WordPress Maintenance

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Hi Experts,

How much would someone charge for website maintenance under WordPress? I am not talking about backups, errors, etc., but simple text changes, new pages and some custom graphics like for the Featured Image?

I am actually not a designer myself, but a programmer, and I outsource graphics. But how much would a Featured Image cost on average, or how many hours?
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This is beyond the scope of this question, but on upwork how does NDA work?  What is stopping them from contacting client directly?
Michael RojekDigital Marketing and WebDev

You can probably find someone on Fiverr to do it for cheap. We've done similar things for clients at $500/mo, though prices vary wildly depending on scope
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Most Valuable Expert 2013
...simple ... changes
Whenever somebody asks me about doing something simple, it typically turns out it is simple to say what needs to be done but there is some quirk that throws a wrench in being simple. As example, a featured image may be in a slider and that slider has some javascript that centers and floats and auto-crops an image based on the viewport. You may like the image as it is set for the small screen but not the large.

It sounds like you are wanting to outsource your own contracted work. The best thing is to find a trusted developer to assist. Some will be like yourself and are heavier on the programming side and some make good use of both the left and right side of the brain.  If the images you want will require styling beyond basic cropping, levels, color conversion etc, then you need to find a graphic designer and that person will unlikely be able to do any programming work but could be technical enough to upload something to WP.

Rates will vary from $75 to $150 (U.S) an hour for professional work and the amount of hours it takes is going to be unknown for the first time around. You should define a scope of work because, "some custom graphics like for the Featured Image" is not enough to go on. You need to define exactly what your expectation is. "I need a 1200 X 400 featured image generated from a 4000 X 2000 original.  The color tone should have a filter to look similar to the attached sample.  I need an image of a moon added that should be centered horizontally and vertically, no transparency is required. The site is responsive and has breakpoints at 992, 768 and 576 pixels. I will need separate images that will be cropped specifically for those widths."

With this type of detail, you will get a more accurate proposal and both parties will be happier. When you start a project with general expectations but in reality are expecting something specific is when you end up with disputes as to the scope of work requested vs invoiced.

Another option is you may just want to change the scope to 30 hours per month over 8 months and give a brief expectation of what should be done in that 30 hours.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

I'm with Scott... Whenever I hear the word simple I have an involuntary cringe...

What may seem simple may or may not really be simple.

As Scott suggested, rates vary.

If you can't find anyone, PM me + I'll give you an introduction to the guys I use, which are in the $100-$200/hour range, depending on work.

Tip: There are two general types of folks you can hire.

1) Those who will just do what you ask, with no understanding about how this will effect your marketing/cashflow.

2) Those who pass every work task through the filter of How does this effect site marketing/cashflow.

Likely you'll pay more for the #2 type of people (only type I use) + the resulting work will tend to improve your cashflow, which is a big win over long periods of time.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
Fellow 2018
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Those who pass every work task through the filter of How does this effect site marketing/cashflow.
Great point. Most of us that are qualified Experts here do just that.

If you want those that do just as you say, any of the freelancer type sites will give you cheap help to do just that.

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