 200% of their annual salary. Our study may be of interest to readers working in or with the software industry or start-up companies.

  5. Carole@Rustic Artistry September 6, 2013 Reply

    My site has already been designed and launched but I need help with the ongoing technical aspects. How would you suggest finding someone to do ongoing technical tasks that I don’t know how to do myself, such as implementing the site speed suggestions from my google analytics account, repositioning things on the site, etc.

    • Julia January 28, 2016 Reply

      Hello Carol! I could help you in picking up developers according to the skills you need. They can manage tasks for you and also I can provide you with tech support. Please answer me at

  6. Williams October 5, 2013 Reply

    For me, is the best freelance site for any stuff related to SEO or website development. Here I earn extra income by selling Articles, Tweets, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, high PR links, SEO report, blog comments, Article reviews, and Backlinks.

  7. Cede November 8, 2013 Reply

    This is a really good article thumbs up!!

    I know it is getting easier for freelancers with all these sites out there.. like 5spot commission free … big game changers coming up

  8. Sveta Bondarenko February 11, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Sig. What an amazing list. I guess the most popular websites among Ukrainian developers are oDesk and Elance. Another way to hire experienced developers is to contact software development companies that specialize in outsourcing. These companies can offer the best candidates who will fit particular project requirements and your job is to select the candidate you like the most. For instance, INP-Software is dynamically growing Ukrainian IT offshoring company.

  9. software development March 7, 2014 Reply

    Amazing designs, it looks really nice i have learned lot of new things from it. Great job!!!

  10. Josh West March 13, 2014 Reply

    We use – have had great luck with the developers they’ve recommended. All very smart and tested.

  11. mark simon April 9, 2014 Reply
  12. edwin September 17, 2014 Reply

    Elance is really great place for developers to earn money from home. It helps recruiter to find experts to their projects.

  13. PHP Programmers September 26, 2014 Reply

    PHP Programmers is a hire services company committed to providing industries and businesses with the very best programmers for website and web application development. We are a service wing of GetAProgrammers, a reputed IT SME company.

    At our company, we offer development services for various websites as well as web-applications for our client businesses. We specialise in all modern PHP-based technologies such as WordPress, Joomla, VirtueMart, Magento, CodeIgniter, Zend, and Fuel, among others. Our service offerings include CMS development, eCommerce website solutions and specialised PHP framework development.

    We have a reputed, highly experienced, and talented team of developers associated with us. They have built up a name for themselves in the use of their relevant technologies, having successfully delivered a number of projects for our clients. No issue is ever too complex for our professionals. We have a nominal hiring rate of only $12 an hour.

    Contact us today with your business requirements and get a quote for your development project.

    Contact info:

    Suite 702, Level 7, 621 Pacific Highway,
    St Leonards, NSW-2065
    Tel: 1300 858 289
    +61 2 9906 2221

  14. Stu Collett September 29, 2014 Reply

    For UX jobs, you could try UX Jobs Board:

  15. Mustafa November 10, 2014 Reply

    I would add to the list which is another freelance website where I’ve found some jobs.

  16. Picklance November 22, 2014 Reply

    A new entry in the freelance marketplace is

  17. Jeyaram December 4, 2014 Reply is one good site for hiring web developers and UI designers.

  18. Idesign January 6, 2015 Reply

    Great list! I should recommend Great online marketplace for graphic designers.

  19. Djouonang Landry February 8, 2015 Reply

    Hello friends,

    this is a wonderful post. I also want to inform you that you can hire web developers who are based only in USA, Canada, AUstralia, and UK from

    On citilance only freelancers who are based in one of the following countries can apply for your projects. So if you want to work with a freelancer who is based in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, and UK. Then get started on It’s free to join.

  20. juelur rahman February 17, 2015 Reply

    Actually great list for freelancing marketplace. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Leslie February 19, 2015 Reply

    I’ve used 99designs before but was happy with the quality of the entries. Had an issue when I wanted to slightly tweak the design (it was a business card) a few months later and the designer wouldn’t do it because he said the job was too small.

    He did recommend I go to Undullify ( instead and they got the job done in hours.

    Would go to Undullify now for all tweaks and small stuff and use 99designs for big projects from now on!

    • Sam Ryan June 24, 2016 Reply

      Hi Leslie,
      If you have ongoing design projects and tweaks check out Flocksy. It provides unlimited graphic design for one flat monthly payment.

