Elaboration on each point is available at the WPShout article. Honor code is also available as a PDF. Current Honor Code version is 1.0.
The purpose of my work is to accomplish my clients’ real-world goals.
I will hold myself accountable for the knowledge and skills necessary to do my work well.
I will never use my clients’ lack of knowledge against their best interest.
- I will not mislead my clients.
- I will not misrepresent my own knowledge.
General Approach to Projects
I will offer solutions within the context of the real-world goals of the project.
I will know, and communicate, the boundaries of my own competencies.
I will treat my clients with respect.
I will offer, and adhere to, clear timeframes in which the client can expect a response from me.
I will communicate steadily and proactively about the project's cost and progress toward completion.
I will not dissolve, or become unavailable for, client relationships without proactively informing my clients.
WordPress Development Practices
I will not market myself as a “WordPress developer” without the qualifications of that term.
- Knowledge of PHP.
- Knowledge of WordPress as a software system.
- Knowledge of proper development practices.
- Fundamental knowledge of SEO.
I will take seriously, and hold myself accountable for investigating, the quality of the third-party software I use within WordPress.
- Defensible theme choices.
- Defensible plugin choices.
My hosting recommendations for my clients will stand up to reasoned scrutiny.
My use of third-party software will not have the purpose of compensating for gaps in my knowledge.
I will not use WordPress for projects that are bad fits for the software.
I will not outsource labor without informing the client.
I will track my time and bill for the tracked amount.
I will only bill for time that the client is aware I’m billing for.