      We do complicated designs like posters and infographics as well as any tweaks to existing designs.


  22. Rob Carr February 23, 2015 Reply

    I have not heard of some of these sites, so thanks for sharing. One thing to keep in mind is that the quality of the freelancer you hire is going to vary widely. The company I run ( is constantly interviewing, and we are lucky to hire 1 in 100.

    Really good programmers are few and far between.

  23. Sheriff March 13, 2015 Reply

    I worked with some developer on oDesk once and it was worth it. Right now I’m working with a company( ) in Ukraine. And so far, its been great. I love the team work and the project planning.

  24. Marcus March 13, 2015 Reply

    Thanks for laying all this out. One needs to carefully choose which to stick with or explore.

  25. Jacqueline Elizabeth March 18, 2015 Reply

    Informative article. I would like to add one more website . My experience with website was good.

  26. Beth April 11, 2015 Reply

    Great list! Thanks! Just would like to recommend Realize Online for your readers living in Australia. We’ve hired them several times and they do a great job every time. ”
    ?Realize Online is a well-established website design & development and digital marketing company based in Melbourne, Australia.
    Our belief is that web development and marketing go hand in hand and without well-developed marketing strategies, businesses can miss out on big opportunities.
    Our desire to accurately understand our clients’ business objectives and translate them into functional requirements, combined with our extreme focus on achieving real business outcomes, sets us apart from most digital agencies.
    Our key services include: Magento ecommerce development, Joomla website development, SEO, SEM, digital strategy, SMM, email marketing, content marketing and web hosting.”

  27. Dave McMillan July 31, 2015 Reply

    Also check out Flagd – Good lists of available designers and developers.

  28. bob9001 August 3, 2015 Reply is another great one for finding freelance developers

  29. David Simons November 19, 2015 Reply
  30. Brad Bush December 3, 2015 Reply

    You have done a good list.
    But still now need to update it.

  31. Alina December 3, 2015 Reply

    i work with many different freelance website,my first one is second and final one is i like all of them.

  32. Kim Marfil December 9, 2015 Reply

    If you want to hire developers, you can also try

  33. Vicky December 30, 2015 Reply

    Great Post Indeed Sig Ueland!
    But i would like to add more to it, there are some questions you must ask before hiring a web designer/developer:
    What Are Your Qualifications, Certifications & Training?
    Do You Have An Experienced Team?
    Do You Have Office Space?
    Are You Going To Build Me A Custom SEO-Friendly Website?
    Who Will Be My Contact?
    What Kind Of Support Do You Offer?
    How Many Client References Can You Give Me & May I Call Them?
    Contact for Website Development ( or opening your own online business or re-designing the existing one for generating more sales.

  34. Max Vyze February 4, 2016 Reply
  35. Daxx Developers March 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi! We post available for hire developers at These developers are not freelancers. They are looking for a full-time employment. They will work from our offices in Ukraine and on our payroll, but become a part of your team.

  36. CyberNext April 19, 2016 Reply

    Wow… 19 different sources. I was aware of few but this is a complete list. I guess..a couple of websites had collaborated now. You can add fiver to the list and off-course Google search is an evergreen option to reach any company directly.

  37. geoff April 30, 2016 Reply

    Anyone looking for remote development jobs should check out

  38. Tectoro May 18, 2016 Reply

    I have worked with odesk, elance, and Toptal. I hired elance for my node .js application development project, had a fantastic support.

  39. adam sammy May 23, 2016 Reply

    Everyone needs website programmers to develop, enhance and maintain their website. You might be starting a new business or already have a website, in any case, you would probably needing services of a web or PHP developers.
    So if you want to hire a developer read this blog it will help you out.

  40. Vera Gavizon May 24, 2016 Reply

    Workhoppers is a marketplace where companies are MATCHED with the right freelancer in their city. Post and connect directly with the professional that fits your needs. No commissions. Visit

  41. Michael A June 12, 2016 Reply

    That’s a great list, thanks!
    I myself was looking for a job a while back and to brush on my web coding I created a small site with utilities for developer I think could be helpful for everyone. Take a look:

  42. Marek June 29, 2016 Reply

    I would like to add to your list.

  43. RubyGarage Developers June 29, 2016 Reply

    If you need developers for hire pay attention to

  44. Grant July 6, 2016 Reply

    Toptal is also another great option not listed above. I work with a lot of startups and have seen great success using them.

  45. David Attard July 24, 2016 Reply

    That’s a great list of sites to find developers and designers.

    I’ve found that, many times, if you’re not ready to pay top-dollar, there may be times when you can’t really know whether the person you are hiring is going to give you good work or not.

    It is best to actually first start with a small job to test them out, and then only move on to larger and larger jobs slowly.

    Alternatively, there are a number of sites which actually do the pre-vetting of designers and developers.

    In this way you know that you are going to hire the best developers out there.

    I’ve also compiled a list of great sites for developers. Also includes a number of companies which ensure that the designers and developers have excellent talent.

    Make sure you do good research when hiring developers, you really don’t want to get bitten when pressed for time and money.


  46. James Adams July 28, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the list. Really amazing list. I should recommend another place to hire web developers.

  47. Emily White July 28, 2016 Reply

    This is the nice list of hire web developer & designers. Here, I would request you to add CSSChopper ( in this list. It is the top-most web design & development company all over the world. Here, you can hire a web developer according to your project need.

  48. Vera Gavizon September 23, 2016 Reply

    I would like to add a different kind of freelance site, where companies are matched with the right candidate. It is not about all bidding for the same job. It is about getting the right individual to do the task and know who you are hiring before you do.

  49. osita October 16, 2016 Reply

    This is a great post thanks, I have been disappointed in several occasions at site. this developers mainly were from India. the worst is that they will claim that they know it all at the end they will disappoint you. all they are after is money once you released the milestone for them while the project was still in progress your name will turn to sorry. because it is not what you expected you will see at last. I wasted a lot of money at and I am still looking for a trustworthy web developer who can develop this site for us based on the service brand.

  50. meena November 18, 2016 Reply

    Hey Sig,
    Thats great list of web developer and designers website, I also want to share my website
    Please mention Hire WordPress Freelancer
    It is the best freelancing website also its free and user friendly.

  51. Lauren Proctor November 20, 2016 Reply

    You might also try When you post jobs on the site you get exclusive access to 60,000+ designers, developers and other kinds of business and technical talent from 120+ countries. Users who match your job description are then encouraged to apply.

  52. madhan December 2, 2016 Reply is a good site for to find freelance professionals and consultants.

  53. Jordan January 5, 2017 Reply

    I have been ripped off so many times by developers who give you a good sales pitch and then don’t deliver. Thousands of dollars wasted.
    Most developers don’t even bother to read the specs before they provide a quote and start the job.
    The web dev industry needs to be better regulated than it currently is.

  54. Nerissa T January 6, 2017 Reply

    I’m not sure why Fiverr is not even listed here. There are lots of talented web developers there. One I could highly recommend is this guy:

  55. Carla M. Capuano May 11, 2017 Reply

    Personally I woudn’t recommend to deal with freelancers as they are too unreliable and I had a bad experience of cooperating with one who presented me a stolen portfolio. In fact his skills appeared to be too poor to cope with a project. And here are some other reasons that can persuade you not to work with them

  56. Frederic June 15, 2017 Reply

    Silicon Armada is a good place to find developers as well. They have over 100k visitors per month. Check it out:

  57. justin June 22, 2017 Reply

    Great listing for find freelancers. But is missing.

  58. ApexMediaTechnologies August 2, 2017 Reply

    Great list for find freelancers. I would like to recommend another place to hire web developers.

  59. Olena Mishakova August 5, 2017 Reply

    “Do IT relocation” is a site for developers from Eastern Europe who are looking for a job with visa sponsorship abroad

  60. Divya J October 12, 2017 Reply

    This is a very nice compilation of job sites especially for project/ freelance jobs. Another site which caters to IT jobs is and for web designer job is . This site not only offers job options but also lot of information like prevailing Salaries, Resume Formats, Top IT Companies, Top IT Recruitment Consultants etc. This site related to India region.

  61. Mary B. December 15, 2017 Reply

    Great list. Though, I would recommend DesignerOrCoder” as a great place to hire high quality developers and designers at highly competitive prices.

  62. TheHTMLCoder February 21, 2018 Reply

    Great Information, you can also add The HTMLCoder in your list. They are also very good PSD Conversion Service providers. Details here: